Some of the county's finest high school and college lacrosse playerswill show their skills next weekend, June 6 to 8, at the Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.
North Harford's Chris Gress, Fallston's Elise Andrews and John Carroll's Kate van Rooy will represent the county in the high school all-star games Saturday.
Gress, a United States Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches' Association All-American, will play for the South in the boys North/South High School All-Star game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Sun's Player of theYear for Harford County and a second-team All-Metro pick on defense,Gress led the Hawks to the state title game for the second straight year.
Andrews, a first-team All-Metro pick at midfield, will join the other Maryland all-stars in a battle against the Pennsylvania all-stars at noon Saturday. The Sun's Player of the Year for Harford County, Andrews also led her team to the state title game this spring.
Van Rooy, a veteran attack player, led the Patriots to the Association of Independent Schools B Division championship. In addition, Michele Zaledonis of Joppatowne was chosen as an alternate for the game.
The annual classic begins this year with the grand opening of theLacrosse Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through 13 games.It finishes Saturday night with the United States Club Lacrosse Association championship at 9.
Four of those 13 games are college all-star games, and Harford County also will be well represented.
Towson State's All-America midfielder Rob Shek will play in the men's Division I North/South Collegiate All-Star Game at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Shek, a Bel Air High grad who led the Tigers to the NCAA championship game, will play for the South.
The men's game will be preceded by the Women's North/South Collegiate All-Star Game at 5 p.m. Annmarie Merow, a John Carroll graduate from Bel Air, will represent Franklin & Marshall College, on the South team.
At 9 p.m. Friday, Edgewood High graduate Derrick Allender will play for the South in the men's North/South Junior College All-Star Game Friday.
Allender, an All-America midfielder for Essex Community College's national champion juniorcollege team, will be joined by two Harford Community College players. Mark McGovern, a C. Milton Wright graduate, and Dave Owen, a Bel Air graduate, will also play for the South.
Last weekend, a few more of the county's top high schoolers played in the 10th Annual Lacrosse for Leukemia games at Johns Hopkins.
In the boys game, John Carroll's Zach Thornton and Stosh Rote helped the MSA All-Stars win their 10th straight game, 12-7, over the Metro County All Stars. Rote started in the goal and made eight saves.
Gress and North Harford teammates Tim Lucky and Bret Schreiber as well as C. Milton Wright's Rich Heckner and Chris Shue played for the Metro stars.
In the girls game, the West edged the East, 11-10. Zaledonis and Aberdeen's Sally Sobczyk each scored a goal for the East, while John Carroll's Anne Coale had an assist. Bel Air's Heather Heitz, Jill Schmidt, Kristine Svec and Ledys Valle also played.