When it comes to pressure on the lacrosse field, there's not a whole lot Steele Stanwick hasn't faced.
The Sun's 2007 Player of the Year and 2008 first-team All-Metro performer led Loyola to back-to-back Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference titles the past two seasons against some of the stiffest high school competition in the country.
His play earned him a selection to the Under Armour All-America game, which features the top 48 high school boys and 44 high school girls players in the nation. The girls game will be played tonight at 6, followed by the boys game at 8 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Even Stanwick said playing against the nation's best can be a little intimidating.
"It's a huge honor and I'm humbled by it, but it makes you pretty nervous," Stanwick said. "You're definitely going to have to go into it and play your 'A' game just to compete with these guys and try to do your best to keep up."
Stanwick has been sidelined the past seven weeks with a right wrist injury and said the likelihood of his playing is "50-50." Even if he doesn't play, there will be plenty of metro-area players for local fans to cheer.
Eight boys and 12 girls from the area were selected for the All-America South teams. The All-America games are part of an all-day event that will also feature an underclassmen All-Star tournament, with teams from Baltimore, New Jersey, Washington and Philadelphia competing in a two-game tournament.
The All-America teams feature top players from states such as Florida, Illinois and California. Blending those varying styles of play into a successful team can be a difficult task.
"It's a unique challenge having the top high school players in the country coming together and, in 24 hours, make them into a team," said South coach Scott Corrigan, who previously coached McDonogh for three seasons and has been involved with the Under Armour games since their inception in 2006.
"It's going to be fantastic in the aspect of getting to coach kids that have just unbelievable talent. It'll be interesting to see how we can get them in a short period of time to put out a great product."
AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic
WHEN: Today; games begin at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Towson University
AREA PLAYERS :
Baltimore underclassmen girls all-stars: Rhiannon Coogle, North Harford; Kitty Cullen, McDonogh; Mackenzie Cyr, Winters Mill; Joanna Dalton, St. Mary's; Brittany Dashiell, John Carroll; Jennifer Eikenberg, John Carroll; Jamie Fahey, Loch Raven; Annie Farrell, Towson; Molly Fernandez, McDonogh; Megan Fiorito, McDonogh; Beth Glaros, Wilde Lake; Rachel Hannon, Archbishop Spalding; Anna Kim, River Hill; Danielle Kirk, Archbishop Spalding; Cosette Larash, Archbishop Spalding; Erin Laschinger, Notre Dame Prep; Sarah Lloyd, Severna Park; Katie Matz, McDonogh; Melissa Perkins, St. Mary's; Colby Rhea, McDonogh; Maddie Salamone, Bel Air; Katie Schwarzmann, Century; Kristin Semones, Westminster.
Baltimore underclassmen boys all-stars: Tyler Adelsberger, Calvert Hall; Cooper Brown, Gilman; Emmett Cahill, Loyola; Harrison Chaires, Centennial; Skippy Clary IV, Catonsville; Adam Cohen, Severn; Stewart D'Ambrogi, Severn; Paul Danko, Gilman; Jack Doyle, Gilman; David Emala, Gilman; Patrick Fanshaw, Calvert Hall; Sam Ford, McDonogh; Ryan Gutowski, Calvert Hall; Riley Hansen, St. Mary's; Brian Hess, McDonogh; Kyle Holechek, Loyola; Curtis Holmes, McDonogh; Harry Krieger, St. Paul's; Chris Lightner, Calvert Hall; Jim Marlatt, River Hill; Jason McFadden, Calvert Hall; Michael Scheeler, Calvert Hall; Michael Ward, Howard.
G irls All-Americans, South team: Casey Ancarrow, John Carroll; Kristy Black, Glenelg; Dana Cahill, Mercy; Allyson Carey, John Carroll; Caroline Cochran, St. Mary's; Grace Gaeng, John Carroll; Julie Gardner, Severna Park; Liz Hamilton, Roland Park; Jen Hardesty, Westminster; Karri Ellen Johnson, Broadneck; Courtney Kirk, Roland Park; Alicia Krause, Mount Hebron; Josie Owen, Severn; Rachel Serio, McDonogh.
Boys All-Americans, South team: Joe Bonnani, St. Mary's; Joe Cummings, Loyola; John Paul Dalton, St. Mary's; Joey Ehrmann, Gilman; Tyler Fiorito, McDonogh; Charlie McComas, Boys' Latin, Mark Staines, Severn; Steele Stanwick, Loyola. Note: Fiorito will not play because of U-19 national team obligations; Ehrmann will not play because of football practice at Wake Forest; McComas is not expected to play because of shoulder surgery; Stanwick (wrist injury) is a game-time decision..
SCHEDULE: Go to underarmourlacrosse.com