Taylor's Takes: The Growth of Content in Women's Lacrosse

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Lia LaPrise is a true feeder and a catalyst for the UConn offense, writes Taylor Cummings.


Taylor Cummings is a three-time Tewaaraton winner, a member of Team USA and the head coach at McDonogh (Md.) . "Taylor's Takes" is presented by Gait Lacrosse. Be legendary.

A few weeks ago, I was loving all of the females in the booth. This week, I’m obsessing over the females who are taking over the mics on their very own podcasts.

Sheehan Stanwick Burch is now hosting “The Stick Drop” for US Lacrosse Magazine.

Also for US Lacrosse Magazine, Dana Boyle just recently launched “No Boundaries.”

Current Terp phenom Lizzie Colson is currently balancing being a student-athlete while also producing her own show, “The Lineup.”

And I of course have to mention the superstar group of Rachael DeCecco, Alyssa Murray and Halley Griggs in their newest podcast “Playing Catch-Up” for Inside Lacrosse.

Each show highlights the female players, leaders, role models and coaches of today in different ways and continues to give our sport the visibility it needs to grow. I’ve always been so proud to be part of this female lacrosse community, and I’m so grateful that the world now gets to hear from these amazing women on a weekly basis. Thank you for all that you do! We are all listening with open ears!

And now let’s turn our attention to the players on the field this week who very well may end up on some of these podcasts in the near future!

Taylor’s Top Players

Marin Hartshorn, Rutgers

Hartshorn was a thorn in the side of Maryland all night long on Thursday. She kept the game close the thanks to her grit on the ride, poise on the offensive end and determination in the draw circle.

Hartshorn was most effective in the feeding game because she always keeps her head up on the dodge. As soon as she sees a slide, she finds an open teammate with a crisp set up pass for a goal. Her five assists, three goals and five draw controls led Rutgers in its close matchup against the Terps.

Lia LaPrise, UConn

LaPrise was a standout for the Huskies despite UConn’s triple-overtime loss to Denver Friday night. With her one goal and seven assists, she was statistically a part of eight of the Huskies’ thirteen goals.

I’ve watched a few UConn games this spring, and LaPrise has stood out in every single match because of her ability to feed on the run. She’s quick, shifty and one of those players that never stops moving (which is a defender’s nightmare). LaPrise is a true feeder and a catalyst for the Husky offense.







Katy Sharretts, San Diego State

Sharretts played a massive role in the Aztec’s first-ever win against USC on Friday night in the Coliseum. She had 14 saves in the contest, but her most important one came during overtime.

I can’t imagine the pressure a goalie must feel at any moment during a game, but I’m thinking that the pressure definitely increases when it’s overtime. The best goalies have an ability to remain poised and confident during big moments, and Sharretts did just that for the Aztecs. She made a critical save with about 90 seconds remaining in OT which gave San Diego State an opportunity to run its offense and score the game winner. Without Sharretts’ confidence and ability to thrive in big moments, that first-ever win may not have happened.

Charlie Campbell, Virginia

Campbell was a brick wall in Virginia’s conference match up against Syracuse Saturday. Playing in the Carrier Dome is difficult for many reasons, one of them being eyesight. Balls often get lost in the lights, sun and bleachers in the Dome, but Campbell had absolutely no problem seeing well on Saturday.

With a career-high 18 saves in UVA’s loss, Campbell kept the Cavaliers in the game from the opening whistle. Campbell was able to shut down Cuse’s loaded offense by continually making saves — especially on those high shots and being poised in the clear. 

Trinity McPherson, Johns Hopkins

McPherson played an integral role in the Blue Jays’ win on Saturday against Rutgers. She scooped up three ground balls, caused three turnovers and played excellent individual and team defense.

McPherson is a solid player who does all of the little things extremely well and is one of the most reliable defenders on her team. If Hopkins is to make a run in the Big Ten and the NCAA tournaments, McPherson will need to continue to play as consistently as she has been all season long.

Taylor’s Top 10 Teams

1. North Carolina (12-0)
2. Northwestern (10-0)
3. Syracuse (8-1)
4. Notre Dame (6-3)
5. Boston College (8-1)
6. Virginia (8-4)
7. Stony Brook (9-2)
8. Florida (9-2)
9. Duke (7-5)
10. Loyola (7-2)

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