Much has been made of how, in last week’s United Women’s Lacrosse draft, former collegiate teammates from Maryland, Syracuse, and Northwestern were clustered together, as well as the fact that all 17 postcollegiate members of the U.S. national team went in the first 40 selections.
But when you look at where the draft choices got their knowledge base in terms of their scholastic seasons, an interesting picture emerges. The 40 draftees all come from 40 different schools. Given the dominance of teams such as Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.), Moorestown (N.J.), Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.), and Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.), you might expect a certain clustering based upon the excellence of coaching throughout the years at these institutions.
Geographically, the origins of the players are literally all over the map. The first five choices were from a Maryland public school (Katie Schwartzmann), a Colorado private school (Devon Wills), a New Jersey public school (Michelle Tumolo), a New York public school (Liz Hogan), and a Washington, D.C. private school (Alex Aust).
Go deeper, and you will see that some 35% of the draftees come from New York public schools, distributed throughout the state.
As good as the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) has been over the last 20 years, the highest draft position of an IAAM alumna was North Carolina product Kristen Carr, who went to Baltimore Mercy (Md.). The highest-placed Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) draftee is Casey Pepperman, the Maryland alumna who was picked 23rd by the Philadelphia Force.
But if there is one group of schools which stood out for me, it is the private schools who play under the aegis of the New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council. Three out of the top 20 attended a NEPSAC school.
So, for your digestion, is a list of where the draftees came from in terms of location and type of school:
14 New York public (NYSPHSAA)
6 Maryland public (MPSSAA)
6 New Jersey public/parochial (NJSIAA)
3 Maryland private (IAAM)
3 New England private (NEPSAC)
1 Central/Western Ontario secondary (CWOSSA)
1 Colorado public/private (CHSAA)
1 Florida public (FHSAA)
1 Maryland/DC/Virginia parochial (WCAC)
1 Maryland/DC/Virginia private (ISL)
1 Massachusetts public (MIAA)
1 Pennsylvania private (InterAc)
1 Pennsylvania public (PIAA)