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June 30, 2018 — Towards a national all-star game system?

Tonight, exactly three miles from where the game of women’s lacrosse was introduced, the annual Under Armour high-school girls’ all-star game is being held at Johns Hopkins University.

Next month, about 5 1/2 miles from where the game of field hockey was introduced, the third Under Armour high-school girls’ Select game will be played at the Newton Campus of Boston College.

Under Armour, the Baltimore-based sports apparel company, has made these all-star occasions a habit, whether it is in boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, field hockey, football, and in other pursuits.

Most of the time, the games showcase the top current talent just before they head off to college. Other times, there are games for non-seniors where the next generation of stars will test their skills against the best from around the country.

This week, as good as the senior lacrosse players have been and with all of the hype surrounding players such as Maddie Jenner and Charlie Rudy, for me, the attention should be surrounding the South team in the girls’ Highlight Division. That’s the team that Caitlyn Wurzberger is playing on.

Wurzberger is the sophomore from Delray American Heritage (Fla.) who first made headlines for making a verbal commitment to Syracuse while still in middle school. But she has backed up with amazing play in her first three varsity seasons (Florida allows middle-schoolers to play on varsity). She has, three times, exceeded 100 goals and 100 assists, a remarkable achievement. Barring injury or illness, she is likely to obliterate every offensive record ever conceived.

If you have a chance this summer, either at Under Armour, I have a feeling that seeing her play is going to be must-see lacrosse.

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