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April 5, 2019 — The rise of non-traditional education in girls’ lacrosse

We referenced yesterday the fact that a Top 25 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse team had a goalkeeper who attended a school which didn’t have a lacrosse team.

Well, this week, the Under Armour company announced its first group of 11 players chosen for this summer’s senior all-star game to be held at Johns Hopkins University. It’s a definitive All-America side and gives a pretty good indicator as to who is likely to be able to succeed at the next level.

One of the selectees is a forward named Hannah Leubecker, who is committed to the University of Maryland. She is from Fallston, Md., but does not pull on the orange of her high-school side.

Instead, she is home-schooled, and plays for a club team representing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Read more on the team in this story from the Hartord Aegis.

Now, there are plenty of stories about homeschooled athletes entering college. One can even be found at the University of Maryland; a recent graduate was U.S. national field hockey team member Jill (Witmer) Funk, who, though homeschooled, played for her local high school’s field hockey team with great success.

It will be interesting to see how Leubecker handles the transition to university play and university life.