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July 28, 2022 — MISSING: 1,052 goals

They published the final rosters for this Saturday’s UnderArmour All-America girls’ lacrosse senior game as 46 of the best players from the scholastic class of 2022 are set to play in Baltimore on Saturday.

But there will be two players missing from the roster: two generational talents which have done something only four other players have done. That’s scoring over 500 goals in a scholastic career.

Fran Frieri, who is heading to Notre Dame, and Reagan O’Brien, the Johns Hopkins incoming first-year, were amongst the nation’s leading goal-scorers this year. Frieri became the first 200-goal scorer in a high-school lacrosse season. She helped propel her fifth-year varsity program, Lockport (Ill.) Township, to its deepest run in the state tournament. She finished with 545 goals, the most ever scored by a high-school player in a four-year career — and she did it in just three.

O’Brien, a senior from Boston (Mass.) Latin, finished her scholastic career with 507 goals, despite also losing the 2020 season to the global pandemic.

And yet, these two layers aren’t on the roster for this weekend’s game.

Now, I could understand if their college coaches already have them on mandatory preseason conditioning, or if they are holding themselves out of the game because of potential injury. It’s the kind of thing that has happened all the time in professional all-star games, where leagues have had to scramble to find last-minute replacements for players who have been voted into the lineup.

But if you have two players who have done what only Caitlyn Wurzburger, Shannon Smith, Taylor Pinzone, and Sophia Turchetta have done, you’d think that there would be room for them on the All-America teams.