All-Northwest: Girls lacrosse star spurred Cadets program turnaround

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Molly Brock is The Current's girls lacrosse player of the year. (Brian Kapur/The Current/March 2017)

The Current’s girls lacrosse player of the year is Molly Brock of St. John’s, who in her stellar senior season transformed the Cadets from an afterthought in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference into a force to reckon with.

“The program at St. John’s has grown each year because of Molly — she took us to the semifinals this year, and we scored the most goals on Bishop Ireton [the league winner] out of all conference teams,” said Cadets coach Aubrey Whittier. “She is the heartbeat of the team.”

Brock was a first-team All-WCAC selection, grabbing 121 draw controls and scoring 34 goals in the season as the Cadets advanced to the league’s semifinals.

“Her play in between the 30s gives the team every opportunity to possess the ball with 157 loose ball situations,” Whittier said. “She wins a striking 80 percent of draws, either with a one-handed leap or her quickness on the ground and strength in her hands and wrists.”
Brock will play for Jacksonville University next year after graduating from St. John’s.

The rest of the All-Northwest team:

• Beth Cornelius, St. John’s
The midfielder grabbed 20 ground balls, scored 17 goals and snagged 30 draw controls this season.

• Chloe Conaghan, National Cathedral
Conaghan led the Eagles with 65 goals this season and won 79 draw controls. The Eagle will compete in the U19 World Festival Tournament in London later this summer.

• Honor Gabriel, National Cathedral
Gabriel used her blazing speed to consistently clear the ball out of the defensive zone and kick-start the Eagles offense. The senior scored 34 goals and 25 assists during the Eagles’ run to the Independent School League’s A Division tournament title.

• Nina McCormack, Sidwell
The freshman led the team with 104 draw controls and scored 45 goals.

• Finnegan Biden, Sidwell
The senior captain was a force on defense — creating 53 turnovers, vacuuming up 52 ground balls and dishing out 12 assists.

• Madison Asher, Georgetown Day
Asher, a four-year starter, was named the Hoppers’ most valuable player this year. She scored 34 goals in her senior season.

Maggie Fowler of Visitation was one of the top lacrosse players in the D.C. area this year. (Brian Kapur/The Current/April 2017)

• Grace Rotondo, Visitation
The Cubs goalie, who will suit up for Harvard next year, had a strong senior season between the pipes and was a big reason Visitation upset national powerhouse Bishop Ireton earlier this spring.

• Maggie Fowler, Visitation
Visitation’s offense went as Fowler went — she made plays scoring, but also became a vital part of the draw control team.

• Jill Gollob, Visitation
The Cubs midfielder made plays on both sides of the ball throughout the season as the Cubs advanced to the Independent School League finals.

• Anna Joose, Wilson
Joose was a major contributor for the Tigers, one of the District’s upstart teams.

• Raygan Mona, St John’s
The second-team All-WCAC selection was a key part of the Cadets’ offensive and defensive attacks.