|Player of the Year - Maddie Jenner from McDonogh School|
|Defensive Player of the Year - Margaret Donovan from McDonogh School|
|Coach of the Year - Kristen Barry from Bel Air|
2017 VSN GIRLS' LACROSSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MARGARET DONOVAN, MCDONOGH SCHOOL
Donovan became a relentless on-ball stopper this spring for the IAAM A Conference champions. The senior is Varsity Sports Network's Defensive Player of the Year.
Donovan finished with 10 groundballs and 28 total takeaways/interceptions for McDonogh, which captured its ninth consecutive league title and area No. 1 ranking. Donovan is the second straight Eagle to claim VSN's top defender honors, following Sara Dohler (Bucknell).
Donovan said Dohler's guidance, combined with her improved focus was the difference for her signature season.
"Sometimes [last season] I'd zoned out, miss slides and lost track," said Donovan. "I knew the role I was going to have this season was big within the team and my best to fulfill it."
McDonogh allowed 115 goals in 22 games (5.2 per match) this season, and only one team (Garrison Forest School) scored in double digits. The Eagles gave up 83 goals (including postseason) in the area's premier league, the IAAM A Conference.
Though she didn't start playing lacrosse until her freshman season, McDonogh coach Chris Robinson said Donovan's "unbelievable athletic skills" helped her switch from midfield to defense.
"She's so incredibly athletic and make a lot of big plays," said Robinson. "She was a big playmaker for us back there."
A three-sport performer (soccer and indoor track) at McDonogh and all-IAAM A lacrosse selection, Donovan will play in the Under Armour All-American Game at Towson University next weekend. She will play lacrosse for Princeton next spring.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:10)