Under Armour Player Watch – Megan Whittle

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Under Armour All-America Player Watch: GIRLS

MEGAN WHITTLE
5′ 4″ | Class of 2014

Hometown: Glenwood, MD
High School: McDonogh
Club: M&D
Future College: Maryland
Position: Attack
Notables: MVP Under Armour Underclass Tournament (2013)

BY THE BOOK – A Few Thoughts from ESPNU Lacrosse Analyst Booker Corrigan:
Seeing Megan stand out against the best players in the country in the UA games last summer was the proverbial ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ in my understanding how she can dominate. Her high school coach, Chris Robinson, does an amazing job developing players, and getting them ready to excel at the next level. He builds them up physically, and helps them become mentally tough enough to take their game to the next level. Megan has speed to burn, and she can reach a gear that separates her from the defense in an instant. In this era of ‘instant gratification’ I know I would be joyous today if I knew I had Megan playing for me tomorrow.

Booker’s Movie Quote: “Peter, you said you would do anything to raise $50,000 to save the gym. Well, this is that anything.” from “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”

Megan simply is that anything. She thrives in transition and in the open field. She has the ability to make something out of anything, the stickwork to dazzle and she is well worth the investment.

A FEW QUESTIONS – Megan Whittle
How did you decide on the University of Maryland for college? I felt Maryland gave me the best opportunities to win National Championships while allowing me to play the fast, creative style of lacrosse that I love. I had some great visits to Syracuse and Northwestern, but once I met with Cathy [head coach Cathy Reese] and Lauri [assistant coach Lauri Kenis]…I knew this was “home.” The Maryland coaches had watched me for years, had a clear vision for my lacrosse career, and were exactly the type of people I want to be around for the next four years.

Do you play other sports at McDonogh? I played field hockey and ran indoor track in high school. I loved being a sprinter for track. I definitely would have continued sprinting in college if not for lacrosse.

How would you describe the style of your game? Fast, aggressive, and fearless. Speed is a big part of my game. Speed helps me lead my team to have a lot of transition opportunities and also makes me tough on the re-defends. I work a lot on my stick work and shooting as well. I’m very comfortable and confident in my stick work and I’m not afraid of pulling out any behind-the-back shots.

What song best describes your game? That’s tough. I don’t think I have a specific song for my game. But we always have a team song for McDonogh (“Call Me Maybe” not long ago), and we’re currently trying to figure out what this 2014 season’s song will be.

If you could be on any other sport’s professional team, which team would it be? It would be pretty cool to be on the Washington Capitals. Hockey is such an awesome sport in general, and I’ve always loved watching the Caps play.

What song would you sing if you had to sing karaoke to save your own life? Probably “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. I’m an awful singer though.

What lacrosse memory brings you joy when you are stuck in traffic? My favorite lacrosse memory to date would probably be winning the IAAM championship last year against St. Paul’s. The McDonogh team really had to dig deep to pull out the win in the last 10 minutes. It was a really special moment winning that game for the seniors.

What is your favorite sports movie? “Remember the Titans.”

What rule would you like to add, or remove, from the lacrosse rule book? The dangerous shot rule needs to go.

What one specific college lacrosse game do you wish you had played? I would love to play any college game with the Terps! I’m so excited and can’t wait to play at Maryland!

 

About the 2014 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic
The 9th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic® will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, MD. Eighty-eight of the nation’s top male and female high school seniors will earn the sport’s most prestigious honor of being named an Under Armour All-American. Last year a total of 44 former Under Armour All-Americans earned 1st, 2nd or 3rd Team All-America honors at the collegiate level. Fifteen of the game’s alumni also took home Player of the Year honors for their respective college conferences in 2013. Alumni of the game are known as the best in the sport. The Under Armour All-America games will be held at Towson University in conjunction with the Under Armour Underclass tournament July 11 – 13. The Underclass tryouts and tournament, widely recognized as the premier recruiting event of the summer, will once again feature competing male and female regional teams from Baltimore, Long Island, Midwest, New England, New Jersey, Philadelphia, South, Upstate New York, Washington, D.C. and West divisions. Visit www.underarmourlacrosse.com to learn more.