MANNHEIM, PA. — Montgomery County middle and high school girl’s lacrosse was well represented last weekend by the MC Elite club teams at the 2018 IL Women Indoor National Championships. The Rockville-based MC Lacrosse program sent to the tournament its Midnight Elite team of the graduating class 2022 and the Midnight and Carolina Elite teams of the 2023 class, both of which were amongst the top 50 middle school teams in the country.
The tournament also featured top-tier teams from as far away as Connecticut, New York, and Ohio.
The MC Elite teams went a combined 4-5 in the pool format tournament with the 2022 MC Elite team advancing to the semi-finals. 2022 Midnight Elite coach Bob Maggio explained that playing in the 2018 IL Indoor National Championship was a great opportunity for his team to learn and grow as well as showcase their skills.
“My team has come a long way toward closing the gap with the always solid Baltimore-based teams, which have been playing lax longer as a region,” Maggio said.
Maggio has coached the 2022 MC Elite Midnight team for the past two years and is also the assistant varsity lacrosse coach for Richard Montgomery High School.
“The indoor lacrosse game is a much faster game than outdoors version, which really demands quick transitions” said 2023 MC Elite Carolina Coach Leanne Taylor, who is also the junior varsity lacrosse coach at Bullis School in Potomac. “My team’s exposure to this quick play will help us be faster in transition outdoors as well.”
“Many elements of the indoor game are different, including substituting players, which is done on the fly in a manner similar to hockey; which I think greatly contributes to a very fast-paced game,” Taylor said.
“It is interesting to see the different styles of play by teams from different regions of the country; a benefit that a national tournament offers teams like ours,” she added.
MC Lacrosse offers traditional recreation teams for girls in grades 1-8 while MC Elite Lacrosse offers the same for grades 4-12.
MC Elite now awaits the start of the season for the National Girls Lacrosse League, which begins March 18.