by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
WHO SHE IS: Erin Laschinger is a multi-talented athlete who, if she can’t do it all, can do a whole lot. She was a great tennis player for Notre Dame Prep, a private school outside of Baltimore, in the fall. The senior then switched to running indoors and become one of the state’s top middle-distance runners before moving back to lacrosse in the spring -- her top sport. Laschinger is headed to Virginia next year to play lacrosse, but her versatility shone, as she’s one of the rare three-sport athletes left.
WHAT SHE DID: Laschinger had four goals in Sunday’s Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title game loss to McDonogh. Her goal in the second half gave the Blazers a 10-9 edge, but McDonogh scored the last four goals to pull out a 13-10 victory and take home the championship. Laschinger said the Blazers had pointed to getting into the finals after losing in the semifinals last year, and she had a number of impressive performances this spring to help them do it.
WHY WE NOTICED: The midfielder played a big role in helping the Blazers reach the title game this season and nearly bringing home a championship. She finished with 66 goals and 17 assists, and combined with teammate Kelsi Bozel (71 goals, four in the title game) to give Notre Dame Prep a formidable one-two punch. Laschinger could use her athletic ability to do so many things, and it’s why she’ll be a big help to the Cavaliers next year in lacrosse.
WHAT SHE SAID: “I think this year, we were able to do so well because we played together as a team. No one played selfishly. Everyone worked hard and gave 100 percent every game. I think everyone remembered losing to John Carroll [and not making the championship] last year. It went to two overtimes that day, and we remembered that all year long.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Notre Dame Prep now is finished for the season. The championship game with McDonogh was the team’s last game.
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