Because of the high standard, it is also sometimes the case that a local athlete makes his or her name known across the state, region and country. Such is the case for Severn graduate and lacrosse standout Caroline Steele.
Before lacrosse season this past spring, there were high expectations for the Severn senior. She delivered quickly, scoring a whopping 10 goals in the school’s first game, a win over Baltimore’s Notre Dame Prep. Steele continued the trend all year, scoring 94 goals to break the school’s single-season record. She was chosen as the Capital Gazette Communications Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year following her senior campaign and will attend The University of Maryland in the fall. At the end of the season, Steele received a phone call from Corrigan Sports with some very important news: she had been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Classic.
On July 3, Steele played in the game for the South team, which consisted of many great players from Maryland, including five of her future teammates at University of Maryland. By game’s end, Steele had one goal and four assists, good enough to earn her the game’s Most Valuable Player award.
Oh, and having a sensational behind-the-back goal sure did not hurt.
“It was like Christmas in the summer,” said Steele following the game. “Getting the MVP award was like icing on the cake.”
Steele excelled at much more than just lacrosse in her time at Severn. A standout in soccer and basketball, Steele has some advice for young lacrosse players in the area.
“Put your stick down and do other things sometimes,” she said, noting that aspects of soccer and basketball helped her tremendously in the sport of lacrosse. “That’s how you develop all areas of your game.”
As a freshman at Severn three years ago, Steele was developing into a fantastic young lacrosse player. Maryland seemed like the perfect destination for a player of her caliber, especially since she would be continuing a family trend.
“My uncle John played at Maryland first, then my mom, and then their youngest sibling, my uncle Chris,” said Steele.
Steele said seeing her cousin play for the Terps furthered her desire to matriculate at College Park. “My cousin, Kristen Lamon, just graduated from Maryland and helped win the last two NCAA Championship,” she said.
With four years of Severn School under her belt and four years of the University of Maryland to come, Caroline Steele is at a very unique crossroads. Simply put, she has been named the best player on the best team in the nation. Of the many great players who came to the Under Armour Classic, she soared above them all. When the cleats are put away once and for all down the road, Steele will not remove herself from the game. A declared Elementary Education major, she aspires to be a teacher and coach in the future.
For now, she has her eyes on College Park, and where she hopes to help the Terps to a third straight national title in 2016.