BALTIMORE – Incoming UMBC women's lacrosse freshman Tianna Wallpher (Mt. Hebron) participated in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game on July 22, 2014 at the Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Wallpher, who is the fifth current or former Retriever to play in the All-America Game, competed with the South team in the game which featured the top 44 senior girls lacrosse players in the country, as selected by a panel of experts from Inside Lacrosse Magazine. The year-long selection process included input from college and high school coaches from across the country as well as nominations from the public.
"It's such a great honor to have another UMBC Retriever play in the Under Armour All-America Game," said UMBC women's lacrosse co-head coach Amy Appelt. Tianna is an excellent defender and she earned the right to be on the field with all of those tremendous athletes and we're excited for her to be here at UMBC next year.
Wallpher, who forced 26 turnovers during her senior year at Mt. Hebron, will join a Retriever team which went 7-9 during the 2014 spring season, but missed the America East playoffs by just one game. Co-head coach Tony Giro, who enters his third year in charge of UMBC with Appelt next year, sees the Washington Post All-Metro selection as a difference-maker in 2015.
"I've watched Tianna grow not only as a lacrosse player, but as an individual," Giro said. "She's the exact type of athlete we want to represent UMBC and UMBC Lacrosse, on and off the field."
In addition, four current UMBC Retrievers helped with the All-America Game experience, assisting in coaching the underclassmen games. Rising junior Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and rising sophomore Mackenzie Reese (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll), both former Under Armour Underclassmen All-America selections, helped coach the underclassmen men's uncommitted teams, and were joined in the role by rising senior Lexi Bristow (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) and rising junior Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial).
"It's great to have athletes giving back to a sport that has given them so much," Appelt reflected on her players' experience. "To have an impact on athletes wanting to reach the collegiate level is excellent, and we're extremely proud of them for donating their time and enthusiasm to these young athletes."