by David Driver
WASHINGTON - These days top athletes are recruited at nearly every level, including Division III women's lacrosse. But that was not really the case for Anna Maupin, a graduate of Colonial Forge High School.
"She got on our radar really late," said Meghan McDonogh, the head coach at Division III Catholic University in Washington, D.C. "Literally she showed up on accepted-student day."
Maupin gave some video of her playing lacrosse to McDonogh.
"We were really impressed and we met with her," said the coach.
Maupin was also interested in attending the University of Virginia, where she may have played at the club level.
But the Stafford resident ended up at Catholic, where this spring she played in 22 games with 22 goals and 13 assists as a freshman attack/midfielder.
The Cardinals were 15-7 overall and 7-0 in conference play. The Cardinals won the conference title and took part in the NCAA national tournament at the Division III level before losing in Vermont to No. 8 York (Pa.) College on May 19 by a score of 13-6.
Catholic, ranked No. 14 when defeated by York, beat Johnson & Wales of Rhode Island 23-10 on May 12 in the first round of the NCAA tourney and then downed No. 21 Rowan by a score of 14-11 on May 13 as Maupin had three goals and two assists.
"She is a physical athlete and a very smart young woman," McDonogh said. "We are really excited to add her. Her quickness and her speed are some of the best I have seen. We are really excited for her potential.
"She has speed and quickness, and that has translated very well to the college level. She is normally one of the fastest players on the field. She was kind of forced to increase her level of speed."
Maupin looked at other Division III schools earlier in high school but an injury set that back somewhat, McDonogh said.
Maupin tore her ACL going into her junior year of high school but did play as a senior. She had planned to attend Tufts, a Division III program near Boston, prior to her senior year of high school.
"It ended up not working out," she said. "I found that out in the wintertime in my senior year. I started applying to other schools in the spring. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do."
Then she spoke to McDonogh at Catholic.
"She had not seen me play," Maupin said.
She had brothers, Nick and Jake, who played lacrosse at Colonial Forge and one played with a club team at the University of Virginia. That is something she considered doing if she went to Virginia.
By going to Catholic she was able to play right away.
"I just think the game changed a lot," she said. "You have the shot clock in college. Overall, it is a lot faster pace."
She is a dual major in architecture and civil engineering, and hopes to take part in an internship in her field while in college.
"There is a ton of opportunities for engineers and architects in the city. I plan to do one next summer," she said.
This summer she is taking a class at Mary Washington and may look into playing in a lacrosse league in the Washington area.
"I am really happy with my decision [to attend Catholic]," she said.
She said Division I lacrosse would have been difficult with time restraints.
"And you get the spirit of the sport [at the Division III level]," she said.
Other Colonial Forge products at the college level this year included freshman goalie Micayla Starnes and sophomore attacker Kennedy Buecher, both at Lincoln Memorial University in Pennsylvania.
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