Four Maryland women’s lacrosse seniors and full-time starters — Shaylan Ahearn, Brianna Lamoureux, Hannah Leubecker, Libby May and Emily Sterling — plan on exercising their extra year of eligibility and returning to College Park next year, per a team spokesperson. Ahearn and May both were named mid-season All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse.
May, an attacker, leads the Terps with 43 goals and is tied for the team lead with 47 points. She’s scored 148 goals as a Terp and with another season on deck, could become just the eighth player in program history to reach 200 goals.
Ahearn, a team captain, leads the team in draw controls and is on pace to join a program shortlist this season.
With 95 draw controls on the year, the two-way midfielder is set to become the third player in program history to record multiple 100-draw seasons. Taylor Cummings and Kali Hartshorn were the first two.
Sterling was not named a mid-season All-American due to a slow start to the season. She’s allowed 53 goals and had 33 saves through the first five games but has rebounded. Since then, the reigning IWLCA National Goalkeeper of the Year has allowed 72 goals and saved 85 in nine games.
Leubecker’s 62 goals were third-best on the team last year. She remains the third-highest scorer this year with 26.
Lamoureux has scooped up 21 ground balls and tallied seven caused turnovers this year, the second and fourth-highest on the team respectively. With fellow starting defenders Abby Bosco, Marge Donovan and Maddie Sanchez all departing, Lamoureux’s return gives coach Cathy Reese and the Terps some stability on the back end.