Friday, February 3, 2023

Local lacrosse star shines during recruting showcase

Camryn Mann scored 56 goals as a sophomore for Walsingham Academy. (Photo courtesy of Walsingham Academy)
Camryn Mann scored 56 goals as a sophomore for Walsingham Academy. (Photos courtesy of Walsingham Academy)

Walsingham Academy lacrosse standout Camryn Mann has been making quite a name for herself nationally.

Only a sophomore, Mann already has drawn significant interest from NCAA Division I lacrosse programs. In December, she committed to Arizona State University after considering offers from the University of North Carolina, Elon University, Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

While she remains fully committed to play for the Sun Devils, Mann has continued to compete in nationwide recruiting tournaments, including the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament held last weekend at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

The tournament, which is reserved for elite high school players, is one of the largest lacrosse recruiting events each year, featuring competition among more than 68 regional teams from across the country.

Last weekend Mann made her second appearance in the tournament, playing for the Richmond Chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Region. But this time she had less to prove to college scouts.

Camryn Mann (middle) poses with her teammates.
Mann (middle) poses with her teammates.

“A lot of people ask me why I go to these things when I’m already committed,” Mann said. “But I just really love to play, and I enjoy playing against new players and coaches I haven’t seen before.”

At the 2015 tournament, Mann’s recruiting process was heating up as she attempted to showcase her scoring and passing potential. But with her college choice now settled, she headed to this year’s tournament with the thought of using it as a glorified training session.

While Mann still scored more goals and logged more assists than she can recall, she said her focus in this year’s tournament revolved around playing more effective defense and improving her positioning.

With these personal own goals in mind, Mann said she wasn’t overly concerned with her tournament team’s won-loss record, which probably was a good mindset to have, as her team lost three of its four games and tied the other.

“My team didn’t do as well as we would have expected, but it’s not really about winning or losing, because it’s mostly a recruiting tournament,” she said. “I thought I did pretty well. I was there to get better and have fun.”

Her improvement process certainly didn’t end last weekend in Pennsylvania.

Mann, who led Walsingham with 56 goals and nine assists this year, turns her attention to summer lacrosse with Storm Elite, a Richmond-based team. She plans to compete in “four or five big tournaments” as a member of Storm Elite and other national showcases, similar to last weekend’s tournament in Pennsylvania.

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