It’s Woman Crush Wednesday, which means it’s time to take a look at the college sports world and appreciate some of the standout athletes across the nation. Every week, we feature an athlete that stands out among their peers. This week, we feature Laurie Bracey, a freshman defender for the No. 3-ranked Maryland Terrapins women’s lacrosse team, which sits at 18-1 on the season. The Terrapins won their third straight Big Ten Tournament championship this season and entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed with a first-round bye week. Maryland is the defending national champion.
Bracey was a 2017 Under Armour All-American and the No. 32-ranked recruit in her class. Named one of the ILWomen’s Top 40 Young Guns, Bracey was also an Under Armour All-American Underclass champion. ALong with lacrosse at Centennial High School, Bracey competed in field hockey and track.
Bracey explained her decision to play commit to Maryland in an interview with Pressbox Online:
It’s not surprising to know that I had been dreaming of playing lacrosse at University of Maryland since I was a little girl. I had attended all their games, hung their posters on my wall and received autographs from all the great lacrosse stars who played there over the years. I was over the moon to hear that [Maryland head coach] Cathy Reese was interested in me playing at thetop ranked school for D-I lacrosse, and on my visit in my freshman year of high school, I soaked in as much information about the school as I could get along with my father. During dinner that night, we spoke as a family regarding the academic vigor of the school and discussed how attending University of Maryland would affect my dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. We collaboratively decided that attending Maryland would be a perfect fit for me academically and athletically, and I called Coach Reese later that evening to let her know.
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