Ultimate Lacrosse PA 2020 midfielder Kacy Hogarth, one of the top recruits in the nation, has officially committed to the University of Maryland. A top-ten program and perennial national championship contender, Maryland has won 13 NCAA championships on 21 trips to the finals.
"Kacy is one of the fiercest competitors I have seen on the field,” explained Ultimate Lacrosse Founder and Coach Michele DeJuliis. "She plays with so much grit, toughness and heart. We are thrilled about her next steps to play with the Terps!"
Hogarth, who also plays for Agnes Irwin High School in Rosemont, PA, is sure to make an impact for the Terps. Currently a junior, Hogarth is already a three-year member of the Agnes Irwin varsity team, playing a key role in their 2017 and 2018 PISAA State Championship winning seasons.
“Kacy is a gutsy midfielder and I always knew she would someday play for a powerhouse program like Maryland,” explained Coach Jen Duckenfeld, who had the pleasure of coaching Kacy both through Ultimate Lacrosse and at Agnes Irwin. “She has a fearless style of play, but what sets her apart from her teammates is her fierce, competitive nature. Kacy is a relentless defender and has another gear that drives her to compete on another level, and that makes her fun to coach and wins championships.”
"Diverse academic options, lacrosse, campus, and a prime location between Washington D.C. and Baltimore make Maryland a perfect fit for me," explained Hogarth. "The team at Maryland has a special bond like no other that I encountered during the recruiting process. When I attended the Final Four this year, coaches from other schools who are Maryland alums were leading the cheers in the front row for the Terps, wearing their Maryland gear. That's when you know the school and the lacrosse program are something special. The team and the coaching staff want to be the best and they have a great time while they're doing it. Being a part of a team where everyone is so motivated presents a great opportunity for me to be pushed to my very best as an athlete, a student, and a person. That's why I can't wait to be a Terp and I am so grateful to Coach Reese for giving me the opportunity."
Hogarth plans to study at Maryland's Robert H. Smith Business school. Outside of lacrosse Hogarth keeps very busy. The Havertown, PA native plays field hockey, serves as a campus tour guide, takes part in Model UN, is a Latin scholar, and volunteers with Strike Out Cancer. Her possible academic pursuits at Maryland include coding/computer science, biological sciences, communications, and business.
Division 1 Maryland has a long history of lacrosse excellence. 90 individual athletes have earned All-American status. The Terps have produced 8 Tewaaraton winners, 7 National Attackers of the Year, 12 National Midfielders of the Year, 10 National Defenders of the Year, and 5 National Goalies of the Year. Maryland currently has two Ultimate alumnae on their roster, juniors Kali Hartshorn and Victoria L'Insalata.
Ultimate Lacrosse is committed to pushing athletes to grow into the best players and people they can be. Serving elite players in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ultimate gives players an opportunity to play with the area's top talent while learning from experienced coaches. Founded in 2001, Ultimate has a long history of preparing athletes for success at the National Team, D1, D2, and D3 levels. Learn more about Ultimate Lacrosse here.