Mackall heading to national showcase

  • Norwich's Hillary Mackall landed on a New England-based roster for a national girls lacrosse showcase earlier this summer. Courtesy photograph—

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/5/2020 9:21:38 PM
Modified: 9/5/2020 9:21:36 PM

HANOVER — Norwich’s Hillary Mackall hasn’t quite closed out her summer of girls lacrosse even as she laces up for field hockey at Kimball Union Academy.

Mackall earned selection to the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse showcase after a July tryout in Connecticut. A sophomore defender, Mackall landed a spot on the 23-player New England Command roster — for students graduating high school in either 2023 or ’24 — for an all-star tournament that has since been stalled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mackall, who transferred to KUA from Hanover High earlier this year, is waiting for two other regions to complete tryouts before an anticipated tournament this month. The winner of that event will advance to Under Armour’s national tournament in Maryland in October.

“My club wanted me to do this tryout, and a lot of my club teammates also tried out,” Mackall explained this week. “Once we get into the national tournament, all of our games will be seen by college coaches either on film or in person. It allows for us to be considered (for college programs) in the next few years.”

Evaluators select two divisional rosters, Command and Highlight (2021 or ’22 graduates), for teams representing 12 geographical areas around the country. Mackall — who plays club lax for Boston-based Revolution Lacrosse — was the only Vermont-based girl chosen.

Mackall said her New England team is waiting for Long Island and upstate New York teams to be picked. The latter has been slowed by the state’s travel restrictions.

“My club just wanted us to be seen,” Mackall said. “They want us to reach our potential or go above it.”

Although Mackall lost her Hanover High girls lacrosse season to the pandemic this past spring, she was part of the Marauders’ NHIAA Division II state championship field hockey campaign last fall. A forward, Mackall had five goals and two assists in Hanover’s 14-1-1 season, which ended with a 3-0 shutout of Souhegan in the state final on Nov. 3 at Bedford High School. She was later chosen to a USA Futures U19 regional field hockey tournament that was also called off by the pandemic.

Softball stars: A pair of Bradford, Vt., sisters took part in the United States Specialty Sports Association’s All-American Games in fast-pitch softball earlier this summer in Melbourne, Fla.

Anastase Bourgeois, 13, earned a spot on the Northeast Region team for U13-14 girls, while her 12-year-old sister, Mazie, was on the Northeast roster for U11-12 girls. Although pandemic precautions changed how the event was staged, athletes were still able to participate in a pro-style combine before being assigned to regional teams that played a minimum of five games.

The Northeast U13-14 squad reached the title game of its tournament, losing a 4-1 decision to undefeated Southeast. Anastase Bourgeois took the loss in the circle for Northeast, striking out five.

Anastase is entering the eighth grade at Oxbow High School this year, where her sister will be a seventh-grader.

Greg Fennell can be reached at or 603-727-3226.

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