It's still about two months away, but Kennard-Dale girls' lacrosse coach Kelly Wetzel is already thinking about how he's going to replace one of his best players from a year ago.

The Rams' standout goalie the last two seasons, Clare Boone, is no longer enrolled at the high school after transferring to St. Paul's School for Girls in Baltimore in the offseason.

Boone is a junior and started for K-D as a freshman and sophomore.

"They've been trying to recruit her before she even entered high school," Wetzel said. "So, as an eighth grader going into ninth grade, they were trying to recruit her."

Last season, Boone backstopped the Rams to their first-ever District 3 title and then helped the team reach the quarterfinals of the state tournament before losing to eventual-champion Conestoga, 17-6.

St. Paul's School for Girls went 8-6 last year, but still finished ranked 14th in the state of Maryland, according to MaxPreps. Maryland is well known as a lacrosse hotbed.

"She's going to see better competition day in and day out," Wetzel said. "Our league is pretty weak, so every day (at St. Paul's) is going to be like playing the best team in the state."

Wetzel said he isn't sure who his goalie will be for the upcoming season, but he said that he has a couple options who are relatively new to the position.

The Rams finished 21-2 a season ago. K-D has won the York-Adams League Tournament title in five of the six years since the league elevated the sport to the varsity level in 2011.

Boone represented K-D and Pennsylvania on the Class of 2018 girls' team at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic, which brings the top high school lacrosse players in the nation to one venue. At the event, regional teams compete for national recognition in front of NCAA lacrosse coaches.

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