HS Notebook: SSSA Reigns; NY Playoffs in Stretch
by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School just keeps dominating the girls' lacrosse world in Northern Virginia.
The Saints ended the season with a 25-2 record and the top ranking in the Washington Post's lacrosse poll this year. SSSA won its 15th straight Independent School League championship, as well as winning the Virginia Independent Schools tournament for a third consecutive year.
"The opposition couldn't afford to double-team anyone because someone else would step up," coach Kathy Jenkins told the Post. "It was a well-balanced team."
Jenkins now has an impressive career record of 526-43-9. She began the program in the mid-1970s.
Some of the Saints' numbers were staggering this season. Kelly Austin led the way with 120 goals, while Kelsey Horton dished 99 assists and scored 47 goals to pace the team. Both are big reasons why other teams couldn't stop them.
SSSA did have its long winning streak (60 games) snapped, but
that didn't stop the Saints in the end.
Also in the Mid-Atlantic area, the Post ranked St. Mary's (Md.) as its top boys' team this season. The Saints made it to semifinal round of the always-tough Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs before falling to Calvert Hall.
St. Mary's beat several teams ranked in the Post's poll, topping Landon, Archbishop Spalding, Severn, DeMatha and St. Albans -- and not having much trouble while doing it.
The Saints, based in Annapolis, won those games by an average of
New York Playoffs
Canandaigua earned a berth in the New York state finals with an 8-7 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt in the Western New York semifinals.
SportsFive.net reports that this made the Braves just the fourth team from that Section V area to make a state championship game.
Penn Yan remains the lone team from the section to take a state title, in 2001.
Also in the Western New York Semifinals, LaFayette beat Penn Yan, 10-6. LaFayette won a title in 2003 and 2005 but lost in 2000. The victory improved LaFayette's record to 23-0 this season.
In addition, Orchard Park scored an 8-7 victory over Ithaca. That moves Orchard Park into Saturday's state finals against West Islip.
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