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H.S. Girls' Rankings Countdown: Nos. 16-20
by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
Sam Farrell and No. 11 Severna Park (Md.) endured more hardship than usual en route to their third straight Maryland Class 4A-3a state title.
© Keith Maynard
2009 Lacrosse Magazine High School Rankings
15. Westminster (Md.)
The Owls lost to Severna Park in the Maryland Class 4A-3A title game, but they certainly made a statement. The Carroll County school pushed the Falcons to the limit before dropping a tough 7-5 decision. Westminster finished 17-2 and relied heavily on a great offense all season. The Owls averaged nearly 18 goals per game before the state final. In fact, Westminster showed its balance when the Owls got 10 players to score while beating Walter Johnson, 22-4, in the state semifinals. Their only other loss was a 14-10 decision to No. 10 Century — which won the Class 2A-1A state title.
14. Radnor (Pa.)
Radnor won the first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship this spring with an easy 20-10 victory over Strath Haven. The Red Raiders scored 11 straight goals in that game to take command. Samantha Ellis (Princeton) led Radnor with six goals to help the Raiders finish a 25-1 season. Ellis set a school record with 109 goals this season and was a US Lacrosse All-America pick. Teammate Kelyn Freedman also was an All-American. Radnor now has 547 wins under coach Phyllis Kilgour. The Red Raiders had a 44-game winning streak stopped this season, but they were clearly Pennsylvania’s best team.
13. Northport (N.Y.)
The Tigers (20-1) saw their season end on a tough note when they fell to eventual champion Farmingdale, 13-12, in the Long Island Class A final. Northport had a powerful offense that had little trouble scoring goals. The Tigers had depth, as several players contributed. They scored at least 18 goals in 14 of the team’s 21 games. They also scored in double figures every time. The Tigers also got lots of good individual efforts like Shannon Gilroy’s eight-goal performance in a 14-13 playoff win over West Islip. She also had two assists and got the game-winning goal with 13.8 seconds left.
12. Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)
The Wildcats won a third straight Class C New York state title. They're the only Suffolk County team to ever take home a state crown. Their only loss was to Moorestown (N.J.) in a 13-9 decision. That was the only game this season in which SWR didn’t score in double figures. This season was one filled with routs for the Wildcats (20-1), but the state title game wasn’t one of them. Rachel Wiederkehr got four goals in that contest while Stephanie Anderson helped with three goals and one assist, as SWR got eight goals in the first half en route to a 13-11 victory for coach Bob Vlahakis.
11. Severna Park (Md.)
The Falcons (16-3) won their third state title in a row this spring, edging No. 14 Westminster, 7-5, in the Class 4A-3A final in Maryland. It’s the school’s ninth state championship. Coach Carin Peterson saw her team have to battle a little more than in the last two years. Their 47-game winning streak got snapped this season, and Severna Park lost three times in April but bounced back to win the title. Kathleen Barranco and Sam Farrell sparked Severna Park’s offense, and the Falcons also benefited from Peterson’s gutsy midseason move of midfielder Sarah Lloyd into the goal. That helped Severna Park turn everything around.
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