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H.S. Girls' Rankings Countdown: Nos. 16-20
by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
Moorestown (N.J.) kept rolling in the Garden State, but the Quakers stubbed their toes on a trip to Mount Hebron (Md.), 12-11.
© Keith Maynard
2009 Lacrosse Magazine High School Rankings
10. Century (Md.)
The Knights earned their fourth state title in the last seven years with an easy 25-9 victory over Patterson Mill in the Maryland Class 2A-1A championship game. Century (15-1) finished in a three-way tie for first in Carroll County with No. 14 Westminster and Liberty. In fact, Liberty beat Century, 10-9, in a late-season game that paved the way for that three-way deadlock. But the Knights paid the Lions back a few weeks later in a state semifinal. Coach Rose Pentz's team relied heavily on Maryland-bound Katie Schwarzmann and Hofstra-bound Claire Brady, who combined for 20 points in the title game. The Knights have made the state title game six times in the last seven years.
9. Canandaigua Academy (N.Y.)
The Braves (20-3) were the only team that made Maryland private school power McDonogh blink this year. They handed the Eagles their only loss of the season, 12-10. But they came up short at the end, falling to Yorktown, 13-9, in New York's Class B state semifinals. Taylor D'Amore played a big role for the Braves this season, helping them in a number of ways. The trip down to Maryland in mid-April also helped as they beat McDonogh, lost to St. Stephen's and St. Agnes (Va.), 9-8, and edged Good Counsel (Md.), 10-9. That really gave the Braves some belief in themselves and everything took off after that. But missing Abbey Friend (practicing overseas with Canadian national team) on the day of the Yorktown game hurt coach Sue Ellis' team.
8. Baldwinsville (N.Y.)
The Bees (19-2) got off to a good start earlier this season,
stopping West Genesee's 52-game winning streak with a 9-8 victory.
But the season ended in a tough manner when West Genny got revenge
with its own 9-8 victory in the New York Section III final. What
made that one harder to swallow was that the Bees couldn't close
the door despite having a four-goal, second-half lead.
Baldwinsville also fell to West Genesee in a regular-season game.
The Bees won their first 12 games and were ranked No. 1 in the
nation by laxpower.com in May, but the season didn't end as well.
Kara Moschetti was a force on offense, getting
eight goals in a playoff game for coach Doug
7. Moorestown (N.J.)
The Quakers (25-1) just keep on rolling. They again played a very tough schedule and won a 10th straight New Jersey state title this spring, beating Mountain Lakes, 11-8, in the finale. Moorestown stretched its in-state winning streak to 210 games. The team's only loss this season came to Mount Hebron (the Maryland Class 3A-2A runner-up; the score was 12-11). Moorestown is a balanced team that can play offense and defense well, but the Quakers can score at the right times. Katrina Martinelli had four goals and two assists in the state title game. Alyssa Ogle scored three times in the game as the Quakers set a school record for wins this year.
6. Notre Dame Prep (Md.)
The Blazers (17-2) had a great season, finishing second in the tough Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) A Conference. Their biggest problem was McDonogh, as coach Mary Bartel's team suffered their only two losses to the Eagles, the final one coming in the conference championship, 13-10. Notre Dame Prep had plenty of good offense and rolled over a number of very good teams this season. Erin Laschinger, Covington Stanwick and Kelsi Bozel all sparked the team's offense this year. Laschinger and Bozel both scored four goals in the title game, but the Blazers let McDonogh score the game's final four goals to take the championship.
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