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H.S. Girls' Rankings Countdown: Nos. 1-5
by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
Farmingdale (N.Y.) is the No. 1 team in Lacrosse Magazine's 2009 season-end high school girls' lacrosse rankings.
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2009 Lacrosse Magazine High School Rankings
5. Guilderland (N.Y.)
The Dutch (23-1) suffered a painful end to the season, falling to No. 2 Farmingdale on a goal with nine seconds left in the New York Class A state title game. That loss was tougher considering that Guilderland had little trouble in the regionals, rolling over Kingston and Lakeland-Panas by seven and 10 goals, respectively. They were trying to become Section II’s first state champion. The Dutch didn’t have much trouble scoring goals this season until the finals, when the Dalers held them, 10-9. Danielle Tetreault had a big season, leading the team with 75 goals. Even though the Dalers blanked her in the championship game — she still had two assists — the Dutch could get plenty of offense in other places. But Tetreault was good throughout the season. She got seven goals in the state semifinal victory over Westport and will be playing at Harvard in the final. The Dutch could reel off goals in bunches. Seniors were a big part of coach Gary Chatnik’s team, which helped in big games. Guilderland has reached the regional round in the last three years.
4. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
Coach Kathy Jenkins built a dynasty, one that she’s kept going for years. That’s why it was just another year, another title for the Saints this spring. They rolled to a 23-2 record and had little trouble in the Independent School League — winning a 15th straight conference crown. The team’s only losses came to No. 1 McDonogh and No. 6 Notre Dame Prep, by a total of three goals. But the Saints had no trouble in the ISL, routing Bullis, 13-2, in the championship game. The Saints now have won 147 straight games in the conference. Kelly Austin had a big day in the finals, getting six goals. She’s headed to Georgetown next year. Charlotte Davis (Princeton) added three goals in the championships. This also is the third straight season that the Saints finished No. 1 in The Washington Post’s lacrosse poll. The bad news was that the McDonogh loss stopped a 60-game winning streak about midway through the season. The Post reported that Austin set new records for goals in a season (120) and career (232). Junior Kelsey Horton made the offense that much better and set records for points (146) and assists (99) in a season. The only question for next year is how well the Saints can bounce back since they’ll be losing a large chunk of their lineup, but they always seem to find a way.
3. West Genesee (N.Y.)
The Wildcats (21-2) may have lost to No. 2 Farmingdale in the New York Class A state semifinals, but they clearly remain one of the country’s best teams. That loss was frustrating as the Dalers rallied to tie the game, force overtime and then win it, 10-9. Still, West Genesee has won five state titles in the last nine years. But some might have looked past the Wildcats heading into this season as they lost nine starters from last year’s championship team. West Genesee also saw its three-year, 52-game winning streak end early this season with a loss to No. 8 Baldwinsville. But the Wildcats paid back the Bees twice, beating them in a regular-season game and eliminating them in the Section III finals. That game was particularly satisfying as West Genesee reeled off five straight goals for a 9-8 overtime victory. The Wildcats had so much balance in so many places. Maria DiFato (SUNY-Cortland) got 62 goals and 32 assists, while teammates Bre Hudgins (53g, 19a) and Morgan Corso (46g, 18a) gave the offense a lot of punch. But the bad news for opposing teams is that the Wildcats have a number of good players returning — like Hudgins and Corso — and there’s no doubt that the tough semifinal loss to Farmingdale will only serve as an inspiration for the 2010 season.
2. McDonogh (Md.)
After a series of near-misses, McDonogh stood alone atop the nation's toughest conference -- and at No. 2 in LM's rankings. Click here for a breakout feature on the Eagles.
1. Farmingdale (N.Y.)
Janine Hillier's timely touch typified a magical season for Farmingdale, the No. 1 team in LM's season-end rankings. Click here for a breakout feature on the Dalers.
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