Midwest Girls' Regional Report (May 16)
by Teddy Cahill | LaxMagazine.com
Lauren Hooker, East Grand Rapids (Mich.)
Meg Rosinski, New Trier (Ill.)
Dana Almquist, Stillwater (Minn.)
Games to Watch
Blake (Minn.) at Eden Prairie (Minn.) – May 18,
Indiana State Tournament Regional Final – May 18,
6 p.m. at Carmel
Ohio Division I State Tournament Regional Final
South/Central 2 – May 24, TBD
1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 17-3
The Ramblers have played only twice since the calendar flipped to May, but they won both those games. Loyola Academy is now in full preparation for the state tournament, which begins this week. The Ramblers are looking for their fourth-straight state title.
2. New Trier (Ill.), 19-2
A trip to southern Ohio turned into a triple-header after lightening forced the second half of New Trier's game against New Albany (Ohio) to be delayed. The Trevians went 2-1 against some of Ohio's best teams, beating New Albany and Medina but falling in overtime to Sycamore. New Trier now is focused on the state tournament, which begins this week. "It's just a matter of going out each game and making sure we're going as hard as we can," coach Pete Collins said.
3. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 12-0
The Eagles continue to control in-state competition and remain undefeated going into their biggest game of the season against Blake on Friday. Senior midfielder Christine Easton leads Eden Prairie with 42 goals, but six other Eagles average at least one goal per game.
4. Blake School (Minn.), 11-1
The Bears have had to fight through their schedule, but they are on a 10-game winning streak since losing to New Trier (Ill.) on April 14. Blake squeaked past Lakeville North (Minn.) 15-14 on Monday, in its first one-goal victory since the 2010 state championship game. Blake will meet rival and red-hot Eden Prairie (Minn.) on Friday.
5. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 13-3
The Golden Bears scored a big victory in their season finale against Sycamore (Ohio) on Saturday, beating the Aviators 16-7. Upper Arlington will take a seven-game winning streak into the state tournament, where it will be looking for its first championship since 2008. The Golden Bears have a favorable draw and will be expected to reach the final four.
6. Sycamore (Ohio), 10-2-1
The Aviators became the first Midwestern team, other than Loyola Academy (Ill.), to beat New Trier (Ill.) since 2009 with a 13-12 upset May 5. Sycamore overcame a three-goal deficit with two minutes to play before winning the game in overtime. Upper Arlington (Ohio), however, snapped Sycamore's 11-game unbeaten streak in Saturday's season finale.
7. New Albany (Ohio), 12-3
After losing three-straight games to Sycamore (Ohio), Upper Arlington (Ohio) and New Trier (Ohio), New Albany regrouped with an overtime victory against Medina (Ohio) and a win at Cleveland Heights (Ohio) to end the regular season. New Albany was down five goals to Medina at one point before coming back for a 15-14 victory. "I was really impressed with New Albany," New Trier coach Pete Collins said. "They have some really athletic, really solid players."
8. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 22-0
The Pioneers once again established themselves as the team to beat in Michigan, knocking off each of the next two best teams in the state in the span of three days. They beat Cranbrook Kingswood 6-3 on May 5 and Grand Rapids Catholic Central 11-9 on May 7 — the second time the Pioneers beat the Cougars this season.
9. Medina (Ohio), 11-3
The Bees lost a doubleheader at New Albany on May 5, falling in overtime to New Albany (Ohio) and then to New Trier (Ohio). Medina returned to Northern Ohio for two victories last week, building momentum before the state tournament. Medina begins its defense of its back-to-back championships Thursday against Notre Dame Academy (Ohio).
10. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.),
The Cougars compiled a 6-2 record in the last two weeks, losing only to East Grand Rapids (Mich.) and Loyola Academy (Ill.). Catholic Central avenged its loss to Forest Hills United (Mich.), the only other team to beat it this year, with a 12-11 victory on May 9. The Cougars begin their state title defense on May 24 against Lowell (Mich.). A potential third game against East Grand Rapids looms in the regional final June 2.
News and Notes
Blue Valley (Kan.) won the Kansas City Metro Girls Lacrosse Association championship, defeating Notre Dame de Sion (Mo.) 17-10. After losing the first four games of the season on a trip to Texas, the Titans finished on a 14-game winning streak. ... Marian Catholic (Ill.) made its April 30 game against Nazareth Academy (Ill.) a lupus awareness event, raising $500 for research and study of the autoimmune disease. Marian defeated Nazareth 9-8 and enters the state tournament with an 8-11 record. ... Cleveland Heights (Ohio) fell out of the top-10 after losing for the sixth time this season, allowing Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.) to return to the rankings.
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