Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Preseason Girls' Top 10
Bushell brings tenacity to Shoreham-Wading River's midfield and
defensive units, as the Wildcats look to defend their New York
Class C title.
© Greg Wall
1. St. Anthony's (N.Y.)
The Friars were flat-out dominant in 2012, with their only loss coming to Maryland power Bryn Mawr. St. Anthony's went 19-1, beating Chatham (N.J.) and Garden City along the way. Look for a breakout season from midfielder Maggie Bill (North Carolina).
2. Farmingdale (N.Y.)
The Dalers feel the sting of blowing a 13-9 lead late in the Long Island Class A final. Nadine Hagnagy (Maryland) will lead them in their quest for redemption. Amanda Turturro (Rutgers), who scored six goals in an upset of Garden City, also returns.
3. Manhasset (N.Y.)
Julia Glynn showcased her scoring ability with three goals against Darien and five against Garden City — as a sophomore. The Indians started slow but won nine of their last 11, including impressive triumphs over Darien, Farmingdale and Garden City.
4. Garden City (N.Y.)
The Trojans lost five of eight in a midseason swoon. But they did play McDonogh (Md.), Bryn Mawr (Md.), St. Anthony's, Farmingdale and Manhasset in that stretch. Their fortitude surfaced in another state title. Garden City is battle-tested.
5. Notre Dame Academy (Mass.)
Great coaching must be genetic. Meredith Frank, daughter of Westwood's Leslie Frank, has built a contender around Alex Dalton (Notre Dame), Julia Simmons (UConn), Mariel Teague (Columbia) and Amelia Brown (Colorado).
6. Northport (N.Y.)
All five of the Tigers' losses were by three goals or fewer against top teams. Senior Cortney Fortunato (Notre Dame), the nation's top player who has been on varsity since seventh grade, should help put them on the winning end of those close contests.
7. West Genesee (N.Y.)
After six Class A titles in 11 years, it won't be easy to replace Erica Geremia, Emily Tripodi, Shannon Hawley and Kate Datellas. Though gashed by graduation at midfield, West Genesee did go 20-0 against New York foes.
8. Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)
Senior Meredith Bushell (Northwestern) leads the Wildcats, who won their last seven games, many of which came down to the wire. Impressive victories included those over Mt. Sinai and Christian Brothers Academy, which finished 20-2.
9. Westwood (Mass.)
The Wolverines overcame losses to Lincoln-Sudbury and Needham to win their final 12 games, avenging both en route to the state title. Defender Celia Condrick is the real deal, as she showed in stopping Madison Acton cold turkey in the playoffs.
10. New Canaan (Conn.)
The Rams return Olivia Hompe (Princeton) who chose to play lacrosse over ice hockey in college, as well as Lily Citrin, Bea Eppler and goalie Liz O'Sullivan (Stanford).
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