Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Megan Whittle, McDonogh (Md.)
The junior tallied six goals as the Eagles opened its season with wins over two nationally-ranked teams. The Maryland commit scored three goals each in a 12-6 win over Vero Beach (Fla.) and three more in an 11-8 win over Milton (Ga.). Whittle added five more more goals in the Eagles' conference-opening win over Bryn Mawr 12-7.
Shannon Palmer, Mount Hebron (Md.)
The senior tallied five points in a season-opening win over Oakland Mills. Palmer scored three goals and added two assists to help the Vikings to a 20-4 win. Mount Hebron jumped out to a 15-1 halftime lead.
Amanda Bochniak, Maryvale Prep (Md.)
Bochniak has been a big reason for Maryvale's 3-0 start this season. The senior tallied 18 points in the three wins this season, including scoring the final goal in overtime against Mount de Sales. The Marquette commit has 10 assists and eight goals thus far this season.
Games to Watch
Garden City (N.Y.) at St. Paul's School for Girls (Md.) – March 28
Last season Garden City went 0-2 against the IAAM, but gets an early shot at another Maryland school when they travel to Brooklandville, Md. The Trojans opened the season with a 17-8 win over North Shore while St. Paul's downed Roland Park 13-9 after dropping its opening game to No. 1 McDonogh. This will be a telling game for both teams.
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) at Carondelet (Calif.) – March 28
The Saints left for California last Friday and will play four California squads while on the west coast. The biggest test for coach Kathy Jenkins squad will be the No. 1 team in the Nike/US Lacrosse West Region. Carondelet is 6-0 and is allowing an average of just 6.16 goals per game. The Saints already have a signature win with its victory over Notre Dame Prep.
Loyola Academy (Ill.) at Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) – April 4
This is a must-win game for Loyola Academy if they want to crack the Top 25 early in the season. Coach John Dwyer always plays a tough schedule when he brings his Ramblers east and this year is no different. The Ramblers play five games in three days, starting with the game against Visitation. Last year Visitation won 19-8, but Loyola got the better of them in 2011, 11-8.
1. McDonogh (Md.), 5-0
The Eagles extended their winning streak to 74-straight games with two more wins last week. Coach Chris Robinson's squad defeated IAAM opponents Bryn Mawr and St. Paul's by identical 12-7 scores. They capped the week with a 17-3 win over Episcopal Academy (Pa.). The Eagles scheduled game against nationally ranked Farmingdale (N.Y.) is now listed as cancelled so their next game takes place against Garrison Forest (Md.) on April 2.
2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 3-0
The Saints extended their winning streak to 19 games with wins over Bishop Ireton (Va.) and Notre Dame Prep (Md.) last week. Besser Dyson tallied 11 points in the wins with five assists and two goals in the win over Ireton followed by a two goal, two assist performance against Notre Dame Prep. Carly Reed has eight goals in two games.
3. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 2-0
Mary Patalita tallied 10 points in Visitation's first two wins of the season. The senior dished out four assists and scored two goals in a 16-3 win over Bishop Ireton (Va.) then followed that up with a three goal, two assist performance in a 13-2 win over Sidwell Friends.
4. Moorestown (N.J.), 0-0
After a two-year drought the Quakers won the New Jersey Tournament of Champions last season and enter this season with a 26 game winning streak. Moorestown graduated three All-State players, including Player of the Year Stephanie Toy, but return 18 players overall (nine seniors, nine juniors) heading to college.
5. Maryvale Prep (Md.), 3-0
It took double-overtime, but the Lions defeated conference opponent Mount de Sales 10-9. Coach Jessica Randisi helped her team improve to 3-0 with a 14-9 win over Severn (Md.) later in the week.
6. Good Counsel (Md.), 2-0
The Falcons opened their season with a 21-4 win over St. Mary's Ryken then followed it up with a 5-4 in over Winters Mill. The win avenges Good Counsel's loss to Winters Mill from last year, a 11-10 heartbreaker.
7. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 2-1
Coach Mary Bartel's squad suffered its first loss last week, but won't fall too far as a result. The Blazers fell 13-7 to nationally ranked No. 2 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Notre Dame Prep gets into the meat of its schedule with conference games against Bryn Mawr, Roland Park and St. Paul's this week.
8. South River (Md.), 1-0
The Seahawks opened their season with a with a 10-9 victory over county rival Broadneck. Taylor Bresnahan tallied four goals and one assist, including the game-winning goal with 1:47 left in the game.
9. Chatham (N.J.), 0-0
Chatham won 21 straight games last year before losing 12-11 to Moorestown in the Tournament of Champions. This year the Cougars boast five Division I athletes in their senior class, including Mary Kate O'Neill, in addition to four juniors who have already committed to play Division I lacrosse.
10. Severna Park (Md.), 1-0
Courtney Wells tallied four points on three goals and an assist as the Falcons opened the season with an 18-3 win over Old Mill (Md.). Morgan Torggler and Laura Milleker each scored three goals and Lizzie Lloyd had three assists to help Severna Park move into the regional rankings.
News and notes
Young and Talented
Bishop Ireton (Va.) has been a program on the cusp for the last few years. Coach Rick Sofield has been steadily building his program and while graduation hit the Cardinals hard, this could be one of the more talented teams in the D.C. area this year.
Last year's team they had a lot of senior leadership with 11 players now graduated. Four or five of those were significant varsity contributors, but Sofield played an estimated 20 players throughout the 2012 season.
This season there are just two seniors and four juniors in the program, but do not be fooled. There is talent in the Cardinals' lineup.
Of the 14 sophomores on the roster, two have already committed to North Carolina.
"Overall talent level is higher, but we are substantially younger," Sofield said. "They're [the underclassmen] not role players anymore, they have to step up."
The midfield was hit the hardest and Sofield expects to start three sophomores in those positions this year.
The attack until returns its third and fourth leading scorers from last year, but will start one freshman.
"Her job will be to take care of the ball. We're not asking her to score 60 goals this year," Sofield said.
The young players will need to develop quickly as the Cardinals schedule boasts national powers Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), Milton (Ga.), Loyola Academy (Ill.) and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) ... and that's just the non-conference schedule. Bishop Ireton will also face reigning Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Holy Cross and runner up Good Counsel.
Ireton started off 2-0 before dropping games against Visitation and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes.
Rebuilding or reloading?
Bryn Mawr (Md.) finished 15-2 last season and its only two losses were to McDonogh and Maryvale Prep -- the teams that won and reached the IAAM conference championship game.
This season's team will look drastically different for coach Wendy Kridel after losing seven seniors, all starters, to graduation.
"Our style will be different this year," Kridel said. "We have less experience so defensively we will have to develop more leadership roles."
The defense should be solid with two goalies moving on to play Division I lacrosse: senior Ellie DeGarmo (Princeton) and junior Maggie Kane (Richmond).
"The defense should be strong early on. People will be seeing things from us they don't generally expect to see from us," Kridel said. "Personal-wise we need to make some changes."
The Mawrtians have four juniors on the team that will play college athletics (one will play field hockey).
The schedule started tough with a March 21 meeting against the No. 1 team in the nation, McDonogh, but the Mawrtians kept it close before falling 12-7. Games against Notre Dame Prep (Md.) and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) will help voters determine Bryn Mawr's national standing.