Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersMaddie Fisher, Mount Hebron (Md.)
The goalie is a big reason the Vikings have improved to 4-1 this season. Last week, in a 13-4 win over Hereford the senior recorded 15 saves. In the second game of the Fight for 5 tournament Fisher made nine saves in an 11-5 loss to national No. 1 McDonogh. The senior has 41 saves for the year and has helped anchor a defense that has allowed double-digits in just one game this season.
Reagan Newell, Centreville (Va.)
Newell tallied 14 points in a 21-8 win over Lake Braddock (Va.) on April 6. The sophomore attacker scored 11 goals and added three assists in the win. For the season Newell has 26 goals and 17 assists.
Candace Pallitto, Villa Walsh Academy (N.J.)
Pallitto scored accounted for 11 of her team's 16 goals in a 16-14 win over Mount St. Dominic on April 1. Pallitto added an assist to give her 12 points, which ties her for ninth in the National Federation of State High School's record book.
Games to Watch
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) at Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) – April 10
A Top 5 meeting of the two best teams in the Washington D.C. area could be one step in a potential national title run. The talent on display is impressive with Dyson and Reed anchoring the offense for Saint Stephen's & St. Agnes. Tess McEvoy (14 goals) leads the offense while sophomore goalie Mary Cole (23 saves) has been stellar in net. Visitation won the first meeting between these teams last year 12-11 in overtime, but the Saints won 18-6 on May 16 of last year in the ISL championship game. The teams are expected to meet twice again this season, but the winner of this game will either hold or become the No. 2 team in the nation.
St. Paul's (Md.) at C.M. Wright (Md.) – April 20
C.M. Wright finished 14-5 last season and its final loss came at the hands of eventual Class 3A/2A champion Century in the state semifinal. This year the Mustangs have started 5-0 and defeated Century 11-7 in their first game of the year. Wins over IAAM teams Roland Park (13-9) and Archbishop Spalding (13-11) in addition to an 8-5 win over Canandaigua Academy (N.Y.) have the public school surging in the rankings. The meeting with St. Paul's could further C.M. Wright's case for a Top 10 ranking. In the Mustangs' most recent win Lauren Haggerty and Maggie Gallagher each scored four goals in a 14-4 win over Winters Mill (Md.). The Gators only losses this season are to national Top 10 teams McDonogh (1) and Garden City (5) so they're battle-tested. Wins over Maryvale Prep (Md.) and Notre Dame Academy (Md.) gave them experience in close games -- winning both by a combined two goals.
1. McDonogh (Md.), 11-0
The Eagles have become one of the most impressive girls' lacrosse programs in history, capping off last week with their 80th-straight victory. Junior Megan Whittle scored two goals and added an assist in a 11-5 win over Mount Hebron (Md.) to finish the week.
2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 11-0
The Saints have been a machine this season, scoring at least 13 goals in every win while allowing just an average of 5.63 goals per game. Senior attacker Besser Dyson has tallied 50 assists and 16 goals while North Carolina commit Carly Reed has totaled 49 goals this season.
3. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 9-0
The Tigers narrowly defeated nationally-ranked Milton (Ga.) 13-12 in overtime to continue its undefeated season. The game was the Tigers second in the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Spring Fling over the weekend. Tess McEvoy scored three goals and added two assists in the first game, an 8-7 win over Radnor (Pa.). McEvoy has 14 goals and two assists this season.
4. Moorestown (N.J.), 4-0
The Quakers have shown no mercy through its first three games this year -- defeating its opponents by a combined score of 55-4. Mary Flick tallied four points on three goals and an assist in a 19-0 win over Maple Shade on April 2. Moorestown capped its week with a 15-4 win over Cherry Creek (Colo.). Marie McCool tallied seven points on six goals and one assist in the win.
5. Chatham (N.J.), 2-1
It took two overtimes, but Chatham finished off West Essex 11-10 on April 4. Mary Kate O'Neill tallied seven points on five goals and two assists, which included the game-winning goal in the final minute of sudden-death overtime. O'Neill has 15 points on 12 goals and three assists this season. Chatham suffered its first loss of the season when it fell to Manhasset (N.Y.) 14-7. Maddy Bowles and O'Neill led the team with three points each in the loss.
6. St. Paul's School for Girls (Md.), 5-2
The Gators are winning the close games this season. Three of the Gator's four wins have been by a combined five goals, including a 10-9 double overtime victory over Notre Dame Prep (Md.) on April 4. Haley McDonnell scored the game-winning goal with 2:17 left in the second overtime to lift the Gators over the host Blazers. Julia Braig added three goals in the win for St. Paul's.
7. Maryvale Prep (Md.), 5-1
Sophomore midfielder Miranda Ibello scored two goals in Maryvale's 18-11 win over Roland Park, which helped them improve to 5-1 on the season. Prep's only loss on the season came at the hands of No. 6 St. Paul's, 9-8.
8. C.M. Wright (Md.), 5-0
Lauren Haggerty scored four goals and had five draw controls to cap an impressive week for the Mustangs. Wins over Century (Md.), in addition to IAAM schools Roland Park (Md.) and Archbishop Spalding (Md.) have propelled coach Brent Ritz's squad into the Mid-Atlantic Top 10 and enough attention to earn a spot in the national Top 25.
9. Century (Md.), 5-1
The defending Class 3A/2A champions made it known early they'll be back in the hunt for the title again this season – posting wins over IAAM power Notre Dame Prep (Md.) and Class 4A/3A power South River (Md.). The Knights' Marissa Donoghue and Madie Hall each scored five goals in 22-4 win over Urbana to round out their week. Only a loss to No. 8 C.M. Wright mars their otherwise perfect season.
10. Springfield-Delco (Pa.), 6-0
The Cougars used an 11-10 win over Strath Haven (Pa.) to earn a spot in this week's Top 10. Alex Poplawski tallied five points on three goals and two assists and Emily Santana scored three goals to give Springfield a win over the team that had just defeated defending PIAA champion Garnet Valley (Pa.).
News and Notes
Jenny Purvis took over a Garnet Valley (Pa.) program that went 48-6 over the last two seasons and won the PIAA state championship last year under former head coach Kate Henwood. The Jaguars had won 44 games in the previous five seasons combined.
Purvis arrived at Garnet Valley as a teach after spending a year at Radnor and coaching the Junior Varsity B team last spring. Two months ago Garnet Valley administrators approached Purvis about the head coaching vacancy.
"It's a great program to be part of. It's a great town. Their club program is fantastic," Purvis said. "I'm very happy to be here."
The Jaguars lost six starters from last season's team, but return six return as well.
The Jaguars posted an 8-7 overtime win over then nationally ranked Good Counsel (Md.) on March 25. Since that win they've suffered one-goal losses to Strath Haven (Pa.) 10-9 and Radnor (Pa.) 9-8 in overtime.
But Garnet Valley returns several key players from the state championship team, including seniors Coley Ricci (midfield), Julia McGrath (midfield) and Ashley Pyle (attack). Players like Dana Davis and McGrath have made position switches to take advantage of their skills.
"Dana was one of the players, when I came in she told me she played defense," Purvis said. "She's so fast and we had a need in the midfield so I asked her to move. She has a nose for the goal. She just rips it."
Around the Mid-Atlantic
Penn Manor (Pa.) ended Manheim Township's conference winning streak with a 13-12 win on April 1. McKenna Edwards scored with 22 seconds remaining in overtime to end the Blue Streaks 42 game conference winning streak. Manheim Township's last Lebanon League loss was in 2009 to Penn Manor.
Cape Henlopen (Del.) is the defending four-time state champion and opened its season with a 9-8 victory over the defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion, Holy Cross. Anna Frederick scored five goals and Sarah Young scored four in the win. The Vikings have won 31-straight games.
The St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Spring Fling is one of the best girls' lacrosse events of the season and this year may have been one of the best. Four nationally ranked teams and two that has received votes competed on April 6 and provided voters with plenty to think about. Illinois powers Loyola Academy and New Trier both competed this year and went 1-3 combined, but proved the Midwest has some bite. New Trier defeated Hold Child (Md.) 16-9 and fell to Good Counsel (Md.). Loyola Academy, playing five games in two days went 0-2, but a loss to the Top 2 teams in the WCAC are not bad losses. And the Ramblers defeated nationally ranked Milton (Ga.) the day before the tournament and lost by just four goals to national No. 3 Georgetown Visitation. Good Counsel, Georgetown Visitation and host St. Stephen's & St. Agnes all went 2-0 during the tournament and Milton (Ga.) only lost a 13-12 overtime heartbreaker to Visitation. The Eagles defeated Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) 12-6 earlier in the day.