Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersMegan Whittle, McDonogh (Md.)
The junior scored six goals to help McDonogh to a 19-10 win over Maryvale Prep. The game was a rematch of last year's IAAM championship game in which McDonogh won 12-11 in the final 10 seconds. Whittle's scored five of her goals in the first half.
Heidi Smith, Broad Run (Va.)
In Broad Run's last three games Smith has scored an astounding 18 goals and added six assists. The senior tallied eight goals in a 13-10 loss to Briar Woods (Va.), a performance that was sandwiched between a six goal, four assist game against Osbourn (Va.) and a four goal, two assist game in a win over Freedom-South Riding (Va.).
Gussie Johns, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
With all the Saints offense it's easy to overlook the defensive side of the field. Johns has been stellar in goal for a team that has allowed double-digits in goals just once this season. The junior posted 10 saves in a win over then-No. 3 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and followed that up with a three-game stretch in which she totaled 22 saves in wins over Holy Cross (Md.), Christian Brothers (N.Y.) and Holton-Arms (N.Y.).
Games to Watch
McDonogh (Md.) at Century (Md.) – April 29
These programs were two of the best in the state in 2012 and are once again are the favorites to repeat as champions in their respective classes. Century is the defending Class 3A/2A champion while McDonogh is the four-time IAAM A champion. When these teams met in 2012 Century got closer to defeating McDonogh than any team before them, losing by just seven goals. That loss was the Knights only one of the season as they went on to win six-straight games to capture their title. The Eagles have won 84-straight games and will play teams in the hunt for the playoffs in their final four games of the regular season, including two of the top public schools in Century and Marriotts Ridge (Md.), which is 8-0.
Cape Henlopen (Del.) at Queen Anne's County (Md.) – May 4
The Vikings have been dominant this season, averaging a scoring difference of 12.5 goals per game over their opponents. The Vikings have scored at least 20 goals in three games and scored 19 in another over their last four wins. Queen Anne's has been one of the top teams in Maryland this season and have scored at least 20 goals in two games, including a 21-0 win to open their season over Cambridge-South Dorcester. The game marks the third time this year the Vikings will play a Maryland opponent, but the first against a public school team that is anticipated to make a deep playoff run.
1. McDonogh (Md.), 15-0
The Eagles extended their winning streak to 84 games with a 19-10 win over nationally-ranked Maryvale Prep (Md.). McDonogh has won four straight IAAM championships and has not lost a league game since the 2008 final against John Carroll.
2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 17-0
The Saints have not allowed a team to score double-digits in goals since March 24 and have been dominant in April. SSSA has played 12 games this month and have an average margin of victory of 10.5 goals per game in that span. Carly Reed leads the Northern Va./Washington D.C. area with 72 goals, Besser Dyson leads in assists with 77 and Gussie Johns has more than 100 saves so far this season.
3. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 12-1
Visitation ran into a buzz saw when it faced No. 2 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes on April 10, falling 14-9. The Tigers rebounded with a 19-6 win over Holy Child (Md.) and a 12-6 win over Stone Ridge (Va) and a 15-13 win over Flint Hill (Va.). Mary Patalita tallied 11 points in those three wins (six goals, five assists).
4. Moorestown (N.J.), 9-0
The Quakers have yet to allow more than four goals in any game this season and have allowed no more than two goals in seven of their wins. Marie McCool scored seven goals and Jessica Dadino scored five in two wins last week.
5. St. Paul's School for Girls (Md.), 9-3
The Gators stumbled slightly with a 9-7 loss to Archbishop Spalding – a game sandwiched between Bryn Mawr (Md.) and Mount de Sales (Md.). But St. Paul's rebounded with wins over de Sales and Garrison Forest followed by a 10-9 win over previously undefeated C.M. Wright. Shelby Wells scored five goals in the victory. The Gators have won seven of their last eight games.
6. C.M. Wright (Md.), 9-1
The Mustangs have been on a defensive roll lately – holding its last four of its last five opponents to five goals or less. The only glitch being a 10-9 loss to St. Paul's on Saturday. Junior Maggie Gallagher scored four goals in the loss to the Gators.
7. Maryvale Prep (Md.), 9-2
Maryvale ran into national No. 1 McDonogh to drop its second game of the year, but it's difficult to penalize them too much for the loss. Goalie Caroline Federico made 12 saves in the loss. Maryvale Prep is currently the No. 4 team in the IAAM based on its 6-2 conference record.
8. Century (Md.), 10-1
Led by Hannah Warther the Knights have ridden to an eight-game winning streak since it lost to C.M. Wright on March 23. Warther has 38 goals this season and should be a key player when Century meets national No. 1 McDonogh on April 29. Senior Haley Bordner leads the team with 27 assists.
9. Great Valley (Pa.), 9-0
Emily Scullin tallied seven points (five goals, two assists) and Brittany Edwards tallied six (four goals, two assists) to help lead Great Valley to an 18-3 win over Bayard Rustin and extend its winning streak to eight games. After giving up 10 goals in back-to-back games on April 2 and 4, the Patriots have not allowed more than eight goals in a game. They have held their last three opponents to just 14 goals total.
10. Bryn Mawr (Md.), 7-4
The IAAM is a tough place to play and give credit to the Mawrtians for playing nationally ranked St. Anthony's (N.Y.) in the middle of conference play. Bryn Mawr lost 5-3 to the Friars, but rebounded with an 8-5 win over Archbishop Spalding (Md.). Bryn Mawr currently sits in a second-place tie with St. Paul's in the conference.
News and Notes
Westfield (Va.) opened its season with a 13-6 win over Langley (Va.), which reached the Virginia High School League (VHSL) championship game in 2012. The Bulldogs followed up on April 9 with a 12-10 win over the defending VHSL champion Oakton.
"This team has become really hard to play every game," coach Kathleen Ruch said. "They're not fazed by their competitors anymore."
Westfield is 11-1 with just two games remaining in the regular season and the program is looking to improve upon last year's 11- 5 finish in which they lost to Langley in the Northern region tournament.
"It started with our first game. We played three of four state semifinalists to start the year. We beat Langley early. From there they've [the team] bought in and really exceeded expectations," Ruch said. "Beating Oakton was a huge win as well, but we don't want to make these wins the highlight of our season."
The second-year head coach has a team comprised of 10 juniors, six of which started as sophomores, and five seniors.
Meghan Heick is committed to the University of Virginia and Ruch said "is probably one of the fastest players I've ever coached. She's a playmaker who looks for teammates all over the field."
Molly O'Sullivan is one of the team's leading scorers and also takes the draw.
Around the Mid-Atlantic
Marriotts Ridge (Md.) has not received a lot of press this season, but the Mustangs can change that over the next few weeks. The 9-0 team led by coach Natalie Gaieski has scored at least 17 goals in all but one game this season (they defeated Winters Mill 7-6), but get thier toughest test of the season on April 26 when they face nationally ranked Mount Hebron (Md.). Then on May 2 the Mustangs play national No. 1 McDonogh (Md.) ... Pennsylvania is a tough place to play. Conestoga and Radnor appear to be the top two teams in the state right now, but Harriton, Springfield-Delco, Great Valley and, don't forget defending state champions Garnet Valley, are all in the mix. Just to show the level of competition between these teams: former No. 18 Radnor lost to No. 21 Conestoga, but Conestoga lost to unranked Harriton earlier, while Harriton lost to unranked Springfield-Delco, which lost to Conestoga ...
Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors. LM contributors compile the regional rankings.
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