Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersZoe Stukenberg, Marriotts Ridge (Md.)
Stukenberg was a force in the playoffs, culminating in a nine-point performance in the Mustangs 15-5 win over Century in the championship game. The Maryland commit had six assists and three goals in the win.
Marie McCool, Moorestown (N.J.)
McCool had five goals and an assist as Moorestown defeated Mendham 18-10 to win the New Jersey Group 3 girls' lacrosse championship on June 1. The win helped the Quakers advance to the New Jersey Tournament of Champions semifinals on Wednesday.
Caleigh Foist, Harriton (Pa.)
Foist tallied nine points as Harriton downed Kennard-Dale (Pa.) 20-9 in the PIAA quarterfinal. Foist also had eight draw controls in the win. Foist had seven goals and two assists in the win.
Games to Watch
NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final — June 8
The brackets are set and the semifinals are played Tuesday so the options of teams vying for a state title are down to four. Moorestown (N.J.) is the favorite at 22-0, but needs to get through Shawnee (N.J.) on Tuesday for a berth in the final. Summit (N.J.) and Oak Knoll (N.J.) meet in the other semifinal after Oak Knoll upset Mountain Lakes in the quarterfinals on June 1.
PIAA Finals — June 8
Of the four teams remaining in the Pennsylvania state playoffs, two are receiving votes in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25: Harriton (Pa.) and Radnor (Pa.). Those two teams are the favorite to meet in the finals and Radnor won back-to-back PIAA titles in 2009 and 2010. Harriton already has two wins over Radnor this season, including a 15-6 victory on May 21. But Harriton has to get through Manheim Township (Pa.) and Radnor needs to defeat Peters Township (Pa.) on Tuesday.
1. McDonogh (Md.), 22-0
Season Complete: For the second-straight year McDonogh trailed in the IAAM Championship game and battled back to win the title and finish undefeated. The Eagles trailed St. Paul's (Md.) 8-4 early in the second half, but goals by Casey Black and Elizabeth George within 24 seconds of each other to spur a run that put McDonogh up 9-8 with 6:44 left in the game. The Eagles have won 91 consecutive games, 12 short of the all-time record of 103 held by Loch Raven (Md.) and Mount Hebron (Md.). The championship victory is McDonogh's fifth-straight conference title and barring a major change of opinion amongst voters, seals the No. 1 spot in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25. McDonogh finished with eight wins over teams currently ranked in the Top 25.
2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 27-1
Season Complete: The Saints won their 18th straight Independent School League-AA championship with a 14-12 win over Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) on May 15. They followed that title up by winning the VISAA title 19-6 over Collegiate (Va.) on Saturday. Besser Dyson tallied 13 points on eight assists and five goals in the win. The Saints finished 6-1 against teams currently ranked in the Top 25. Their only loss was to St. Anthony's (N.Y.).
3. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 21-2
Season Complete: The Tigers completed another highly successful season on a down note, losing to St. Stephen's St. Agnes 14-12 in the ISL championship game on May 15. Tess McEvoy scored three goals in a 6-1 run that chipped away at a six-goal lead to bring the Tigers within one goal. The Tigers have just four losses in the last two years, three of those against St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Visitation went 2-2 against Top 25 teams this season, both losses to the Saints.
4. Moorestown (N.J.), 23-0
The Quakers advanced to the New Jersey Tournament of Champions with a 18-10 victory over Mendham in the Group 3 girls' championship. Marie McCool scored five goals and Gabby Frank and Frankie Angeleri each had three goals in the win.
5. St. Paul's School for Girls (Md.), 13-5
Season Complete: The Gators appeared in the IAAM championship game for the first time since 2006 and had the biggest upset in the nation brewing early in the second half against national No. 1 McDonogh. Up 8-4 early, only an amazing run by the Eagles ended the Gator's season. Amanda Sutor scored four goals in the championship game while Shelby Wells and Paige Aldave each scored two in the loss.
6. Bryn Mawr (Md.), 10-5
Season Complete: The Mawrtians won five straight games heading into its game against St. Paul's in the IAAM semifinals, but fell to the Gators for the second time this season. Bryn Mawr's only losses this season were to nationally ranked teams: McDonogh (Md.), St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), St. Anthony's (N.Y.) and St. Paul's twice.
7. Harriton (Pa.), 23-2
The Rams advanced to the PIAA semifinals with a 20-9 win over District 3 runner-up Kennard Dale (Pa.). Caleigh Foust scored seven goals and had two assists in the win. Harriton next faces District 3 champion, Manheim Township (Pa.), in the semifinal meeting on Tuesday.
8. Marriotts Ridge (Md.), 18-1
Season Complete: The Mustangs defeated Century (Md.) 15-5 in the Maryland Class 3A/2A championship to win the title on May 21. Marriotts Ridge allowed double-digits in goals just twice this season and one of those games was a four-overtime victory over Mount Hebron (Md.). The win is Marriotts Ridge second state title in three years. Maggie Brooks scored five goals and Zoe Stukenberg tallied nine points in the championship victory.
9. Century (Md.), 16-3
Season Complete: It was not the expected ending, a 15-5 loss to Marriotts Ridge in the Class 3A/2A final, but the Knights put together a compelling enough record to warrant a spot in the Top 10 this week. As one of the top public school teams, Century allowed double-digits in goals just twice four times this season (three of those were losses), and came within three goals of upsetting the No. 1 team in the country, McDonogh.
10. C.M. Wright (Md.), 16-2
Season Complete: The Mustangs two losses this year are by a combined two goals and by identical 10-9 scores. The loss on May 17 ended their season as they fell to defending Class 3A/2A champion Century in double overtime. Kaitlan Moynihan scored three goals to lead C.M. Wright. Ellie Knott scored three goals to lead the team, followed by two goals from Julia Feiss.
News and Notes
Around the Mid-Atlantic
The Virginia High School League title will be decided on Saturday and without traditional title-winner Oakton the 2013 championship could be wide-open.
James Madison won the 2011 title and is the No. 1 team in the LaxPower.com rankings and is 17-1. The Warhawks play Osbourn Park (Va.) on Tuesday and already has wins over fellow semifinalist Langley (Va.).
Langley meets Loudoun Valley (Va.) for the first time this season in the other semifinal.
Episcopal Academy (Pa.) won its third-straight PAISAA girls' lacrosse championship with a 19-10 win over Friends Central (Pa.) on May 23. MC Curran won 11 draw controls and scored three goals in the win. The Churchmen rushed out to a 5-0 lead and extended the team to seven in the second half.
Morgantown (W.Va.) won the West Virginia High School Championship with a 12-9 victory over 2012 champion Fairmont Senior (W.Va.). The win capped a 14-0 season for the Mohigans.
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.
Check back to LaxMagazine.com every other Tuesday throughout the high school season for updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse Regional Girls' Top 10 rankings and the Nike/US Lacrosse National Girls' Top 25.