Nike/US Lacrosse 2014 HS Preview: Mid-Atlantic Region Girls
|Gussie Johns and preseason No. 7 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) are one of the teams hoping to chase down Mid-Atlantic and national No. 1 McDonogh (Md.). (John Mecionis)|
Lacrosse Magazine's Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview features the preseason national Top 25 for both boys' and girls' (released Tuesday) and preseason regional Top 10s and Player of the Year Watch Lists for boys (Wednesday) and girls (Thursday) across the country.
Mid-Atlantic Region Girls' Preseason Top 10
1. McDonogh (Md.)
The Eagles are once again the consensus national No. 1 as they enter 2014 riding a 91-game winning streak and boast the No. 1 player in the nation in Megan Whittle.
2. Moorestown (N.J.)
The Quakers have a 51-game winning streak entering this season and return Marie McCool, who earned New Jersey Player of the Year honors and is considered the best midfielder in the nation.
3. Harriton (Pa.)
All but two starters return from the team that won the PIAA championship last season. Defender Hilary Lemonick and goalie Melina Avery anchor the defense.
4. Maryvale Prep (Md.)
Seven starters return from a team that reached the IAAM playoffs last season. Who will be the goalie? A sophomore and freshman will vie for the job.
5. Bryn Mawr (Md.)
An IAAM semifinalist last season, Bryn Mawr returns five starters, including goalie Maggie Kane. Junior Alex Argo anchors a strong defensive unit.
6. Marriotts Ridge (Md.)
The defending Maryland Class 2A/3A champion has eight starters back, which makes it the favorite to repeat. The attack should be strong, as it returns intact.
7. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
For the first time in four years, the Saints do not have Carly Reed or Besser Dyson in the lineup, but goalie Gussie Johns may be the best in the nation and will provide stability.
8. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.)
The Tigers have a new coach this year, so they may be tough to gauge early. But with Kelly Myers and Ana Hagerup returning to the midfield, plenty of talent remains.
9. St. Paul's (Md.)
The Crusaders also will work in a new coach this season. Paige Aldave, Kerri Clayton, Julie Braig and Sara Moeller will provide a warm welcome.
10. Good Counsel (Md.)
The defending WCAC champion returns senior Madison Hoover and adds Alyssa Chalk and Rose Prizzi to create a strong midfield line this year.
Player of Year Watch List
M Olivia Harpel, West Windsor Plainsboro (N.J.)
M Taylor Hensh, Marriotts Ridge (Md.)
G Gussie Johns, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
M Daniela Kelly, Peddie School (N.J.)
D Hilary Lemonick, Harriton (Pa.)
M Kacie Longo, South River (Md.)
M Marie McCool, Moorestown (N.J.)
M Kelly Myers, Georgetown Visitation (D.C.)
A Corinne Wessels, Osbourn Park (Va.)
A Megan Whittle, McDonogh (Md.)
A version of these regional breakdowns appears along with additional feature content in the March 2014 issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Join US Lacrosse today to start your subscription.