Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Girls' Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Charlotte McGuire, New Trier (Ill.)
Now that Kelsey Murray has moved on to the college game, Charlotte McGuire may have to assume an expanded role for the Trevians. It didn't seem like the pressure fazed her in the opener, as she tallied four goals and five draw controls in a blowout win over Glenbrook North (Ill.). She then managed three draw controls and three caused turnovers in a tighter-than-expected win over Oak Park-River Forest.
Notable: Julie Ball, New TrIer (Ill.); Lauren English, Evanston (Ill.); Shayna Lutz, Glenbrook North (Ill.); Margo Vandeveld, Mother McAuley (Ill.).
Game of the Week
New Trier (Ill.) at Montini (Ill.), March 26
In the first true challenge of 2014 for either team, Montini hosts New Trier on Wednesday. Given that both teams have lost plenty of offensive firepower, a repeat of last season's 17-14 upset in favor of the Broncos in the state semifinals is unlikely. Still, the revenge factor will be interesting, and this could well be an early marker of who the state's second-best team is behind Loyola (Ill.).
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 2-0
The Ramblers have gotten off to a dominant start in state play, outscoring their first two opponents 40-4. Evanston (Ill.), Upper Arlington (Ohio) and Hinsdale Central (Ill.) should provide a gradual scale-up for the team's Washington D.C. trip.
2. Medina (Ohio), 1-0
The Battling Bees came right out of the gate to defeat highly-touted Mason by six goals. Given their schedule, it might be a while before they lose another game.
3. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 0-0
Hard work early has paid off for the Golden Bears, who won 10 straight to claim last year's state title. With just two home games over the season's first month and Windy City Classic contests against Loyola (Ill.) and New Trier (Ill.), Upper Arlington will have to start at a high level.
4. New Trier (Ill.), 2-0
The Trevians experienced some early trouble, as expected without Kelsey Murray, needing a second-half run to put away Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.), not typically a state powerhouse.
5. Sycamore (Ohio), 1-0
When the Aviators last saw Worthington Kilbourne in 2011, the Wolves were a middling .500 team. Despite Worthington Kilbourne's impressive growth as a program, Sycamore still walked away with a five-goal win.
6. Mason (Ohio), 0-1
A season of high expectations began with a thud, as the Comets fell by five goals to Medina. Mason also began 2012 with a loss to Medina en route to a 2-6 start. Last year, the Comets didn't lose until the postseason.
7. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 0-0
The Pioneers have gone two full seasons without an in-state loss. Okemos and Catholic Central both have the potential to change that early on.
8. Blake School (Minn.), 0-0
The Bears went 0-2 against Illinois teams last year and 16-1 against Minnesota teams. Can they improve their regional reputation in 2014?
9. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 0-0
Land of Lincoln foes Loyola, New Trier, Glenbrook South and Lake Forest highlight a difficult first month for Hinsdale Central. The Ramblers and Trevians were responsible for four of the Red Devils' five losses in 2013.
10. Montini Catholic (Ill.), 1-0
Montini Catholic absolutely ran away with its opener. Don't count on the same against New Trier (Ill.), its next opponent.
Kelsey Murray is tied for fifth on Stanford with nine goals in seven games. The former New Trier standout has helped the Cardinal to a 6-1 start, including overtime wins over ranked foes Towson and Georgetown. ... Last year's Midwest Player of the Year, Maggie Nick, will join Stanford next year to help form a Land of Lincoln-dominated attack. ... Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) was 32-7-1 over two seasons entering its 2014 opener against Sycamore. ... Loyola alumna Anna Schueler has tallied hat tricks in consecutive games for Michigan. ... Medina (Ohio) has now won eight straight openers. The Battling Bees have made a habit of starting strong. They've gone undefeated through their first four games in six straight seasons, including a 10-0 start in 2009 and a perfect 21-0 campaign in 2010.
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