Nike/US Lacrosse South Girls' Report
by Laurel Pfahler | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Zan Biedenharn, Vero Beach (Fla.)
After a somewhat slow start to the season, Biedenharn played some of her best lacrosse when the Fighting Indians needed her most last week. The junior stepped up during Vero Beach's most difficult portion of the schedule, scoring five goals each in wins over nationally ranked Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and Harriton (Pa.). She also added two assists in the 16-15 win over Visitation, a team she also played especially well against last year, when she scored four goals in an 18-17 loss.
Notable: Chloe Duke, Hutchison (Tenn.); Molly Garrett, Winter Springs (Fla.); Felicity Havens, Ashley (N.C.); Olivia Ferrucci, Barron Collier (Fla.); Lucy Mills, Lassiter (Ga.).
Game of the Week
Ponte Vedra (Fla.) at Walton (Ga.), March 29
Ponte Vedra (Fla.) travels to Raider Valley for a pair of games against two of Georgia's best teams, beginning with Milton on Friday; however, the game against Walton is expected to be more evenly-matched. The Sharks are playing out-of-state competition for the first time in the program's six-year history and already have two wins against Chattahoochee (Ga.) and Mill Creek (Ga.), but could struggle against a more seasoned Milton program. Walton beefed up its schedule this year, too, and just came out of a tough stretch of games against teams from more traditional lacrosse states but has some confidence after beating Oviedo (Fla.) 19-7 last week.
South Region Top 10
1. Vero Beach (Fla.), 11-1
The Fighting Indians will be hard to overtake after proving themselves against some of the nation's best last week. They went 3-1 against four nationally ranked opponents, including wins over No. 9 Harriton (Pa.), No. 15 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and No. 13 St. Paul's (Md.). The lone loss came to No. 1 McDonogh (Md.) by four goals.
2. Milton (Ga.), 6-1
The Eagles bounced back from their March 15 loss to Vero Beach with two dominant wins against Walton (Ga.) and North Cobb (Ga.), outscoring them by a combined 40-8. They head into an eight-game stretch against out-of-state opponents, beginning with Ponte Vedra (Fla.) on Friday.
3. Hutchison (Tenn.), 8-0
The Sting went 3-0 last week coming off spring break. They outscored two more Tennessee opponents 43-0 combined last week before narrowly escaping Mill Creek (Ga.) 11-10 on Saturday. Johns Hopkins commit Chloe Duke scored the game winner with 35 seconds left.
4. St. John's (Texas), 6-2
The Mavericks went 3-1 during their spring break trip to California, only losing by three goals to the Golden State's 2013 champion, Los Alamitos. Both of their losses were to quality opponents, including Hutchison earlier this month.
5. Lassiter (Ga.), 7-1
The Trojans dropped their first loss, 15-5, to Episcopal Academy (Pa.) at the AmLax Challenge in St. Petersburg (Fla.), but came out of the trip satisfied with three more wins. They beat Winter Springs (Fla.) 16-13 and added a pair of 17-7 victories over St. John's College (D.C.) and Baldwin School (Pa.).
6. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 7-1
The Sharks had an extra week to prepare for a tough stretch of games, starting with Winter Springs (Fla.) on Wednesday, followed by Milton (Ga.) and Walton (Ga.) at the end of the week.
7. Lamar (Texas), 6-2-1
The Redskins were idle last week after going 2-1 against out-of-state opponents at the Dogwood Classic in Atlanta. They resume play Wednesday against Kingwood (Texas) before a big game against St. John's (Texas) on Friday.
8. Winter Springs (Fla.), 7-2
The Bears suffered their first two losses of the season, falling to Lassiter and Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) — both by three goals — last weekend, but they did add a 19-11 win over St. John's College (D.C.). Molly Garrett leads the team with 52 draw controls this season.
9. Walton (Ga.), 5-3-1
It was a tough week for the Raiders, who went 1-3 in its most challenging portion of the schedule. Walton lost games to national No. 11 Milton, Episcopal (Pa.) – by one – and national No. 9 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), but earned a decisive win over Oviedo (Fla.), 19-7.
10. Charlotte Catholic (N.C.), 6-0
The 2013 state runner-up Cougars added a pair of in-state wins, beating Butler 15-0 on Thursday before edging Cardinal Gibbons 15-13 on Saturday. They will need to step up their game a little this weekend with games against unbeaten Kell (Ga.) and one-loss Westminster (Ga.).
Vero Beach could not have hoped for better results during a brutal run of four games in five days last week, especially considering the way it began. The Fighting Indians twice faced five-goal deficits to Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) on March 18, including early in the second half when the visitors took an 11-6 lead, but came away with a 16-15 win on Katy Pridemore's goal with 11.7 seconds left. Vero Beach then battled No. 1 McDonogh (Md.) closer than ever before in a 12-8 loss Wednesday before beating No. 17 St. Paul's (Md.) 11-6 on Thursday and No. 6 Harriton (Pa.) 16-10 on Saturday. Neither Katy nor Hannah Pridemore played against St. Paul's because of injuries sustained earlier in the week. Ashley MacIntyre had a team-best three goals against McDonogh. ... Ashley (N.C.) had two players finish with nine points each last week in a 20-12 win over New Hanover (N.C.). Felicity Havens led the Eagles with seven goals and two assists, while Peyton LeCompte tallied six goals and three assists. Ashley proved productive on the circle, winning 26 of 33 draw controls, including 22 grabbed by LeCompte. ... Milton's win over Walton was close most of the first half before the Eagles strung together some goals to take a 12-5 lead into halftime. Milton led 18-5 before Walton scored three late goals to cut the game to a 10-goal margin for the final. Leading the way for the Eagles were: Jessi Masinko (three goals, three assists, two interceptions), Brooke Winsness (four goals), Mackenzie Lech (two goals, two assists, four draw controls), Claire Smith (10 draws won, one goal) and Shapar Mirza (14 saves). Erin McBride and Hunter Corvin led the Raiders with two goals each. ... Hutchison struggled with its shooting against Mill Creek (Ga.) on Saturday, hitting the post eight times and shooting just 11-for-36 overall. The win pushed the Sting's unbeaten streak to 28 games and protected the senior class' perfect streak at home.
Barron Collier (Fla.) realized last week how much it relies on North Carolina commit Olivia Ferrucci. The junior scored five goals in each of the Cougars' three games last week, including in the first half of Friday's game against Georgetown Visitation, when Barron Collier trailed just 7-6 going into the locker room. Unfortunately for Barron Collier, Ferrucci was assessed two yellow cards in the first three minutes of the second half, and the wheels came off in her absence. Georgetown Visitation rolled to a 22-8 win. Ferrucci finished the week with 15 goals, 12 caused turnovers and seven assists – eight of those turnovers and five of those assists coming in a 15-9 win over Holy Child (Md.). Jo Imbriani added seven goals, three assists and eight draw controls in those three games.
Winter Springs coach Todd Brock said although his Bears suffered their first two losses last week, they are right on track with where he wants them. They played well offensively in a 16-13 loss to Lassiter, but struggled to win the draw or force turnovers on defense to help gain back possession. The Bears have four players with 30 goals or more through nine games. Turnovers were a problem in a 12-9 loss to Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), but Winter Springs overcame penalties in a 19-11 win over St. John's College. The Bears had an 11-2 lead going into the second half before giving up six unanswered goals and survived despite playing man-down for 17 minutes.
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