April 15, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Girls' Report

by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com

Related: National Top 25 | Northeast | Midwest | South | West

Player of the Week

Marie McCool, Moorestown (N.J.)

The midfielder showed why she is considered No. 1 at her position as she helped the Quakers overcome a 4-3 halftime deficit against nationally ranked Vero Beach (Fla.) on Saturday. The senior had three goals and one assist, one steal and one ground ball as Moorestown came out in the second half to outscore Vero 10-2 to get the 13-5 victory. Through six games this season, the North Carolina commit has 21 goals and 16 assists and has helped Moorestown extend their winning streak to 56 consecutive games.

Also Notable: Megan Whittle, McDonogh (Md.); Hannah Keating, Agnes Irwin (Pa.).

Game of the Week 

St. Paul's (Md.) at McDonogh (Md.), April 17

A bit of a no-brainer for the game of the week this week as the record for consecutive wins as no team has ever won more than 103 games in a row. With a win over Marriotts Ridge on Monday, the Eagles tied the record and with a win against conference rival St. Paul's, would be alone at the top and tie Loch Raven's unbeaten streak at 104 games. The Eagles are in rarifed air as they are among the longest winning streaks in Maryland history. The Holy Cross girls' basketball team won 107 during the 1980s and the Frederick (Md.) swim team won 104.

Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10

1. McDonogh (Md.), 12-0
No. 1 McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) defeated Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 16-9 on Monday to tie the national record for consecutive wins at 103.

2. Moorestown (N.J.), 5-0
Lindsey Ronbeck scored seven goals as Manhasset defeated No. 16 Good Counsel last week. Julia Glynn had three goals and one assist in the victory. They also defeated Vero Beach (Fla.) on Saturday.

3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 15-0
The Saints just keep winning, going 3-0 last week and winning by a combined total of 43-9.

4. Marriotts Ridge (Md.), 9-1
The Mustangs downed two county opponents last week, but fell to No. 1 McDonogh on Monday 16-9.

5. Garnet Valley (Pa.), 9-0
The Jaguars improved to 9-0 with wins over defending PIAA champ Harriton (Pa.) and Springfield-Delco last week.

6. Good Counsel (Md.), 6-3
The Falcons got three goals from Madison Hoover, Taylor McDaniels and Lexi Rieu in a 12-8 win over No. Bishop Ireton last week. Overall, they went 1-1 with a loss to No. 2 Manhasset (N.Y.) later in the week.

7. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 9-2
Bishop Ireton dropped its first game of the year, 12-8 to No. 16 Good Counsel, but bounced back with wins over St. John's (D.C.) and Collegiate (Va.) before falling to Brighton (N.Y.), 17-7.

8. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 6-2
The Blazers defeated No. 29 St. Paul's 11-8 last week to improve its record against the FAB 50. They played No. 1 McDonogh tight before falling 21-14.

9. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 6-3
The Tigers went 1-1 last week, falling to Bishop Ireton, but bouncing back with a 20-4 win over Episcopal (Va.). Ana Hagerup totaled nine points on five assists and four goals in the win over Episcopal.

10. Harriton (Pa.), 5-4
The Rams bounced back from back-to-back losses with wins over Ridley (Pa.), 18-5, and Boyertown Area, 20-10.

Notes

Agnes Irwin (Pa.) participated in the Checking for Cancer Invitational in Pennsylvania on Saturday and sophomore Hannah Keating made an impressive showing. The attacker scored 10 goals in an 18-11 win over Germantown Friends (Pa.) to bring her season total to 61 goals in nine games. She scored 79 goals as a freshman last season.

***

On Tuesday, April 1 the St. Maria Goretti (Md.) girls' team may have looked smaller than usual ... by five players to be exact. Head coach Sheaffer Reese suspended the players for punishment after they skipped practice to attend the boys' game. Among the players suspended were both goalies and left Reese's team with not goalies or substitutions against Smithsburg (Md.). Despite this St. Maria Goretti defeated Smithsburg 22-21. Taylor Blenckstone scored 13 goals in the win for Goretti.

"I told the kids we're going to win as a team and lose as a team and get punished as a group. It's a team effort. They understood it and endorsed the move. When I told them what I was doing there was no grumbling. The girls who were suspended with cheering so loudly on the bench during the game they raised the energy level. I think it really solidified us as a group," coach Sheaffer Reese said.

Prior to the game Reese came up with his game plan.

"If we load up the offensive end and put the younger kids at the defensive end and just put the pressure on we have a chance," Reese said. "If they don't have the ball they can't score. Once Smithsburg crossed the restraining line we let them go. We knew if they score we'd probably get the ball back on the draw."

Down three at the half Reese adjusted his team's strategy.

"I told the kids when we get the ball, sit on it. Let's chip away at the clock. We got up by one with four minutes left. They [Smithsburg] got frustrated and started to make some defensive blunders and get some yellow cards, which put them down one or two players," Reese said.

"In a strange way I think that open goal helped us. When the kids saw it they sprinted down, gripped it and ripped it. There was no passing. I really think it worked to our advantage."

***

No. 1 McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) defeated Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 16-9 on Monday to tie the national record for consecutive wins at 103.

With a win against St. Paul's (Md.) on Thursday, the Eagles would break the consecutive wins streak and tie for the longest unbeaten streak. Loch Raven (Md.) went unbeaten in 104 straight games from 1973 to 1982 after getting a tie then rolling off 103 straight wins.

Check back to LaxMagazine.com every 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.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Region Report Archive


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