Nike/US Lacrosse South Girls' Report
by Laurel Pfahler | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Lindsey McKone, St. John's (Texas)
The sophomore midfielder led the Mavericks with 15 points over three games last week, scoring 10 goals and adding five assists. McKone, an all-Southwest Preparatory Conference player last year as a freshman, has played an even bigger role this season, helping fill the holes left by the graduation of leading scorers Amanda Leavell and Lauren Resnick. She finished 2013 with 43 goals, 50 draw controls and 23 caused turnovers.
Also Notable: Chloe Duke, Hutchison (Tenn.); Lucy Mills, Lassiter (Ga.); Riley Ewing, Walton (Ga.)
Game of the Week
Radnor (Pa.) at Milton (Ga.), April 17
This should be another good test for the Eagles, who were ranked No. 9 in the national poll last week. Radnor enters the week with just one loss this season and is ranked No. 24 in the StudentSports.com FAB 50. The game marks Milton's seventh against an out-of-state opponent this season and fifth in a row, following a game scheduled for April 16 against Strath (Pa.). The Eagles are 3-2 in games against non-Georgia schools this season, including wins over Good Counsel (Md.) and Archbishop Spalding (Md.).
South Region Top 10
1. Vero Beach (Fla.), 15-3
The Fighting Indians ended their regular season with two straight losses, but enter the postseason well-prepared by their most difficult schedule in program history. After beating Winter Springs 22-14 in Orlando on April 9, Vero Beach traveled north and lost 11-9 to nationally ranked St. Anthony's (N.Y.) on Friday and 13-5 at No. 2 Moorestown (N.J.) on Saturday.
2. Milton (Ga.), 9-2
The Eagles had a much needed week off after two tough games on April 5 -- a win against Good Counsel (Md.) and loss to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.). It was also timely as they prepare for five more games against out-of-state competition. They pick back up this week with Strath Haven (Pa.) and Radnor (Pa.), which is ranked No 24 in the StudentSports.com FAB 50.
3. Hutchison (Tenn.), 13-0
The Sting pushed its in-state win streak to 56 games while outscoring Lausanne Collegiate (Tenn.) and Houston (Tenn.) 40-6 last week -- despite missing leading scorer Elizabeth Farnsworth. Johns Hopkins commits Loring Gearhardt (five goals, eight assists) and Chloe Duke (10 goals, two assists) led the attack in both games.
4. St. John's (Texas), 12-2
The Mavericks have dominated since an overtime win over Lamar (Texas) on March 28. St. John's added three more wins last week, all by double-digit margins, behind big games from sophomores Lindsey McKone (10 goals, five assists) and Kara Wollmers (10 goals, two assists). The closest of the three games was a 20-10 win over Kinkaid (Texas).
5. Lassiter (Ga.), 10-2
The Trojans handed Kell (Ga.) its only loss this season, beating the Longhorns 13-6 on April 11 in Lassiter's first game against a Georgia opponent in more than a month. Lassiter held Kell to under 10 goals for the first time this season, and Lucy Mills finished with a team-high three goals, all in the first half.
6. Walton (Ga.), 10-3-1
The Raiders continued their trend of earning lopsided wins against in-state opponents, outscoring Etowah and North Cobb 51-9 last week, but prepare for bigger tests this week against Pennsylvania's Strath Haven and Radnor. In a 24-0 win over North Cobb, Riley Ewing had six goals and one assist, and Hunter Corvin finished with three goals and four assists. Kathryn Sweeden (seven saves) and Emily James (four saves) combined for the shutout in goal.
7. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 13-3
The Sharks ended their regular season on a five-game win streak, bouncing back from losses to Milton and Walton. In the final game before this week's district tournament, Ponte Vedra edged two-loss Oak Hall 16-15. The Sharks also beat Lake Highland Prep 15-11 last week.
8. Kell (Ga.), 11-1
The Longhorns were averaging 16.3 goals per game before Lassiter limited them to six goals last week in handing them their first loss. Haley Swift finished with two goals, and goalkeeper Cara Anderson made seven saves. Kell rebounded the next day with a 23-3 win over River Ridge (Ga.) and finished 2-1 for the week, including a blowout win over Creekview (Ga.).
9. Charlotte Catholic (N.C.), 13-1
The Cougars have won six straight since their 12-10 loss to Kell on March 28. The current streak includes outscoring two in-state opponents 36-5 last week. Charlotte Catholic, which also has a notable win over Georgia Class 5A defending champ Westminster School this season, takes on unbeaten Lake Norman (N.C.) on Tuesday.
10. Lamar (Texas), 9-3-1
The Redskins survived a challenge from Episcopal Houston in their only game last week, coming out with a 12-10 win April 9. Lamar has played five games decided by two goals or less and is 3-1-1 in those games, including an overtime loss to St. John's and a tie against Walton (Ga.).
Vero Beach (Fla.) had little time to recover after its loss at St. Anthony's (N.Y.) on Friday. Less than 18 hours later, including three hours on a bus, the Indians took the field at Moorestown (N.J.). The travel took a toll on the Indians by the second half. They had a 5-3 lead with 20 minutes to go and gave up 10 unanswered goals.
"It was pretty tough," Vero Beach senior Katy Pridemore said. "The first half we came out strong, but the second half came around and we were all just dead. We tried our hardest. I couldn't have asked anyone to do anything more. We did our best on probably seven hours of sleep, and we were just really out of gas."
Pridemore finished with eight goals over the two days, while goalkeeper Allison McDonough made 24 saves.
The out-of-state wins St. John's (Texas) picked up in California are looking even more impressive now, a month later. The Mavericks dominated Trabuco Hills (Calif.), which is now 12-2, and Redondo Union (Calif.), which is 9-3. Los Alamitos, which beat St. John's 10-7, is 8-3.
Hutchison coach Samantha Ziegler was especially pleased with her team's win over Houston (Tenn.) last week. Although the score was lopsided, she said she saw some things she hadn't in other games, including better ball movement through the midfield. Lauren Atkins was the catalyst to the Sting's re-defend and transition attack, and Shelton Wittenberg led a defense that "swing the ball extremely well to move" the ball to the attackers, Ziegler said.
Texas and Florida are winding down their seasons, but there are still some big games to be played in Georgia and Tennessee. Florida's postseason begins this week, while Texas is heading into regular-season finales this week.
2014 South Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 4
- March 11
- March 18
- March 25
- April 1
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