Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Girls' Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Caitrin Holohan, Glenbrook North (Ill.)
As Eric Van Dril reported for Pioneer Press, Holohan notched the game-winner in a tight game against Barrington (Ill.), also securing a hat trick for herself. After a flurry of goals gave Glenbrook North (Ill.) a 10-6 lead, Barrington fought back, leaving the game in Holohan's hands.
Also Notable: Shayna Lutz, Glenbrook North (Ill.); Elizabeth Filley, Barrington (Ill.); Julie Ball, New Trier (Ill.)
Game of the Week
New Trier (Ill.) at Rockford (Mich.), April 26
The Trevians and Rams have both played second fiddle before. New Trier (Ill.) has played the undercard to Loyola Academy (Ill.), while Rockford has been pushed to the side by East Grand Rapids (Mich.). Otherwise, both teams have been very successful, and as of April 21, were undefeated in 2014. Alex Vander Molen and Kendall Short are elite scorers for Rockford, with each posting hat tricks against Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) and Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.). Charlotte McGuire, meanwhile, coming off a four-goal effort against Hinsdale Central (Ill.), has been a consistent threat for the Trevians.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 10-1
After a little rest, the Ramblers go back on the road, playing five games in three days against some of the South's best teams, including Milton (Ga.), Walton (Ga.) and Lake Norman (Fla.). The five teams they will play have a combined record of 50-14.
2. New Trier (Ill.), 8-0
No in-state foe has come within five goals of the Trevians thus far this season. Glenbrook South (Ill.) and Loyola Academy (Ill.) might change that. Meanwhile, New Trier's 9-3 win over Hinsdale Central (Ill.) impresses.
3. Sycamore (Ohio), 7-0
The Aviators continually show an ability to fend off the Comets, including a recent 11-9 win over Mason (Ohio). Those nine goals represented the most a stingy Sycamore defense has given up all season.
4. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 6-3
Though suffering three straight losses to begin their season could not have been easy, playing a hard schedule early seems to have paid off for the Golden Bears, who have won six straight. Their recent 12-10 victory at Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) added to an increasingly impressive list of in-state wins.
5. Rockford (Mich.), 7-0
There is little reason why the Rams shouldn't be considered one of the finest teams in the region. They posted a 21-4 record last season and are 7-0 this season. They'll have some chances to prove themselves coming up, starting with East Grand Rapids and carrying into Caledonia (Mich.) and New Trier (Ill.).
6. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 3-0
The Eagles look to be a force in Minnesota once again, particularly with an 18-6 victory over Edina (Minn.), a perennial contender that has taken its lumps early in the season. Road games at Minnetonka (Minn.) and Edina (Minn.) and a neutral-site game against Loyola Academy (Ill.) should test them over the next week or two.
7. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 6-2
Hinsdale Central lost to Indiana's leading powers. Otherwise, the Red Devils have outscored six talented foes, 92- 21. They also have scored exactly 17 goals in three of their last four games.
8. Medina (Ohio), 4-2
The Battling Bees continue to battle after falling in consecutive games to Upper Arlington (Ohio) and Sycamore (Ohio), picking up a much-needed road win at Chagrin Falls (Ohio).
9. Mason (Ohio), 6-2
A close loss at Sycamore (Ohio) and an easy win against New Albany (Ohio) does little to change Mason's reputation as one of the state's top teams that is still looking for a way past the state's top teams.
10. Blake School (Minn.), 2-0
The Bears should finish April in fine form before facing a great line of challenging foes over the first ten days of May, including Minnetonka (Minn.), Loyola Academy (Ill.) and New Trier (Ill.).
Thomas Worthington's five-game winning streak will be put to the test as the season draws to a close, with all four of its remaining games against teams currently .500 and above. In contrast, the 10-1 Cardinals have played four straight teams with losing records — and have taken advantage with a number of blowouts.
In its defense, Cleveland Heights (Ohio) has played a merciless schedule, first with contests against Ohio's best (Thomas Worthington, Medina, Worthington Kilbourne, Upper Arlington and Shaker Heights included) and then Colorado's best (Cherry Creek, Denver East and Colorado Academy). Still, there's no denying it has been a rough year for the former state champions, currently sitting at 0-9. A once proud program has scored four goals or fewer in eight of nine and surrendered 13-plus in eight straight.
Expect Chagrin Falls (Ohio) to recover from a close loss to Medina (Ohio) on the road, with three straight games against teams they defeated last season.