Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Girls' Report
by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Olivia Kirk, Farmingdale (N.Y.)
Kirk backstopped the Dalers to last season's Class A state title. The senior goalie is committed to Division II school LIU Post. Despite losing two games last week to Darien (Conn.) and Garden City (N.Y.), Kirk had a fantastic week. She made 12 saves against the Blue Wave and eight saves against the Trojans to keep her team within striking distance in both games. Darien outshot Farmingdale 29-19 in the game. Kirk's clutch saves in the second half helped the Dalers erase a 10-8 deficit with two goals in the final four minutes.
Also Notable: Charlotte Allard, Notre Dame Academy (Mass.); Lauren Smolensky, Brighton (N.Y.); Haley O'Hanlon, Garden City (N.Y.).
Game of the Week
Manhasset (N.Y.) at Darien (Conn.), Saturday, April 26
In a matchup of top five teams, the Indians travel to Connecticut on Saturday to face the Blue Wave. The Indians play against Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) and North Shore (N.Y.) this week. The Indians and Blue Wave last met two years ago when Manhasset secured a 16-9 win at Darien. Julia Glynn, who is headed to Harvard, had three goals and one assist in that game to power the Indians. Manhasset is looking to rebound this week after dropping its first game of the season, a 6-5 loss to Maryland's Notre Dame Prep.
Northeast Region Top 10
1. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 6-0
In the team's first meeting since 2010, the Friars knocked off Farmingdale (N.Y.), the defending Class A state champion, 8-6. Northwestern commit Claire Quinn scored a team-high three goals and Rutgers recruit Kerri Puckhaber added one goal and one assist as the Friars ascend to the top spot in the regional rankings. St. Anthony's plays next at Holy Trinity (N.Y.) on Monday.
2. Darien (Conn.), 5-0
The Blue Wave can easily make an argument for the top spot in the regional rankings after a fantastic week that featured victories over Brien McMahon (Conn.), Garden City (N.Y) and Farmingdale (N.Y.). Darien avenged its only loss last season with a 10-9 overtime win on the road against Garden City. Dillon Schoen (Stanford commit) scored four goals in the win. The Blue Wave then defeated Farmingdale, 11-10, marking the first time in program history that they have beaten those two teams in the same season. Schoen finished with three goals, including the winner with 24.4 seconds left off a feed from Emily Stein. The schedule doesn't get any easier for Darien this week as it hosts Ridgefield (Conn.) and then faces Manhasset (N.Y.) on Saturday.
3. Manhasset (N.Y.), 5-1
The formerly top-ranked Indians dropped their first contest of the season, a 6-5 loss to Notre Dame Prep (Md.). Georgia Tunney scored with five seconds left to lift Notre Dame Prep. Abby Kucharczyk scored with 18 seconds left to tie the game at 5-5 for the Indians. Julia Glynn scored a team-high two goals and Erin Coleman recorded 11 saves for Manhasset.
4. Garden City (N.Y.)
The Trojans went 2-1 last week, defeating Wilton (Conn.) and North Shore (N.Y.), while dropping a 10-9 overtime decision to Darien. Katie Muldoon scored five goals and Haley O'Hanlon added five assists in the Wilton win. O'Hanlon scored a team-high three goals in the Darien loss. O'Hanlon closed her monster week with five goals and three assists against North Shore. The Trojans host South Side (N.Y.) on Tuesday.
5. Mount Sinai (N.Y), 8-0
The Mustangs stretched their winning streak to 28 games with a pair of wins last week. They won 13-6 over previously unbeaten Sayville (N.Y.) and 15-7 over Westhampton Beach (N.Y.). Sydney Pirreca finished with five goals and one assist and Julia Michaels recorded 13 saves in the Sayville win. Kasey Mitchell had two goals, two assists, eight ground balls, and 12 draw controls to power the Mustangs over Westhampton Beach. Pirreca added seven goals and an assist. Mount Sinai faces Babylon (N.Y.) and Harborfields (N.Y.) this week.
6. Brighton (N.Y.), 7-0
The Barons, last year's state runner up in Class B, make their first appearance in the regional rankings this season after completing a huge 3-0 week. Brighton won 17-7 at Bishop Ireton (Va.) and followed that up with an 8-7 win over Georgetown Visitation (D.C.). BI was ranked No. 15 in last week's national top 25, while Georgetown Visitation was No. 19. Coach Rich Curtis picked up his 300th career win as the Barons completed its road trip down south. Brighton opened the trip with a 17-4 win over St. John's College (D.C.). Senior Lauren Smolensky (Canisius) recorded 21 points and freshman McKenzie Harris added 19 points in the three wins. Harris has 110 combined goals in her first two varsity seasons.
7. Notre Dame (Mass.), 6-0
The defending Division I state champs have now won 22 games in a row after completing a 2-0 week with wins over Norwell (Mass.), 18-8, and Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.), 13-7. Norwell is the defending Division II state champion. Charlotte Allard, a North Carolina commit, scored eight goals and Lexi Lenaghan added four goals for the Cougars in the Norwell win.
8. Suffern (N.Y.), 4-2
The Mounties dropped a 9-8 heartbreaker to New Jersey powerhouse Moorestown (N.J.) last week. Marie McCool led Moorestown with four goals. Moorestown, which has won 60 straight, did not take its first lead of the game until midway through the second half. Caitlin Leary scored four goals for the Mounties.
9. Farmingdale (N.Y.), 5-4
The Dalers suffered through a 0-2 week, dropping close decisions to St. Anthony's (N.Y.) and Darien (Conn.). The Friars topped the Dalers, 8-6, and Darien escaped with an 11-10 win over Farmingdale. Olivia Kirk had an outstanding week in net for the Dalers, recording 20 saves in the two games. Emily Marlow finished with eight goals and two assists in the losses. Bridget Weil scored three goals in the Darien loss.
10. West Islip (N.Y.), 9-0
The Lions had a quiet week, posting an 11-6 win over Northport (N.Y.). Riley Hill finished with three goals and Emily Piciullo and Lindsay Darrell each added two goals and one assist for West Islip. The Lions face Ward Melville (N.Y.) and North Babylon (N.Y.) this week.
Coming off a 10-8 season, Victor (N.Y.) has established itself as one of the strongest programs in Section V (Rochester region) with a 6-1 start. The Blue Devils travelled across the state last week and went undefeated as they won three games in three days. Victor went 1-2 on the same trip last year. Victor won 11-6 over Long Beach (N.Y.), 10-6 over Sacred Heart (N.Y.) and 10-8 over Shenendehowa (N.Y.). Senior Liz Nussbam, a Lehigh commit, recorded 12 saves in the Shenendehowa win, including one in the final 10 seconds to preserve the win. Senior Megan Maloney (Canisius) finished with two goals and two assists and senior Hannah Savage (Loyola) added three goals for Victor.
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