Nike/US Lacrosse South Girls' Report
by Laurel Pfahler | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Abby Walker, Ponte Vedra (Fla.)
The senior midfielder scored three goals and assisted on three others to help Ponte Vedra to its third straight district title with a 13-8 win over Bartram Trail. Walker, an All-American and the St. Augustine Record's 2013 Player of the Year, also has been dominant on ground balls this season and was key in helping the Sharks maintain a possession advantage against the Bears. She is signed to play at the University of Massachusetts.
Also Notable: Jessie Bunting, Wando (S.C.); Mackenzie Lech, Milton (Ga.), Leslie Ferguson, Kell (Ga.), Lindsey Tangeman, Bishop Moore (Fla.)
Game of the Week
Walton (Ga.) at Lassiter (Ga.), April 26
This is a matchup of Georgia's No. 2 and 3 power-rated teams. They've both produced similar scores against common in-state opponents and played a challenging out-of-state schedule, but Lassiter has been rated above Walton all season after returning the bulk of its starters from last year's state runner-up finish. The Raiders, who returned five starters from last year, have played well despite beefing up its schedule this year and did have one game in which they were more competitive than the Trojans were against that same opponent. Walton suffered a one-goal loss to Episcopal (Pa.) earlier this year, while Lassiter lost by 10.
South Region Top 10
1. Vero Beach (Fla.), 16-3
The Fighting Indians rolled to their 10th straight district title on Friday, beating crosstown rival St. Edward's (Fla.) 13-3. Katy Pridemore scored three goals and added two assists, and Hannah Palau chipped in two goals to help Vero Beach advance to a state tournament first-round play-in game Tuesday.
2. Milton (Ga.), 10-3
The Eagles split a pair of games against two of Pennsylvania's top teams, showing some rust during a 10-9 overtime loss to Strath Haven (Pa.) in their first game in 11 days before beating Radnor (Pa.) 15-8. Mackenzie Lech and Jessie Masinko both finished with four goals over the two games.
3. Hutchison (Tenn.), 15-0
The Sting added two more wins last week. After beating St. Mary's (Tenn.) 19-5 on senior night Wednesday, Hutchison coasted to a 17-4 win over St. George's (Tenn.) on Thursday in a matchup between the state's top two power-rated teams. Freshman Griffin Gearhardt had eight goals and five assists for the week.
4. St. John's (Tx.), 14-2
The Mavericks locked up a No. 1 seed in the Southwest Preparatory Conference with a 14-0 win over Houston Christian (Texas) on Wednesday, then wrapped up the regular season with a 17-6 victory over Cy Fair (Texas). St. John's begins the city tournament Tuesday.
5. Lassiter (Ga.), 12-2
The Trojans breezed past Etowah (Ga.) and North Cobb (Ga.), outscoring them 46-10, including a season-best 27 goals against the latter. This is a big week for Lassiter, which faces Charlotte Latin (N.C.) on Friday and Walton (Ga.) on Saturday.
6. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 15-3
After blowing out Nease (Fla.) in the District 5 semifinals, the Sharks claimed their third straight district title Wednesday, beating Bartram Trail (Fla.) 13-8 to advance to a first-round play-in game this week against St. Augustine (Fla.). Abby Walker scored three goals and assisted on three others, and Katie Mauro added three goals and two assists in the winning effort.
7. Walton (Ga.), 10-5-1
The Raiders were competitive in a 16-13 loss to Strath Haven (Pa.) on April 14, but could not bounce back in their next game against Radnor (Pa.). Walton fell 16-8 for its fourth loss against an out-of-state opponent.
8. Kell (Ga.), 13-1
The Longhorns edged Blessed Trinity (Ga.) on April 15 but then earned a quality win over Westminster (Ga.) two days later, beating the Wildcats 14-9 to clinch the area title. Leslie Ferguson led with five goals and two assists, Talen Francis tallied four goals and Izzy Polermo finished with three goals and an assist. Hannah Rozen recorded nine saves in goal.
9. Lamar (Texas), 10-3-1
The Redskins finished their regular season with a 15-5 win over Katy (Texas) and head into the playoffs this week. They earned the second seed in the Houston City Tournament and will face the winner of a game between The Woodlands (Texas) and Cy Fair on Thursday.
10. Bishop Moore (Fla.), 15-2
The Hornets avenged last year's district championship loss to Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), beating the Highlanders 15-12 to claim the District 10 title. They have won eight straight since a three-goal loss to Olympia (Fla.). Lindsey Tangeman had four goals and an asssit for Bishop Moore, while Claire Ferry added three goals and an assist.
Wando (S.C.) was set to challenge defending state champion J.L. Mann Academy (S.C.) for the 2014 title over the weekend, but a threat of bad weather caused officials to move the game to Monday.
The Warriors (13-1) advanced to the final by beating Bishop England (S.C.), 15-14, in triple overtime on Thursday with the help of freshman Skylar Horner's seven goals. Jessie Bunting scored the sudden-death game-winner on her third goal of the day. Wando had defeated Bishop England 18-17 in a three-overtime game on March 26, and the Warriors had lost to the Bishops in the state semifinals last year.
Karlee Stinson added three goals for Wando, who challenged the Bishops' all-state goalkeeper Taylor Rice all night. Rice finished with 15 saves and three ground balls.
J.L. Mann (16-3) advanced to the final with a 15-7 win over Fort Mill (S.C.) on Tuesday as Ruthann Payne, Luci Ellison, Blakley Wilson and Ashli Woodard had two goals each to lead a balanced attack.
A slow start hurt Milton (Ga.) in its game against Strath Haven (Pa.) last week, its first action in a week and a half. The Eagles came back from a 9-6 deficit with three goals in the final five minutes to send the game to overtime but Strath Haven scored off a rebound at the end of overtime to win the game.
Coach Tim Godby said he believed his Eagles were the better team, but did not execute offensively and did not play at a high level overall.
The Eagles bounced back to beat Radnor (Pa.) on Youth Night, in which over 100 youth players attended the game. Milton took a 4-0 lead and never trailed in the 15-8 victory.
"We were a totally different team," Godby said, in comparison against the Strath Haven game. "We had the energy and enthusiasm we needed to play at a high level. We made a couple of tweaks in our offense and defense to start the game and it worked, but the main thing was our girls were pumped and ready to play."
Shahpar Mirza had a strong night, finishing with 13 saves and nine players scored for the Eagles, including three from Brooke Winsness.
Milton will face three more out-of-state teams this weekend at the Legacy Lacrosse Cup, which brings teams from California, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland and North Carolina to Georgia. The Eagles play national No. 15 Bishop Ireton (Va.) on Friday and then meets defending California North Coast Division I champion Carondelet and nationally ranked Loyola (Ill.) on Saturday.
Hutchison (Tenn.) came out strong against rival St. George's (Tenn.) in a much-anticipated matchup. Eighth grader Elizabeth Farnsworth netted the first goal 14 seconds into the game and the Sting went on to score 10 goals in less than 10 minutes. Farnsworth finished with five goals.
The Sting has now won 58 straight against in-state opponents and 35 consecutive games overall.
A big game in North Carolina was cancelled because of bad weather last week, as Charlotte Catholic (13-1) was set to face unbeaten Lake Norman (N.C.) on April 15. No makeup date has been announced yet. Charlotte Catholic is on a six-game winning streak since suffering a 12-10 loss to Kell (Ga.) on March 28.
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
- April 8
- April 15
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