Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Girls' Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Liza Elder, East Grand Rapids (Mich.)
The Pioneers have been on the rise of late and there's been no bigger player in that turn than Liza Elder. On a day in which East Grand Rapids scored huge wins over Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) and Lake Forest (Ill.), Elder was front and center, finishing with 12 goals and seven assists.
Also Notable: Mercedes Reyes, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.); Jane Goodspeed, East Grand Rapids (Mich.); Honour Mullaney, Hinsdale Central (Ill.)
Game of the Week
Eden Prairie (Minn.) at Benilde St. Margaret's (Minn.), May 13
The Eagles have soared to an 8-1 start against less-than-stellar opposition. Their opponents are a combined 34-51 and that's including Loyola Academy (Ill.), one of the region's top teams. Can they pick up their sixth road win of the season and their most impressive since a 12-7 win over Minnetonka (Minn.)? Or will the Knights, fresh off a huge 10-9 victory at Lakeville South (Minn.), pick up the win in their final home contest of the season? The game features one of the state's top scorers in Sara Woodring, who leads Eden Prairie with 29 goals and 22 assists.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. New Trier (Ill.), 18-0-1
After losing Kelsey Murray, did anyone really think a perfect season was in the cards for the Trevians? They have earned it the hard way as well, having to stave off five winning teams in a row, including Loyola Academy (Ill.) by one, Mason (Ohio) by two and Arrowhead (Wisc.) by four.
2. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 16-5
The bad news? The Ramblers have given up eight-plus goals in seven of ten. The good? They have the ability to immediately wash out a disappointing result with another big game. Their schedule remains tough until the end with a home game against Rockford (Mich.).
3. Sycamore (Ohio), 15-0
After taking on - and beating - many of the best teams in the state, the Aviators rampaged through a weak end to their schedule, downing their final five foes by a margin of 95-11.
4. Medina (Ohio), 13-2
The Battling Bees have won 10 straight and after the way they took care of Michigan's best, one has to assume they are the leading candidate to knock off Sycamore in the state playoffs.
5. Mason (Ohio), 11-4
This has been a very good season for the Comets, but they're still itching for that one special win after falling flat against Medina (Ohio), Sycamore (Ohio), New Trier (Ill.) and Loyola Academy (Ill.) in their true marquee matchups.
6. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 11-2
Getting doubled up on by New Trier (Ill.) and Medina (Ohio) no longer looks so bad. Those teams are a combined 31-2 now. Meanwhile, the Pioneers have won five straight, including a big win at Rockford (Mich.).
7. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 11-2
The Red Devils have beaten one of Ohio's best (Upper Arlington) and one of Michigan's (Okemos), but can they beat Illinois' best come postseason time? They have a lot to avenge with early-season losses to Loyola Academy and New Trier (Ill.) still standing as their only blemishes.
8. Okemos (Mich.), 14-2
After getting off to an 8-0 start, the Chieftains have maintained momentum. Their only losses came against top regional threats Hinsdale Central (Ill.) and Medina (Ohio), while they have surrendered just seven goals over their last three games.
9. Caledonia (Mich.), 7-6
Six of the Rams' 15 games have come down to a margin of three goals or less. That should be good preparation for the postseason. They'll have to figure out a way past East Grand Rapids next year though, after the Pioneers beat them twice by a combined three goals this season.
10. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 14-4
Every single one of the Titans' four losses in 2014 came against top-line teams and with their final easy victory over Glenbrook North (Ill.), they've proven their worth this season.
Chagrin Falls (Ohio) closed its season just as it started, with seven straight wins. The Tigers can score with anyone, averaging 15 goals per game and winning five games in which the other team also finished in double-digits. They haven't beaten anyone groundbreaking, however, failing to take down any of the state's elite.
Note the rise of the Glenbrook's, two schools born out of the same area as Loyola Academy (Ill.) and New Trier (Ill.). Glenbrook South (Ill.) finished its regular season with 14 wins, including a five-goal victory at Glenbrook North (Ill.), and held the Trevians to eight goals in one of their four losses. 2014 also saw the Titans make a bold foray east, taking on St. Stephen's & Agnes (Va.). Meanwhile, Glenbrook North tallied an impressive 16 wins, albeit against more limited competition.
Montini Catholic (Ill.) has hit an offense groove of late, topping 19 goals in five of its last seven contests.
2014 Midwest Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
- May 6
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