Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Girls' Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Kelly Matthews, Bishop Ireton (Va.)
The junior was stellar in the Cardinals playoff run this season. The midfielder totaled 13 goals in the WCAC playoffs, including six goals in the win over Good Counsel. Then she scored eight goals in three games in Ireton's run to the VISAA title, including a two goal, one assist performance against St. Stephen's & St. Agnes.
Also Notable: Corinne Wessels, Osbourn Park (Va.); Gussie Johns, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.); Marissa Davey, Marriotts Ridge (Md.).
Game of the Week
Marriotts Ridge (Md.) vs. Oakdale (Md.), May 21
The battle for the Maryland Class 3A/2A championship culminates at UMBC on Wednesday. Marriotts Ridge is the defending champion and the odds-on-favorite to win it again after defeating Century (Md.) 8-7 in the Section I championship game and previously undefeated Hereford (Md.) 19-3 in the state semifinal. Oakdale is a relatively new program with the school opening in 2010, but the Bears also posted a win over Century by a score of 8-7 in the regular season. The other common opponent for these two programs - Hereford, which Oakdale lost to 15-4 on April 17.
Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10
1. McDonogh (Md.), 21-0
The Eagles clinched their fifth straight FAB 50 National Championship with a 16-13 win over Roland Park in the IAAM championship game. McDonogh won its sixth straight IAAM championship and extended their winning streak to 112 consecutive games.
2. Moorestown (N.J.), 20-0
Moorestown won it's first playoff game of the 2014 New Jersey State playoffs 19-0 over South Jersey Group 3 No. 16 seed Pennsauken. The score at halftime was 13-0. The Quakers got two goals from four different players in the victory.
3. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 20-4
The Cardinals saved their best lacrosse of the year until the end of the season, winning 10 straight games and winning both the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and VISAA championships. Junior Kelly Matthews had an impressive playoff run with 13 goals in the WCAC playoffs and eight goals in the Virginia State playoffs.
4. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 27-2
The Saints finish their season as ISL champions with a 12-6 win over Georgetown Visitation and as VISAA runners-up. Junior Ellie Majure led the team with 109 goals and Gussie Johns made 159 saves. Junior Abby Bailey led the team with 50 assists.
5. Roland Park (Md.), 16-4
The Reds won seven of their last eight games to end the year, which included wins over St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), Bryn Mawr (Md.) and Notre Dame Prep (Md.). Senior CeCe Finney scored six goals in a 12-10 win over Notre Dame Prep in the IAAM semifinal game to propel them into the championship game against McDonogh.
6. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 10-5
The Blazers season ended with a 12-10 loss to Roland Park in the IAAM semifinals. Notre Dame Prep posted wins over Archbishop Spalding, Severn, Roland Park, Manhasset and Bryn Mawr this season.
7. Good Counsel (Md.), 14-6
The Falcons are WCAC runners-up in 2014 after falling 17-7 to Bishop Ireton in the championship game. Freshman Taylor McDaniels led the team with 34 goals while senior Paige Graham led the team with 27 assists.
8. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 17-8
The Tigers finish 2014 as the ISL runners-up after dropping a 12-6 decision to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Senior Kelly Myers led the team with 92 goals and junior Maggie Jackson led with 62 assists this season.
9. Garnet Valley (Pa.), 19-1
The Jaguars earned another shot at Harriton with a 22-11 win over West Chester Henderson in the District I quarterfinals on Saturday. In an April 8 meeting, Garnet Valley defeated Harriton 18-17.
10. Severn School (Md.), 14-4
The Admirals almost pulled the upset over No. 1 McDonogh, leading the Eagles 6-5 at halftime and holding a two-goal lead with six minutes left. In the end they fell 13-12, but it was the first one-goal game for McDonogh in two years. In the two losses to McDonogh this season, Severn only lost by a combined four goals and was the closest any team played them this season.
News and Notes
Rick Sofield took over the Bishop Ireton (Va.) program in 2011 and has led the Cardinals to more wins in every season since, culminating in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) championships this season.
The Cardinals had an impressive week last week, downing Good Counsel (Md.) 17-7 for the WCAC title on Monday then winning three games in four days, including a 9-7 win over St. Stephen's & St. Agnes in the VISAA championship game on Saturday.
"It's pretty amazing," Sofield said. "We started putting a plan in place in 2011 to build the program back up and compete. And the plan came together."
Bishop Ireton won 12 games in 2011, 15 in 2012 and 17 in 2013. The Cardinals started this season on a seven game winning streak, but hit a rough patch midway through the year when they lost three of four games, including a 17-7 loss to Brighton (N.Y.). They traveled to Georgia to take on Milton (Ga.), Loyola Academy (Ill.) and Carondelet (Calif.) and lost two of three, but the win over Carondelet started the Cardinals 10 game winning streak to finish the year.
"A couple things happened during the season. The girls started off quick and I was trying to build them into something particular - how they should be and how they should play," Sofield said. "We hit that rough patch and a lot of it had to do with injuries. We had four starters out against Brighton. We started getting healthy when we went to Georgia, but Charlotte Sofield broke her wrist. We didn't get 100 percent healthy until the WCAC championship.
On that trip to Georgia we were doing two-and-three-a-day practices and I had a revelation that this group of girls needed left alone and let them be who they are. We'd given them as much knowledge as we could give them and they figured it out. At some point I realized I just had to get out of their way and let them go play."
And play they did.
The WCAC title was the school's first conference championship since 2003 when softball took home the title. Sofield said he was unable to find a WCAC title in the girls' lacrosse programs history.
The future looks bright with a starting lineup that consists of two seniors, five juniors, two or three sophomores depending on the lineup and two or three freshman depending on the lineup.
"It's interesting when I talk to the girls and I ask them if they believe we did this," Sofield said. "They say 'yeah. you told us we could do this.' So I know they bought in to what we were doing."
Moorestown moved into Round 2 of the NJSIAA South, Group 3 Tournament and face Seneca (N.J.) on Tuesday. The teams have yet to meet this season, but as the defending champions Moorestown is the team that is the heavy favorite to win it all again. Moorestown has a 69 game winning streak and is led by North Carolina-bound Marie McCool who has 61 goals and 35 assists this season. Seneca is led by Megan Drum with 46 goals and Sam Scarpello with 33 goals this season.
On April 21, Osbourn Park (Va.) senior Corinne Wessels broke the National Federation of State High School Associations record for most assists in a career when she notched her 290th. Through May 19 she had 315 career assists. The senior has 43 assists and 73 goals this season. She has 401 career goals through May 19 as well.
2014 Mid-Atlantic 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
- May 13
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