LM Midwest Region Report: May 25, 2011
by Matt Forman | LaxMagazine.com
Meghan Bauer and the Blake School (Minn.) continued their ascent in the rankings with a 14-12 win over in-state rival Eden Prairie.
Player of the Week
Kelsey Murray, New Trier, Ill.
It was a record-breaking weekend for the sophomore attacker. In the Illinois state playoffs sectional semifinals, Murray scored three goals and two assists, totaling five points in the game to set two New Trier single-season marks. With 67 assists, Murray passed current Duke freshman Molly Quirke's previous school-high of 65, and with 131 points, Murray took over the top spot from current Boston College junior Ginny Gummersall, who tallied 127. Murray broke Gummersall's points record with a free-position goal in the first half of the Trevians' 20-0 defeat of Evanston Township in the Illinois state tournament. Murray leads the state in both assists and points. With her junior and senior seasons remaining, Murray could be rewriting a few more career records during her time at New Trier.
LM Midwest Region Top 10
1. Loyola Academy (Ill.) – (17-2) – Loyola's quest for another state title began last Thursday, when the Ramblers brushed aside Northside Prep, 24-2, and continued as it edged No. 2 New Trier 16-14.
2. New Trier (Ill.) – (19-2) – The Trevians made a loud statement with their 22-0 walloping of Evanston Township in their postseason opener, but could not get past Loyola.
3. Medina (Ohio) – (12-2) – Medina topped Green, 18-6, in the first-round of Ohio's Division-I state tournament, and the Battling Bees are looking for back-to-back state titles.
4. Blake School (Minn.) – (11-0) – The Bears continue to move up the rankings after winning their biggest game of the season against archrival Eden Prairie, 14-12.
5. Hudson (Ohio) – (12-2) – It would be fun to see a rematch of Hudson and Medina, which played to a 14-13 nail-biter in early April, later in the Division-I state tournament.
6. Cleveland Heights (Ohio) – (9-6) – A 17-4 win over Westerville South kicked off the Division-I state tournament for Cleveland Heights, which is one of the region's most dangerous teams with post-season play underway.
7. Eden Prairie (Minn.) – (10-1) – The Eagles came up a few goals short against Blake, and now they'll turn their attention to the state tournament, where they should get another shot to unseat the defending champions.
8. Okemos (Mich.) – (14-1) – One of the only teams with games remaining on their regular-season schedule, the Chieftains posted three dominating wins last week and have one more this week before facing Saginaw Heritage in the Michigan Division-II state playoffs.
9. New Albany (Ohio) – (11-3) – New Albany was slumping slightly heading into Ohio Division-I playoffs, but the Eagles showed no signs of struggles in their 18-4 win over Dublin Coffman in the tournament.
10. Upper Arlington (Ohio) – (12-4) – The Golden Bears opened postseason play with a resounding 19-0 defeat of Lakota East, and they'll face Ursuline Academy in the second round on Monday, hoping to make a return trip to the Division-I state title game in two weekends.
Midwest Region Girls' Game of the Week
No. 1 Loyola Academy (Ill.) at No. 2 New Trier (Ill.)
– Monday, 6:30 p.m.
After these schools met in the state finals each of the last three years, new sectional alignment based on geography means that arguably the most-anticipated matchup of the Midwest postseason gets played earlier than usual. Located less than two miles from each other on Chicago's North Shore, the top-ranked teams in the region and the state will do battle in the Evanston regional Monday evening to determine which team moves on to the super-sectionals. The Ramblers snuck past New Trier, 12-11, earlier this season, and the rematch figures to be another hard-fought, one-goal game.
Editor's Note: Loyola defeated New Trier 16-14 to advance in the Illinois state playoffs and will play Glenbrook South on Wednesday.
News and Notes
New Trier raised $7,000 last week for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to increase awareness of pediatric brain cancer. Through the organization, various high schools and colleges provide love, encouragement and support for children with brain cancer as adopted honorary members of the team. ... John Burroughs School became the first team from the Midwest to win a 2011 state championship last weekend by beating Ursuline Academy, 15-14, in the Missouri title game. Ursuline topped Burroughs earlier this year in the regular season, but Burroughs bounced back in the postseason. Rahney Longley scored the game-winning goal with less than 10 seconds on the clock for Burroughs.
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