Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Girls' Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Kristen Hansen, Strath Haven (Pa.)
The senior helped Strath Haven defeat nationally ranked Milton (Ga.) 10-9 in overtime. The attacker had two goals and one assist, including the game-winner with five seconds left in overtime. Strath Haven went up 9-6, but Milton rallied, scoring three goals in the final five minutes to tie the game and send it to overtime. Strath Haven gained possession and Hansen scored a goal off a rebound to get her team the win.
Also Notable: Ellie Majure, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.); Kiley Keating, Good Counsel (Md.); Jane Henderson, Harriton (Pa.); Marie McCool, Moorestown (N.J.).
Game of the Week
Bishop Ireton (Va.) vs. Milton (Ga.), April 25
Milton is coming off a mixed week, having lost 10-9 in overtime to Strath Haven (Pa.) and then beating Good Counsel (Md.) and Radnor (Pa.). They are 2-2 in their last four games and will head into a stretch where they play Bishop Ireton, Loyola Academy (Ill.) and Carondelet (Calif.) as part of the Legacy Lacrosse Cup before finishing up the regular season. Bishop Ireton went 1-1 last week with a loss to Brighton (N.Y.) and a win over Springfield-Delco (Pa.) and will also play Loyola Academy and Carondelet in the span of two days. These series of games are crucial for all three as three losses will likely knock them out of the Top 25. Yet three wins could catapult them further up the rankings.
Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10
1. McDonogh (Md.), 14-0
The Eagles broke then surpassed the national mark for consecutive wins last week and now stand at 106. They defeated two nationally ranked teams last week to get the record. Brandi Griffin had five goals and an assist in the Eagles win over Mount Hebron, which was the team's 106th.
2. Moorestown (N.J.), 9-0
Marie McCool had four goals and an assist and Tristan McGinley had two goals and an assist as the Quakers defeated Suffern 9-8.
3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.),
Gussie Johns made seven saves and Ellie Majure and Olivia Mikkelsen each had three goals as the Saints defeated Bryn Mawr 9-5 last week.
4. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 6-2
Georgia Tunney had three goals as the Blazers defeated Manhasset 6-5 last week. NDP scored four goals in the second half to get the win.
5. Marriotts Ridge (Md.), 9-1
The Mustangs faced their first Top 25 opponent of the year and came away with a 16-9 loss to No. 1 McDonogh.
6. Garnet Valley (Pa.), 9-1
The Jaguars suffered their first loss of the year, 13-12, at the hands of Good Counsel last week. Haley Warden had seven points on four assists and three goals in the loss.
7. Good Counsel (Md.), 8-3
The Falcons rebounded from their loss to Manhasset with a win over then-No. 5 Garnet Valley and St. John's (D.C.) last week, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Jaguars' previous victories in the region scheme. Haley Giraldi had five assists and one goal and Kiley Keating had six saves in the win over Garnet Valley.
8. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 9-2
Bishop Ireton fell 17-7 to Brighton (N.Y.), but rebounded with a 16-8 win over No. 16 Springfield-Delco (Pa.). Charlotte Sofield had nine points on five assists and four goals in the win over Springfield. Kayla Duperrouzel had three goals in the loss to Brighton.
9. Great Valley (Pa.), 9-0
A perfect 9-0 start was punctuated in the past week with a 19-12 rout of a Boyertown Area program that has 12 wins already, landing the Patriots in the rankings.
10. Strath Haven (Pa.), 8-2
Strath Haven went on the road and came away with a 10-9 overtime victory over nationally ranked Milton (Ga.). Kristen Hansen scored with five seconds left in overtime, her second of the game, to get the win.
It was a big week for the McDonogh (Md.) girls program as they broke the records for longest winning streak and unbeaten streak, and then put a couple more games in the record book. The Eagles tied the record early in the week with a win over Marriotts Ridge (Md.) then broke the winning streak record in a win over St. Paul's (Md.) on Thursday. On Saturday, they won No. 105 and 106 with victories over North Harford (Md.) and nationally ranked Mount Hebron (Md.).
The Eagles have six wins over Top 25 teams this season, including two last week to surpass the winning streak record of 103 that was held by Mount Hebron and Loch Raven (Md.). McDonogh has not lost a game since 2009.
"For the kids, it was a tremendous accomplishment. East team has been unique, but I don't think any one of our teams has had to play under as much scrutiny as this one has. They had to play with that pressure. I am really proud of this year's team," coach Chris Robinson said. "For the school and the community, it's been an unbelievable thing. It's brought a lot of positive recognition to our school.
These are typical high school kids. People call us the Russians because of the way we play on the field, but they're just normal kids. The big part of it [the winning streak] is that we're really part of a team philosophy. We've had a number of star players, but we've never relied on one player to get it done. We play 18 to 20 kids a game. If one kid is having a bad day and her head's not there, we have 16 or 17 to pick them up."
The Eagles have gotten a stellar season from Megan Whittle who scored six goals in the win over North Harford and added two assists and a goal in win over Mount Hebron. Brandi Griffin had five goals in the win over Hebron and had two goals in the North Harford victory.
Now that no other team lies ahead of them in the record book, the focus is once again on winning the IAAM championship for the sixth consecutive year.
"Taking an old adgne from Dean Smith [former North Carolina basketball coach], 'you can't get too high with the wins or too low with the low moments.' This is how this was. We had high intensity with the teams we were playing and the media attention this past week," Robinson said. "We came back this week at practice and told the kids it was over and the goal was to win the championship. We had a great practice. The kids were very relaxed."
With McDonogh headlining the news, it may be easy to overlook the team down in the Washington, D.C., area that is also having a stellar season and riding a 24-game winning streak. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) lost two of its best players in Carly Reed and Besser Dyson to graduation, but have continued to win this season and have defeated four teams in the Top 25. Junior Ellie Majure is commanding her squad with 72 goals - three of which came in a win over a hot Bryn Mawr (Md.) team and then four in games against nationally ranked Milton (Ga.) and Loyola Academy (Ill.).
2014 Mid-Atlantic Region Report Archive
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