Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Girls' Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the WeekOlivia Nolan, Blake (Minn.)
Nolan helped provide Blake with its fifth straight championship Saturday. Often overshadowed by talented teammate Lydia Sutton, Nolan was a force in her own right, accounting for nearly half of her team"s goals in its 11-7 victory over Eden Prairie. After eighth-grade teammate Emma Burke gave Blake the lead coming out of halftime, Nolan drew the dagger, with a goal 11 seconds later.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 24-5
This wasn't the dominance many have grown accustomed to seeing from Loyola, but still the Ramblers finished with 11 straight wins and won a state championship despite allowing 10 goals per over their final three.
2. Sycamore (Ohio), 20-0
The Aviators did it all. They scored 14-plus in their last 10 games of the season. They beat every single powerhouse Ohio has to offer. Now, to paraphrase LeBron, it's time to take their talents around the region and challenge teams like Loyola Academy (Ill.) and New Trier (Ill.).
3. New Trier (Ill.), 22-1
The brutality of this season's finish might take a while to get over in Northfieid. New Trier posted a season full of smashing successes and big out-of-state wins only to finish as Illinois' silver medalist, a familiar position for the Trevians.
4. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 18-3
The Red Devils posted another excellent campaign, but they measure themselves on a different scale than most, by how they fare against New Trier and Loyola, and by that mark they were a painful 0-3.
5. Medina (Ohio), 17-3
0-2 against Sycamore, 17-1 against the rest of the world. The Battling Bees have a lot to be proud of, including holding every single opponent to single digits until the finale.
6. Mason (Ohio), 14-6
Two wins over Upper Arlington (Ohio) highlight a season that was bookended with disappointing losses to Medina. The bright side, they held Medina to seven in the postseason after allowing 13 in the opener.
7. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 18-2
The Pioneers finished in impressive form, posting a four-goal victory over a 20-win Okemos (Mich.) squad. After losing two of their first eight, the Pioneers never lost again.
8. The Blake School (Minn.), 17-2
The Bears' only two losses are to New Trier and Loyola Academy. Meanwhile, they posted a pair of wins over top rival Eden Prairie (Minn), scored seven goals at Minnetonka (Minn,) and won 17-3 at Benilde's-St. Margaret's (Minn.), which had just two losses prior.
9. Arrowhead (Wisc.), 18-2
The Warhawks may want to consider toughening their schedule. After a tough loss to New Trier, Arrowhead won its next 13 by an average of 11.8 goals.
10. MICDS (Mo.), 14-0
The only possible disappointment with the Rams' 2014 campaign is it had a somewhat anticlimactic end. Of their six final foes, only one had a record of greater than one game over .500 and arguably their greatest win came way back in mid-April.
News and Notes
A Minnesota rule declaring a game complete if 80 percent of playing time has elapsed and weather makes the game unplayable has drawn fire after it forced an early end to a spirited championship game between Eden Prairie and Blake. The Bears won 11-7, but even their coach Laura Mark expressed regret that they couldn't play the contest all the way through.
It was a great year for Katie Larson and Apple Valley (Minn.) who set a school record for wins, but an undefeated regular season ultimately fell to the wayside against Eden Prairie in the semifinals. Larson rebounded from a rough first half to notch a hat trick against Armstrong, thus giving third-seeded Apple Valley a chance to prove itself against one of the state's top two. They fell short, as Larson was successfully kept under control. Still, Larson finished with approximately 90 goals, including a hat trick in double overtime to erase a three-goal deficit against Prior Lake (Minn.).
This is the final week of Nike/US Lacrosse Region Reports on LaxMagazine.com. Next week will feature the Region Rewind, with a final Top 10 and Player of the Year for each region in boys' and girls' high school lacrosse for 2014.
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
- May 13
- May 20
- May 27
- June 3
- June 10
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