Nike/LM HS Mid-Atlantic Report: BI's Big Weekend
A whirlwind 24 hours for the Bishop Ireton (Va.) girls' lacrosse team started with prom Friday night, followed by a 9 a.m. flight to Atlanta for a two-game stretch Saturday in the Legacy Cup.
Not all the plans went as scheduled.
The team's flight arrived in Atlanta, and there wasn't enough time to check in at the hotel, so Bishop Ireton went straight to the field at around 12:30 p.m. The Cardinals changed and stretched at the field and got off to a slow start, according to coach Rick Sofield.
"We just didn't have our legs under us yet," Sofield said.
But Bishop Ireton got it together and defeated Manheim Township (Pa.) 15-3. Navy commit Kelly Larkin led the team with six points on four goals and two assists. Kelly Matthews (Boston University) and freshman Lexi Ledoyen each scored three goals in the win.
Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
1. McDonogh (Md.), 14-0
Conestoga might be the hottest team to outside the rankings this week after defeating previously unbeaten Great Valley (Pa.) 11-10 on Saturday. The Pioneers have won eight straight games since losing the opener to Agnes Irwin (Pa.). ... Radnor is another team on a streak, winning its last four games and averaging 16 goals per game in that span. The Red Raiders handed Unionville (Pa.) its first loss of the year on April 11 and defeated Haverford (Pa.) and Harriton (Pa.). They have a tough stretch ahead of them with a game against a 6-2 Strath Haven (Pa.) team Tuesday, followed by a road game at 7-1 Springfield-Delco (Pa.) on Thursday. The week concludes with a game at home against an 8-1 Great Valley (Pa.) team.
Two Maryland public schools fell out of the rankings this week, with Mount Hebronlosing 20-4 against McDonogh (Md.) andQueen Anne's falling 11-10 in overtime to Stephen Decatur (Md.). Queen Anne's had just entered the top 10 last week, coming in at No. 10.
After the game, the plan was to go back to the hotel and let the player settle in before the 7 p.m. game against Milton (Ga.).
"The hotel was close to the field, so our plan was to get the girls checked in, let them shower, eat and close their eyes for a bit, but the rooms weren't ready," Sofield said. "Some of the juniors and seniors who went to the prom on Friday were sleeping in the lobby. So, after a few hours, around 5:30, we put them back in the van to go over to Milton."
There was no slow start this time, as the Cardinals led 6-5 at halftime and expanded the lead for a 14-8 victory.
"They were ready," Sofield said. "They were flying and won the first couple of draws. Charlotte [Sofield] really started to assert herself in that game. We just had more depth. [Milton coach] Tim [Godby] told me he had some girls out with injuries, but we played 20 girls. I used the whole defensive midfield. I run nine middies regularly. That started to wear them down."
"Milton's goalie [Shahpar Mirza] was outstanding, and she deserves a shout-out," Sofield added. "We took 29 shots on cage, and she had 15 saves. The score was 6-5 at the half and we were playing well, but it was only 6-5. We couldn't pull away because their goalie was awesome. She had 10 saves in the first half."
Charlotte Sofield finished with four goals and two assists, while Larkin had three assists and two goals and Matthews added three goals.
"After the game, we were ordering Chinese food while walking off the field," Rick Sofield said. "We swung by on the way back to the hotel and ate in the lobby while we got our hotel keys."
Sofield said the team finally settled down at around 10:30 p.m., when he did bed checks. But the Cardinals did not get to relax too long, as they were up at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast, so they could make mass at 10 a.m. After mass, they went to the airport for a 3 p.m. flight to Baltimore. Sofield said they expected to arrive back at Bishop Ireton at around 6:30 on Sunday.
And yes, they all had class Monday morning.
"I told the girls they were absolutely incredible," Sofield said. "Not a single person was late for the plane Saturday morning. They went to the prom, had a good time and did their thing, but they made smart decisions and did what they had to do. And maybe the most amazing thing is that the girls don't think it's that incredible. They told me, 'This is just what we do.'"
Bishop Ireton improved to 11-1 on the season and kicks off their Washington Catholic Athletic Conference schedule this week with three games.
Conestoga downs the undefeated
Mid-Atlantic Girls' Player of the Week
Sondra Dickey, Conestoga (Pa.)
Dickey scored four goals in the 11-10 win over Great Valley in an important District 1 meeting, including the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes left to put her team up 9-8. The game was tied at 7 at the end of the first half, but Conestoga outscored Great Valley 4-3 in the second to get the victory.
What is even more impressive about Dickey's performance is that she missed the previous game against Strath Haven (Pa.) on April 16 with a fever. Dickey's mom approached Orcutt before the game to tell her Dickey had a fever again.
"She probably shouldn't have played in that game, but she came up to me and said she was good to go," Orcutt said.
Also notable: Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley, Md.), Maddie Dickman (Century, Md.), Sarah Poli (Central Bucks South, Pa.), Suzanna Penikis (Strath Haven, Pa.), Mia Tornetta (Great Valley, Pa.).
The Conestoga (Pa.) girls dropped their first game of the year to Agnes Irwin (Pa.) 16-8. But since then, the Pioneers have reeled off eight straight wins, which have included games against Vero Beach (Fla.), Harriton (Pa.), Radnor (Pa.), Strath Haven (Pa.) and Great Valley (Pa.).
Conestoga is responsible for Radnor's and Great Valley's only losses of the season. The Pioneers gave Great Valley an 11-10 loss on Saturday night.
Conestoga is not a suddenly-successful team by any means. After graduating 15 seniors from the 2013 team, coach Amy Orcutt started four freshmen in 2014. Those players, combined with four seniors, sprinkled in with juniors, a few more sophomores and two freshmen, make up the 2015 team.
"Last year was a learning year for us," Orcutt said. "Building the confidence in those girls is what is giving us success this season. I feel like on the offensive end, we have so many girls who can score. This team is very unselfish. One of our strong points is our transition. We constantly pass. The girls just have that confidence in each other that they're going to make the pass and make the smart play. They've been in situations where we've been behind and came back. We've been in a position to learn to fight back after a deficit. That's a testament to their belief in each other."
Mid-Atlantic Girls' Games to Watch
Great Valley (Pa.) at Radnor (Pa.), Saturday
A meeting of two of the top teams in Pennsylvania, Radnor and Great Valley combine for a record of 16-2 this season. Radnor has a tough week with games against a 6-2 Strath Haven (Pa.) team, a 7-1 Springfield-Delco (Pa.) squad and, finally, at Great Valley. The Raiders' only loss this season was a 13-10 defeat at Conestoga (Pa.) on April 9.
Great Valley's week is not quite as tough as Radnor's, but the Patriots are coming off an 11-10 loss at Conestoga on Saturday. Their week starts with road games at an 8-2 Wissahickon (Pa.) and at a2-5 Coatesville Area (Pa.) before they briefly head home. Great Valley hosts 5-3 West Chester Henderson (Pa.) before traveling to Radnor for this late-season rivalry game.
Manchester Valley (Md.) at Century (Md.), Thursday
Manchester Valley is the defending Class 2A/1A state champion and has been dominant this season. The Mavericks have yet to allow more than nine goals in any game and have scored at least 10 goals in every game. They are coming off a 14-3 win over Winters Mill (Md.) in which Allie Little and Lizzie Colson each scored four goals. The defense has allowed just seven goals in its last three games.
Century is a traditional powerhouse and has been dominant this year. The Knights have allowed more than nine goals just once, a 13-8 loss to Severn School (Md.), and scored more than 11 goals in seven of their eight wins. They have a tough week ahead of them, with a game at North Carroll (Md.) on Tuesday, followed by Manchester Valley, then a game early next week against national No. 1 McDonogh (Md.).
Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Player of the Week
Christian Feliziani, Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
Feliziani helped the Churchmen control the offense by winning 18 of 22 faceoffs in an 11-8 win over Inter-Ac rival Malvern Prep (Pa.) on Friday. The win helped Episcopal improve to 3-1 in the league and 8-3 overall, as the Friars moved out of a first-place tie with Haverford School for the lead in the Inter-Ac standings.
Also notable: Colin Cahill (La Salle College, Pa.), Jake Martellucci (Episcopal Academy, Pa.), Scot Bruner (Howard, Md.)
Feliziani works a draw in a game earlier this spring against Haverford (Pa.). The Episcopal midfielder is this week's Player of the Week for the Mid-Atlantic (Kevin P. Tucker)
1. Haverford School (Pa.), 13-0
2. Landon (Md.), 13-1
3. Gonzaga (D.C.), 12-2
4. McDonogh (Md.), 9-3
5. Boys' Latin (Md.), 11-2
6. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 8-3
7. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 7-2
8. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 7-1
9. Delbarton (N.J.), 7-1
10. Bullis (Md.), 9-3
St. Paul's (Md.), on the fringe of the Mid-Atlantic Top 10, is in its second three-game winning streak of the season after earning victories in both its games last week against St. Mary's (Md.) and Calvert Hall (Md.). The Crusaders won three straight from March 24 to March 31 before losing two consecutive games to start April. They face a big test this week with a game against MIAA A Conference leader Loyola Blakefield (Md.) on Tuesday.
After winning three straight games, which included a 12-7 win over Calvert Hall, St. Mary's (Md.) dropped both of its games last week to fall to 5-5 and out of the Mid-Atlantic rankings. The Saints lost 8-7 to St. Paul's (Md.), then dropped a 9-6 decision to McDonogh (Md.).
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Games to Watch
Haverford School (Pa.) at Episcopal Academy (Pa.), Friday
This game is a rematch of the April 7 meeting between these teams in which Haverford came out on top 12-5. That loss for the Churchmen started a tough week, as they lost two of three games and dropped out of the Mid-Atlantic Top 10. The Fords have a tough week with two road games against Inter-Ac rivals, starting at Malvern Prep (Pa.) on Tuesday, followed by the game against Episcopal. Haverford has been on a roll lately, not allowing more than eight goals in any game since an April 2 win over IMG National (Fla.). In that same span, the Fords' defense hasn't allowed more than seven goals in any game -- a streak that covers seven games.
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) at Landon (Md.), Friday
This has the potential to be a big game for multiple reasons, the first being that it has conference implications, as the two teams have combined for a 23-3 record this season. SSSA rebounded from two straight losses with a 9-3 win over St. Albans (D.C.) on Friday. The Saints then defeated Cape Henry Collegiate (Va.) 18-1 and play Potomac School (Va.) on Tuesday before traveling to Landon. If the Bears pull out a win over Robinson (Va.) on Tuesday, this game could be victory No. 600 for head coach Rob Bordley. The long-time Landon coach entered the season with 585 victories, and they enter this week with a 13-1 record. Last season, Landon defeated SSSA 10-8 last year.
Mid-Atlantic Girls' Notes
Defending Maryland Class 2A/1A champion Manchester Valley (Md.) defeated Winters Mill (Md.) 14-3 on Friday to improve to 11-0. Allie Little and Lizzie Colson each scored four goals while Steph Colson and Rayna Deltuva each scored two goals in the win.
Century (Md.) racked up a season-high 26 goals in a 26-2 win over Francis Scott Key (Md.) on Thursday. Maddie Dickman totaled eight points on four goals and four assists in the win. Marissa Donoghue and Madi Hall each scored four goals in the victory.
Sarah Poli filled out the stat column for Central Bucks South (Pa.) in a 14-5 victory over Upper Dublin (Pa.) on Friday. Poli had nine draw controls, six assists and two goals to help her team improve to 6-2. The Titans have won two straight since they dropped an 8-7 decision to North Penn on April 14.
Strath Haven's Suzanna Penikis scored six goals and dished out two assists in an 18-6 win over Merion Mercy (Pa.) on Friday. Penikis' performance helped the Panthers rebound from a 17-6 loss to Conestoga (Pa.) on Thursday. Strath Haven is now 6-2 on the season.
Molly Fitzpatrick became the first player in Kittatinny (N.J.) program history to score 100 career goals, as she helped her team to a 15-3 win over Whippany Park (N.J.) on Saturday. The senior midfielder scored 34 goals as a sophomore and 50 goals last season. The Kittatinny program was started three years ago.
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Notes
Former Montclair (N.J.) boys' lacrosse coach Gil Gibbs was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. Gibbs, who died from cancer in 1978, compiled a 177-35 career record, including an impressive 144-10 record over his final nine seasons. Gibbs won seven NJSIAA championships in his career.
La Salle College (Pa.) started off the season 1-2, but has rebounded to win five straight games in dominant fashion. The Explorers are averaging 14 goals per game while allowing just three per contest. With a 13-3 win over Lansdale Catholic (Pa.) on Friday night, La Salle improved to 6-2. Junior Colin Cahill totaled five points on three goals and two assists, while sophomore Brett Baskin scored three goals in the victory.
Michael Reilly became the all-time assists leader in Bergen Catholic (N.J.) program history. The senior dished out two assists in an 18-9 win over Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) on Thursday to give him 90 for his career. Reilly now has 93 career assists and a total of 164 points in his career.
Haverford School (Pa.) improved to 13-0 with wins over Upper Dublin (Pa.) and Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) last week. The wins set up a an interesting week for the Fords, as they play road games against Inter-Ac rivals Malvern Prep (Pa.) on Tuesday and Episcopal Academy (Pa.) on Friday.
Howard (Md.) senior Scott Bruner scored eight goals in a 21-5 win over county rival Mount Hebron (Md.) on Friday. Bruner scored six of his eight goals in the second half. In the same game, senior Eric Schroeder scored seven goals, including four in the first half.
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