Mid-Atlantic Girls' Regional Report
by Chris Goldberg | LaxMagazine.com
Five Players to Watch
Taylor Cummings, McDonogh School (Md.)
An All-American last year, Cummings compiled 65 goals and 76 ground balls, leading the Eagles to their second straight undefeated season and third straight IAAM-A Conference title. She has signed with Maryland and already has 134 career goals. “No one can dominate like Taylor,” McDonogh coach Chris Robinson said.
Halley Barnes, Garnet Valley (Pa.)
Stephanie Toy, Moorestown (N.J.)
Carly Reed, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes
Molly Wolf, Bryn Mawr (Md.)
1. McDonogh (Md.), 0-0
Don’t ask what McDonogh will do for an encore. The Eagles already sang that song last year when they went undefeated for a second straight year and finished ranked No. 1 in the nation.
McDonogh has won 51 straight games and three straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A conference championships. Expectations will be high once again.
“Every team we play, we will have that little special asterisk next to our name,” Eagles head coach Chris Robinson said.
McDonogh boasts 15 players who will play Division I lacrosse in college.
Key seniors include All-American midfielder Taylor Cummings (Maryland), midfielders/defenders Sofia Robins (Boston University) and Liz Bannantine (Princeton), midfielder Corinne Etchison (Georgetown), attacker Mallory Schonk (Vanderbilt), goalie Katie Ferraro (Wagner) and defender Veronica Fiorino (Davidson). The top juniors are attacker Casey Black (Duke), attacker/midfielder Samantha Burgess (Florida), midfielders Grace Muller (Notre Dame), Devon Horine (Navy), Posey Valis (Virginia) and Isabella Huther (Cal), defender Maggie Preas (Virginia) and goalie Allison Silber (Michigan).
“Some people are talking about the streak since it’s getting up there,” Robinson said. “We’re not going to worry about that. We want the kids to have fun and enjoy the experience while not allowing the pressure to get to them.”
With just three seniors, the Saints went 31-2 in 2011. Imagine what they’ll do with 20 players back from that team, including senior midfielder/defender Paige Patterson (North Carolina), senior defender Michele Phillips (Notre Dame), and senior attacker Sarah Wilcox (Vanderbilt).
St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes opened the year with a 14-3 defeat of Bishop Ireton (D.C.) last week.
The Quakers regained the Group III state title last but fell to Ridgewood in the Tournament of Champions final. Midfielders Stephanie Toy (Notre Dame) and Haleigh Dalmass (USC), attackers Nikki McMonagle (Rutgers) and Lindsey Goldblatt (Colgate) and defender Elizabeth Johnson (Lehigh) lead a loaded senior class.
4. Bryn Mawr (Md.), 0-0
5. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 0-0
6. Good Counsel (Md.), 1-0
Good Counsel opened the season on March 19 with an 8-4 victory over St. Mary’s (Md.).
The Jaguars lost just one starter after going 24-3. Star seniors are attacker/midfielder Halley Barnes (Rutgers), midfielder Ally Heavens (Penn State), attackers AnnaElise Morello (Yale) and Kara Stroup (Temple) and defender Melissa Koscinski (Robert Morris).
8. Ridgewood (N.J.), 0-0
9. Marriotts Ridge (Md.), 0-0
10. Mendham (N.J.), 0-0
Mt. Hebron (Md.) at Marriotts Ridge (Md.), April
In a short time, this Howard County matchup has emerged as a premier rivalry in the Baltimore area. Since Marriotts Ridge opened in 2005, the schools have met a handful of times. Last year Mt. Hebron nipped the Mustangs, 10-9, in the regular season for what amounted to a County championship game, but Marriotts Ridge toppled the Vikings, 8-3, on the way to a 3A-2A state title.
“This rivalry is huge,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Natalie Gaieski. “There are a lot of emotions. It’s like the Ravens vs. the Steelers. It’s a big game and there is not much you have to say to the girls. They are incredible games to coach and to play.”