May 16, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Girls' Regional Report (May 16)

by Chris Goldberg | LaxMagazine.com

Top Performers

Caroline Federico, Maryvale Prep (Md.)
The junior goalie made 13 saves to spark a surprising 9-7 win over No. 2 seeded Bryn Mawr (Md.) in the IAAM A semifinals. Federico was also strong with seven key saves in Sunday's 12-11 loss to McDonogh (Md.) in the finals.

Tori Brown, Red Bank Catholic (N.J.)
Brown capped a three-goal spurt by scoring with 4:12 to play as Red Bank Catholic claimed a 10-9 victory over Manasquan (N.J.) in the championship game of the Shore Conference Tournament.

Jaclyn Leto, Chatham (N.J.)
Leto, a senior midfielder, had four goals and scored with 12 seconds left in the game to lift the Cougars to a 13-12 victory over Mendham (N.J.) in the championship game of the Morris County Tournament.

Games to Watch

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) vs. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) – May 16, 5:30 p.m. St. Andrew's School (Md.), Independent Schools League championship
It doesn't get any better than this. Georgetown Visitation won the regular-season match, 12-11, dealing the Saints their first ISL loss in 17 years. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes has won the league title every year since 1995. This rematch should be even better than the first game.

Mount Hebron (Md.) at Marriotts Ridge (Md.) – May 16, 5 p.m.
These two cross-town rivals will meet in the MPSSAA 3A/2A East finals (state quarterfinals). They played already in the regular season with Marriotts Ridge winning 12-6. Last year Marriotts Ridge defeated Mt. Hebron, 8-3, in this same game after falling to the Vikings, 10-9, in the regular season.

Episcopal Academy (Pa.) at Notre Dame Academy (Pa.) – May 17, 3:30 p.m.
This is a bitter rivalry in which Episcopal has had the upper hand rcently. Episcopal (12-5) won the first game this year, 13-12, in overtime, and can clinch outright its eighth straight Inter-ac League championship. If Notre Dame (16-2) wins, it would tie for the crown. Episcopal has won the last five games between the two clubs by one goal; Notre Dame won the game before that by a goal.

1. McDonogh (Md.), 18-0
The Eagles capped another perfect season — their third in a row — and won their 69th straight game by downing Maryvale Prep (Md.), 12-11, claiming their fourth straight IAAM Division A championship. Taylor Cummings garnered the game-winner with 9.8 seconds to play.

2. Moorestown (N.J.), 20-0
The Quakers got some measure of revenge with their 15-10 victory over Ridgewood (N.J.), the team they fell to, 10-9, in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final last season. Moorestown will be a favorite to win the Tournament of Champions crown this year. In the win, Stephanie Toy had four goals and three assists. They closed out the regular season with a 13-6 win Saturday over Shore Regional (N.J.).

3. Bryn Mawr (Md.), 16-2
The Mawrtians were knocked out of the IAAM playoffs by Maryvale Prep, 9-7, in Thursday's semifinal. They fell behind, 9-3, and their strong comeback fell short. Brywn Mawr still ranks among the top-5 nationally.

4. Marriotts Ridge (Md.), 17-0
The Mustangs faced Centennial (Md.) in the third round of the MPSSAA 3A/2A tournament Monday night. They toppled South River (Md.), 16-12, in the District V title game as sophomore Taylor Hensh scored five goals and senior Nicole Grote added three goals and two assists.

5. Century (Md.), 15-1
The Knights won a 27-0 whitewash of Northwood (Md.) in the second round of the 3A/2A state tournament and followed that up with a 18-3 defeat of Middletown (Md.). Century faces Demascus (Md.) on Wednesday.

6. Maryvale Prep (Md.), 13-4
The Lions became the talk of the girls' lacrosse world by stunning former No. 2 Bryn Mawr (Md.), 9-7, in the IAAM semifinals and then taking No. 1 McDonogh (Md.) to the final seconds before falling, 12-11. They won eight straight games until bowing to the Eagles, and made a blitz up the rankings this week.

7. Great Valley (Pa.), 19-0
The Patriots won the Ches-Mont League championship and earned the No. 1 seed for the District 1 tournament. Great Valley won its opening round game, 23-4, against Phoenixville (Pa.). It meets Villa Maria Academy (Pa.) on Thursday.

8. Ridgewood (N.J.), 18-2
The Maroons dropped a 15-10 decision to Moorestown (N.J.) but rebounded by thumping Immaculate Heart (N.J.), 18-3, to claim the Bergen County championship. Kelci Smesko, Kaitlin Concilio and Lauren Beausoleil each had three goals in the victory. They are the two-time defending champion of the Tournament of Champions and will be a contender again this year.

9. Chatham (N.J.), 18-2
The Cougars won the Morris County championship as Jaclyn Leto scored her fourth with 12 seconds to play in a 13-12 win over Mendham (N.J.). Kallan Murray added three goals and Mary Kate O'Neill had two for Chatham, which won its third title in the past five seasons.

10 (tie). Georgetown Visitation Prep (D.C.), 18-1
The Tigers advanced to the finals of the Independent School League championship with wins over Bullis School (Md.) and Stone Ridge (Md.). They face St. Stephen's & St. Agnes at St. Andrew's School (Md.) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for the title.

10 (tie). St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 22-3
The Saints set up a rematch with Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) for Wednesday and advanced to the finals of the Independent School League tournament with wins last weekend over Holy Child (Md.) and Flint Hill (Va.). They will meet Georgetown Visitation in the title game Wednesday at St. Andrew's School (Md.) at 5:30 p.m. Georgetown won the regular-season match, 12-11, a win that dealt the Saints their first ISL loss in 17 years. The Saints also played Potomac School (Md.) on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Virginia Independent state tourney; the final is scheduled for Saturday at Old Dominion University at 11 a.m.

News and Notes

McDonogh (Md.) wrapped up its third straight undefeated season in style by edging Maryvale Prep (Md.), 12-11, on a goal by Taylor Cummings with 9.8 seconds to play in the MIAA Conference A championship game Sunday at Stevenson University. The Eagles have won 69 straight games and four consecutive league championship. Corinne Etchison led McDonogh with six goals, Cummigs had four and Meghan Whittle had a pair. "Coach (Chris) Robinson made a good call to set up our final shot so we held it for a while and then we ran a play," said Maryland-bound Cummings, who had four goals. "There were 12 seconds left so I knew I had to go to goal. Luckily I got it past her (Federico); I was surprised it went in to be honest." Maryvale Prep had tied the game, 11-11, in the final minutes on tallies by Miranda Ibello (two goals) and Sam Darcangelo (two goals). "We just wanted to play the first 25 minutes and then worry about the second 25 minutes and they did," said Maryvale head coach Jessica Randisi. "They played a full 50 minutes of lacrosse and you can't ask for much more." Said McDonogh coach Chris Robinson: "They were so tough, they took care of the ball really well, and (goalie) Caroline Federico was just phenomenal. That was the toughest goalkeeper we have faced all year."

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) coach Kathy Jenkins on May 3 claimed her 600th career victory in her 36th year as the Saints downed Holy Child (Md.), 15-2. Jenkins said the girls' commitment to excellence helps drive her. "The commitment of the girls to learning and being part of a team is probably of the biggest importance to me," said Jenkins, whose team is now 22-3 and has 604 victories in her career. "Our schedule is pretty tough and we travel far on weekends to play good teams. I expect a lot of them time-wise and the girls understand that. I think their commitment carries them through the rest of their lives." Greenwich Academy (Conn.) coach Angela Tammaro is the only other active girls' lacrosse coach with more than 600 wins, in 47 years of coaching. To mark Jenkins' achievement, the school honored her prior to the Saints' first-round Independent Schools League tournament game. Jenkins co-founded the girls' lacrosse program at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes in 1976. At the time, she had never played the game herself, but she used her background as a basketball coach to create one of the most successful girls' lacrosse programs in the country. Her teams have won 24 conference tournament championships, 21 league titles, six state titles, and have had eight undefeated seasons.

Madison (Va.) claimed its second straight Liberty District Title by defeating Langley (Va.), 18-17. The win avenged the only loss of the year for the defending state champion Warhawks (15-1), who dropped a 13-12 decision to the Saxons (13-2) a month earlier. Madison's Katie Kerrigan had seven goals and an assist and Melissa Kellan added four goals and an assist, while Sam Babbit, Megan Bisson and Kierra Sweeny contributed two goals each. Goalie Sigourney Heerink had 11 saves for the win. The Warhawks entered Northern Region play this week as the Liberty District's No. 1 seed.


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