Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Tom Peace | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersKate Burbank, Fox Lane (N.Y.), M
Burbank was named US Lacrosse All-American last season and made second team 2012 All-Hudson Valley. The senior midfielder recently had a three-goal game in Fox Lane's 16-14 win over Scarsdale (N.Y.). Burbank, who is headed to North Carolina in the fall, leads the team with nine assists.
Brittany Brown, Berkshire (Mass.), G
Brown hails from the Bronx in New York has had an impressive high school career. The future Virginia Cavalier was named US Lacrosse All-American last season and is a captain on the Berkshire squad this season. Brown helped Riverdale Country School win their first NYSAISAA State Championship in 2011 before transferring to The Berkshire School where she helped that squad win its first New England Class B title.
Taylor Hardison, Darien (Conn.), A
The attacker is coming off a four-goal performance in Darien's 14-7 win over New Canaan (Conn.). The 2012 First-Team All-American was also named MSG Varsity's top attacker in 2012, All-State and All-FCIAC in 2012. Hardison leads the team with 50 points on 25 goals and 25 assists.
Games to Watch
St. Anthony's (N.Y.) at Garden City (N.Y.) – May 8
In what could be the game of the year, these two top teams will meet to decide who should be No. 1 in the Northeast. Garden City, who is deserving of the top spot has defeated three top 10 teams this season and the Trojans look to add a fourth when they meet the Friars. As for St. Anthony's, it has been one impressive out of conference win after another, most notably a 9-8 win over St. Stephens & St. Agnes (Va.). Garden City is 12-0 and St. Anthony's hasn't lost a game since April 3 against Vero Beach (Fla.). The talent alone should make this game a must see with Maggie Bill and Jackie Jahelka doing battle.
Burlington (Vt.) at Rice Memorial (Vt.) – May 13
These Vermont schools are at the top of the state rankings with perfect 3-0 records. If everything holds in the next week this matchup will be a primetime matchup. Rice Memorial and Burlington have history, in 2011 both split the series and in 2012 Rice Memorial got the best of the Seahorses.
1. Garden City (N.Y.), 13-0
The Trojans defeated No. 5 Farmingdale 13-12 in overtime on May 2. Tara DeAngelo had four goals in the victory for Garden City. The Trojans have a date with St. Anthony's (N.Y.) on May 8 which could determine who will finish out the regular season in the top spot in the Northeast.
2. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 11-1
The Friars pulled off the huge upset on April 27 with a 9-8 win over No. 2 team in the country, St. Stephens & St Agnes (Va.). Maggie Bill came up big in the game scoring five goals. The win should give the Friars momentum as they get set to face Top 5 opponents, Garden City and Manhasset (N.Y.) this week.
3. Manhasset (N.Y.), 11-2
The Indians, despite losing to St. Stephens & St. Agnes by two goals, remain in the Top 5 this week. After the loss, Manhasset continued its dominance over in-state competition with wins over Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) and Massapequa (N.Y.).
4. West Genesee (N.Y.), 13-0
The Wildcats move into the Top 5 this week after an 8-7 win over Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.). West Genesee remains undefeated and the next challenge for the Wildcats will be Christian Brothers (9-2) on May 9.
5. Westwood (Mass.), 13-0
The Wolverines withstood a huge test on April 30 as Westwood defeated arch-rival Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) 7-4. Westwood is averaging 18 goals per game. Westwood beat Needham (Mass.) 10-9 in a big game on Monday.
6. Mt. Sinai (N.Y.), 13-0
The Mustangs have earned their way into the Top 10 this week with a perfect record that includes wins over Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) and Wantagh (N.Y.). Kasey Mitchell has provided the firepower for Mt. Sinai in the last five games with 19 goals.
7. Darien (Conn.) 11-1
The Blue Wave is back in the Top 10 this week after defeating then No. 4 New Canaan 14-7 on April 25. Dillon Schoen had a three-goal game and Emily Stein scored two and had four helpers for the Blue Wave. Darien's only loss came against No. 1 Garden City, which ended in overtime. The Blue Wave is averaging 18 goals a game.
8. New Canaan (Conn.), 11-1
Olivia Hompe had a three-goal game in the Rams 14-7 loss to Darien. Even though New Canaan took the loss and dropped from the No. 4 spot the Rams still are a talented team and have a win over Farmingdale (N.Y.).
9. Farmingdale (N.Y.), 10-3
The Dalers battled Garden City to overtime before losing 13-12. Nadine Hadnagy had a four-goal game in the loss. Farmingdale though, did rebound nicely with a 10-9 win over Summit (N.J.) on May 4 before losing to Manhasset 17-10 on Monday.
10. Bay Shore (N.Y.), 12-1
The Marauders suffered their first loss of the season on April 26 to Ward Melville (N.Y.), 11-10 in double overtime. The loss doesn't drop Bay Shore out of the rankings due to having big wins over seven teams with winning records on their schedule, including Northport (N.Y.).
News and Notes
West Genesee is on a roll
Making it to the state Final Four is the main goal for the Wildcats every year and this year West Genesee is playing the type of lacrosse to achieve that goal. The defending New York Class A champs (13-0) have dominated teams in 2013, scoring an average of 12 goals a game.
In large part the success is coming from four top scorers Hannah Elmer (52 points, 24 goals, 24 assists), Vicki Graveline (28 points on 21 goals and seven assists), Riley Donahue (24 points, 14 goals, 10 assists), and Alia Hildebrandt (23 points, 18 goals, five assists).
"We lost our scorers from last year and the leading goal scorer back was Hannah with 12 goals last year," coach Bob Elmer said. "So those four stepping up on the offensive side has been very important. Goals have not come easy this year."
The Wildcats won the 2012 Class A championship for the first time since 2008 and are filling the voids left by All-Americans Kara Dattellas (Delaware), Emily Tripodi (Cornell) and Shelby Mine (Hofstra). Elmer (276-20 career record), who is entering his 14th season as head coach of the Wildcats, realizes the squad this season is filling some big shoes. Losing so many players from last year's team has forced many girls to step up and contribute.
The defense, which is led by vocal leader and senior captain Abby Connor, has also been strong this season, holding teams to an average of less than eight goals per game.
"Junior Marissa Hudgins has played like an All-American causing turnovers, scooping up ground balls, and winning draws," Elmer said. "Goalie Andrea Francisco has also had a great spring so far."
Francisco has a .533 save percentage and 57 saves this season.
Even though West Genesee is having a huge season, the Wildcats still have lots of lacrosse to be played in 2013.
"We need to continue to improve on the offensive side. I have seen improvement but their needs to be more," Elmer said.
Pelicans look to get back to postseason
Loomis Chaffee (Conn.) is off to a 5-5 start and the Pelicans are coming off a 12-3 season a year ago. Loomis Chaffee has suffered some tough losses to top teams in the region in Darien (Conn.), New Canaan (Conn.), and Longmeadow (Mass.).
But the Pelicans are 5-1 against Founders League competition.
Last season Loomis Chaffee lost to Greenwich Academy in the postseason.
"The emphasis on [the team this year] is fundamentals and playing with intensity," said head coach Lisa Parsons.
The Pelicans return 10 seniors, all college bound, most notably a strong midfield line that includes captains, Katie Kent, Danielle Marmer and Molly Strabley.
Loomis Chaffee has won the Founders League 10 out of the past 11 years and the Pelicans hope to get another title added to the trophy case this season.
"We're hopeful that with strong leadership and a solid work ethic, we'll be ready to go," said Parsons.
Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors. LM contributors compile the regional rankings.