Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Samantha Burgess, McDonogh (Md.)
The senior epitomized the refuse-to-lose mentality in McDonogh's 11-8 win over St. Paul's in the IAAM championship game. With her team down 8-6, Burgess scored three-straight goals to give her team a lead they never relinquished.
Carly Reed, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
The North Carolina-bound Reed led the Saints to their 18th straight Independent School League-AA championship. Reed scored five goals in the win. Reed followed that game up with 17 points on 11 goals and six assists in the VISAA semifinals and finals. The UNC commit finished her season with 131 goals and 33 assists.
Ali Gormley, Springfield-Delco (Pa.)
Gormley scored four goals, including the game-tying and game-winning goals in a 12-10 victory over Conestoga (Pa.) on Saturday. With Springfield down 9-8, Gormley scored two goals with 1:12 of each other midway through the second half to give the Cougars the lead and the win.
Games to Watch
DIAA finals - May 23
Cape Henlopen (Del.) enters the state playoffs as the No. 1 seed and is the odds-on favorite to win its fifth consecutive DIAA championship. The Vikings have already defeated every other seed in the bracket and enter the playoffs at 14-1 (their only loss is to Queen Anne's County (Md.)). The last time Cape Henlopen lost to an in-state school was 2009 when it lost to St. Andrew's twice.
PIAA Semifinals - June 4
Pennsylvania has been a hectic place for girls lacrosse this season. Harriton (Pa.) could be the favorite, but any number of teams could walk away with a championship. Radnor (Pa.), Springfield-Delco (Pa.) and Conestoga (Pa.) are all teams that have fared well this season and there are several combinations of these teams defeating each other throughout the year.
1. McDonogh (Md.), 22-0
Season Complete: For the second-straight year McDonogh trailed in the IAAM Championship game and battled back to win the title and finish undefeated. The Eagles trailed St. Paul's (Md.) 8-4 early in the second half, but goals by Casey Black and Elizabeth George within 24 seconds of each other spurred a run that put McDonogh up 9-8 with 6:44 left in the game. The Eagles have won 91 consecutive games, 12 short of the all-time record of 103 held by Loch Raven (Md.) and Mount Hebron (Md.). The championship victory is McDonogh's fifth-straight conference title and barring a major change of opinion amongst voters, seals the No. 1 spot in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25. McDonogh finished with eight wins over teams currently ranked in the Top 25.
2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 28-1
Season Complete: The Saints won their 18th straight Independent School League-AA championship with a 14-12 win over Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) on May 15. They followed that title up by winning the VISAA title 19-6 over Collegiate (Va.) on Saturday. Besser Dyson tallied 13 points on eight assists and five goals in the win. The Saints finished 6-1 against teams currently ranked in the Top 25. Their only loss was to St. Anthony's (N.Y.).
3. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 17-2
Season Complete: The Tigers completed another highly successful season on a down note, losing to St. Stephen's St. Agnes 14-12 in the ISL championship game on May 15. Tess McEvoy scored three goals in a 6-1 run that chipped away at a six-goal lead to bring the Tigers within one goal. The Tigers have just four losses in the last two years, three of those against St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Visitation went 2-2 against Top 25 teams this season, both losses to the Saints.
4. Moorestown (N.J.), 20-0
Moorestown started its run to the Tournament of Champions championship game with a 19-0 win over Oakcrest in the South Jersey, Group 3 tournament last week. Tristan McGinley tallied seven points on four assists and three goals in the win. Marie McCool had three goals and two assists as the Quakers moved on to play Ocean Township on Monday. Moorestown dispatched Township 19-0 to move into the semifinals.
5. St. Paul's School for Girls (Md.), 13-5
Season Complete: The Gators appeared in the IAAM championship game for the first time since 2006 and had the biggest upset in the nation brewing early in the second half against national No. 1 McDonogh. Up 8-4 early, only an amazing run by the Eagles ended the Gator's season. Amanda Sutor scored four goals in the championship game while Shelby Wells and Paige Aldave each scored two in the loss.
6. Century (Md.), 16-2
It took double overtime, but Century defeated C.M. Wright 10-9 to reach the Class 3A/2A state finals and avenge one of its losses from earlier this year. Freshman Hannah Warther scored the game-winning goal (her fourth of the game and 64th of the season). The Knights attempt to win their seventh title in 10 years when they meet Marriotts Ridge (Md.) in the state championship Tuesday.
7. C.M. Wright (Md.), 16-2
The Mustangs two losses this year are by a combined two goals and by identical 10-9 scores. The loss on May 17 ended their season as they fell to defending Class 3A/2A champion Century in double overtime. Kaitlan Moynihan scored three goals to lead C.M. Wright. Ellie Knott scored three goals to lead the team, followed by two goals from Julia Feiss.
8. Bryn Mawr (Md.), 10-5
Season Complete: The Mawrtians won five straight games heading into its game against St. Paul's in the IAAM semifinals, but fell to the Gators for the second time this season. Bryn Mawr's only losses this season were to nationally ranked teams: McDonogh (Md.), St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), St. Anthony's (N.Y.) and St. Paul's twice.
9. Harriton (Pa.), 19-2
Harriton avenged an earlier loss with a 12-7 win over Strath Haven (Pa.) in the District 1 quarterfinals on Saturday. Sabrina Tabasso scored three goals and Melina Avery recorded seven saves in the win. The victory helped the Rams qualify for the PIAA state playoffs that begins May 29.
10. Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 17-1
Zoe Stukenberg finished with five goals and three assists to lead Marriotts Ridge to a 13-5 victory over Queen Anne's in a Class 3A-2A state semifinal on Friday. The Mustangs face defending champion Century in the championship game on Tuesday.
News and Notes
Smooth sailing the Moorestown?
Moorestown (N.J.) has been the consensus top team in The Garden State for the entire season in addition to being the No. 1 team in the Newark Star Ledger's Top 20 since the preseason.
"Heading into this year I didn't really know what to expect," coach Deanna Knobloch said. "We graduated 10 starters. We knew the talent we had coming up, but we didn't know how they'd gel together as a team."
They have gelled, defeating their opponents by an average margin of 13.57 goals per game. Only three game have been within single digits and none of those closer than four goals: Strath Haven (Pa.) 9-5; Shawnee (N.J.) 8-4 and Conestoga (Pa.) 15-10.
"Those games are key components to the success of our season," Knobloch said. "If we just played our league and no one else we wouldn't be prepared for the playoffs."
So is there any team that can begin to challenge the Quakers? First they have to get through the NJSIAA South, Group 3 tournament and barring an upset should be through to the Tournament of Champions.
Shawnee (N.J.) may be the team. The Renegades were among the closest to downing the Quakers.
Shawnee has two 50-goal scorers in Caroline Shinske and Shannon Nugent and is the No. 3 team in the Star Ledger's Top 20. The Renegades need to get through South, Group 4 tournament, which means they might need to get through Eastern (N.J.), which defeated them 11-10 on May 9.
Ridgewood (N.J.) could be the hot team, winning six straight games since it lost to Moorestown on April 27. The Maroons are the No. 2 team in New Jersey and have six players that has scored at least 25 goals this season. Darby Kiernan leads the team with 44 goals.
The Quakers will rely on McCool to lead the offense, but senior center Mary Flick has won 70 to 80 percent of draws this season, according to Knobloch. The senior has 24 goals in addition to playing well on defense.
Goalie Shannon Keeler has 59 saves and 15 wins this season.
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.
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