Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Girls' Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Liza Elder, East Grand Rapids (Mich.)
Elder took advantage of a replacement opponent with three goals and two assists in East Grand Rapids' season opener. On a night when 13 players combined for 20 Pioneers goals, Elder still managed to stand out.
Also Notable: Meghan Datema, Rockford (Mich.); Alex Vandermolen, Rockford (Mich.); Katie Stegmann, Olentangy (Ohio).
Game of the Week
Glenbrook South (Ill.) at Hinsdale Central (Ill.), April 7
The Titans' pleasant start will be tested with a contest against a perennial state power in Hinsdale Central. This will be an early sign as to whether Glenbrook South is ready for the Land of Lincoln holy grail of Loyola Academy (Ill.) and New Trier (Ill.).
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 5-0
After outscoring their first four opponents by a margin of 73-9, the Ramblers began a stretch against superior opposition with a gritty win over Hinsdale Central (Ill.) Monday.
2. New Trier (Ill.), 4-0
The Trevians are off to a powerful start, doubling up on Montini Catholic (Ill.), which upset New Trier in last year's state semifinal, and edging defending Ohio champion Upper Arlington.
3. Medina (Ohio), 2-0
The Battling Bees' lengthy history of strong starts has continued into 2014 with two solid victories. Cleveland Heights (Ohio) and Hudson (Ohio) can usually be counted on for decent competition.
4. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 3-1
The Red Devils turned some heads with an 11-3 victory over Upper Arlington (Ohio), leaving the defending Buckeye State champions winless on the season.
5. Rockford (Mich.), 5-0
No one came within four goals of the Rams at the East vs. West Tournament, not even last year's state finalist, demonstrating that Rockford and its balanced attack will be tough to beat in 2014.
6. Mason (Ohio), 3-1
The Comets now have a few wins to their name and look to shine in their second real test, against Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) on April 4. They've outscored their last three opponents 44-8.
7. Sycamore (Ohio), 1-0
The Aviators began with a solid win over Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio). They're fortunate to have most of their toughest games (New Albany, Hudson and Mason included) at home early.
8. Blake School (Minn.), 0-0
The Bears ended last season in dominant form. There's little doubt they'll start strong in 2014, but can they prove themselves during a late season swing against top Illinois foes? Of their five losses over the past two seasons, three came against Illinois teams.
9. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 0-3
Don't lose all faith in the Golden Bears. Handed a tough start to their schedule, they just need to find their groove, and their scoring.
10. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 3-1
The Titans might be the biggest surprise of the young season, with a surprising out-of-state win over Pope John Paul II (Fla.).
Upper Arlington's 0-3 start is alarming at first, until you consider who it came against: Loyola, New Trier and Hinsdale Central, arguably the top three teams in Illinois. Not coming anywhere close in their last two, however, has to be deflating. Thankfully for the Golden Bears, they'll remain in the Buckeye State for the rest of 2014.
Note Loyola's defense early, which held Upper Arlington off the board until there was 1:35 remaining in the first half. That's a Golden Bears attack that includes the gifted Molly Plasket. Loyola Academy coach John Dwyer's daughter, Brennan, tallied two scores against Upper Arlington this weekend.
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