Nike/US Lacrosse South Girls' Report
by Laurel Pfahler | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Emily Velez, Milton (Ga.)
The sophomore attacker led the Eagles in a notable win over Ponte Vedra (Fla.), scoring three goals and adding two assists. She also had four goals and an assist in a rout of Woodstock (Ga.) last week. In an August 2013 article, LacrosseRecruits.com called Velez "a crafty, smart attacker who is outstanding from behind the goal."
Also notable: Eden Epner, St. John's (Texas); Erin McBride, Walton (Ga.); Sarah L'Heureux, Winter Springs (Fla.)
Game of the Week
Lassiter (Ga.) vs. Hutchison (Tenn.), April 5 at Ensworth(Tenn.)
Two of the South's top five teams meet in a game that pits the 2013 Georgia state runner-up against the defending Tennessee state champion. It also serves as a rematch of last year's 13-9 win for Lassiter. The Trojans' only loss this season came at the hands of Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 15-5, on March 22. Going into this week, the Sting hasn't lost a game since suffering back-to-back losses to Lassiter and eventual Georgia state champion Milton early last season. Hutchison has outscored opponents 159-36 this season but will have to get by 2013 runner-up Ensworth (Tenn.) the night before this game.
South Region Top 10
1. Vero Beach (Fla.), 12-1
The Fighting Indians breezed past crosstown rival St. Edward's (Fla.) 17-3 on March 24 and had the rest of the week off – a nice reward for the out-of-state competition that tested them throughout the previous week.
2. Hutchison (Tenn.), 9-0
The Sting stretched its in-state win streak to 53 games – and overall win streak to 29 games – by beating Collierville (Tenn.) 19-2 in a weather-shortened game on March 28. Eighth grader Elizabeth Farnsworth and seniors Loring Gearhardt and Chloe Duke each contributed seven points.
3. Milton (Ga.), 8-1
After cruising to a 20-4 rout of Woodstock (Ga.) on March 25, the Eagles opened an eight-game stretch against non-Georgia opponents with a quality Ponte Vedra (Fla.) team 16-8 on March 28. Emily Velez finished with seven goals and three assists over two games.
4. St. John's (Texas), 8-2
The Mavericks survived a big test in edging Lamar (Texas) 12-11 in overtime on March 28 with Kendall Bernard scoring the game-winner halfway through the second overtime period. St. John's hasn't lost to an in-state team since the 2012 state championship, a stretch of 23 games.
5. Lassiter (Ga.), 8-1
The Trojans handed Ravenwood (Tenn.) its second loss of the season, 19-9, on March 28, and now prepares to play two more of Tennessee's top teams. They play 2013 state runner-up Ensworth (Tenn.) and three-time defending champion Hutchison on April 5.
6. Walton (Ga.), 7-3-1
The Raiders jumped three spots with a notable win over Florida's second-ranked team. They beat Ponte Vedra 14-12 on March 29 after beating Centennial (Ga.), 15-9, earlier in the week. Erin McBride had six goals against Centennial.
7. Lamar (Texas), 6-3-1
The Redskins came up short against St. John's (Texas) in overtime, but proved themselves by taking the defending state champion to the limit. The three teams to beat Lamar this season have a combined record of 24-2.
8. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 7-1
The Sharks dropped games to Milton (Ga.), 16-8, and Walton (Ga.), 14-12, last weekend but neither was a bad loss. They improved their stock in Florida by adding a big in-state win against Winter Springs on March 26, beating the Bears 19-6.
9. Kell (Ga.), 9-0
The Longhorns make their debut in the rankings after beating Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) 12-10 on March 28 and following that with a seemingly easy win over Ravenwood (Tenn.) the next day. The Cougars were previously No. 10 in the South.
10. Woodlands (Texas), 6-2
The Highlanders join the list after handing Episcopal Houston a 19-9 loss on March 25. Their only losses were to St. John's and Lamar -- they lost to the Mavericks 12-7 on March 5 and to the Redskins 9-8 on Feb. 15.
Milton (Ga.) entered the most challenging portion of its schedule last week when it began a stretch of eight games against out-of-state competition. The Eagles came away with a win over Florida's No. 2 team, Ponte Vedra, with three players scoring hat tricks (Velez, Brooke Winsness and Jessi Masinko), but now come the greater tests. Five of Milton's next seven opponents are ranked in the national Top 25. The Eagles head to Virginia to play Good Counsel (Md.), which was ranked No. 8 in the Nike/U.S. Lacrosse National Top 25 last week, and No. 6 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) on Saturday. Coming up on the schedule after that are games against Radnor (Pa.), No. 19 Bishop Ireton (D.C.), Carondelet (Calif.) and No. 17 Loyola (Ill.).
Hutchison (Tenn.) had its game against Collierville (Tenn.) cut short because of lightning during the second half but still managed to put up big numbers and spread out the work among a deep roster. The Sting won 19-2, playing what coach Samantha Ziegler called "very pretty lacrosse" after a strong week of practice. Eighth grader Elizabeth Farnsworth finished with five goals and two assists, while Loring Gearhardt had four goals and three assists and Chloe Duke chipped in three goals and four assists. Hutchison plays a rematch of last year's state final on Friday, meeting Ensworth in Nashville. The Sting won the last meeting 12-6.
Barron Collier (Fla.) went 2-1 against out-of-state opponents last week, beating Flint Hill (Va.) 12-8 and losing to Stone Ridge Country Day (Md.) 8-7 before finishing the week with a win over Friends Central (Pa.) 15-11. Junior Olivia Ferrucci led the Cougars with eight goals, eight assists and 32 ground balls over the three games, bringing her season totals to 65 goals, 39 assists and ground balls. Senior Claudia Lenart, who has become Ferrucci's favorite cutting target, finished with nine goals in two games against Flint Hill and Friends.
St. John's (Texas) was tested in the form of a scrimmage last week, in addition to the overtime win over Lamar (Texas). The Mavericks played a scrimmage against Greenwich Academy (Conn.) in Houston. For the week, Eden Epner led the team with six goals, an assist and 10 draw controls.
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