Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Girls' Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Charlotte McGuire, New Trier (Ill.)
McGuire led the Trevians in goals (five) and draw controls (five) in a big victory over Upper Arlington (Ohio). The win draws New Trier (Ill.) to a perfect 4-0.
Also Noteable: Dani LeServe, New Trier (Ill.); Darby Tingue, New Trier (Ill.); Dee Dee Snediker, Loyola Academy (Ill.); Kate Christian, Hinsdale Central (Ill.); Rose Krasofsky, Salem (Mich.); Rachel Donabedian, Livonia Ladywood (Mich.).
Game of the Week
Carmel (Ind.) at Cathedral (Ind.), April 14
The Irish are a single victory away from matching last year's win total (seven) after a 22-0 win over Bloomington (Ind.). To reach that record, they need a win over one of Indiana's great powerhouses – a Greyhounds team that beat them 18-7 last season. Either way the goals should rain down in this match as Cathedral averages 17.1 goals per game and Carmel has averaged 19.5 through two.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 7-1
The Ramblers bounced back from their first loss of the season in fine form, downing Stone Ridge (Md.) 17-6. That was only their latest win in a season that has included significant victories over Upper Arlington (Ohio), Hinsdale Central (Ill.) and Bullis (Md.).
2. New Trier (Ill.), 4-0
The Trevians have already tallied wins over Montini (Ill.) and Upper Arlington (Ohio) and benefit from a fairly easy schedule despite there matchup against Hinsdale Central (Ill.) on April 15.
3. Medina (Ohio), 2-0
The Battling Bees should continue to a 3-0 record with a win over Cleveland Heights (Ohio), but are then faced with a challenging schedule, playing four of their next five away from home.
4. Mason (Ohio), 4-1
The Comets have rebounded from a disappointing season-opening loss to rival Sycamore (Ohio) with four straight wins, including a 15-10 victory over Worthington Kilbourne. The offensively-loaded Comets have scored 59 goals over their last four games.
5. Sycamore (Ohio), 2-0
The Aviators, much like the Comets, impressed with a five-goal win over Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio).
6. Montini Catholic (Ill.), 2-1
The Broncos, after their surprising run to the state championship in 2013, were humbled early by the Trevians, yet their dominant win over Marist (Ill.) shows they're not going anywhere.
7. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 3-1
The Red Devils have scored in double digits in all four contests thus far, including 10 on an always-potent Ramblers defense, which bodes well for playoff contention.
8. Rockford (Mich.), 6-0
The Rams posted a significant 10-9 win at Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) to remain perfect on the season. Their unblemished record will be put in serious jeopardy at the end of the month with matches against East Grand Rapids (Mich.), Caledonia (Mich.), New Trier (Ill.) and Brighton (Mich.).
9. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 5-1
The Titans, similar to the Ramblers, were humbled by St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.). Otherwise, they've fared well, with close wins over Lyons Township (Ill.) and Pope John Paul II (Fla.).
10. Carmel (Ind.), 2-0
The Greyhounds remain on top in Indiana with 39 goals in their first two games. They might be one of the few Indiana teams able to keep up with high-scoring Cathedral (Ind.).
Thomas Worthington (Ohio), which won six straight after losing its 2013 opener, is off to another hot start, this time sitting pretty at 5-0. Last year, all six wins came by four goals or fewer. This year, they've already exerted revenge on Columbus Academy (Ohio), which handed them their opening day loss, and defeated everyone else by at least five goals. The only thing standing between the Cardinals and a perfect road trip is defending state champion Upper Arlington (Ohio), setting up a doozy of a matchup.
In addition to Charlotte McGuire's superhuman efforts for New Trier (Ill.), Joanie Merriman should also be noted, as she scored nearly half (six) of her team's goals in a 14-7 victory over Montini Catholic (Ill. ).
After Loyola Academy's dominant win over Upper Arlington (Ohio), senior attacker Dee Dee Snediker told Pioneer Press' Matt Harness that it was the first time the Ramblers' offense truly clicked all season. Snediker must have high standards. The team had scored 59 goals in three games prior.
In Rob Valentin's article for Pioneer Press, Hinsdale Central (Ill.) coach Lindsay Owens admitted that beating Loyola Academy and New Trier is a personal goal, since she never has before as a coach.
Salem's Rose Krasofsky notched three goals in a 5:25 span of a highly competitive match against Northville (Mich.).
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