Nike/US Lacrosse South Girls' Report
by Laurel Pfahler | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Shahpar Mirza, Milton (Ga.)
The junior goalkeeper played a key role in the Eagles' win over Good Counsel (Md.) on Saturday, as the defense held the Falcons scoreless for the final 15 minutes. She finished the game with 11 saves and added seven saves in an 11-4 loss to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Mirza has been solid while replacing graduated goalkeeper Caroline Youngs, who finished with 12 saves per game last year. Mirza leads a defense that has allowed just 6.5 goals per game. She had a season-best 14 saves against Walton earlier this year.
Also Notable: Chloe Duke, Hutchison (Tenn.); Hannah Pridemore, Vero Beach (Fla.); Faith Kent, Winter Springs (Fla.); Tobey Folk, Lamar (Texas)
Game of the Week
Vero Beach (Fla.) at St. Anthony's (N.Y.), April 11
This is a matchup of teams that were ranked No. 5 (St. Anthony's) and No. 6 (Vero Beach) in the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 last week. It's also a rematch of a game Vero Beach won 13-12 last year behind Katy Pridemore's eight goals in the first-ever meeting of the teams. The Fighting Indians accounted for the Friars' lone loss, and the victory began a nine-game win streak to the end the season for Vero Beach – the winner of eight straight state finals. St. Anthony's (2-0) won its final 15 games last year and now is coming off an 11-10 win over Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), a team Vero Beach also beat this season, 16-15, at home. Vero Beach was the home team in this game last year, but this time the Indians will be coming off a game Thursday night in Orlando against Winter Springs before making the trip up north.
South Region Top 10
1. Vero Beach (Fla.), 14-1
The Fighting Indians added wins over St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) and Pine Crest (Fla.) to extend their in-state win streak to 121 games. Hannah Pridemore (five goals) and Abby Shields (four goals) led the Indians in the 12-6 win over Pine Crest. They now prepare for a tough three-game stretch, traveling to play Winter Springs (Fla.) on Thursday before a trip north to face national No. 5 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) and No. 2 Moorestown (N.J.).
2. Milton (Ga.), 9-2
Although the Eagles lost 11-4 to national No. 4 St. Stephen's & Agnes (Va.) on Saturday, they moved back up a spot after downing national No. 9 Good Counsel (Md.) 7-6 in the first game of the day. Milton held Good Counsel scoreless for the final 15 minutes with the help of 11 saves by Shahpar Mirza. Emma Harden scored the game-winner with 2:15 left.
3. Hutchison (Tenn.), 11-0
The Sting won a rematch of last year's state final against Ensworth (Tenn.), 16-10, and edged South Region-ranked Lassiter (Ga.) 13-12 on Saturday to extend their win streak to 31 games. Chloe Duke scored the go-ahead goal against Lassiter and Hutchison stalled for the remaining six minutes.
4. Lassiter (Ga.), 9-2
The Trojans went 1-1 in a Saturday doubleheader in Nashville against last season's Tennessee state finalists. They escaped with a 14-13 win over 2013 runner-up Ensworth before coming up short against Hutchison.
5. St. John's (Texas), 9-2
The Mavericks won their 24th straight game against Texas competition, beating Houston Episcopal 19-8 on April 1. St. John's took a 6-0 lead with 10 different players finding the back of the net and 12 of its 19 goals were assisted.
6. Walton (Ga.), 8-3-1
The Raiders routed Roswell (Ga.) 24-11 on March 31 and took the rest of the week off from games. Their three losses are to Milton and two out-of-state teams from up north with a combined record of 18-1, and the tie came against Lamar (Texas).
7. Lamar (Texas), 8-3-1
The Redskins added two more wins last week, outscoring Houston Memorial (Texas) and Kingwood (Texas) 37-8 combined. Macy Moseley scored 11 goals over the two games, McKinley Wade had eight goals and five assists and Tobey Folk added nine goals, three assists and 10 draw controls.
8. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 11-3
The Sharks bounced back from a pair of losses to Milton (Ga.) and Walton (Ga.), beating in-state opponents Creekside, Pope John Paul II and Oviedo last week. Abby Walker led Ponte Vedra in an 11-8 win over Oviedo, with four goals, three assists and four draw controls.
9. Kell (Ga.), 9-0
The Longhorns were idle last week after picking up notable wins over Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) and Ravenwood (Tenn.). Charlotte Catholic routed Kell last year en route to a 17-3 finish. The Longhorns play a big game against Lassiter (Ga.) on Friday.
10. Charlotte Catholic (N.C.), 11-1
The Cougars' 12-10 loss to Kell is their only blemish in the season, as they added in-state wins over Providence (N.C.) and Durham Academy (N.C.) last week. Charlotte Catholic also has a notable win over Georgia Class 5A defending champ Westminster this season.
Milton (Ga.) suffered its second loss of the season on Saturday at the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Spring Fling, falling to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), which was ranked fourth nationally, but the Eagles were coming straight off a hard-fought win against No. 9 Good Counsel (Md.) earlier that morning. The Eagles trailed 2-0 early against Good Counsel and were down 5-3 early in the second half. However, the Falcons scored their final goal with 15 minutes left, and Milton scored two unanswered goals for the win.
"It was very fast paced and both teams battled hard," Milton coach Tim Godby said. "It was great for us to win a close game because we tied with Good Counsel last year and lost in overtime to Georgetown Visitation here at the Spring Fling last season by one."
Godby said his team never got into a groove against SSSA, which took the first lead and never lost it. Mirza finished with seven saves for the Eagles, who were led offensively for the two games by Emily Velez (three goals) and Claire Smith (nine draws won, two goals).
"It was obviously tough for us to get up physically and emotionally to compete in this game after such a big win an hour and a half earlier," Godby said. "I wish we could have played them with fresh legs and at a neutral site. I really think we could have beaten them, but it didn't happen this time. We have some things we need to work on and our schedule doesn't get any easier from here."
Milton has the week off from games before resuming play with five more tough out-of-state opponents.
Hutchison (Tenn.) and Lassiter (Ga.) played an exciting game last week, as the Sting took home a 13-12 win. Lassiter took a two-goal lead with 13 minutes to play, but Hutchison rallied and won the ensuing draw after Duke's go-ahead goal and was able to hold possession to close the game. Both teams earned wins over 2013 Tennessee state runner-up Ensworth over the weekend as well. Elizabeth Farnsworth and Chloe Duke led the Sting for the weekend with seven goals each, while Griffin Gearhardt, Parker Tenent and Sandy Smith each contributed four goals. Loring Gearhardt added three goals, meaning six girls accounted for all 29 goals over the two games. Nineteen of the team's goals were assisted, including nine by Griffin Gearhardt. Weldon Saunders (nine ground balls) and Jennie Davis (13 saves) paced the defense. Lassiter (Ga.) plays a key in-state game against unbeaten Kell on Friday.
Woodlands (Texas) was off last week and remains a team to watch at 6-2 as the Highlanders were set to play Kincaid (Texas) on Monday in their regular-season finale. The lack of competition because of a small schedule could hurt them in the postseason.
Hockaday (Texas) also is 8-0 since suffering an 8-7 loss to Flower Mound to open the season. The Daisies have three more games to play and are coming off an impressive 18-9 win over last year's state runner-up Ursuline (Texas). They face one-loss Highland Park on Thursday.
Winter Springs (Fla.) improved to 11-3 with three wins last week, including a 16-13 win over Olympia in a game the Bears led 12-2 at halftime. For the week, the Bears were led by Sarah L'Heureux (11 goals, 15 assists), Faith Kent (13 goals, 3 assists, 10 draw controls) and Paige Brock (7 goals, 5 assists).
2014 South Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 4
- March 11
- March 18
- March 25
- April 1
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