Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Girls' Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Anna Santulli, Hinsdale Central (Ill.)
Santulli's success is not new. The freshman won the final three draw controls and provided the game-winning assist to cap off a huge comeback win over Mason (Ohio). She topped that four-goal, two-assist effort with a five-goal, four-assist one against Montini (Ill.), which made it to last season's state championship game.
Also Notable: Keagan Pontious, Caledonia (Mich.); Ashley Watson, Caledonia (Mich.); Ashley Bailey, Forest Hills United (Mich.)
Game of the Week
Lyons Township (Ill.) vs. York (Ill.), May 21
The Lions' season could have turned out very differently. Maybe it's not too late. Half of their losses have come by two goals or fewer, including a one-goal loss its last time out to a Barrington team that has compiled 14 wins this season. Lyons Township edged York earlier this season, 10-8.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. New Trier (Ill.), 18-0-1
Tripling up on Hinsdale Central (Ill.), doubling up on Montini (Ill.), holding off Michigan's best teams, upsetting Loyola Academy (Ill.) and ending with an impressive victory over Mason (Ohio), it's been a sweet season for New Trier, one the Trevians hope has yet to reach its apex.
2. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 16-5
After winning 28 of 29, the Ramblers lost a shocking four games in seven days. Since then, they've responded with six straight wins, including a dominant 20-1 dispatching of a decent Rockford (Mich.) team. That might have been their best effort of the season.
3. Sycamore (Ohio), 16-0
The pressure of perfection does not seem to faze the Aviators, who have posted three straight 20-plus goal efforts and have won their last six by double digits.
4. Medina (Ohio), 14-2
The Battling Bees should enter the postseason on a 12-game winning streak and have not truly been challenged since their trip through Michigan.
5. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 14-2
Loyola Academy has long boosted the Land of Lincoln's reputation through their efforts against out-of-state opposition. The Red Devils joined the cause this season, going 5-0, including their most recent 12-11 victory over Rockford (Mich.).
6. Mason (Ohio), 12-5
How will three close losses to Illinois' best affect a Comets' team that has generally put up goals at a prodigious rate and should be one of the top squads in the state come postseason time?
7. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 13-2
Among their seven straight wins to close the regular season are wins over New Albany (Ohio), Caledonia (Mich.), Rockford (Mich.), Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) and Hartland (Mich.), all impressive teams with winning records.
8. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 14-4
The Titans have won eight of 10, with their only losses coming to Loyola Academy (Ill.) and New Trier (Ill.). That includes six wins against teams with a .500 record or better.
9. MICDS (Mo.), 12-0
The Rams just capped off a perfect season, including an amazing string of five straight victories against the state's top teams, all of whom finished with at least 10 wins.
10. Caledonia (Mich.), 9-6
Five of their six losses have come by two goals or less. They also just scored an upset of Rockford (Mich.).
News and Notes
Give credit to Celeste Friel, who topped the century mark in scoring for Marist (Ill.) this season.
It's different strokes for different folks. Glenbrook South (Ill.) will have gone a week and a half without an actual game by the time it plays Libertyville (Ill.) or Carmel (Ill.) on Wednesday. The fourth-seeded Titans might also be in the odd situation of playing in a true road atmosphere despite their vastly superior rank, since Libertyville is hosting the sectional semi-finals. On the opposite end, second-seeded Loyola Academy (Ill.) stayed warm with a Saturday contest against Rockford (Mich.) and has the blessing of home-field advantage Wednesday.
Seventh-seeded Montini Catholic (Ill.) could be a dark horse in the Land of Lincoln. If the Broncos make it to the state quarterfinals, they would have the advantage of playing (most likely) Loyola Academy (Ill.) on their home turf. They enter the postseason having won five of six.
2014 Midwest Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
- May 6
- May 13
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