Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Girls' Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Caroline Mundell, East Grand Rapids (Mich.)
Liza Elder was powerful as usual in her team's 25-3 destruction of Mattawan (Mich.), with four goals and three assists, but Caroline Mundell truly shone off the bench with a six-goal effort. Mundell was one of four players to finish with a hat trick.
Also Notable: Anna Santulli, Hinsdale Central (Ill.); Kate Christian, Hinsdale Central (Ill.); Kate Conaghan, New Trier (Ill.); and Meggan Loyd, East Grand Rapids (Mich.)
Game of the Week
Caledonia (Mich.) at East Grand Rapids (Mich.), May 28
The Fighting Scots were handed one of the toughest schedules in the region this season and it got to them, as they lost six of eight at one point. Now they have a chance to prove that they are a good team, saddled with an unfair record, as they visit one of the state's elite in East Grand Rapids. They jumped out to a strong start in the Division 2 regional quarterfinals with a 16-goal first half. Can they maintain momentum? The Pioneers have accounted for two of the Fighting Scots' perplexing five losses by two goals or less.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. New Trier (Ill.), 19-0-1
The Trevians looked unfazed from a week and a half off, easily downing Warren (Ill.), 17-0, to begin their postseason run.
2. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 19-5
One up, one down in the Illinois postseason as the Ramblers easily downed Wheaton United (Ill.), 19-0.
3. Sycamore (Ohio), 18-0
The Aviators are coming up on a true Friday night premiere as they take on 18-1 Olentangy (Ohio) in the postseason. Sycamore will still be heavily favored.
4. Medina (Ohio), 16-2
The Battling Bees have surrendered 21 goals over their last five games, just a hair over four per game.
5. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 15-2
The Red Devils have 10 straight wins, boosted by an offense that allows them to prevail even when giving up double-digit goals. Wins over Mason (Ohio), Montini Catholic (Ill.) and Rockford (Mich.) – in a row – speak highly of this team's potential.
6. Mason (Ohio), 14-5
The Comets picked up that elusive "big" win, knocking off Upper Arlington (Ohio) on the road in overtime, 10-9.
7. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 14-2
The Pioneers head into an intriguing matchup against Caledonia (Mich.) having won eight straight. They knocked off the Fighting Scots by two earlier this season.
8. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 15-4
The Titans began postseason play boldly, tripling up on a struggling Libertyville (Ill.) squad.
9. MICDS (Mo.), 14-0
The Rams scored nine-plus goals in every single game they played this season.
10. Caledonia (Mich.), 10-6
Oddly enough, six of Caledonia's 10 wins have come by eight goals or more, which shows what they can do when they're handed a team outside of the region's elite like Lowell (Mich.) last Wednesday (23-2).
News and Notes
Twelve different girls scored for Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.) in a 20-7 postseason victory over Grand Ledge (Mich.), a truly impressive team figure.
Rockford (Mich.) lost five out of seven to close the regular season, but you'd be a fool to count them out. After all, many of those losses were close, and to teams like Medina (Ohio), East Grand Rapids (Mich.), Loyola Academy (Ill.) and Hinsdale Central (Ill.). And if the Rams can advance far into the state tournament, they could find themselves going for a state championship on their home turf, where the Division I title game will be held on June 7. They're blessed with a balanced attack, including three girls with 49-plus points.
Kate Christian and Anna Santulli from Hinsdale Central (Ill.) have sparked one of the most ferocious attacks in the state as both posted seven-point efforts against Montini Catholic (Ill.) on May 15.
Few players should be more prepared for the postseason than New Trier's Kate Conaghan, who had the unenviable task of trying to faceguard Blake's (Minn.) Lydia Sutton, who has committed to USC. Sutton went scoreless against the Trevians on May 10.
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
- May 20
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