Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Girls' Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Caitlin Wheeler, Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.)
Wheeler and Cori Conley had more goals in 15 minutes than their foe, Marian Catholic (Ill.), had in an entire half. Wheeler went on to finish with six goals as the Huskies seized a sectional title Wednesday.
Also Notable: Liz Macvittie, Sycamore (Ohio); Calie Nowak, Glenbrook South (Ill.)
Game of the Week
Loyola Academy (Ill.) vs. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), June 4
The Ramblers, for once lacking the No. 1 seed, are faced with a tremendously tricky semifinal matchup against the Red Devils, possessors of one of the top attacks in the region. Brennan Dwyer and Maggie Nick of Loyola Academy and Anna Santulli of Hinsdale Central all have the capacity to make the red light go off (to borrow a term from hockey). Their first matchup of the season was certainly high scoring, with Loyola Academy taking it, 12-10, for its 12th straight victory over its rival to the southwest. Hinsdale Central last defeated Loyola Academy in the 2007 state title game.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. New Trier (Ill.), 21-0-1
This is a team that beat Mason (Ohio) by two, tied Rockford (Mich.) and edged Upper Arlington (Ohio) by a goal. Now, they take on a Glenbrook South (Ill.) team that they squeezed out a four-goal victory against earlier this season.
2. Sycamore (Ohio), 20-0
Where to start? A perfect season. The Aviators held their opponent to single-digit scoring every single time. But the best stat of all? The same Medina (Ohio) team they beat by one early this season, they doubled up on to secure a state title.
3. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 21-5
The Ramblers seem to be peaking at the right time, with nine straight wins, including a stretch of three straight by 16-plus goals and eight straight games scoring 14-plus goals.
4. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 17-2
The Red Devils have scored 62 over their past three games and have been a high scoring juggernaut all season long.
5. Medina (Ohio), 17-3
After holding six straight opponents to six goals or fewer, the Battling Bees defense opened up like the Red Sea, allowing 14 to undefeated Sycamore in the state title game.
6. Mason (Ohio), 14-6
Two wins over Upper Arlington (Ohio) highlight a season that was bookended with disappointing losses to Medina (Ohio). The bright side, they held the Battling Bees to seven in the postseason after allowing 13 in the opener.
7. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 16-2
The Pioneers finished with 10 straight wins. Though they failed to represent Michigan very well in out-of-state play, losing by a combined 26-10 margin to New Trier (Ill.) and Medina (Ohio), they capped a dominant year of in-state play with a 22-5 victory over Catholic Central (Mich.).
8. Arrowhead (Wisc.), 14-2
Aside from a notably close loss to New Trier (Ill.) and one to Catholic Central (Mich.) during a stretch in which they played eight straight away from home, the Warhawks went undefeated. Best of all, win or lose, their defense was stout, surrendering 4.4 goals per game and never more than nine.
9. MICDS (Mo.), 14-0
The only possible disappointment with the Rams' 2014 campaign is it had a somewhat anticlimactic end. Of their six final foes, only one had a record of greater than one game over .500 and arguably their greatest win came way back in mid-April.
10. Caledonia (Mich.), 10-7
They ended their season in fitting form, with their sixth loss by two goals or fewer, including their third such defeat to East Grand Rapids.
News and Notes
We gave MICDS the Show-Me State's sole slot in the Top 10 due to a home win over John Burroughs (Mo.), but the Bombers are worth noting too as they won their final 10, including a pair of wins over Eureka (Mo.). They also had a remarkably consistent offense, always hitting double digits but rarely exploding beyond the high teens.
Marian Catholic (Ill.) ultimately bowed out in the sectional final, but not without one final shooting display from its biggest star. Celeste Friel, who led the Land of Lincoln with 109 goals. She netted six against Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) as her team was eliminated Wednesday.
Credit Barrington (Ill.) with truly challenging itself this season, as the Fillies took multiple three-game road trips, played 10 of 11 away from home at one point and took on strong teams from Indiana and Michigan.
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
- May 27
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