Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Girls' Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Marie McCool, Moorestown (N.J.)
The UNC commit came up big in the final high school game of her career on Saturday. The senior scored four unanswered goals to help her team to a five goal second half and a win over Summit in the Tournament of Champions.
Also Notable: Sara Szynal, Summit (N.J.); Emily Matthewson, Garnet Valley (Pa.); Haley Warden, Garnet Valley (Pa.); Nora Bowen, Woodgrove (Va.); Alexandra Kugler, Battlefield (Va.)
Game of the WeekVHSL Championship, June 14
The Final Four of the Virginia High School League Class 6A and 5A championship is set. In Class 6A Battlefield (Va.) hosts Westfield (Va.) and Oakton (Va.) hosts Osbourn Park (Va.) on Tuesday. The 5A semifinals feature Western Albemarle (Va.) hosting Loudoun Valley (Va.) and Woodgrove (Va.) hosting Salem (Va.) on Tuesday.
Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10
1. McDonogh (Md.), 21-0
The Eagles clinched their fifth straight FAB 50 National Championship with a 16-13 win over Roland Park in the IAAM championship game. McDonogh won its sixth straight IAAM championship and extended their winning streak to 112 consecutive games.
2. Moorestown (N.J.), 26-0
Marie McCool scored four goals and Adriana Pendino had two goals and an assist as Moorestown defeated Summit (N.J.) 8-6 to win the 2014 Tournament of Champions.
3. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 20-4
The Cardinals saved their best lacrosse of the year until the end of the season, winning 10 straight games and winning both the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and VISAA championships. Junior Kelly Matthews had an impressive playoff run with 13 goals in the WCAC playoffs and eight goals in the Virginia State playoffs.
4. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 27-2
The Saints finish their season as ISL champions with a 12-6 win over Georgetown Visitation and as VISAA runners-up. Junior Ellie Majure led the team with 109 goals and Gussie Johns made 159 saves. Junior Abby Bailey led the team with 50 assists.
5. Roland Park (Md.), 16-4
The Reds won seven of their last eight games to end the year, which included wins over St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), Bryn Mawr (Md.) and Notre Dame Prep (Md.). Senior CeCe Finney scored six goals in a 12-10 win over Notre Dame Prep in the IAAM semifinal game to propel them into the championship game against McDonogh.
6. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 10-5
The Blazers season ended with a 12-10 loss to Roland Park in the IAAM semifinals. Notre Dame Prep posted wins over Archbishop Spalding, Severn, Roland Park, Manhasset and Bryn Mawr this season.
7. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 17-8
The Tigers finish 2014 as the ISL runners-up after dropping a 12-6 decision to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Senior Kelly Myers led the team with 92 goals and junior Maggie Jackson led with 62 assists this season.
8. Severn School (Md.), 14-4
The Admirals almost pulled the upset over No. 1 McDonogh, leading the Eagles 6-5 at halftime and holding a two-goal lead with six minutes left. In the end they fell 13-12, but it was the first one-goal game for McDonogh in two years. In the two losses to McDonogh this season, Severn only lost by a combined four goals and was the closest any team played them this season.
9. Good Counsel (Md.), 14-6
The Falcons are WCAC runners-up in 2014 after falling 17-7 to Bishop Ireton in the championship game. Freshman Taylor McDaniels led the team with 34 goals while senior Paige Graham led the team with 27 assists.
10. Garnet Valley (Pa.), 24-2
The Jaguars got five goals from Haley Warden and Emily Mathewson in a 13-9 win over Springfield-Delco (Pa.) to win the PIAA championship.
News and Notes
Moorestown trailed by two goals at halftime to Summit, but Marie McCool scored four unanswered goals in four minutes and 32 seconds to lead the Quakers to a five goal second half and its third straight NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title. The win was Moorestown's 77th straight victory and third-straight undefeated season.
"She [McCool] had the performance of a lifetime today," Moorestown coach Deanna Knobloch told the Newark Star Ledger. "Marie definitely turned it around in the second half and gave us the spark that we needed."
The Quakers outscored the Hilltoppers 5-1 in the second half.
"At halftime, I didn't think about me personally scoring at all. I didn't score the whole first half, and I didn't even think about it. I don't need to score to be satisfied, I just wanted us to work together," McCool told the Star-Ledger. "I just saw the opportunity, so I took it. They were pressuring me, and I actually like when people pressure me because I use my speed when that happens."
Moorestown has won six of the eight Tournament of Champions title since the event started. They currently have the second-longest active winning streak in the nation behind McDonogh's 112 straight wins.
Garnet Valley outscored Springfield-Delco 7-3 in the first half to win its third PIAA championship in four years. Emily Matthewson tallied eight points on five goals and three assists and Haley Warden had six points on five goals and one assist in the victory. Goalie Paige Mitros made 12 saves.
Springfield-Delco came out in the second half with three quick goals and cut the lead to 7-6 before Warden scored two-straight goals followed by two goals from Matthewson to extend the lead to 12-6 with 7:49 remaining.
Sophomore Nora Bowen scored five goals in helping Woodgrove (Va.) to a 14-11 win over Loudoun Valley in the Virginia 5A North region final. Woodgrove advanced to the state semifinals in the win.
Sophomore Alexandra Kugler scored six goals in helping Battlefield to a 11-5 win over Osbourn Park (Va.) in the Virginia 6A South region final. Kugler scored five of her goals in the first half to help the Bobcats out to a 6-2 lead. Freshman Brynn Sunderland scored three goals in the win.
2014 Mid-Atlantic 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
- June 3
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