High School Girls

March 9, 2016
Brindi Griffin, a Maryland commit who helped the U.S. team to a silver medal at last year's FIL U19 world championship in Scotland, is hoping to lead McDonogh to an eighth straight national title. (John Strohsacker)
Brindi Griffin, a Maryland commit who helped the U.S. team to a silver medal at last year's FIL U19 world championship in Scotland, is hoping to lead McDonogh to an eighth straight national title. (John Strohsacker)

Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Girls' Preseason Top 10

by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

The Nike/Lacrosse Magazine National High School Top 25, Regional Top 10 and Players to Watch were released in the March edition. The first in-season Mid-Atlantic report will drop March 15.

MID-ATLANTIC GIRLS' PRESEASON TOP 10

1. McDonogh (Md.)

The defending national champion Eagles look to keep their 133-game win streak going, as they have not lost a game since 2009. They have won seven consecutive IAAM championships in the process and return several players from last year's team, including All-American attacker Brindi Griffin (Maryland).

2. Good Counsel (Md.)

The Falcons finished last year on a nine-game winning streak, resulting in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. Junior Taylor McDaniels returns to lead the team this season.

3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)

The Saints had a remarkable season last year as they won the ISL Conference before falling to Bishop Ireton (Va.) in the VISAA final. Expectations are high once again this season as several starters return.

4. Agnes Irwin (Pa.)

The Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year returns to lead a lineup with at least 11 Division I players returning. Hannah Keating had a stellar junior season, scoring 102 goals.

5. Bishop Ireton (Va.)

The defending VISAA champions had several players graduate from last year's team, but once again the Cardinals will reload with players who have just been waiting in the wings for their turn to shine.

6. Summit (N.J.)

Summit finished last year as the Tournament of Champions runner-up, but return a senior-laden lineup this year, including All-American Sara Szynal (Northwestern).

7. Moorestown (N.J.)

The last time the Quakers did not win their final game of the year, they proceeded to win 88 consecutive games. Moorestown is ready for a similar bounce-back behind a senior class with 11 players already committed to college programs.

8. Roland Park (Md.)

Co-head coaches Kristen Nicolini and Reagan Koffel resigned, but taking over is Kim McNemar, who in the only coach in Maryland state tournament history to lead to different teams to state championships. She led South River to the 2009 4A/3A title and Catonsville to the 1996 Class 2A/1A championship. The Reds reached the IAAM championship game in three of the last five seasons.

9. Manchester Valley (Md.)

The Mavericks had their breakout season last year, winning the Maryland Class 2A/1A championship. They return senior Lizzie Colson, who is committed to Maryland and coming off a junior year in which she tallied 83 goals and 27 assists.

10. Archbishop Spalding (Md.)

The Cavaliers' 2015 season -- and 12-game winning streak -- ended with a one-goal loss to Roland Park in the IAAM playoffs last season. Four seniors head to Division I programs after this season, in which they look to compete for a championship again.

FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ali Baiocco, Oak Knoll (N.J.), Jr., attack (Stanford)
Gabby Cadoux, McDonogh (Md.), Sr., goalie (Duke)
Lizzie Colson, Manchester Valley (Md.), Sr., midfield (Maryland)
Hannah Keating, Agnes Irwin (Pa.), Sr., attack (Harvard)
Taylor McDaniels, Good Counsel (Md.), Sr., attack (North Carolina)


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