High School Girls

March 29, 2016
Junior goalie Amelia Cole (Denver) backstops a Bishop Ireton (Va.) defense allowing just seven goals per game.
Junior goalie Amelia Cole (Denver) backstops a Bishop Ireton (Va.) defense allowing just seven goals per game.

Nike/LM HS Girls' National Top 25, Regional Top 10s

by LaxMagazine.com Staff | Twitter

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Rankings

National Top 25
Northeast Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Top 10
South Top 10
Midwest Top 10
West Top 10 

Bishop Ireton (Va.) picked up the most notable win in an otherwise quiet week for the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine High School Girls' National Top 25. The Cardinals (5-0) defeated Agnes Irwin (Pa.) 12-9 to move up to No. 6. Bishop Ireton also boasts a convincing win over Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and a one-goal win over Canada's Hill Academy.

The Top 5 — McDonogh (Md.), Garden City (N.Y.), Good Counsel (Md.), St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) and St. Anthony's (N.Y.) — are unchanged from last week.

Vero Beach (Fla.) is back in the National Top 25 after wins over Long Island's Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) and previously No. 24 Radnor (Pa.)

The Nike/LM National Top 25s and Regional Top 10s for boys' and girls' lacrosse are decided by the staff of Lacrosse Magazine each week. Follow weekly polls and updates at LaxMagazine.com/HSB25(boys) and LaxMagazine.com/HSG25 (girls).

Nike/LM High School Girls' National Top 25: March 29

Ranking Team Record Last Week
1 McDonogh (Md.) 3-0
2 Garden City (N.Y.) 0-0
3 Good Counsel (Md.) 3-0 3
4 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 3-0
5 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) 1-0
6 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 5-0 8
7 Skaneateles (N.Y.) 0-0 6
8 Manhasset (N.Y.) 0-0 9
9 Darien (Conn.) 0-0 10
10 Agnes Irwin (Pa.) 2-1 7
11 Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 0-0
12 Summit (N.J.) 0-0 12
13 Moorestown (N.J.) 0-0
14 Mount Sinai (N.Y) 0-0
15 West Genesee (N.Y.) 0-0
16 Milton (Ga.) 6-1
17 Roland Park (Md.) 3-0
18 Longmeadow (Mass.) 0-0
19 West Islip (N.Y.) 1-0
20 Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 1-0
21 Wantagh (N.Y.) 0-0
22 Vero Beach (Fla.) 13-3
23 Garnet Valley (Pa.) 0-0
24 Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 3-0
25 Severna Park (Md.) 3-0 NR

Also considered (alphabetical order): Colorado Academy (Colo.), Conestoga (Pa.), John Carroll (Md.), Loyola (Ill.), Mount Hebron (Md.), Radnor (Pa.), St. Mary's (Md.), Westwood (Mass.)

Northeast Top 10

1. Garden City (N.Y.), 0-0

The Trojans are coming off a 16-2 season in which they beat six nationally-ranked teams, and they will face tough competition again this year as Nassau County, especially Class B, should be stacked. Garden City opens with a challenge Wednesday against Massapequa. Previous ranking: 1

2. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 1-0

Sabrina Cristodero scored four goals, and Charlotte Campbell stopped nine shots to lead the Friars to a 13-5 season-opening win over Kellenberg (N.Y.). Previous ranking: 2

3. Skaneateles (N.Y.), 0-0

Junior Kyla Sears tallied 105 goals and 40 assists in 2015, but the Lakers' top player will miss the 2016 season after tearing her ACL in practice earlier this month. Skaneateles, which still features a deep and talented senior class, opens the season on Wednesday against Jordan-Elbridge (N.Y.). Previous ranking: 3

4. Manhasset (N.Y.), 0-0

Coming off an 18-1 season, the Indians open the 2016 campaign on Wednesday against Oceanside (N.Y.). Previous ranking: 4

5. Darien (Conn.), 0-0

The Blue Wave will be looking for its fourth straight state title (15th overall) this season. Coach Lisa Lindley and her squad open Saturday at Yorktown (N.Y.). Previous ranking: 5

6. Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 0-0

ES-M is part of a deep and talented roster of teams in Class B in New York, but the Sharks are looking to repeat as the division state champions behind a potent attack led by Kaeli and Kelsey Huff. Kelsey, a sophomore, finished with 64 goals in 2015. The Sharks were scheduled to open the 2016 season on Monday at West Babylon (N.Y.). Previous ranking: 6

7. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 0-0

The Mustangs are coming off their second Class C state championship in three years, a period in which they have won 57 of their last 58 games. Mount Sinai was scheduled to open on Monday at Comsewogue (N.Y.), looking to extend its win streak to 21 games. Previous ranking: 7

8. West Genesee (N.Y.), 0-0

Long-time coach Bob Elmer resigned abruptly in November after guiding the Wildcats to seven state titles. Kevin Hennigan, who won two state titles as a player at West Genny, makes his debut as head coach Wednesday at Rochester-area powerhouse Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.). Previous ranking: 8

9. Longmeadow (Mass.), 0-0

Reigning Nike/LM Northeast Player of the Year Olivia Shapiro returns. She does a little bit of everything for coach Steve Dudeck's Lancers and will be counted on again. The Lancers open up their Division I state title defense next month. Westwood and Notre Dame Academy are once again considered to be the best teams in Massachusetts. Previous ranking: 9

10. West Islip (N.Y.), 1-0

The Lions are off and running as they look to defend their Class A state championship. West Islip beat Hauppauge (N.Y.) 17-8 on Monday. Previous ranking: 10

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. McDonogh (Md.), 3-0

After a three-game road trip, the Eagles were off last week. They play conference rival St. Mary's (Md.) on Wednesday. Previous ranking: 1

2. Good Counsel (Md.), 3-0

The Falcons downed Paul VI (Va.) in their only game last week. Good Counsel won the game 25-8 and play next in the Spring Fling on April 2. Previous ranking: 2

3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 3-0

The Saints defeated Barron Collier (Fla.) and W.T. Woodson (Va.) last week to remain unbeaten. Lea Cox totaled seven points (five assists, two goals) and Zoe Belodeau scored five goals in the 17-1 win over Woodson. Previous ranking: 3

4. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 5-0

Amelia Cole made 10 saves as the Cardinals defeated Holy Cross (Md.) 11-10 last week in a game that was tied at 6 at halftime. Ireton then added an impressive 12-9 win over previous No. 4 Agnes Irwin on Monday. Previous ranking: 5

5. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 2-1

The Owls tied the game at 9 with 14:04 left against Bishop Ireton but gave up three unanswered goals to drop their first loss of the season Monday. Agnes Irwin was coming off an 18-7 rout of Central Bucks West (Pa.), a game in which Laura Pansini had 10 points (five goals, five assists) and Lila Barker had four goals and three assists. Previous ranking: 4

6. Summit (N.J.), 0-0

Summit finished last year as the Tournament of Champions runner-up, but return a senior-laden lineup this year. The Hilltoppers start their season Wednesday at Morris Catholic (N.J.). Previous ranking: 6

7. Moorestown (N.J.), 0-0

Moorestown returns a senior class with 11 players already committed to college programs. The Quakers open Wednesday against Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.). Previous ranking: 7

8. Roland Park (Md.), 3-0

The Reds continued their impressive start under new head coach Kim McNemar. They defeated Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 17-2 and have allowed just four goals in the last two games, while scoring 35 goals. Up next is a conference game at John Carroll (Md.) on Wednesday. Previous ranking: 8

9. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 1-0

The Blazers opened the season with a 10-7 win over conference rival St. Mary's (Md.) on March 23. They face Pittsford (N.Y.) on Tuesday, followed by another conference game against Mount de Sales (Md.). Previous ranking: NR

10. Garnet Valley (Pa.), 1-0

Kam McNeal totaled eight points on four goals and four assists as the Jaguars opened their season with a 23-6 win over Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.). Cam Faith added four assists and three goals in the win. Previous ranking: NR

— Mike Loveday

South Top 10

1. Milton (Ga.), 6-1

The Eagles bounced back from their first loss of the season with an 18-1 rout of Woodstock (Ga.). They've now outscored their in-state competition 88-10 in five games. Milton hosts Lassiter (Ga.) on Thursday before a Mid-Atlantic swing starting Saturday against Collegiate School (Va.) and Holy Cross (Md.). Previous ranking: 1

2. Vero Beach (Fla.), 13-3

The Fighting Indians picked up two notable wins over Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) and Radnor (Pa.) last week to finish a tough stretch of six games in eight days at 4-2. Maddie Ellis led Vero Beach with four goals and two assists in a 10-5 win over CSH and had two goals in a 6-5 win over Radnor. Previous ranking: 2

3. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 12-1

The Highlanders handed 11-win Barron Collier (Fla.) a 19-6 loss on March 22. They've now beaten five of the top 10 teams in the LaxPower.com power ratings for Florida, and their one loss was to No. 4 Olympia. Previous ranking: 3

4. Walton (Ga.), 8-2

The Raiders beat Woodstock (Ga.) and Pope (Ga.) by a combined score of 45-10 last week. They were scheduled to host one-win North Cobb on Monday before a break heading into their Mid-Atlantic swing. Previous ranking: 4

5. St. John's (Texas), 6-2

The Mavericks outscored Houston Christian (Texas) and Woodlands (Texas) 33-8 last week. The 16-7 win over Woodlands, one of the better teams in Texas this season, was their closest of four in-state games so far. Previous ranking: 6

6. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 7-0

The Crusaders kept Jordan (N.C.) winless, turning aside the Falcons 17-1 on March 22 with Elizabeth Wilson (two goals, two assists) and Erica Skowron (one goal, three assists) leading the way with four points each. They next face Myers Park on Friday. Previous ranking: 5

7. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 10-3

The Sharks had plenty of time to recover from their 20-4 loss to McDonogh (Md.) on March 18, as they were scheduled to return to action Monday against 11-4 Oviedo (Fla.). Previous ranking: 7

8. Hutchison (Tenn.), 5-2

The Sting went 2-2 on its spring break trip to the Maryland/D.C area. They opened their visit with their first two losses of the season, falling to St. Paul's School 21-6 and Archbishop Spaulding 13-9. However, they rebounded to beat Chesakeake-Pasadena (Md.) 17-5 and Flint Hill School (Va.) 12-11. Hutchison won the final draw and Jenny Davis had some key saves in goal to preserve the win over Flint Hill. Previous ranking: 8

9. Mill Creek (Ga.), 11-0

The Hawks handed Chattahoochee (Ga.) its second loss, 14-13 on Friday, to avenge a two-goal state playoff loss from last year. Amya Hudson scored the game-winner with 7.3 seconds left and tallied seven of her team-high eight goals in the second half, as Mill Creek rallied from an 8-5 halftime deficit. Previous ranking: 10

10. Olympia (Fla.), 14-2

The Titans haven't played since their 17-7 win over Bishop Moore (Fla.) on March 17. They resume play Wednesday against Ocoee (Fla.) and finish up the regulars season Friday against Jensen Beach (Fla.). Previous ranking: 9

— Laurel Pfahler

Midwest Top 10

1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 5-0

The Ramblers, after winning their first five by a 91-13 margin, get 11 days of rest before heading East. They play Bullis (D.C.) and Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) on Thursday. Previous ranking: 1

2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 0-0

The Golden Bears play five games within the next two weeks to open their season, and two of those are out-of-state competition. They start with Maine South (Ill.) on Saturday. Previous ranking: 2

3. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 0-0

The Pioneers have one game between now and April 13, meaning they'll have to warm up quick before big contests against Rockford (April 20) and New Trier (April 29). They open Wednesday against Portage Northern (Mich.). Previous ranking: 3

4. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 1-0

Anna Santulli gets a lot of the attention, but the Red Devils demonstrated a well-balanced attack in their opening 11-6 victory over York (Ill.). Previous ranking: 4

5. New Trier (Ill.), 1-0

The Trevians' 20-5 win over Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) in their opener March 16 seems like a long ago memory, but New Trier can't let itself get rusty with 2-0 Glenbrook South (Ill.), 3-1 Naperville North (Ill.) and 1-0 Hinsdale Central (Ill.) coming up. Previous ranking: 5

6. Rockford (Mich.), 1-0

The Rams got off to one heck of a start, downing Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) 22-2. Previous ranking: 6

7. Sycamore (Ohio), 0-0

The Aviators rode a nine-game win streak into the 2015 state title game, where they competed against Upper Arlington much better than in their first meeting of the season. That leaves Sycamore with some optimism for 2016, as the Aves open next week. Previous ranking: 7

8. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 0-0

If winter league is any indication, the Eagles are primed for another strong season, having placed first (and fifth) in a league featuring many of Minnesota's top programs. Previous ranking: 8

9. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 2-0

While Loyola heads east, Glenbrook South is going west this week for a strong slate of challenges in California leading into a pivotal in-state match against New Trier (Ill.) on April 6. Previous ranking: 9

10. MICDS (Mo.), 0-0

The Rams haven't lost an in-state game since April 12, 2013, turning from one of the top teams in Missouri to one of the top teams in the Midwest. Previous ranking: 10

— Jonah Rosenblum

West Top 10

1. Novato (Calif.), 5-0

The Hornets handed previous No. 6 Monte Vista-Danville its first loss March 21, and it wasn’t even close, as Novato won 21-2. They followed two days later with a 20-7 win over Marin Catholic (Calif.), a game in which Charlie Rudy racked up six goals, and Allie Level added four. Previous ranking: 1 

2. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 3-0

The Mustangs’ trip to California proved a success last week. After earning a win over former No. 1 St. Ignatius Prep on March 21, they added a 13-1 win over Sacred Heart Prep. Freshman Aly Gallagher and sophomore Lauren Russell led Colorado with three goals and one assist each against SHP. Previous ranking: 2

3. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 3-1

The Wildcats have been idle since their 7-5 loss to Colorado Academy on March 21, but the break came at a good time. They head to Alexandria, Va., this weekend and will face Midwest No. 1 Loyola (Ill.) and Episcopal (Pa.) on Friday before taking on St. Anne’s-Belfield (Va.) on Saturday. Previous ranking: 3

4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 3-0

The Mavericks picked up an 11-6 win over Mission Hills (Calif.) on March 21, then added an 11-2 win over Los Alamitos (Calif.). They will be tested this week when they host Holy Cross (Md.) on Wednesday and West No. 5-ranked Cherry Creek (Colo.) on Friday. Previous ranking: 4

5. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 2-0

Going into Friday’s game at La Costa Canyon, the Bruins won’t have played since a March 16 win over Palmer Ridge (Colo.). Through two games, Eliza Radochonski leads Cherry Creek with nine goals and one assist, while Hope Adams adds six goals and one assist. Sara McGuire averages 12.0 saves per game. Previous ranking: 5

6. California (Calif.), 10-0

The Grizzlies added in-state wins over Acalanes and Amador Valley last week, beating the Dons 16-12 in their closest game this month. California travels to Redwood on Tuesday, then gets a break until April 12. Previous ranking: 8

7. Issaquah (Wash.), 5-0

The Eagles outscored their two opponents last week 35-9. Nicole Victory leads the team with 39 points on 16 goals and 23 assists, and Haley Johnson has a team-high 21 goals. Katie Earll adds 8.0 saves per game. Previous ranking: 7

8. West Linn (Ore.), 1-0

The Lions haven’t played since their March 15 win over Evergreen (Wash.), but they resume play Wednesday at Wilsonville (Wash.). Previous ranking: 9

9. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 1-0

The Lakers return to action Tuesday at Clackamas (Ore.) after a 12-day break following their opening win against Oregon Episcopal. The schedule picks up with games against three Midwest powers next week. Previous ranking: 10

10. Mater Dei (Calif.), 8-0

The Monarchs enter the rankings this week as they remain undefeated eight games in. They own notable wins over Corona del Mar (Calif.) and Torrey Pines (Calif.) – both whom have just one loss still. Previous ranking: NR

— Laurel Pfahler

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