Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls' National Top 25 Stabilizes

Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls' National Top 25 Stabilizes

The dust has settled after Notre Dame Prep’s historic win over McDonogh, snapping the Eagles’ 198-game winning streak in the IAAM championship game, and the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls’ National Top 25 remains largely unchanged.

Among top-10 teams who solidified their status with titles:

  • No. 7 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) claimed its first-ever ISL championship, defeating tournament Cinderella Holton-Arms (Md.) in the final. The latter’s upset of longtime ISL standard-bearer St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) paved the way for Visitations’ breakthrough.

  • No. 8 Novato (Calif.) rolled to its fourth straight CIF-North Coast Section championship and finished 24-1, its lone blemish coming against then-No. 1 McDonogh.

  • No. 10 Bishop Ireton (Va.) made it a sweep of the WCAC and VISAA crowns, defeating Good Counsel (Md.) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), respectively.

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Laurel Pfahler
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National Top 25

May 22, 2018




1 Manhasset (N.Y.) 15-1 1 5/24 vs. South Side (N.Y.)
2 Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 17-4 2 Season complete (IAAM champ)
3 McDonogh (Md.) 20-1 3 Season complete (IAAM runner-up)
4 Darien (Conn.) 16-2 5 5/24 vs. TBD
5 Pittsford (N.Y.) 16-0 4 5/26 vs. TBD
6 American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) 23-1 6 Season complete (FHSAA champ)
7 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 17-2 7 Season complete (ISL champ)
8 Novato (Calif.) 24-1 8 Season complete (CIF-NC champ)
9 Glenelg (Md.) 16-2 9 5/23 vs. Hereford (Md.)
10 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 21-3 10 Season complete (VISAA/WCAC champ)
11 Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) 13-1 11 5/22 vs. Westhampton (N.Y.)
12 Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 15-1 12 5/22 vs. Rocky Point (N.Y.)
13 Northport (N.Y.) 17-0 13 5/23 vs. Riverhead (N.Y.)
14 Moorestown (N.J.) 17-2 14 5/22 vs. Mainland (N.J.)
15 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 15-2 15 5/30 vs. TBD
16 Ridgewood (N.J.) 18-3 16 5/24 vs. Ridge (N.J.)
17 Glenelg Country (Md.) 12-5 17 Season complete
18 Holton-Arms (Md.) 15-6 18 Season complete (ISL runner-up)
19 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 26-4 19 Season complete (VISAA runner-up)
20 West Babylon (N.Y.) 14-2 20 5/22 vs. Harborfields (N.Y.)
21 Massapequa (N.Y.) 10-4 21 5/23 vs. Farmingdale (N.Y.)
22 Garden City (N.Y.) 10-5 22 5/24 vs. Long Beach (N.Y.)
23 Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 13-2 24 5/22 vs. East Islip (N.Y.)
24 Summit (N.J.) 15-3 25 5/22 vs. Roxbury (N.J.)
25 Oak Knoll (N.J.) 17-2 NR 5/22 vs. New Providence (N.J.)
Also considered (alphabetical order): Good Counsel (Md.)
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Nike/US Lacrosse High School Rankings
National Boys’ Top 25 | National Girls’ Top 25
Northeast Boys’ Top 10 | Northeast Girls’ Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Boys’ Top 10 | Mid-Atlantic Girls’ Top 10
South Boys’ Top 10
| South Girls’ Top 10
Midwest Boys’ Top 10
| Midwest Girls’ Top 10
West Boys’ Top 10
| West Girls’ Top 10

Northeast Top 10

1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 15-1

The Indians opened postseason play with an easy 21-4 win over Mepham (N.Y.) in the Nassau B quarterfinals. Grace Gately finished with five goals and one assist for top-seeded Manhasset. Previous: 1

2. Darien (Conn.), 16-2

The Blue Wave upended Fairfield Ludlowe, 20-3, to close out the regular season and then added two postseason wins. They topped Staples (Conn.), 18-6, in the FCIAC quarterfinals as Nicole Humphrey and Maddie Joyce each had three goals and one assist, and they beat Greenwich on Monday in the semifinals. The final is Thursday. Darien has won six straight FCIAC titles, five consecutive state titles and 103 games in a row against in-state competition. Previous: 3

3. Pittsford (N.Y.), 16-0

The Panthers closed the regular season with wins over Canandaigua (N.Y.), 12-6, and Hilton (N.Y.), 18-2. Four different players scored two goals each in the Canandaigua win, and 11 players notched goals in the Hilton win. Previous 2

4. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 13-1

The Phantoms were idle last week. Second-seeded B-BP faces third-seeded Westhampton Beach (N.Y.) in the Suffolk Class C semifinals Tuesday. The Phantoms beat Westhampton, 13-7, in the regular season. Previous: 4

5. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 15-1

Coming off a break from action last week, the top-seeded Mustangs face fifth-seeded Rocky Point (N.Y.) in the Suffolk Class C semifinals Tuesday. Mount Sinai defeated Rocky Point, 8-5, late in the regular season. Previous: 5

6. Northport (N.Y.), 17-0

A year after going 11-7, the Tigers remain unbeaten. Olivia Carner totaled four goals and four assists and Danielle Pavinelli added five goals and two assists to lead top-seeded Northport to a 12-5 win over Sachem East (N.Y.) in the Suffolk County Class A quarterfinals last week. Previous: 6

7. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 15-2

The top-seeded Seahawks opened postseason play with a 15-1 win over eighth-seeded Division (N.Y.) in the Nassau County Class C quarterfinals. Sophia DeRosa finished with one goal and three assists for CSH, which then went on to beat Plainedge (N.Y.) 15-6 on Monday. The championship is set for May 30. Previous: 7

8. West Babylon (N.Y.), 14-2

The Eagles were idle last week. Second-seeded West Babylon faces third-seeded Harborfields (N.Y.) Tuesday in the Suffolk County Class B semifinals. The two teams didn’t meet in the regular season. Previous: 8

9. Massapequa (N.Y.), 10-4

The top-seeded Chiefs face fifth-seeded Farmingdale (N.Y.) in the Nassau County Class A semifinals Wednesday at Adelphi. The two teams didn’t meet in the regular season. Massapequa was idle last week. Previous: 9

10. Garden City (N.Y.), 11-5

Garden City opened postseason play with a 17-2 win over MacArthur (N.Y.) in the Nassau County Class B quarterfinals. Sarah Mackey had five goals and two assists for the Trojans, who play Long Beach (N.Y.) in the semifinals Thursday. Previous: 10


— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 17-4

The Blazers became the first team other than McDonogh (Md.) to hold the No. 1 spot in the last nine years after they defeated the Eagles 10-8 in the IAAM championship game. Notre Dame ended a 17-game losing streak to McDonogh with the win. Previous: 1

2. McDonogh (Md.), 20-1

The Eagles’ amazing winning streak ended at 198 games with the loss to Notre Dame Prep. The streak began with a win over Winters Mill (Md.) on April 13, 2009 and surpassed the national record of 103 in 2014. McDonogh defeated teams from nine states, Washington, D.C., and Canada in that time.  Previous: 2

3. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 17-2

The Tigers won their first ISL AA championship with a 13-9 win over Holton-Arms (Md.) last week. Jill Gollob and Katie Castiello each scored four goals in a game that began May 14 and had to be completed two days later because of bad weather. Previous: 3

4. Glenelg (Md.), 16-2

The Gladiators have rolled through the Maryland Class 2A tournament, holding three of their four opponents to four goals or less. They face Hereford (Md.) in the championship game on Wednesday. The last time these programs met was 2015. Glenelg came out on top 10-8. Previous: 4

5. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 21-3

Brianna Lantuh scored the game-winner in the fourth overtime as the Cardinals defeated St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 8-7 in the VISAA championship game. It marked their second straight VISAA championship and caps a season in which they also won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Previous: 5

6. Moorestown (N.J.), 17-2

Moorestown defeated Absegami (N.J.) 20-2 in the quarterfinal of the South, Group 3 tournament. The Quakers got one goal from 20 different players in the victory. Colette Smith led the team with three points. Previous: 6

7. Ridgewood (N.J.), 18-3

Lillie Kloak led Ridgewood with five points in a North 1, Group 4 quarterfinal win over Columbia (N.J.). The Maroons cruised past Mount Olive in the semifinals Monday and now advance to the championship game Thursday against Ridge (N.J.) Previous: 7

8. Glenelg Country School (Md.), 12-5

Five different players scored in the IAAM semifinal loss to Notre Dame Prep (Md.) to bring the Dragons’ season to a close. They defeated Notre Dame Prep in their first game of the season and also posted wins over St. Paul’s (Md.), Bryn Mawr (Md.) and Roland Park (Md.). Previous: 8

9. Holton-Arms (Md.), 15-6

The Panthers did something no other school has done in the last 21 years when they knocked St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) out of the ISL tournament. Holton-Arms finished as the runner-up to Georgetown Visitation. Previous: 9

10. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 26-4

After a 21-year reign as ISL champions came to an end, the Saints dropped their final game of the year, 8-7 in four overtimes, to Bishop Ireton in the VISAA Division I championship game. Previous: 10

— Mike Loveday

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South Top 10

1. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 23-1

The Stallions claimed their first Florida High School Athletic Association state championship with a 10-7 win over Lake Highland Prep. Caitlyn Wurzburger finished the season with 105 goals and 114 assists. Previous: 1

2. Hutchison (Tenn.), 19-0

The Sting won their eighth consecutive Tennessee Girls Lacrosse Association state championship on Saturday, beating Ensworth 8-6. They got to the final with a 12-6 win over Harpeth Hall. In two games, Elizabeth Farnsworth had 11 goals, one assist, 10 draw controls and seven ground balls, and Jordan Groover had seven goals and five assists. Janessa Mai added three goals. Macy McCullough, Anna Field and goalie Anne Cater anchored the defense, which allowed just 5.4 goals per game this year. Previous: 2

3. Milton (Ga.), 19-5

The Eagles beat Lassiter 11-10 to win their 12th Georgia High School Association 6A-7A state championship and seventh in the last eight years. Brianna Carrasquillo led with five goals. Her final goal gave Milton an 11-8 lead with 8:25 to play. Lassiter rallied, but Milton won the last draw and maintained possession to close out the game. In the semifinals, the Eagles beat Walton 15-5 to set up the showdown with Lassiter in the title game. Erin Degnan had four goals, 12 draws won and two caused turnovers in the semifinal game, while Carrasquillo finished with four goals, three ground balls, two caused turnovers and 10 draw controls. Savannah Cosman added three goals. Previous: 4

4. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 18-2

The Raiders’ season ended with a 16-4 loss to No. 1-ranked American Heritage-Delray in an FHSAA regional championship game. Both of their losses this season were to American Heritage, which was ranked fifth in the country last week. Previous: 3

5. Lassiter (Ga.), 18-3

The Trojans pushed Milton, but fell 11-10 in the GHSA 6A-7A championship game. They cut the gap to one goal with 40 seconds left, but were unable to regain possession of the ball thereafter. In the semifinals, the Trojans beat Mill Creek 12-10 to reach the championship game. Previous: 5

6. Vero Beach (Fla.), 19-5

The Fighting Indians lost to No. 1 American Heritage-Delray 11-5 in the FHSAA state semifinals. The loss was the only in-state setback for Vero. Four of its five losses were to teams ranked in the national top 25. Previous: 6

7. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 18-3

The Crusaders beat Charlotte Catholic 14-8 to win their third consecutive North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championship. Grace Nelson was named the MVP with three goals and 11 draws, and Elizabeth Wilson finished with five goals. The Crusaders beat Ashley 19-7 in the semifinals to advance to the title game. Ella Reaves Vaughan led with six goals, and Grace New had five. Previous: 7

8. Hockaday School (Texas), 17-7

The Daisies picked up their first Texas Girls High School Lacrosse state title with an 18-16 win over No. 1-seeded Kinkaid in the final. Sixth-seeded Hockaday also beat the second and third seeds en route to the title, sending No. 3 The Woodlands home with a 16-7 loss in the opening round and then knocking off No. 2 Episcopal Dallas 12-11 in the semifinals. Previous: 8

9. Charlotte Catholic (N.C.), 14-5

The Cougars’ strong late-season run ended in the NCHSAA championship game with a 14-8 loss to No. 7 Cardinal Gibbons. The loss ended a five-game winning streak, which included games against the only other two teams to beat Catholic this season (Lake Norman and Weddington). The Cougars were down just 6-5 at the half against Gibbons, but couldn’t keep up in the second half. They beat R.J. Reynolds in the semifinal to advance to the title game. Previous: 9

10. Cambridge (Ga.), 16-5

The Bears beat North Gwinnett 17-8 in the second round of GHSA 6A-7A tournament play before suffering an 8-7, season-ending loss to Lassiter in the third round. Previous: 10

— Aimee Ford Foster

Midwest Top 10

1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 17-3

Riley Dolan compiled four goals and Sophia Rucker and Maggie Gorman added hat tricks as the Ramblers concluded the regular season with a 17-1 victory over Barrington (Ill.) on May 16. Loyola was set to kick off playoff action Monday against Chicago Mather. Previous: 1

2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 19-0

The Golden Bears easily advanced thought the first rounds of state playoffs last week, defeating Beavercreek (Ohio) 23-2 and Centerville (Ohio) 23-1. Seniors Lauren Farber and Kileigh Casey each had six-goal performances versus Beavercreek, and Brenna Smith had a game-high four goals against Centerville. Upper Arlington was set to play Springboro in the regional semifinals Monday. Previous: 2

3. New Trier (Ill.), 16-3

The Trevians survived a tough final week of the regular season, defeating Glenbrook South (Ill.) 15-4 on May 15 and Hinsdale Central 11-9 on May 17. Junior Lucy Murray scored four goals in both contests last week, and sophomore Charley Meier had hat tricks in both games. Previous: 3

4. Rockford (Mich.), 14-2

The Rams have stretched their winning streak to 12 games after victories last week over Caledonia (Mich.), 16-1, and Catholic Central, 21-6. Mekenzie VanderMolen had two goals and three assists in the win over Caledonia. Previous: 4

5. New Albany (Ohio), 19-1

Emily Rezabek’s four goals provided enough offense to help the Eagles defeat Westerville North (Ohio) last week in their state playoff opener. They then beat Strongsville (Ohio) 13-2 in the regional semifinals Monday. Previous: 6

6. Cathedral (Ind.) 15-3

The Irish closed out the regular season with wins last week over Center Grove (Ind.), 24-1, and Bishop Chatard, 9-3. Katherine Burnside scored five of Cathedral’s nine goals against Bishop Chatard. Previous: 8

7. Carmel (Ind.), 20-2

The Greyhounds reached the 20-win mark last week after defeating Harrison (Ind.) 20-4 and Zionsville (Ind.) 17-9. Senior Hallie Dusharm and freshman Maddie McGarty notched hat tricks in both contests. Carmel earned the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs, and the first round is Wednesday against Castle (Ind.). Previous: 9

8. Prior Lake (Minn.), 11-0

The unbeaten Lakers pulled off a monumental upset last week, defeating defending state champs Eden Prairie (Minn.) 6-5 on Friday. The victory snapped a 62-game winning streak Eden Prairie had over in-state opponents. Junior Lauren Wick had a pair of goals and an assist against Eden Prairie. Previous: NR

9. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 10-2

After impressive wins last week over Minnetonka (Minn.) and Holy Family Catholic (Minn.), the Eagles were tripped up by unbeaten Prior Lake (Minn.) on Friday by a 6-5 margin. Last week’s loss snapped a 62-game winning streak over in-state opponents. Brooke Lewis scored 15 goals for the week, including eight against Minnetonka. Previous: 5

10. MICDS (Mo.), 16-2

The Rams have won 15 straight after starting 1-2. MICDS won matches last week against Marquette (Mo.), 18-4, and Ladue (Mo.), 18-6. Mollie Schmid scored five times against Marquette and three times versus Ladue. Previous: NR

— Justin Boggs

West Top 10

1. Novato (Calif.), 24-1

Charlie Rudy tallied seven goals and Jamie Level scored five times as the Hornets collected their fourth straight North Coast Section title with a 13-9 win over Oak Ridge (Calif.) on Thursday. It was the closest an in-state opponent played them all season. Novato, which loses eight seniors to graduation, beat California High 22-9 in the semifinals. The team’s lone loss was to then national-No. 1 McDonogh (Md.). Previous: 1

2. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 18-0

The Mustangs have a shot at a fourth straight state title after beating Denver East 11-7 in the semifinals Saturday. Katherine Merrifield (four goals), Lauren Russell (three goals) and Eleanor Greene (two goals) led the offense. Colorado, which beat Arapahoe 7-5 in the quarterfinals last week, meets Cherry Creek in the final for a fourth consecutive time Wednesday and seeks its fifth overall title.  Previous: 2

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 18-0

The top-seeded Bruins get another crack at Colorado after finishing runner-up to the Mustangs the past three years. Cherry Creek marched into Wednesday’s title game with an 11-6 win over Chaparral in the semifinals and a 16-9 win over Grandview in the quarterfinals last week. Isabel Anema led all scorers with four goals against Chaparral, while Katie Collins and Hali Sibilia added three and two goals, respectively. Previous: 3

4. Bainbridge Island (Wash.), 16-0

The Spartans capped a perfect season with a 10-9 win over Mercer Island in the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association state final. Kendall Havill finished with four goals and two assists to power the offense, which was helped by Mackenzie Chapman’s six draw controls and four ground balls. Bainbridge had finished as the runners up last year following a perfect regular season. Previous: 4 

5. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 18-1

After a first-round bye in the OGLA playoffs, the Lakers opened the postseason with a 17-6 win over Oregon Episcopal on Thursday. Carlie Leach led with five goals and one assist, Katie Freeman had three goals and two assists and Katy Gilbert added four goals. Lake Oswego, which is looking for a third straight state title, was set to meet Hood River Valley in the semifinals Monday. Previous: 5

6. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 21-2

The Falcons picked up their third straight San Diego Section Open Division title with a 10-5 win over rival La Costa Canyon. The two teams had split games during the regular season with the Mavericks winning the first matchup March 7. All three meetings had the exact same score. Torrey Pines’ only other loss was to Potomac (Va.) in March. Previous: 6

7. St. Margaret’s (Calif.), 18-1

The Tartans beat two-time defending Southern Section champion Mater Dei 14-9 to claim the program’s first U.S. Lacrosse Orange County championship since 2008. That proved to be the biggest hurdle en route to securing the Southern Section title, as they beat Redondo Union 17-6 in the final. Cailin Young was named the tournament’s MVP. The team’s lone loss was to Novato. Previous: 7

8. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 19-4

The Mavericks beat Coronado and La Jolla to reach the CIF San Diego Section Open Division championship but couldn’t win a rubber match with Torrey Pines in the final. LCC trailed by four at the half and couldn’t close the gap. The Mavs’ other two losses were both one-goal games, including a 9-8 loss to Potomac (Va.). Previous: 7 

9. Oak Ridge (Calif.), 21-2

The Trojans finally broke through to the North Coast Section final after losing in the semifinals the last two seasons, but they still couldn’t beat the team that had knocked them out both times. They finished runners up to Novato with a 13-9 loss in the title game. Oak Ridge had survived a 14-13 battle with San Ramon Valley in the semifinals earlier last week, as Aly De Caro put in the game-winning goal with 90 seconds left. It was her fourth goal of the game. Bri Gross and Emma Reed each had five goals, with Gross adding three assists and Reed recording two assists. Ashley Laing made nine saves, including a late one to preserve the win. Previous: 9

10. Chaparral (Colo.), 15-3

The Wolverines’ season ended in the state semifinals with a loss to Cherry Creek on Saturday, but they avenged their lone regular-season in-state loss in the quarterfinals. Chaparral beat Regis Jesuit 12-11 in overtime May 15 to advance to the final four behind Hannah Mill’s six goals. The Wolverines’ only other defeat came at the hands of Sacred Heart (N.Y.) on April 7. Previous: NR

— Laurel Pfahler

Short Summary: 
Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), Novato (Calif.) and Bishop Ireton (Va.) solidified top-10 rankings.
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Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) won its first ISL AA title with a 13-9 win over Holton-Arms (Md.). Jill Gollob and Katie Castiello each scored four goals in a game that began May 14 and had to be completed two days later because of bad weather.
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Novato (Calif.) completed a near-perfect season with a 13-9 win over Oak Ridge (Calif.) in the CIF-North Coast Section final.
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