Stallions Stun SSSA, Skyrocket in National HS Girls' Top 25

Stallions Stun SSSA, Skyrocket in National HS Girls' Top 25

American Heritage-Delray dealt national power St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) its first loss to a Florida team since 2012 and soared into the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls’ National Top 25 at No. 8 this week. The Stallions (11-0) also defeated Georgia juggernaut Milton (Ga.), leaping over Hutchison (Tenn.) as the top-ranked team in the South. The team faces another significant test Tuesday when it plays national No. 19 Glenelg Country (Md.) as part of a doubleheader at Olympia (Fla.).

McDonogh (Md.) and Garden City (N.Y.) held steady at No. 1 and No. 2 in the national rankings, respectively. 

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Laurel Pfahler
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National Top 25

March 27, 2018




1 McDonogh (Md.) 4-0 1 3/28 vs. Mount de Sales (Md.)
2 Garden City (N.Y.) 1-0 2 3/27 at Syosset (N.Y.)
3 Darien (Conn.) 0-0 4 4/2 vs. Norwalk (Conn.)
4 Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 0-0 5 3/28 at East Islip (N.Y.)
5 Skaneateles (N.Y.) 0-0 8 3/29 at Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.)
6 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 0-0 9 3/29 at Long Beach (N.Y.)
7 Pittsford (N.Y.) 0-0 14 4/3 at Scarsdale (N.Y.)
8 American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) 11-0 NR 3/27 at Olympia (Fla.)
9 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 4-1 7 3/27 vs. Agnes Irwin (Pa.)
10 Glenelg (Md.) 0-0 10 3/27 at Notre Dame Prep (Md.)
11 Moorestown (N.J.) 0-0 11 3/28 vs. Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
12 Summit (N.J.) 0-0 12 3/28 vs. Sparta (N.J.)
13 Oak Knoll (N.J.) 0-0 13 3/28 vs. Westfield (N.J.)
14 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 4-1 3 3/27 vs. Good Counsel (Md.)
15 Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 1-0 15 3/27 vs. Reservoir (Md.)
16 Massapequa (N.Y.) 1-0 17 3/27 at No. 17 Manhasset (N.Y.)
17 Manhasset (N.Y.) 1-1 6 3/27 vs. No. 16 Massapequa (N.Y.)
18 West Genesee (N.Y.) 0-0 17 3/28 at Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.)
19 Glenelg Country (Md.) 3-0 19 3/27 vs. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.)
20 Bryn Mawr (Md.) 5-0 NR 3/28 vs. Maryvale Prep (Md.)
21 Longmeadow (Mass.) 0-0 18 3/28 at Willston Northampton (Mass.)
22 Novato (Calif.) 7-1 21 3/31 vs. Menlo (Calif.)
23 Ridgewood (N.J.) 0-0 22 3/28 vs. West Essex (N.J.)
24 Easport-South Manor (N.Y.) 0-0 24 3/30 vs. Rocky Point (N.Y.)
25 Upper Arlington (Ohio) 2-0 25 4/5 at Pickerington Central (Ohio)
Also considered (alphabetical order): Good Counsel (Md.), Notre Dame Prep (Md.), Hutchison (Tenn.)
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Northeast Top 10

1. Garden City (N.Y.), 1-0

The Trojans, who have won 14 state titles in the last 22 years, opened the season with a 16-1 win over Oceanside (N.Y.). Caitlin Cook finished with three goals and one assist and Jenn Medjid added three goals for Garden City, which faces Syosset (N.Y.) on Tuesday. Previous: 1

2. Darien (Conn.), 0-0

The Blue Wave open the season April 2 against Norwalk (Conn.). Darien has collected five straight state titles and nine in the past 10 years. Previous: 2

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

The Mustangs begin the season Wednesday at East Islip (N.Y.). They ended the 2017 season on a 15-game winning streak and have won three straight Class C state titles. Previous: 3

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

The defending Class D state champs must replace national player of the year Kyla Sears (Princeton), and they’ll soon find out how. The Lakers open the season Thursday against Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.). Previous: 5

5. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 0-0

The Friars ended the 2017 season with another CHSAA title. They open the 2018 campaign Thursday at Long Beach (N.Y.). Previous: 6

6. Pittsford (N.Y.), 0-0

The Panthers are coming off their best season in program history, winning the first state title with a dramatic 10-9 win over Middle Country (N.Y.). Pittsford opens the season April 3 at Scarsdale (N.Y.). Previous: 7

7. Massapequa (N.Y.), 1-0

The Chiefs opened with an 11-1 win over Port Washington (N.Y.). Jackie Gatti finished with three goals and two assists to lead Massapequa, which faces Manhasset (N.Y.) on Tuesday. Previous: 8

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

The Indians opened the season with a 10-8 loss to Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) but rebounded with a 12-5 win over Long Beach (N.Y.). Shea Garcia totaled seven goals in the two games. Manhasset plays Massapequa (N.Y.) Tuesday. Previous: 4

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

The Wildcats’ season gets underway Wednesday against Rochester-area powerhouse Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.). Previous: 9

10. Longmeadow (Mass.), 0-0

The Lancers play Williston Northampton (Mass.) on Wednesday. They fell in the Division 1 state title game last season. Previous: 10

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. McDonogh (Md.), 4-0

Because of bad weather in Maryland, the Eagles’ game against Roland Park was canceled last week, but they returned to the field Monday for an 18-4 win over John Carroll (Md.). Previous: 1

2. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 4-1

The Saints traveled to Georgia and went 3-0 against teams from the Peach State. They then dropped a 12-10 decision against South-ranked American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) on Saturday but also collected an 11-10 win over Hinsdale Central (Ill.). Previous: 3

3. Glenelg (Md.), 0-0

The defending Maryland Class 3A/2A champion returns 17 players, including five Division I commits in its senior class. The Gladiators’ first game will be Tuesday against Notre Dame Prep (Md.). Previous: 4

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

Seventeen players return to the Quakers after leading the team to a 20-3 record last season. Kacey Knobloch (James Madison) and Robin Panzarella (Penn) will get Moorestown’s season started Wednesday against Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.). Previous: 5

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

The Hilltoppers return four players who earned All-Group 3 honors last season, including first team selection Helen Johnson on the attack. Summit’s season starts Wednesday against Sparta (N.J.). Previous: 6

6. Oak Knoll (N.J.), 0-0

The defending Prep A champion went 21-5 last season and returns Annabelle Zebrowski at attack. The Royals start their season against Westfield (N.J.) on Wednesday. Previous: 7

7. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 4-1

The Cardinals’ 17-game winning streak came to an end with a 14-10 loss to Notre Dame Prep (Md.) last week in what turned out to be their only action because of weather. Madison Mote scored five goals in the loss. Previous: 2

8. Marriotts Ridge (Md.), 1-0

The Mustangs opened their season with a 13-8 win over Howard (Md.). Five players scored two goals, led by Katie Thompson, who totaled three points with two assists and a goal. Previous: 8

9. Glenelg Country School (Md.), 3-0

The weather affected the Dragons’ schedule last week as their game against Gerstell Academy (Md.) was canceled, but they resumed play Monday with a 10-6 win at perennial southern power Vero Beach (Fla.). Previous: 9  

10. Bryn Mawr (Md.), 5-0

The Mawrtians have started off well this season, improving their résumé with an 11-6 win over Roland Park (Md.) last week. The Mawritans are off to their best start since opening 7-0 in 2012. Previous: NR

— Mike Loveday

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South Top 10

1. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 11-0

The Stallions took a spot on the national stage when they opened the week with an impressive 12-10 win over St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), ranked No. 7 in the country at the time. The Saints hadn’t lost to a Florida team since 2012. The Stallions finished the week with another impressive win, beating No. 4 Milton (Ga.) 18-8, and they were rewarded with a jump to the top of the rankings. Previous: 2  

2. Hutchison (Tenn.), 7-0

After opening the week with a 22-3 win at home over Briarcrest (Tenn.), the Sting went to Texas and knocked off No. 6 Episcopal School of Dallas, 14-10, and then beat Hockaday 29-9. Midfielders Elizabeth Farnsworth, Jordan Groover and Janessa Mai combined to win 37 draw controls in the two Texas games. For the week, Farnsworth led the team with 23 goals, 14 assists, 16 ground balls, 24 draw controls and nine forced turnovers. Previous: 1  

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 11-1

The Raiders rebounded from their first loss with wins over Pine Crest (Fla.) and Olympia (Fla.). In the 15-4 win over Pine Crest, Jada Preston led with four goals and an assist. In the 15-6 win over Olympia, Carly Steinlauf had a game-high seven goals and four assists, while Preston added four goals and two assists. Morgan Lusk had nine saves. The Raiders are idle this week. Previous: 3

4. Milton (Ga), 6-4

The Eagles went 1-2 during a tough portion of the schedule, picking up a 16-12 win over Hinsdale Central (Ill.) and losing to nationally-ranked St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (Va.), 12-9, and new No. 1 American Heritage-Delray 18-8. The Eagles played shorthanded for 21 minutes of the American Heritage game because of yellow cards. Briana Carrasquillo scored 16 goals in the three games and won 17 draw controls. Previous: 4

5. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 6-1

The Crusaders rebounded from their loss to Milton with a 15-1 win over Enloe (N.C.), as 12 different players scored goals. This week, they host Springfield-Delco, the Pennsylvania PIAA AAA state runner-up last year. Previous: 5

6. Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), 4-1

The Eagles opened the week with a 14-10 loss to then-No. 1 Hutchison, but rebounded with a 20-14 win over St. Mary’s (Tenn.). They were scheduled to play Stone Ridge (D.C.) on Monday. Previous: 6  

7. Lassiter (Ga.), 10-2

The Trojans won their only game of the week, beating Hinsdale Central (Ill.) 10-9. They are idle until April 7 when they play at nationally-ranked Glenelg (Md.). Previous: 7

8. Bishop Moore (Fla.), 10-1

The Hornets beat Lake Mary (Fla.) 16-4 in their only game of the week. Emma Poling had three goals and two ground balls to lead the way. They were scheduled to play Creekside (Fla.) on Monday. Previous: 8 

9. Vero Beach (Fla.), 10-4

The Fighting Indians opened the week with an 11-9 win over Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) and then beat Charlotte Country Day (N.C.) 18-6 before losing to nationally-ranked Glenelg Country School (Md.) 10-6. Gabby Sposato had three goals in the win over LHP and led with six goals and one assist in the win over Charlotte Country Day. Gracie Martin had three goals and four assists, and Maddie Ellis had three goals against CCD. Lexie Patton had 10 saves against LHP, eight against CCD and 14 against Glenelg. Previous: 9 

10. Cambridge (Ga.), 10-2

After a nine-day layoff, the Bears showed no rust in an 18-2 win at South Forsyth (Ga.) on Monday. Up next is a game at West Forsyth (Ga.) on Wednesday. Previous: 10 

— Aimee Ford Foster

Midwest Top 10

1. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 2-0

The Golden Bears started the season with a statement win over No. 4-ranked New Trier (Ill.), 7-5, on Saturday, followed by a 15-3 win over Lyons Township (Ill.) later in the day. After scoring twice against New Trier, Brooke Smith had four goals and a pair of helpers against Lyons Township. Previous: 1

2. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 6-0

The Ramblers blanked previously unbeaten Maine South (Ill.) 17-0 on March 20. Riley Dolan and Ellie Lazzaretto each had four goals for Loyola, which also collected a forfeit win over Montini Catholic (Ill.) on Saturday. Previous: 2

3. Rockford (Mich.), 1-0

Freshman Katie Rodriguez stepped up with five goals to help the Rams to a 26-2 win over Birmingham Unified (Mich.) on Saturday in her first high school game. Brooklyn Neumen led Rockford with six goals. Previous: 3

4. New Trier (Ill.), 3-1

The Trevians started last week off on a high note, defeating St. Charles (Ill.) 19-8 on March 21, and Vernon Hills (Ill.) 19-1 the next day. But New Trier took its first loss on Saturday to top-ranked Upper Arlington (Ohio), 7-5. Lucy Murray had a seven-goal, three-assist performance against St. Charles. Previous: 4

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

The Eagles, the reigning state champions, must wait out an extended northern winter before opening the season on April 17 against Benilde-St. Margaret’s (Minn.). Previous: 5

6. Hartland (Mich.), 0-0

The Eagles are still more than a week from the start of their season, as they open on April 5 against Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.). Previous: 7

7. Maine South (Ill.), 5-1

After getting blanked 17-0 on March 20 against defending state champion Loyola, the Hawks responded with an 11-8 victory over Glenbrook South (Ill.) on March 22. Maine South next plays April 4 against No. 4 New Trier (Ill.). Previous: 6

8. Cathedral (Ind.), 3-2

The Irish recovered from a 1-2 start to the season with an 11-8 win over previously unbeaten Carmel (Ind.) on March 20. Three days later, Cathedral overpowered Anderson (Ohio) by a 12-2 ledger. Previous: 10

9. Massillon Jackson (Ohio), 1-0

The Polar Bears started the season off with a 10-4 win over Dublin Jerome (Ohio) on Friday. Goalie Grace Merrill made seven saves, and Anna Woodhams scored four times. Massillon Jackson is traveling this week for a pair of contests in the nation’s capital. Previous: 9

10. Carmel (Ind.), 6-1

The Greyhounds lost their first match of the year to crosstown rival Cathedral (Ind.) 11-8 on March 20. Carmel responded to the defeat with an impressive 22-7 win over Park Tudor (Ind.) on March 22. Previous: 8

— Justin Boggs

West Top 10

1. Novato (Calif.), 7-1

The Hornets came back from a challenging trip to Florida and breezed to a 24-1 win over Branson (Calif.) on March 21. Now they get a 10-day break as a reward, but they’re well prepared after collecting a notable win against St. Paul’s (Md.) the week prior and playing national No. 1 McDonogh (Md.) to within eight goals. Previous: 1 

2. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 4-0

Lauren Russell registered four goals and Sloane Murphy added three as the Mustangs beat St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) 11-7.  Ella Marks had eight saves. They opened a two-game swing in California with a 19-12 win over Menlo to open the week, and Russell and Murphy were even more impressive in the high-scoring affair. Russell had eight goals in that game, while Murphy added four goals and one assist. Up next is Cleveland Heights (Ohio) on April 2. Previous: 2

3. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 5-0

The Lakers went to California and collected a big win over Radnor (Pa.) on Monday, by a 13-10 margin. During that trip they also had a pair of lopsided wins, beating Dos Pueblos (Calif.) 18-1 and Holy Child (N.Y.) 16-4 over the weekend. They play Mater Dei (Calif.) on Tuesday. Previous: 6

4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 7-1

The Mavericks were still impressive while taking their first loss Saturday, falling 9-8 in a close game against Potomac School (Va.), which remains unbeaten through five games. The loss followed a pair of wins over Poway (Calif.) and San Marcos-San Diego (Calif.). C.J. Jones had 10 goals and three assists in the two wins, while Sarah McLean added seven goals and three assists and Tessa Bass had seven goals and two assists. Previous: 3 

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

The Bruins are averaging 19.4 goals per game after collecting 20-8 and 23-7 wins over Columbine (Colo.) and Chatfield (Colo.), respectively, last week. Pearl Schwartz had 15 goals and two assists combined over the two games, Hali Sibilia had seven goals and eight assists, and Morgan Haws had four goals, all against Chatfield. Cherry Creek heads East to play St. Catherine’s (Va.) and Collegiate School (Va.) this week. Previous: 4 

6. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 5-2

The Falcons cruised to a 22-7 win over Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) but then couldn’t pull off an upset of unbeaten Potomac School (Va.) on Monday in a 15-8 loss. Only La Costa Canyon has been able to hold them under 11 goals this season. Torrey Pines is set to play Glenbrook South (Ill.) on Tuesday. Previous: 5

7. Arapahoe (Colo.), 1-0

The Warriors have been idle since opening with a 15-3 win over Kent Denver (Colo.) on March 9. They return to the field Tuesday with the start of a pair of spring break games in California against Poway and La Costa Canyon. Previous: 8 

8. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 3-0

Maddie McMaster continues to terrorize opponents, this time racking up nine goals and five assists in a 25-7 win over Bishop Blanchet (Wash.). She also won 10 draws. Kyleigh Ramos tallied six goals, Jessie Carroll had two goals and four assists, and Alexa Steffens added three goals and three assists. Previous: 8

9. Oak Ridge (Calif.), 6-1

The Trojans move up a spot with help from La Jolla (Calif.) dropping out. Oak Ridge routed Carondelet (Calif.) 16-6 in its only game last week. It was 8-3 at halftime. Up next is an April 4 game against Bella Vista (Calif.). Previous: 9

10. St. Margaret’s (Calif.), 5-0

The Tartans make their debut in the rankings, checking in at No. 10 after a week that included wins against formerly ranked Mater Dei (Calif.), 12-10, and Tesoro (Calif.), 16-3. The schedule heats up now with games against 7-1 St. Margarita Catholic School (Calif.), perennial power St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) and Novato over the next eight days. Previous: NR

— Laurel Pfahler

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American Heritage-Delray dealt St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) its first loss to a Florida team since 2012.
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American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) dealt national power St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) its first loss to a Florida team since 2012 and soared into the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls' National Top 25 at No. 8 this week.
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