High School Girls

July 16, 2009

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LM High School Girls' Rankings: Nos. 21-25

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Vero Beach needed a temporary court injunction to overturn the FHSAA's decision to disqualify the team two games into the playoffs due to a scheduling stipulation of in-state versus out-of-state play. The Indians, ranked No. 23 in LM's season-end national rankings, won in court and then again on the field, convincingly, defeating Lake Brantley for their fourth straight Florida state girls' lacrosse championship.

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25. Loyola Academy (Ill.)

The Ramblers felt a lot better at the end of this season than at the end of last. They beat New Trier, 8-5, for the Illionis state title after losing to that school in last year's championship game. This was Loyola's fifth state title. The Ramblers finished with a 22-3 record, with all three of their losses coming by just one goal. Grace Dooley, Grace Bowen and Colleen Smith all were first-team US Lacrosse All-Americans. They also were first-team All-State picks, along with goalie Maggie McNair, who came up with a number of strong performances this season.

24. Sycamore (Ohio)

The Aviators won their second Ohio state title in three years by outlasting Upper Arlington, 7-6, in the championship game. Sycamore finished the season with a 22-0 record. The Aviators won the state title two years ago, also beating Upper Arlington in that game. Goalie Adrian Amrine was spectacular in the state semifinal and the championship game. Emile Hunter had three goals and an assist in the title game. Lily Ricci scored eight goals in the semifinal victory. Sycamore had little trouble all season, as its only close game was a one-goal victory over No. 25 Loyola Academy (Ill.) early on.

23. Vero Beach (Fla.)

The Indians (22-1) didn't have the easiest run to their fourth consecutive Florida state crown. They had to go to court to get the chance to do it -- getting an injunction that blocked the Florida High School Athletic Association from barring them since it said the team violated a rule involving scheduling. They are clearly the best team in Florida, using plenty of offensive firepower and balance to win games. Their 16-7 championship victory over Lake Brantley showed that as Courtney Swan (5g, 3a), Jennifer Leffew (4g, 1a) and Krista Graber (4g) combined for 13 goals. That came after Vero Beach outscored its two previous opponents by the combined score of 41-6.

20. Yorktown (N.Y.)

The Cornhuskers (20-1) certainly had the offense. They won their first 20 games this year without a problem, but couldn't finish the job, falling to Garden City, 12-7, in the New York Class B title game. That was their lowest offensive output of the season as Yorktown, couldn't quite battle through the tough defense of Garden City -- especially the Trojans' relentless double teams. Yorktown was trying for its first title in three years. Five of the Cornhuskers are headed to Division I next year.

22. Air Academy (Colo.)

The Kadets won their first Colorado state championship this spring, beating powerhouse Cherry Creek, 17-14, in the finals. The win over Cherry Creek was big because, according to westsidelax.com, the Bruins had captured three consecutive state titles and seven of 11. The Kadets ended the season 19-0. Alex Befus and Hayley Bernstein carried Air Academy in the title game. Befus got five goals and three assists, and Bernstein helped with three goals and four assists. Westsidelax.com ranked Air Academy atop a poll of teams in the western part of the United States.

21. Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.)

The Cougars made their first appearance in a New York state final but came up short, falling to defending champion Shoreham-Wading River (13-11) in the Class C title game. Honeoye Falls-Lima finished with a 19-3 record and took another big step. The Cougars made it to last year's state semifinals before losing. They played a tough schedule again this season, and coach Kevin O'Connell's team had good depth thanks to players like Lindsey Powell, Amanda Willison and Jill Maier. The Cougars won the Section V title.

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