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H.S. Girls' Rankings Countdown: Nos. 16-20
by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
|No.16-ranked Fallston's 17-2 record included a 16-1 thrashing of traditional Maryland public school power Mount Hebron in the state championship game.|
2009 Lacrosse Magazine High School Rankings
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.
19. Brighton (N.Y.)
Brighton (16-3) had won 11 straight sectional titles but got some bad luck in this year's Section V title game, falling to Canandaigua, 11-10. The Barons were ranked No. 1 in New York and seeded first heading into the game. They held a two-goal lead late in the second half, but gave up the final three goals. The Barons used tough defense throughout the season, holding most of their opponents into single figures. Brighton got plenty of offense, as it had in years past. Beatrice Conley led the way in the loss to Canandaigua as Brighton finished with a 16-3 record.
18. Garden City (N.Y.)
The Trojans (17-4) won New York's Class B state title, beating previously undefeated Yorktown in the championship game, 12-7. Yorktown had come into the matchup with a 20-0 record, but couldn't handle the Trojans. Garden City now has won four straight state titles and 10 overall. The defense and goalie Lauren Hayes came up big in the title game. Hayes made 16 saves, and Garden City scored 10 of the game's final 13 goals. The Trojans' four regular-season losses were somewhat uncharacteristic for them under coach Diane Chapman, but they settled down and were ready in postseason play.
17. Good Counsel (Md.)
The Falcons just kept on rolling this year, finishing with an 18-2 record and taking their sixth straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. In addition, Good Counsel stretched its conference winning streak to 57 games. It wasn't an easy task, though, as the Falcons needed to go to overtime for a tough 12-11 victory over Bishop Ireton in the title game. Kelly Lechner scored the game-winner off a pass from her sister, Shannon Lechner, with 20.4 seconds left in the overtime. Their only two losses came to other top-25 teams, but coach Michael Haight's team came through when it counted.
16. Fallston (Md.)
The Cougars bordered on previously unheard of. Their athleticism was too much for everyone to handle. Many athletes contributed to the school's Maryland championship teams in field hockey (where they're a dynasty) and basketball, and they carried that over to lacrosse with a stunning 16-1 victory over traditional stalwart Mount Hebron in the Class 3A-2A state title game. Monica Fischer and McKenzie Hannahs, who played big roles in the title victory, actually played in three state title games this year (the soccer team also made it but lost). Coach Mike McTeague (also the basketball coach) guided Fallston to a 17-2 finish.
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