High School Girls

March 21, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Girls' Regional Report

by Chris Goldberg | LaxMagazine.com

Five Players to Watch

Taylor Cummings, McDonogh School (Md.)
An All-American last year, Cummings compiled 65 goals and 76 ground balls, leading the Eagles to their second straight undefeated season and third straight IAAM-A Conference title. She has signed with Maryland and already has 134 career goals. “No one can dominate like Taylor,” McDonogh coach Chris Robinson said. 

Halley Barnes, Garnet Valley (Pa.)
Barnes did it all in 2011 with 118 goals, 40 assists, 83 draw controls and 70 ground balls. The Rutgers-bound senior attacker was especially dominant in the playoffs with 37 goals in eight games.

Stephanie Toy, Moorestown (N.J.)
A starter since her freshman year, the Notre Dame-bound Toy was clutch in a 14-13 Group III state title win over Mendham with four goals, including the game-winner in triple overtime, and four assists. She also excels in soccer and basketball.

Carly Reed, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.)
Reed led the country with 153 goals last year and added 41 assists. Now with 237 career goals, she has committed to North Carolina.

Molly Wolf, Bryn Mawr (Md.)
Wolf is one of the top goalies in the nation. She had a standout junior season and made her mark in the Under Armour All-American game for underclassmen.

1. McDonogh (Md.), 0-0
Don’t ask what McDonogh will do for an encore. The Eagles already sang that song last year when they went undefeated for a second straight year and finished ranked No. 1 in the nation.

McDonogh has won 51 straight games and three straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A conference championships. Expectations will be high once again.

“Every team we play, we will have that little special asterisk next to our name,” Eagles head coach Chris Robinson said.

McDonogh boasts 15 players who will play Division I lacrosse in college.

Key seniors include All-American midfielder Taylor Cummings (Maryland), midfielders/defenders Sofia Robins (Boston University) and Liz Bannantine (Princeton), midfielder Corinne Etchison (Georgetown), attacker Mallory Schonk (Vanderbilt), goalie Katie Ferraro (Wagner) and defender Veronica Fiorino (Davidson). The top juniors are attacker Casey Black (Duke), attacker/midfielder Samantha Burgess (Florida), midfielders Grace Muller (Notre Dame), Devon Horine (Navy), Posey Valis (Virginia) and Isabella Huther (Cal), defender Maggie Preas (Virginia) and goalie Allison Silber (Michigan).

“Some people are talking about the streak since it’s getting up there,” Robinson said. “We’re not going to worry about that. We want the kids to have fun and enjoy the experience while not allowing the pressure to get to them.”

2. St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (Va.), 1-0
With just three seniors, the Saints went 31-2 in 2011. Imagine what they’ll do with 20 players back from that team, including senior midfielder/defender Paige Patterson (North Carolina), senior defender Michele Phillips (Notre Dame), and senior attacker Sarah Wilcox (Vanderbilt).

St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes opened the year with a 14-3 defeat of Bishop Ireton (D.C.) last week.

3. Moorestown (N.J.), 0-0
The Quakers regained the Group III state title last but fell to Ridgewood in the Tournament of Champions final. Midfielders Stephanie Toy (Notre Dame) and Haleigh Dalmass (USC), attackers Nikki McMonagle (Rutgers) and Lindsey Goldblatt (Colgate) and defender Elizabeth Johnson (Lehigh) lead a loaded senior class.

4. Bryn Mawr (Md.), 0-0
A deep, experienced midfield led by seniors Kassandra Bowling (Georgetown), Nancy Dunbar (Northwestern) and Josie George (Johns Hopkins) and Caroline Turco (Johns Hopkins) will score goals. Senior goalie Molly Wolf (Loyola) will prevent them.

5. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 0-0
The Blazers boast versatility with Notre Dame-bound senior midfielders/defenders Hannah Hartman (Notre Dame) and Danielle Lukish and senior attacker/midfielder Danielle Seifert (Vermont). Pure midfielder Sarah Kasun (Denver) and goalie Mary Wilcox (Florida) are also seniors.

6. Good Counsel (Md.), 1-0
The Falcons only two losses last year came against Mendham (N.J.) and St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), two of the two top teams in the country. Good Counsel features a strong defense, with senior Sammi Wilson (Virginia Tech) and goalie Meagh Graham (Virginia Tech). The junior class includes midfielder Caroline Peters (Vanderbilt) and attacker Shea Cassidy.

Good Counsel opened the season on March 19 with an 8-4 victory over St. Mary’s (Md.).

7. Garnet Valley (Pa.), 0-0
The Jaguars lost just one starter after going 24-3. Star seniors are attacker/midfielder Halley Barnes (Rutgers), midfielder Ally Heavens (Penn State), attackers AnnaElise Morello (Yale) and Kara Stroup (Temple) and defender Melissa Koscinski (Robert Morris).

8. Ridgewood (N.J.), 0-0
The Maroons will look to senior defender Kiley Donovan (Colgate), senior midfielder Kelci Smesko (Duke), senior attacker Kaitlin Concilio (Holy Cross) and senior defender Courtney Tarleton (USC) to deliver a third straight Tournament of Champions title.

9. Marriotts Ridge (Md.), 0-0
The Mustangs won 11 straight games en route to their first 2A-3A state title last year. Seniors Molly Fleming (Maryland) Anne Zabel (UMBC) and Tori Thompson (Connecticut) will lead their repeat bid.

10. Mendham (N.J.), 0-0
Mendham went 18-3 in 2011, which included a pair of one-goal losses to West Genesee (N.Y.) and Moorestown (N.J.), the latter of which came in the state tournament. The Minutewomen return 10 starters from that group, including Aly Messinger (North Carolina).

Emerging Rivalry

Mt. Hebron (Md.) at Marriotts Ridge (Md.), April 17
In a short time, this Howard County matchup has emerged as a premier rivalry in the Baltimore area. Since Marriotts Ridge opened in 2005, the schools have met a handful of times. Last year Mt. Hebron nipped the Mustangs, 10-9, in the regular season for what amounted to a County championship game, but Marriotts Ridge toppled the Vikings, 8-3, on the way to a 3A-2A state title.

“This rivalry is huge,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Natalie Gaieski. “There are a lot of emotions. It’s like the Ravens vs. the Steelers. It’s a big game and there is not much you have to say to the girls. They are incredible games to coach and to play.”

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