High School Girls

April 18, 2012

Northeast Girls' Regional Report (April 18)

by Chris Goldberg | LaxMagazine.com

Top Performers

Kelci Smesko, Ridgewood (N.J.)
The Duke-bound midfielder scored in overtime to give the Maroons a 10-9 win over Chatham (N.J.). Smesko had five goals and two assists in the game. She added five goals in a 14-8 win over Mendham (N.J.) and five more in a 20-12 win over Summit (N.J.).

Jenna Chodos, Tower Hill (Del.)
Chodos had five goals and the assist on Alex DuPont's game-winner with 16 seconds left to give Tower Hill (4-0) an 11-10 win over The Hill School (Pa.). Chodos also have four goals in a 20-4 win over Caesar Rodney (Del.)

Meghan Milani, Glenelg (Md.)
Milani, a senior, had 11 goals in three games last weekend. She had five goals in a 12-9 win over Winters Mill and five more in a 24-8 victory over Monticello (Va.).

Games to Watch

Garnet Valley (Pa.) at Harriton (Pa.) – April 19
This is a battle for first place in the Central League between two of the top teams in the state. Last year Garnet Valley — on its way to the championship — knocked Harriton out of the state playoffs in the first round.

Moorestown (N.J.) at Shawnee (N.J.) – April 21
This game pits the two top South Jersey teams. Last year Moorestown defeated Shawnee to claim the South Jersey Group 3 title, and the year before Shawnee toppled the Quakers in the Group finals, snapping their 228-game in-state win streak.

Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) – April 18
The visiting Tigers are off to their best start in years and could give the perennial DC Independent Schools champion Saints a challenge. Last year the Tigers gave the Saints a scare in the league title game, falling, 8-5.

1. McDonogh (Md.), 8-0
The Eagles continue to roll, extending their win streak to 58 games with a 16-8 win over No. 5 Bryn Mawr and a 20-10 conquest of St. Paul's (Md.). The next week is quite busy. McDonogh has two mid-week games, meets Notre Dame Prep (Md.) on Friday and then plays Garden City in the first round of the Maryland-New York Challenge. The Eagles also have a home date April 30 with undefeated Century.

2. Moorestown (N.J.), 7-0
The Quakers disposed of Washington Township (N.J.), 14-6, as Steph Toy had five goals and two assists. The big game on the horizon? Saturday against Shawnee (N.J.), the team most likely to challenge the Quakers for the Group 3 crown in South Jersey.

3. Bryn Mawr (Md.), 8-1
The Mawrtians suffered a 16-8 loss to No. 1 McDonogh but then rebounded to topple Maryvale Prep (Md.), 12-11. Bryn Mawr (Md.) faces St. Anthony's (N.Y.) on Saturday in the first round of the Maryland-New York Challenge, and later has a key IAAM game against Notre Dame Prep (Md.).

4. Garnet Valley (Pa.), 10-0
The Jaguars got a major scare when they found themselves behind 8-3 at halftime against unranked Avon Grove (Pa.), but Hallie Barnes' fourth and final goal was the game-winner. The Jags will duel with Central League rival Harriton, which is also undefeated, on Thursday.

5. Marriotts Ridge (Md.), 8-0
The Mustangs claimed a 9-3 win over Winters Mill (Md.) at the Winters Mill Tournament on Saturday. Nicole Grote buried four goals and Zoe Stukenberg added three.

6. Century (Md.), 9-0
The Knights rolled to a pair of easy wins last week, and they likely won't face a serious challenge until late April — against Winters Mill (Md.) and then No. 1 McDonogh.

7. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 9-2
The Saints have won seven games in a row since consecutive one-goal losses to Bryn Mawr (MD.) and Vero Beach (Fla.). They topped Good Counsel (Md.), 13-6, and host Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) in an important league contest.

8. Ridgewood (N.J.), 7-1
The Maroons posted several key wins last week, 14-8 over Mendham (N.J.) and 20-12 over Summit (N.J.). Against Summit, Kaitlin Concilio totaled six goals and an assist and Kelci Smesko added five goals and an assist to lead the way. Ridgewood hosts Niskayuna (N.Y.) on Saturday.

9. Great Valley (Pa.), 9-0
The Patriots are averaging 17 goals per game and look like the prohibitive favorite in the Ches-Mont League. They routed last year's league and District 1 champion Downingtown East, 15-6. How will Great Valley fare against meet undefeated Notre Dame Academy (Pa.) in the Katie Samson Festival?

10. Chatham (N.J.), 6-2
The Cougars scored two wins over previously-ranked teams last week: 10-7 over Mendham (N.J.) and 14-7 over Manhasset (N.Y.). Jaclyn Leto had five goals and three assists against Manhasset.

News and Notes

St. Paul's (Md.) is hosting the inaugural Maryland-New York Challenge on Saturday and Sunday. Eight of the nation's top teams will face off in one of the biggest girls' events in years. The tournament was created by St. Paul's coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, who wanted to see the top teams in the country test themselves against the top regional opponents.

The event features four top teams from Baltimore's IAAM (McDonogh, Bryn Mawr, John Carroll and St. Paul's), three powerhouse teams from Long Island (Garden City, St. Anthony's and Hauppauge) and Upstate New York's West Genesee. The squads are matched up Saturday based on last year's finish in the LaxPower National Coaches/Computer Rankings.

Mid-Atlantic region No. 1 McDonogh (7-0, 58 straight wins) will meet Garden City (5-0, 48 straight wins). Also, No. 3 Bryn Mawr meets St. Anthony's (5-0). St. Paul's (4-3) faces Hauppauge (6-0) and John Carrroll (4-5) meets West Genesee (5-0). On Sunday, using LaxPower's updated rankings from the first day's games, the matchups will again pit the top-rated Maryland team vs. this year's top-rated New York team. If a matchup is the same as Saturday's, teams will be flip-flopped.

"We were looking to improve the game and increase awareness of the women's sport," Kuhl-McClelland said. "Everybody talks about regional matchups, but all you could do is look at the rankings." The event's aim is not to make money; there is no admission. and there Middle school clinics and financial support from sponsors will help make it a reality. "It's a costly adventure," said Kuhl-McClelland, "but a big day for Long Island and Maryland as well as upstate New York so there are big paybacks. Until you get regional tournaments, you can't tell who is No. 1."

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