High School Girls

May 2, 2012

Midwest Girls' Regional Report (May 2)

by Teddy Cahill | LaxMagazine.com

Top Performers

Kelsey Gallagher, Loyola Academy (Ill.)
Gallagher scored five goals — all in the first half — in Loyola's 11-10 victory against New Trier (Ill.). Coach John Dwyer said Gallagher's goals were the key to the Ramblers' big first-half lead. "That really got us going," he said. Gallagher, a senior midfielder, will play for Ohio State next spring.

Meg Lentz, Cleveland Heights (Ohio)
Lentz showed why she is one of the Midwest's best players in Cleveland Heights' 11-10 victory at Peters Township (Pa.) on Saturday. Lentz, a senior midfielder, scored seven goals and added three assists. "Meg has basically been playing against double-teams the entire season," coach Terry Saylor said. "For her to have to do that and still dominate says a lot." Lentz will play at Stanford next year.

Chloe Kinsel, Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.)
In Cretin-Derham Hall's 15-12 loss to Blake School (Minn.), Kinsel scored eight goals and added three assists. "We look for her to take charge and she showed tonight she can do it," coach Andrew Lecker told mnlaxhub.com. "Not just playing against a weaker team, against the best." Kinsel, a senior attacker, has since scored seven goals in two more games and has 33 goals and 24 assists this season.

Games to Watch

New Trier (Ill.) vs. Medina (Ohio) – May 5, 1:45 p.m. at New Albany (Ohio)
New Trier has already played Upper Arlington (Ohio), the runner-up in Ohio the last two years. Now, the Trevians will take on the team that won the last two Ohio state championships. Medina is on a five-game winning streak, during which its smallest margin of victory has been six goals.

Lakeville North (Minn.) vs. Blake School (Minn.) – May 5, 5 p.m.
Blake, the two-time defending state champions, is on a 27-game winning streak against teams in Minnesota, dating back to 2010. An improved Lakeville North team will take aim at that mark Saturday. Blake coach Laura Mark said Lakeville North's team speed and strong junior class make them a formidable opponent. "Lakeville is always a strong program," she said. "It's going to be a great game."

East Grand Rapids (Mich.) vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.) – May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Nineteen days after East Grand Rapids upset Grand Rapids Catholic Central, the reigning Michigan state champions, the local rivals will meet again. Freshman Liza Elder was a difference maker for East Grand Rapids in the first meeting, scoring seven goals in the Pioneers 15-8 victory. Abi Esch led the way for the Cougars with three goals and an assist.

1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 15-3
After briefly falling out of the top spot in the poll, Loyola reclaimed its No. 1 ranking with an 11-10 victory against New Trier (Ill.) on Friday. Coach John Dwyer said victory helped the Ramblers get past their struggles on the East Coast three weeks ago. "We've had some nice wins since we've been back," he said. "It was a good win at this point in the season."

2. New Trier (Ill.), 14-1
Despite taking a 2-0 lead and outscoring Loyola Academy (Ill.) 7-3 in the second half, New Trier couldn't find a way to beat their archrivals. Kelsey Murray scored seven goals for the Trevians, but they still lost their seventh straight game to the Ramblers. New Trier will have to move on quickly from the loss, as it travels to Ohio to play three ranked teams this weekend.

3. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 7-0
The Eagles flew through their four games in the last two weeks, with an average goal differential of 13.75. Senior midfielder Christine Easton has scored 35 times in seven games, putting her on pace to easily eclipse the 54 she scored last season. Eden Prairie is beginning its second time through its league schedule and will be hoping for similar results as it got the first time through.

4. Blake School (Minn.), 6-1
Since losing to New Trier (Ill.) on April 14, Blake has rolled through competition in Minnesota, though the Bears were tested by Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.) — a game Blake won 15-12. They should get another test this weekend when Blake hosts 6-1 Lakeville-North (Minn.), whose only loss is to Eden Prairie.

5. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 7-3
The Golden Bears were upset by Cleveland Heights (Ohio) in the Hannigan Tournament, losing 9-6 on April 21. Upper Arlington rebounded with a 20-7 defeat of Sewicley Academy (Pa.). The Bears will face tougher tests in Ohio as their schedule builds to a regular-season finale with Sycamore (Ohio).

6. Medina (Ohio), 8-1
Since slipping up against Upper Arlington (Ohio) two weeks ago, Medina has gotten right back in a groove. The Bees are on a four-game winning streak, including six-goal victories against Cleveland-area powers Cleveland Heights (Ohio) and Hathaway Brown (Ohio). Medina's toughest day of the regular season is coming up Saturday when it plays New Albany (Ohio) and New Trier (Ill.) in a doubleheader.

7. Sycamore (Ohio), 6-1-1
A victory against New Albany (Ohio) and a tie against Cleveland Heights (Ohio) helped Sycamore push its unbeaten streak to seven games since a season-opening loss to Medina (Ohio). The Aviators continue playing, and winning, close games. Four of their eight games have been decided by two goals or fewer.

8. Cleveland Heights (Ohio), 6-5-1
Their tough schedule continued, but the Tigers were able to push above .500 with four wins in the last two weeks. Most impressively, Cleveland Heights upset Upper Arlington (Ohio) 9-6 in the Hannigan Tournament. The Tigers schedule gets a bit easier before finishing the regular season against rival Shaker Heights (Ohio) and New Albany (Ohio).

9. New Albany (Ohio), 8-1
The Eagles lost their first game of the season Saturday, an 11-9 defeat by Sycamore (Ohio). New Albany did beat Hathaway Brown (Ohio) 10-9, in a game that could be a preview of the Division II state tournament. A big weekend with games against New Trier (Ill.) and Medina (Ohio) looms for the Eagles.

10. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 14-0
The Pioneers have established themselves as the best team in Michigan with a dominating 14-game winning streak to start the season. East Grand Rapids beat Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.) 15-8, reversing the result of last year's state tournament meeting. After East Grand Rapids' 23-13 victory against Rockford (Mich.), Rockford coach Mike Emery told Advance Newspapers, "That's the No. 1 team in the state right there."

News and Notes

Brecksville-Broadview Heights (Ohio) hosted its third annual Earth Day Tournament last weekend with all profits going toward environmental organizations. The Bees improved to 10-2 with three wins in the event. ... Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) coach Zach Maghes turned the Ann Arbor premiere of the movie "Bully" into a team outing. Maghes took 35 members of the team to the movie, which is meant to bring awareness to bullying in schools. "I wanted all of us to see it together," he told AnnArbor.com. "It's so important to see something like this." ... Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.) dropped out of the poll after losing to East Grand Rapids (Mich.), which filled the empty spot. Hathaway Brown (Ohio) also got consideration.

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