High School Girls

May 30, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Girls' Regional Report (May 30)

by Chris Goldberg | LaxMagazine.com

Top Performers

Midge Robinson, Fairmont (W.Va.)
Robinson won a late draw and raced down the field for the winning goal to lift Fairmont Senior to its fifth straight state championship with an 11-9 win over Morgantown. The teams had split two games in the regular season, but Robinson's four goals were the difference.

Alexandra Silvera, Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
Silvera scored three as Episcopal Academy defeated Notre Dame (Pa.), 9-7, to win the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Championship for the second year in a row. The two teams had split in the regular season while sharing the Inter-Ac League championship. Episcopal had dropped an 18-11 decision to the Fighting Irish the previous week.

Gianna Bowe, Clearview Regional (N.J.)
Bowe, a freshman, scored with 22.5 seconds left in the second overtime period to lift Clearview Regional to a 7-6 victory over defending champion Washington Township (N.J.), securing its first South Jersey Group 4 championship.

Games to Watch

Garnet Valley (Pa.) vs. Manheim Township (Pa.) – May 30, 5 p.m. at Exeter High
This first-round state tournament matchup of two teams some expected would meet in the state finals is most intriguing. Garnet Valley (20-3) is the defending state champion but suffered a loss in the District 1 semifinals and then again in the third-place game. Manheim Township (24-0) is the District 3 champ but has not played nearly as tough a schedule as the Jaguars. Both teams are loaded with Division I recruits.

Conestoga (Pa.) vs. Great Valley (Pa.) – May 30, 6 p.m. at West Chester East High
This is another interesting first-round state playoff game. Conestoga dealt top-seeded Great Valley its first loss of the year, 10-9, in the District 1 quarterfinals after bowing to the Patriots in the regular season, 14-7. The schools are only miles apart and strong rivals, although they play in different leagues.

Ridgewood (N.J.) vs. Clearview Regional (N.J.) – May 31
This is a classic David vs. Goliath for the New Jersey Group 4 state championship. Ridgewood is the two-time defending State and Tournament of Champions titlist while Clearview, which started its program just 8 years ago, had never gotten past the South Jersey quarterfinals until winning this year's title.

1. McDonogh (Md.), 18-0
The Eagles capped another perfect season — their third in a row — and won their 69th-straight game by downing Maryvale Prep (Md.), 12-11, to claim their fourth straight IAAM Class A championship. McDonogh went wire-to-wire as the nation's top-raned team.

2. Moorestown (N.J.), 23-0
The Quakers routed Shawnee (N.J.), 19-8, to claim the South Jersey Group III title as Steph Toy had five goals and four assists, Marie McCool had five goals and an assist Nikki McMonagle had four goals and three assists. Moorestown plays Mendham (N.J.) on Thursday at Hunterdon Central High for the New Jersey Group 3 title.

3. Bryn Mawr (Md.), 15-2
The Mawrtians were eliminated by Maryvale Prep (Md.) in the semifinals of the IAAM A Conference tournament. They finished second in the regular season and boasted impressive wins over St. Anthony's (N.Y.) and Garden City (N.Y.) in the Maryland-New York Challenge.

4. Century (Md.), 18-1
The Knights won their sixth state championship with a 12-9 victory over Queen Anne's (Md.) in the Class 3A/2A title game at UMBC Stadium. Haley Bordner (five goals, one assist), Alice Mercer (three goals) and Angela Flister (two goals) led the attack for the Knights, who scored five straight goals in the final 5:09 of the first half to turn a 5-3 deficit into an 8-5 halftime lead. Century has reached the state championship game nine times in the school's 10-year history. Its only loss of the season was to national No. 1 McDonogh (Md.) in late April.

5. Maryvale Prep (Md.), 13-4
The Lions reached the finals of the IAAM A Conference tournament where they gave McDonogh (Md.) all it could handle in a 12-11 loss. They also scored a memorable 9-7 victory over second-seeded Bryn Mawr (Md.) in the semifinals. They won eight straight games until bowing to McDonogh.

6. Ridgewood (N.J.), 21-2
Kaitlin Concilio had five goals and an assist and Kelci Smesko scored five goals as the Maroons toppled Ridge (N.J.), 16-12, to win the Group 4 North championship. Katie Smesko added three goals and an assist for the Maroons, who bolted to a 10-3 halftime lead. They play Clearview Regional (N.J.) on Thursday in the Group 4 title game.

7. Chatham (N.J.), 21-2
The Cougars handled Summit (N.J.), 21-8, for their third straight North Jersey Group 2 championship. Kelsey Perselay scored six goals while Jaclyn Leto had four to improve her season total to 102. The Cougars face Red Bank Catholic (N.J.) for the state title on Thursday.

8. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 26-3
The Saints capped the year with two championships, first winning the Independent School League crown with an 18-6 rout of Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and then sweeping three games to claim the Virginia State Independent Tournament, capped by a 16-5 win over Bishop Ireton (Va.).

9. Georgetown Visitation Prep (D.C.), 18-2
The Tigers fell to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 18-6, in the finals of the Independent School League championship. They were the regular season champions and dealt St. Stephen's & St. Agnes their first league loss since 1995.

10. Severna Park (Md.), 18-2
The Falcons won their second straight Maryland State 4A/3A championship with a 13-6 victory over Westminster (Md.) at UMBC. Morgan Torggler had five goals and two assists and Ryan Bathras scored three goals to lead the attack.

News and Notes

Severna Park (Md.) used a 7-0 run in the first half to spark a 13-6 victory over Westminster (Md.), for their second straight Maryland State 4A/3A championship. The Falcons (18-2), who defeated Westminster in last year's title game, got strong goaltending from Camille King and five goals and two assists from Morgan Torggler. Ryan Bathras added three goals. Westminster (13-5) got two goals and an assist from Megan Pettine. ... In the Maryland 2A/1A title game, Jenna Misketti had six goals and an assist and Courtney Laubach scored four goals to lift Fallston (Md., 14-4-1) to a 13-9 victory over Winters Mill (Md., 13-6). Felice Artuso scored three goals for the losing Falcons, while senior attack Morgan Maier and junior midfielder Sydney Trentzsch each added two scores. ... Carly Palmucci scored five goals and Olivia Townsend had the game-winner, lifting Oakton (Va.) to a 9-7 victory over Langley (Va.) in the AAA Northern Region championship game. The Cougars rallied from a 7-5 deficit for the final four goals of the game and are 15-2 heading into the state tourney. ... In the Virginia AA Northern Region final, second-year Woodgrave (Va.) toppled Loudoun County (Va.), 15-9, as Keira Hornyak had four goals and Bailey Carner had 14 saves in goal. The Wolverines will host Langley (Va.) in a state quarterfinal while Loudoun County will travel to Oakton (Va.). ... Natalie Miller scored four goals and had one assist and Colleen Packer had seven saves on 10 shots as a fill-in, helping Radnor (Pa.) to a 14-7 decision over Conestoga (Pa.) for the Red Raiders' second District 1 title in three years. Miller scored three of her four goals in the first half, helping Radnor to a three-goal advantage at halftime. Libby Lowry (three goals), Taryn Deck (two goals), Miller and Shannon Quinn (two goals, two assists) scored the first four goals of the second half. The Raiders (19-4) open PIAA Tournament play at West Chester East High against Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.) on Wednesday afternoon in the opening game of a doubleheader. ... Erin Ricker and Anna Frederick each scored five goals as Cape Henlopen (Del.) capped an 18-0 season by defeating St Andrew's (Del.), 17-10, to claim its fourth straight Delaware state girls' lacrosse championship Thursday at Dover High. Jacki Coveleski, Sara Young and Allie Yeager scored two goals each for Cape Henlopen. Jordan Brown also scored once. St. Andrews was led by Grace Saliba and Helen Cammerzill, who each had three goals.

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