High School Girls

March 13, 2013

Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report

by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com

Related: National Top 25 | Northeast | Midwest | South | West

Players to watch

Megan Whittle, McDonogh (Md.)
The loss of Taylor Cummings will be big for the Eagles this year, but the loss could be lessened with Whittle stepping into her junior season. The 5-foot-4 attacker scored 40 goals as a freshman and was a key contributor again last year. The Maryland commit tallied seven goals against Garden City (N.Y.) last season and was once again named an Under Armour All-American.

Marie McCool, Moorestown (N.J.)
Another junior who is expected to further increase her stature this season. Playing with Stephanie Toy last year, McCool still tallied 81 goals. The 2012 US Lacrosse All-American is committed to North Carolina and should be a key cog in the Quakers quest to repeat as champions.

Carly Reed, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
It only seems as though Reed has been in high school more than four years. The senior has been putting up video game-type numbers since her freshman year and could cross the 400 goal mark for her career this season. For her career the UNC commit has 414 points on 344 goals and 70 assists.

Games to Watch

McDonogh at Vero Beach (Fla.), March 13
Last season when these two teams met it pit the two longest active winning streaks in the nation on the line. While the game will not have quite the same aura this year, it does pit the best team in Maryland against the best team in Florida. As a side note to the game, Vero Beach's Katy Pridemore is the younger sister to Boys' Latin senior Ben Pridemore.

Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) at Bishop Ireton (Va.), March 18
This game has different ramifications for these teams. If Ireton wins it could signal the arrival of a program that has been building momentum for a few years. For Visitation a win over a team that could vie for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title would further put them in loftier company.

Holy Cross (Md.) at Cape Henlopen (Del.), March 23
The defending WCAC champions take on the four-time defending Delaware champions in a game that could help either team earn a spot in the Top 25. A win wouldn't necessarily get them in now, but it would go a long way into earning them consideration.

1. McDonogh (Md.)

The Eagles return seniors Casey Black and Samantha Burgess from a team that is riding a 69-game winning streak. Overall, 14 seniors will go on to play college lacrosse and two juniors have already verbally committed, including Megan Whittle (Maryland).

2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)

The Saints are riding a 17 game winning streak and boast one of the top senior classes with Carly Reed, Besser Dyson and Wyatt Whitley in addition to junior Gussie Johns.

3. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.)

The Tigers had an impressive season in 2012, finishing 20-2. In 2013 senior Tess McEvoy and juniors Ana Hagerup and Kelly Myers return as part of five college bound seniors and two college bound juniors.

4. Moorestown (N.J.)

After a two-year drought the Quakers won the New Jersey Tournament of Champions last season and enter this season with a 26 game winning streak. Moorestown graduated three All-State players, including Player of the Year Stephanie Toy, but return 18 players overall (nine seniors, nine juniors) heading to college.

5. Maryvale Prep (Md.)

The Lions were hot to end the season, winning eight-straight games before narrowly losing to McDonogh 12-11 in the IAAM championship game. Stud goalie Caroline Federico returns and will help anchor the defense.

6. Notre Dame Prep (Md.)

The Blazers could rebound after back-to-back 10-win seasons. Coach Mary Bartel has five college bound seniors in addition to an impressive nine juniors who have verbally committed to play Division I lacrosse, including Elizabeth Haus (North Carolina).

7. John Carroll (Md.)

The Patriots were a team of streaks last season; suffering two four-game losing streaks during the year. But 2013 should be more consistent with 11 players in the senior class committed to play in college, including Caroline Haggerty (UMBC). Three juniors have made early pledges.

8. Good Counsel (Md.)

The Falcons were young last season and finished 13-7. But with the return of nine Division I players in the senior and junior classes, including Meagh Graham and Caroline Peters, Good Counsel should be a team in contention for a final Top 10 finish in the national rankings.

9. South River (Md.)

The Seahawks finished as Class 4A/3A runners-up last season, but boasted five underclassmen who were named First Team All-Anne Arundel County last season. Overall the roster boasts 12 college bound athletes and a schedule that will pit them against the defending 4A champion, Severna Park, and 3A/2A champion, Century.

10. Chatham (N.J.)

Chatham won 21 straight games last year before losing 12-11 to Moorestown in the Tournament of Champions. This year the Cougars boast five Division I athletes in their senior class, including Mary Kate O'Neill, in addition to four juniors who have already committed to play Division I lacrosse.

News and notes

Back in the saddle again

For Moorestown (N.J.) the drought of two years without a title must have seemed like an eternity after winning 10 straight from 2000 to 2009. But now the Quakers are in familiar territory as the defending Tournament of Champions title holder.

Making the back-to-back championship run could be difficult this year with the graduation of eight starters, including NJ.com Player of the Year Stephanie Toy. Toy's fellow midfielder Haleigh Dalmass also graduated and leaves coach Deanna Knobloch with several holes to fill in the midfield.

We have tons of underclassmen who saw significant time last year," Knobloch said. "They're going to have to step up to get us back to the Tournament of Champions."

Of the players returning, 11 saw significant playing time and are among the 18 players that have either signed or verbally committed to play Division I lacrosse.

Look for goalie Shannon Keeler (Gettysburg) to possibly get the nod to start the year in goal.

Maryvale looking to build on success

Few predicted Maryvale Prep's success last season. A season that included a trip to the IAAM championship game where it took McDonogh down to the wire in a 12-11 defeat.

Coach Jessica Randisi accomplished quite a bit in her first season at the helm, but in 2013 she has the daunting task of replacing nine seniors.

"We lost nine seniors, which is a lot so it's a bit of a rebuilding year," Randisi said. "The girls we return were key players though. We have at least 10 returners and six starters."

Among the key returners is one of the top goalies in the nation, Caroline Federico. The Johns Hopkins commit will be the defensive anchor for the Lions and provide leadership and experience.

"I think the girls that are here now are unselfish players," Randisi said. "They played together long enough and were here with me [last year] — we had to adjust to each other — so we already understand each other that much better."

Check back to LaxMagazine.com every other Wednesday throughout the high school season for updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse Regional Girls' Top 10 rankings and the Nike/US Lacrosse National Boys' Top 25.

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