High School Girls

April 8, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Girls' Report

by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week

Shannon Kavanagh, Smithtown East (N.Y.)

Kavanagh, who gave a verbal commitment to Florida earlier this year, continued her dominant early-season play. She now has 16 goals and nine assists in just four games for the Bulls. She totaled seven goals and one assist to help Smithtown East notch a pair of wins over Lindenhurst (N.Y.) and Bay Shore (N.Y.). She scored the game-winner with two seconds left in regulation to lift the Bulls to a 10-9 win over Bay Shore, helping her team move into the regional rankings.

Also Notable: Meg Brennan, North Shore (N.Y.); Tara DeAngelo, Garden City (N.Y.); Shayna Pirreca, Mount Sinai (N.Y.). Clair Quinn, St. Anthony's (N.Y.)

Game of the Week

Norwalk (Conn.) at Darien (Conn.), April 9

Darien lost four All-Americans from last year's squad that captured the Connecticut Class L title. The Blue Wave, who has won 19 straight, open the season on Wednesday with Norwalk. Darien looks to have enough experience, talent and depth to replace those departed All-Americans. Returners to the lineup include junior attacker Mariah Matheis, who is the younger sister of Duke standout Case Matheis and has committed to Georgetown. Matheis will step into the starting lineup alongside fellow junior attack Anna Moorhead, a future Richmond Spider. The Blue Wave is seeking a third state championship in four years. Senior Dillon Schoen (Stanford), who tallied 46 goals and 22 assists last season, and Emily Stein, who is headed to Northwestern, are the two returning All-Americans for Darien.

Northeast Region Top 10

1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 3-0
Seven players scored for the Indians as they rolled to a 16-5 win over Long Beach (N.Y.). Florida-bound Lindsey Ronbeck netted five goals and Harvard signee Julia Glynn added four goals and three assists to lead a balanced attack for the Indians.

2. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 2-0
St. Anthony's, the six-time defending CHSAA champion, opened its season with a 17-6 win over St. John's the Baptist (N.Y.). The Friars travelled to Virginia and defeated Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 11-10. Clair Quinn had five goals in the win.

3. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 4-0
The Mustangs stretched their winning streak to 24 games with victories over Rocky Point (N.Y.) and Comsewogue (N.Y). Shayna Pirreca (Florida) scored the winner in sudden-death overtime to lift the Mustangs to a 10-9 win over Rocky Point. She finished with three goals and Jessica DeMeo, who is committed to Bryant, added four goals. Future Stony Brook Seawolf Kasey Mitchell finished with two goals, two assists, six draw controls, five ground balls, and four caused turnovers to lead Mount Sinai to a 17-1 win over Comsewogue.

4. Garden City (N.Y.), 4-0
The Trojans squeaked past Wantagh (N.Y.) with an 8-7 win and then went on to defeat Suffern (N.Y.) 10-8 last week. Tara DeAngelo completed her hat trick with the winner with 3.6 seconds left off a feed from Alexis Leithon again Wantagh. Trailing 8-3 at halftime, the Trojans rallied for the win over Suffern. Katie Muldoon led the Trojans with three goals and two assists.

5. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
The Blue Wave keeps moving up in the rankings as teams ahead of them continue to fall. Darien, which is riding a 19-game winning streak, opens its season on Wednesday against Norwalk (Conn.). The Blue Wave’s only loss last season was in double overtime against Garden City.

6. Farmingdale (N.Y.), 3-1
The Dalers dropped a three-overtime 10-9 decision to North Shore (4-2) with Meg Brennan scoring the game-winner on a free-position shot at the 1:59 mark in the third overtime. Carly Comitino scored with about two minutes remaining in the second half to send the game to OT for North Shore. Tara Wahl scored a team-high three goals and Olivia Kirk stopped 11 shots for the Dalers, who face a big test with Garden City this week.

7. Suffern (N.Y.), 1-1

Caitlin Leary finished with four goals and two assists to power the Mounties to a 13-6 win over Nyack (N.Y.). Suffern advanced to the Class A state semifinals last season. Suffern dropped its second game of the week, 10-8, against Garden City.

8. Notre Dame (Mass.), 1-0
The Cougars opened the season with an 18-5 win over Scituate (Mass.) to extend their winning streak to 17 games. Notre Dame faces a pair of undefeated teams this week in Andover (Mass.) (1-0) and Cohasset (Mass.) (3-0).

9. Bay Shore (N.Y.), 3-1
The Marauders split a pair of contests last week, losing 10-9 to Smithtown East (N.Y.) and defeating Northport (N.Y.) 10-5. Katie Kirk finished with four goals and one assist and Kyra Harney added two goals and two assists in the Smithtown East loss. The Marauders rebounded with the win over Northport as seven different players scored and Jill Oross recorded 12 saves.

10. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 4-0
The Bulls move into this week’s Top 10 after posting wins over Bay Shore (N.Y.) and Lindenhurst (N.Y.). Shannon Kavanagh scored with two seconds left to lift Smithtown West to a dramatic 10-9 win over Bay Shore. She finished with three goals and one assist, while Jackie Cuccurullo added five goals and one assist in the win. Kavanagh and Cuccurullo combined for seven goals to lead the Bulls to a 12-3 win over Lindenhurst.


Coach Rich Curtis has built the Brighton (N.Y.) club into a Section V (Rochester area) dynasty. The Barons, state runners-up last season in Class B, should be the Class of Section V again this season. Brighton returns All-American attacker Lauren Smolensky (Canisius), who tallied 67 goals and 52 assists as a junior. The Barons also have some exciting new faces, including freshman McKenzie Harris whototaled 110 goals the past two seasons for the junior varsity squad. The Barons are off to a 3-0 start this season, including an impressive 16-9 over Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.). The Cougars were state semifinalists in Class C last season and have won six sectional crowns in seven years.


St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) traveled to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) to take part in the Spring Fling on Saturday and came away with an 11-10 victory over Georgetown Visitation (D.C.). The game was tied 10-10 until Izzy Mangan scored the game-winning goal in the final second. Clair Quinn had five goals and Kasey Behr and Mangan each scored two. Charlotte Campbell had 13 saves in the victory.

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

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