Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Girls' Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Charlotte McGuire, New Trier (Ill.)
A "gamer" and "overall complete player," as New Trier coach Pete Collins told Nick Amatangelo of Pioneer Press, Charlotte McGuire turned it up on the big stage. With New Trier facing Lyons Township in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, McGuire led a second-half charge, finishing with four goals.
Also Notable: Isabelle Vickers, Rockford (Mich.); Julie Ball, New Trier (Ill.); Bridget Caffrey, Glenbard West (Ill.); Jamie Bishop, Glenbard West (Ill.)
Game of the Week
Thomas Worthington (Ohio) at Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio), April 30
Thomas Worthington has flown out to an 11-1 start, with its only loss coming against undefeated Sycamore (Ohio). Can they carry the success of a perfect six-game home stand on the road against Worthington Kilbourne, which has averaged 16.4 goals per game since its opening day loss?
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 12-4
The Ramblers are all about challenging themselves. For once, they fell a little short, dropping three of five on their trip south. Don't sound the panic button though. This is still a very good Loyola team that challenged The Peach State's top two teams, falling to Walton by a single goal and taking Milton to overtime.
2. New Trier (Ill.), 13-0-1
The Trevians have handled a difficult part of their schedule with aplomb, first downing Glenbrook North (Ill.) at home, then tripling up on East Grand Rapids (Mich.) on the road and even pounding Brighton (Mich.), 20-2.
3. Sycamore (Ohio), 10-0
The Aviators look unbeatable this season, following tight victories over Medina (Ohio) and Mason (Ohio) with a series of routs over good teams, including New Albany (Ohio) and an Upper Arlington (Ohio) team that came in with seven straight wins.
4. Medina (Ohio), 9-2
By mid-April, the Battling Bees had lost more games than they did in all of 2013. No matter, they've won six straight now, including outscoring four winning teams in a row, 55-18, away from home.
5. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 5-0
After scoring 82 goals over their first four games, the Eagles were challenged a little bit more on the road in Minnetonka (Minn.), but still emerged with the 12-7 victory.
6. Rockford (Mich.), 9-1
The Rams have had an eventful week, recovering from their first loss with a double-overtime victory over Caledonia (Mich.), a tie against streaking New Trier (Ill.) and a rout of Brighton (Mich.).
7. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 7-4
One of Ohio's hottest teams fell to a team that has been dominant all season in Sycamore (Ohio). There's no time for pity, however, as a grueling end-of-season schedule takes the Golden Bears through New Albany (Ohio) and Mason (Ohio).
8. Mason (Ohio), 7-2
The Comets' first eight opponents all carried winning records. All things considered, they've fared pretty well, particularly in the wake of a disappointing season-opening loss to Medina (Ohio). A stacked offense has scored nine-plus goals in every game since.
9. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 8-2
Following an embarrassing three-goal performance against undefeated New Trier (Ill.), Hinsdale Central has really put the pedal to the metal with 53 goals in three victories. The Red Devils have scored 16-plus in five of their last six, all against strong opposition.
10. Blake School (Minn.), 4-0
The Bears are averaging 18.25 goals per game and have scored exactly 19 in three straight entering their May 1 matchup with fellow undefeated Breck School (Minn.). Their next six opponents carry a combined 44-7 record.
A remarkable day for Illinois high school girls lacrosse featured some up-and-coming teams. Absent Loyola, Lake Forest (Ill.), Hinsdale Central (Ill.) and Montini (Ill.), among the state's foremost powers, Glenbard West (Ill.), Maine South (Ill.) and Lyons Township (Ill.) got a chance under the spotlight. The seven-win Glenbard West team, following a big win at Wrigley Field, may stay under the spotlight for a little while. Their strong junior class will keep them on the map.
Eden Prairie (Minn.) is off to a fast, high-scoring start due to a number of prolific scorers. Heidi Colford scored six goals right off the bat against Lakeville North (Minn.) in the opener. Her four goals against Wayzata (Minn.) pushed the Eagles to 3-0. Meanwhile, Jessica Lagerquist scored five goals in a critical contest against Edina (Minn.).
Meghan Datema scored four goals and three assists in a dominant Rockford (Mich.) victory over Brighton (Mich.) and notched a pair against New Trier (Ill.).
Glenbrook North (Ill.) coach Tom Rosenbaum called this year's team "probably" the best he ever has had, according to Eric Van Dril of Pioneer Press. His claim is not without reason. Maggie Holohan ranks third in the state with 51 goals and is among the leaders with 68 draw controls. Shayna Lutz also appears on the leaderboard with 40 goals and 20 assists.
2014 Midwest Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
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