High School Girls

April 29, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Girls' Report

by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com

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Co-Players of the Week

Marissa Hudgins and Riley Donahue, West Genesee

Hudgins, a senior, and Donahue, a senior, each played late-game hero to lift West Genesee (N.Y.) to a 12-11 double overtime win Garden City (N.Y.). Trailing 10-8 with 4:30 remaining in regulation, both Hudgins and Donahue scored to force overtime. Hudgins' goal with 1:29 left in regulation tied the game at 10-10. Hudgins and Donahue then scored once in the two overtime periods to help the Wildcats. The final goal came from Hudgins. Hudgins, who is headed to Brown, now has nine goals and three assists in 11 games, while Donahue, a Syracuse recruit, has 33 points (23 goals, 10 assists).

Also Notable: Haley O'Hanlon, Garden City (N.Y.), Izzy Mangan, St. Anthony's (N.Y.), Lindsey Ronbeck, Manhasset (N.Y.).

Game of the Week

Brighton (N.Y.) at Pittsford (N.Y.), April 29, 7:45 p.m.

Under coach Rich Curtis, the Class B Barons (8-0) are unquestionably the strongest team in Section V (Rochester region) as they have wont 13 of the past 16 sectional crowns and have advanced to the state final four a number of times, including a state title in 2005 and a runner-up finish last season. The Class A Panthers (6-2), however, have knocked off the Barons in each of the last two years, winning 13-12 in 2013 and 10-9 in 2012. Both teams feature plenty of Division I talent. Brighton has senior attack Lauren Smolensky (Canisius), senior midfielder Kelzi Van Atta (Syracuse), and super freshman attack McKenzie Harris. Harris scored 110 goals as a seventh- and eighth-grader on varsity. Under first-year head coach Donovan Lopez, the Panthers have a strong senior nucleus that features senior midfielder Abi Cullinan (Notre Dame) and seniors Holly Turner and Kelsie Schindler, both headed to UMass. Pittsford's only losses this season are to West Genesee (N.Y.) and Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.).

Northeast Region Top 10

1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 9-1
Coming off their first loss of the season, the Indians went 3-0 last week, securing a 17-13 win over Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), a 15-3 victory over North Shore (N.Y.), and an impressive 17-6 win over Darien (Conn.). Lindsey Ronbeck finished with 14 goals and three assists and Julia Glynn added 11 goals and six assists in the three wins. The Indians face games again Wantagh (N.Y.) and Garden City (N.Y.) this week.

2. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 11-0
The Mount Sinai winning streak now stands at 31 after it went 3-0 last week. That includes a 14-6 win over Babylon (N.Y.), a 19-4 win over Harborfields (N.Y.), and a 14-3 win over New Canaan (Conn.). The Pirreca sisters – Shayna and Sydney – each finished with four goals and two assists to lead the Mustangs over New Canaan. The Mustangs face one of their biggest tests of the regular season as they host undefeated Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) (10-0).

3. Brighton (N.Y.), 8-0
A week after going 3-0 in a spring break trip to the Washington, D.C., area, the Barons had a relatively quiet week as they posted a 15-5 win over Fairport (N.Y.). Sophomore Maggie McKenna finished with three goals and one assist and senior Clare McKenna added two goals for Brighton, which faces a challenging week with games against Pittsford (N.Y.) and Victor (N.Y.).

4. Garden City (N.Y.), 9-2
The Trojans went 1-1 last week, posting an 11-5 win over South Side (N.Y.) and dropping a 12-11 double overtime decision to West Genesee (N.Y.). Haley O'Hanlon had three goals and four assists in the South Side win. O'Hanlon registered three goals and one assist in the West Genesee loss. Garden City has a huge week on tap with games against the top two teams in the regional rankings -- Manhasset (N.Y.) and St. Anthony's (N.Y.).

5. Darien (Conn.), 6-1
The Blue Wave saw its 25-game winning streak snapped in a 17-6 loss to Manhasset (N.Y.). The game was tied 6-6 at halftime and the Indians outscored the Blue Wave 11-0 in the second half. Hollis Perticone led the Blue Wave with three goals. Darien faces Stamford (Conn.) and Greenwich (Conn.) this week.

6. West Islip (N.Y.) 10-0
The Lions defeated Ward Melville (N.Y.) 12-9 in their only game of the week last week. Emily Piciullo, Lindsay Darrell and Riley Hill each had four points in the victory. West Islip gets back to business with games at Bay Shore (N.Y.) and at home against Connetquot (N.Y.) this week.

7. Notre Dame (Mass.), 10-0
The Cougars, the defending Division I state champions, have now won 25 straight games. Notre Dame went 3-0 last week as it beat Newtown North (Mass.), 17-5, Souhegan (N.H.), 12-6, and Longmeadow (Mass.), 10-9. The Cougars defeated Longmeadow, 13-10, in last year's state championship game. Longmeadow was ahead 3-2 at halftime in this regular season matchup, but the Cougars rallied for the win. NDA faces North Andover (Mass.), Franklin (Mass.), and Westford Academy (Mass.) this week.

8. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 9-1
The Friars dropped their first contest of the season on Monday, falling against Sacred Heart Academy (N.Y.) by a pair of goals. They have a quick chance for turning it right back around, taking on region No. 4 and national No. 9 Garden City next.  

9. Suffern (N.Y.), 6-3
The Mounties posted easy wins over Brewster (N.Y.), 20-6, and Clarkstown North (N.Y.), 20-5, last week. Suffern then closed the week with a 7-6 overtime loss to top-ranked St. Anthony's (N.Y.). Caitlin Leary has three goals for the Mounties. St. Anthony's rallied from a late 6-5 deficit. Suffern plays North Rockland (N.Y.) and Clarkstown South (N.Y.) this week.

10. West Genesee (N.Y.), 10-2
The Wildcats move into the regional rankings (just ahead of Skaneateles (N.Y.), and Wilton (Conn.) after completing a 3-0 week that featured wins over Syracuse (N.Y.), Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.), the defending Class B state champion, and Garden City (N.Y.), which has won six state titles since 2006. The Wildcats won 19-2 over Syracuse, 11-2 over CBA, and 12-11 over Garden City. Marissa Hudgins and Riley Donahue each scored in overtime to lift the Wildcats over Garden City. Hudgins scored with 1:29 left in regulation to tie the game at 10-10. Hannah Elmer led the Wildcats with three goals and four assists. West Genny's only loss this season is a 6-5 overtime loss to Skaneateles. The Wildcats face Rome Free Academy (N.Y.), CBA, and Baldwinsville (N.Y.), last year's state runner-up in Class A, this week.


After suffering a 16-5 loss to Garden City (N.Y.) in the third game of the season, Wilton (Conn.) has won five straight to improve to 7-1. Last week, the Warriors went 3-0, posting an 18-2 win over Norwalk (Conn.), an 11-5 win over Greenwich (Conn.), and a 10-9 win over Northport (N.Y.). Charlotte Noels and Shannon Quinlan each netted three goals and Hannah Wiltshire stopped 13 shots in the Greenwich win. The Warriors have a showdown with Newtown (Conn.) (6-1) this week and a looming matchup with Darien (Conn.) on May 8.


Skaneateles (N.Y.) (9-1) can make a claim as the top team in central New York after taking a 6-5 overtime win over West Genesee (N.Y.). The Lakers lone loss this season is to John Carroll (Md.). Freshman Kyla Sears leads the Lakers with 31 goals and 15 assists this season. Junior Hannah Powers has 30 goals and six assists this season, while senior Molly Wood has 20 goals and seven assists and senior Alana Navaroli has 15 goals and 12 assists. The Lakers, last season's state runner up in Class C, cruised past Bishop Ludden (N.Y.) and Tully (N.Y.) last week.


It was a quiet week for Farmingdale (N.Y.), who defeated Plainedge (N.Y.), 14-10, in their only game of the week. Chrissy Kelly, who entered the game with eight goals in nine games, finished with a season-high four goals, all of which she scored in the second half, for the Dalers. Bridget Weill scored a game-high five goals. Farmingdale has a challenging slate this week that features games against Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) and Wantagh (N.Y.).

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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