High School Girls

March 8, 2016
Erica Skowron had three goals and four assists in Cardinal Gibbons' surprising 17-6 blowout of defending North Carolina state champ Lake Norman.
Erica Skowron had three goals and four assists in Cardinal Gibbons' surprising 17-6 blowout of defending North Carolina state champ Lake Norman.

Nike/LM South Report: Cardinal Gibbons' Head-Turning Start

by Laurel Pfahler | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

The Nike/Lacrosse Magazine National High School Top 25, Regional Top 10 and Players to Watch were released in the March edition. With several South Region teams already in competition, this is the second in-season installment of weekly reports. The first in-season West and Mid-Atlantic reports will drop March 15, the Midwest debuts March 22 and the Northeast gets underway March 29.


1. Milton (Ga.), 3-0: After an 18-0 win over Etowah (Ga.) last week, the Eagles still haven't been scored on, but they face their first test Thursday against Walton in a rematch of the last two state championship games. Emily Velez and Sophie Baez each had three goals and two assists against Etowah. Previous Ranking: 1

2. Vero Beach (Fla.), 7-1: The Fighting Indians pushed their win streak to six games, handing Benjamin (Fla.) its first loss, 17-5, on March 1 before beating Olympia 14-7 on Monday. Olympia is now 8-2. Gabby Sposato had five goals in the win against the Bucs. Previous Ranking: 2

3. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 7-1: The Highlanders added another quality win in beating former No. 6 Ponte Vedra (Fla.) 13-12 on March 4. Their lone loss was an early 15-13 decision against Olympia, which has a four-goal loss to Ponte Vedra. Previous Ranking: 3

4. St. John's (Texas), 2-0: The Mavericks had no trouble turning aside Lamar (Texas), coming out ahead 19-5. They travel 30 miles north to Kingwood (3-0) on Wednesday before heading to California, where St. John's will play five games in three days (two days of competition). Previous Ranking: 4

5. Walton (Ga.), 5-1: The Raiders, whose lone loss was in overtime to Lake Highland (Fla.), got a full week off from action to prepare for Milton. They're coming off their first shutout of the season, after beating Wheeler (Ga.) 22-0 on March 3. Riley Ewing scored eight goals in three competitive games in Florida before that. Previous Ranking: 5

6. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 8-0: A pair of notable wins against Pine Crest and Benjamin prove the Raiders' unbeaten start under first-year coach Samantha MacCurdy (a Vero Beach grad) shouldn't be overlooked. Ohio State commit Ali Beekhuizen had four goals, one assist and six draw controls in the 8-7 win over Pine Crest. Previous Ranking: NR

7. Hutchison (Tenn.), 2-0: Cousins Griffin Gearhardt and Elizabeth Farnsworth each scored six goals and assisted nine others as the Sting outscored their first two opponents 40-2. Previous Ranking: 7

8. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 2-0: The Crusaders have made a statement early this season, opening with a 16-6 win over Charlotte Catholic and then stunning defending NCHSAA state champion Lake Norman 17-6 in a rematch of the 2015 final. Erica Skowron had eight goals and five assists combined in those games. Previous Ranking: NR

9. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 8-2: The Sharks' loss to LHP drops them a few spots, but not out, as both their losses are to ranked opponents. The first loss was a 17-16 barnburner against Walton. Previous Ranking: 6

10. Westminster (Ga.), 5-0: The Wildcats' dominance continues, as they have now outscored opponents 100-3, but they'll likely be more challenged in a pair of games Saturday against two of North Carolina's top teams – Charlotte Catholic and Marvin Ridge. Previous Ranking: 9


Erica Skowron, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)

The senior attacker played a big role in helping the Crusaders off to a head-turning start. Skowron had four goals and two assists in a 16-6 win over Charlotte Catholic in the opener and had four goals and three assists in a 17-6 win over defending state champion Lake Norman. The Wildcats beat Cardinal Gibbons in the state final last year.

Also notable: Ali Beekhuizen, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.); Tess Meurling, Apex (N.C.); Gabby Sposato, Vero Beach (Fla.)

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