Nike/LM HS Girls' National Top 25, Regional Top 10s
Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Rankings
There's little movement from the preseason to the first in-season installment of the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine National Top 25, but we do unveil the first Northeast and Midwest rankings of 2016.
Top-ranked McDonogh (Md.) will look to extend its amazing 133-game winning streak against three of the top teams in the South this weekend, including No. 10 Milton (Ga.), which moved up two spots with a nice win over Georgia's second-best team, Walton.
The only other National Top 25 team to have played is No. 25 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), which cruised past Coppell (Texas) 13-1.
The Nike/LM National Top 25s and Regional Top 10s for boys' and girls' lacrosse are decided by the staff of Lacrosse Magazine each week. Follow weekly polls and updates at LaxMagazine.com/HSB25(boys) and LaxMagazine.com/HSG25 (girls).
|2||Garden City (N.Y.)||0-0
|3||Good Counsel (Md.)||0-0||3|
|4||St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)||0-0
|5||St. Anthony's (N.Y.)||0-0
|7||Agnes Irwin (Pa.)||0-0||4|
|8||Bishop Ireton (Va.)||0-0||8|
|12||Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.)||0-0||11|
|15||Mount Sinai (N.Y.)||0-0
|17||Roland Park (Md.)||0-0
|19||West Islip (N.Y.)||0-0
|20||West Genesee (N.Y.)||0-0
|21||Manchester Valley (Md.)||0-0
|22||Archbishop Spaulding (Md.)||0-0
|23||Garnet Valley (Pa.)||0-0
|25||Georgetown Visitation (D.C.)||1-0||25|
1. Garden City (N.Y.), 0-0
The Trojans (16-2 in 2015), perennially a state powerhouse, topped six nationally-ranked teams last season. They saw their season end in the Nassau County Class B semifinals, but Michaela Bruno (Georgetown), Kerry Defliese (Syracuse) and Katie Muldoon (Harvard) form a solid returning nucleus.
2. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 0-0
Fresh off another CHSAA title, goalie Charlotte Campbell (Virginia) and midfielder Emily O'Neill (Penn) are back to lead the perennial Long Island powerhouse. The Friars went 14-4 in 2015.
3. Skaneateles (N.Y.), 0-0
The Lakers (18-4 in 2015) have an especially talented senior class that features Tate Green (Harvard), Hannah Logan (Florida), Catie Woodruff (North Carolina) and Isabella Falcone (Marquette), but junior Kyla Sears (Princeton) is arguably the team's most important player. Sears tallied 105 goals and 40 assists in 2015 and will remain a big factor as the Lakers look to claim another Class C state title.
4. Manhasset (N.Y.), 0-0
Midfielders Erin Barry and Alexandra Pidedjian (Brown) look to lead a midfield unit that graduated a ton of talent, but coach Danielle Gallagher should have her team well prepared and up for the challenge, as usual. The Indians are coming off of an 18-1 campaign.
5. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
Senior Kaeleigh Morrill (Penn) and sophomore Katie Ramsey are back to help propel the Blue Wave. Darien ended 2015 by claiming its third straight state title and 14th overall, finishing 18-3.
6. Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 0-0
Senior Kaeli Huff (USCl) tallied six goals and one assist to lead the Sharks to the Class B state title. If E-SM (19-3 in 2015) is going to repeat, they will need more standout play from the Huffs (younger sister Kelsey tallied 64 goals and 14 assists in 2015), but an overall talented senior class will help.
7. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 0-0
The Mustangs (20-1 in 2015), coming off their second Class C state title in three years, lost two big offensive weapons in Kasey Mitchell (Stony Brook) and Sydney Pirreca (Florida). But they have an experienced returning cast that includes Caroline Hoeg (Johns Hopkins), Caitlin Connor (Albany) and Samantha Croston (Colgate).
8. West Genesee (N.Y.), 0-0
Florida-bound twins Mackenzie (goalie) and Madisyn Kittell (attack) form a talented backbone for the Wildcats (16-4 in 2015). Seniors Kyra Bednarski and Nicky Delany are also expected to spark the offense. Kevin Hennigan takes over for long-time coach Bob Elmer, who resigned in November after a former babysitter accused him in a sworn statement of inappropriately touching her more than 23 years ago, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.
9. Longmeadow (Mass.), 0-0
With reigning Nike/LM Northeast Player of the Year Olivia Shapiro (UConn) among the returners, Longmeadow should be in good shape for 2016 after finishing 22-3 in 2015. Look for coach Steve Dudeck's Lancers to once again battle Westwood (Mass.) for state supremacy.
10. West Islip (N.Y.), 0-0
Attackers Emily Piciullo (Jacksonville) and Vanessa Costantino (Syracuse) form an explosive and talented offensive nucleus for the Lions (19-3 in 2015), who seek to defend their Class A state champion.
— Will Cleveland
1. McDonogh (Md.), 0-0
The Eagles look to continue their 133-game winning streak (they have not lost since 2009), when they open their season with three games in Florida – all against South-ranked teams. McDonogh plays Vero Beach (Fla.) on Wednesday, then meets Milton (Ga.) on Friday and Ponte Vedra (Fla.) on Saturday. Previous ranking: 1
2. Good Counsel (Md.), 0-0
The Falcons finished last year on a nine-game winning streak, resulting in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship and 19-2 finish. Junior Taylor McDaniels returns to lead the team this season. Previous ranking: 2
3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 0-0
The Saints from had remarkable season last year, winning the ISL Conference and finishing 28-1 as VISAA runners-up. Expectations are high once again this season as they open Thursday at Bryn Mawr (Md.). Previous ranking: 3
4. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 0-0
Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year Hannah Keating, who had 102 goals in 2015, returns to lead a lineup with at least 11 Division I players back from last season's 23-1 finish. Previous ranking: 4
5. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 0-0
The defending VISAA champions had several players graduate from last year's team, but once again the Cardinals have up-and-comers who have been waiting in the wings for their turn to shine. Previous ranking: 5
6. Summit (N.J.), 0-0
Summit finished last year as the Tournament of Champions runner-up, but return a senior-laden lineup this year that will look to improve on a 20-5 record. Previous ranking: 6
7. Moorestown (N.J.), 0-0
The last time the Quakers did not win their final game of the year, they proceeded to win 88 consecutive games. A quest to begin a similar streak begins March 30 with Rumson-Fair Haven first up on the schedule. Moorestown returns a senior class with 11 players already committed to college programs. Previous ranking: 7
8. Roland Park (Md.), 0-0
The Reds, who reached the IAAM championship in three of the last five seasons, open next week under new coach Kim McNemar who in the only coach in Maryland state tournament history to lead to different teams to state championships. She led South River to the 2009 4A/3A title and Catonsville to the 1996 Class 2A/1A championship. Previous ranking: 8
9. Manchester Valley (Md.), 0-0
The Mavericks had their breakout season last year, winning the Maryland Class 2A/1A championship. They return senior Lizzie Colson, who is committed to Maryland and coming off a junior year in which she tallied 83 goals and 27 assists. Previous ranking: 9
10. Archbishop Spalding (Md.), 0-0
Spalding's 2015 season and 12-game winning streak ended with a one-goal loss to Roland Park in the IAAM playoffs. This year, four Division I-bound seniors are looking to compete for a championship again. Previous ranking: 10
— Mike Loveday
Jessi Masinko scored five goals and added two assists in South No. 1 Milton's 14-9 win over No. 4 Walton in a Georgia state championship game rematch.
1. Milton (Ga.), 4-0
Despite playing much of the game down a player, the Eagles pulled away in the second half to beat Walton (Ga.) 14-9 in a rematch of the last two state finals won by Milton. Senior attacker Jessi Masinko led the way with five goals and two assists. Milton faces Florida's top two teams and national No. 1 McDonogh (Md.) this week in Vero Beach, Fla. Previous ranking: 1
2. Vero Beach (Fla.), 9-1
Florida commit Maddie Ellis had four goals, three ground balls and two draw controls as the Fighting Indians handed St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) its first loss, 10-7, on March 10. Vero Beach has won eight in a row heading into Wednesday's game against McDonogh. Previous ranking: 2
3. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 8-1
The Highlanders beat Bartram Trail (Fla.) 14-10 on March 12 for their seventh straight win and now prepare to host a St. Thomas Aquinas squad looking to rebound on Tuesday. Previous ranking: 3
4. Walton (Ga.), 5-2
The Raiders led most of the first half against Milton but couldn't hold on, as they dropped their second game to a South Top 3 team. The schedule lightens up for the next few weeks before Walton faces some top-shelf Mid-Atlantic competition in early April. Previous ranking: 5
5. St. John's (Texas), 3-1
The Mavericks dropped one spot with a 14-5 loss to West-ranked St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) on Saturday, but deserve credit for scheduling some of California's best competition. They also added a 15-11 win over Menlo (Calif.) that same day with midfielder Kate Copeland and attacker Kara Wollmers each scoring four goals. Previous ranking: 4
6. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 5-0
The Crusaders added a pair of out-of-state wins last week, most notably beating St. Anne's-Belfield (Va.) 10-9 on March 11. The Saints were coming off a 21-3 finish in 2015. Cardinal Gibbons hasn't allowed more than nine goals in any game so far. Previous ranking: 8
7. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 10-2
The Sharks bounced back from their second one-goal loss of the season (both against South-ranked teams) to beat district rival Bartram Trail 21-14 and hand American Heritage Delray its first loss, 17-12, last week. They face two nationally-ranked teams in McDonogh and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), Friday and Saturday, respectively. Previous ranking: 9
8. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 8-1
The Raiders' 10-7 loss to Vero Beach was the closest anyone has come against the Fighting Indians since they lost to Bishop Moore on Feb. 11. Aquinas is unbeaten when holding teams under 10 goals. Previous ranking: 6
9. Hutchison (Tenn.), 2-0
The Sting have been idle since March 1 but are scheduled to play St. Agnes (Tenn.) on Thursday. Hutchison won last year's matchup 19-0. Previous ranking: 7
10. Mill Creek (Ga.), 9-0
The Hawks join the rankings for the first time this season after an impressive start. They own a pair of out-of-state wins, including beating South Carolina defending state champion J.L. Mann 14-5 last week, and they are the only team to beat small-school power Blessed Trinity (Ga.). Previous ranking: NR
Player of the Week
Jessi Masinko, Milton (Ga.)
The senior attacker led the Eagles to a 14-9 win over Walton (Ga.) in a rematch of the last two state finals, having a hand in seven of her team's goals. Despite being face-guarded almost the entire game, Masinko scored five goals and assisted on two others. The Notre Dame signee also had four draw controls.
Also notable: Ellie Bromley, Apex (N.C.); Eden Cooke, Lassiter (Ga.); Maddie Ellis, Vero Beach (Fla.)
— Laurel Pfahler
Junior Brennan Dwyer scored 91 goals for Loyola (Ill.) in 2015. (John Strohsacker)
1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 0-0
The region's preeminent program has to recover from a great deal of personnel losses — including Kathleen Hulseman (41 goals, 45 assists), Caroline Heldring (50 goals, 36 assists) and Megan Schulte. Fortunately, junior Brennan Dwyer has proven capable of carrying a load, coming off a 91-goal performance in 2015, when Loyola Academy went 24-3.
2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 0-0
The Golden Bears (19-2 in 2015) suffered heavy losses due to graduation — perhaps the heaviest being draw control maestro Molly Plasket, who also led the team in goals and assists. Nevertheless, Meg Morgan (59 goals) should keep Upper Arlington in contention, and a late April game against New Trier should be riveting.
3. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 0-0
The Pioneers (24-1 in 2015) also have suffered a big loss in draw control expert and leading scorer Liza Elder, the region Player of the Year last season. East Grand Rapids should be here to stay with Lindsay Duca coming off a five-goal, two-assist performance in the state title game.
4. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 0-0
Anna Santulli (85 goals, 28 assists) and Yasmain Hamood (49 goals, 18 assists, 24 caused turnovers) continue to be one of the most frightening duos in Midwestern lacrosse. Expect this team, coming off of a 15-9 season, to challenge for both Illinois and regional supremacy.
5. Rockford (Mich.), 0-0
All three Vander Molen sisters — Alex (senior), Mekenzie (sophomore) and Karrington (freshman) — are Ohio State-bound after high school, but for now, they'll lead Rockford (21-3 in 2015) into title contention. Alex is coming off a 104-point season, while Mekenzie is coming off a 60-point campaign.
6. New Trier (Ill.), 0-0
Tace Sutherland on the draw, flicking it to top scorer Katherine Gjertsen or midfielder Darby Tingue. New Trier can take comfort in that recurring image. The Trevians (20-3 in 2015) return an awful lot of weapons from a strong squad.
7. Sycamore (Ohio), 0-0
The Aviators (17-4 in 2015) have their eye on Upper Arlington after challenging the Bears in the state final but falling short. All-American Evie Goodyear and Eva Thorn spark a potent attack while Ally Marth and Liza Fitzgerald bring valuable experience on the defensive end.
8. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 0-0
Sammie Morton has long been a superstar for the Eagles (17-1 in 2015). Kelly Wolfe is coming off the game-winning goal in last year's state championship game. In other words, don't worry about the Eagles. They'll be back where they always are — competing for a title.
9. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 0-0
The Titans (19-5 in 2015) emerged as a local power, but without All-Americans Noreen Andersen, a feisty competitor, and Olivia Eigel, Glenbrook South is likely to fall a rung or two on the Land of Lincoln ladder.
10. MICDS (Mo.), 0-0
Versatile athlete Lilly Thiemann, also a standout in field hockey, will be counted on to help the Rams (18-2 in 2015) maintain supremacy in Show-Me State play, especially with MICDS having lost 12 seniors from last year. Thiemann had 60 points last year, earning all-state honors with her 11 multi-goal games.
— Jonah Rosenblum
1. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 2-0
The Wildcats opened with a win over defending Texas state champion St. John's on Saturday, turning the Mavericks aside 14-5. Gabby Noto and Catriona Berry scored four goals apiece. Then they shut out Sacred Heart Cathedral (Calif.) 16-0 on Monday. St. Ignatius is loaded with several Division I-caliber players and didn't lose an in-state game last year. Previous ranking: 1
2. Novato (Calif.), 1-0
The Hornets got off to a good start in their first season as a defending sectional champion. They beat Granite Bay 18-9 in the opener on March 1 behind sophomore Charlie Rudy's seven goals. Previous ranking: 2
3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 1-0
The Mavericks held off Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) 9-8 in overtime March 9 to open the season with sophomore Tessa Bass (four goals) and senior Madison Lambert (three goals) leading the way. They are coming off their fourth straight sectional championship with a solid crew of underclassmen contributors returning. Previous ranking: 3
4. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 1-0
The Mustangs began their state title defense with a 16-5 win over Regis Jesuit (Colo.) on Saturday. Sophomore Lauren Russell led with five goals, while juniors Claire Wright and Sydney Prokupek each added hat tricks. A game against West No. 1 St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) looms on Monday. Previous ranking: 4
5. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 5-0
The Wolves outscored their first three opponents 53-6 but had to fight off Davis (Calif.) in overtime on March 8 and followed that with a 14-10 win over Oak Ridge (Calif.) over the weekend. A game against St. John's (Texas), scheduled for Saturday, was cancelled because of bad weather. Previous ranking: 5
6. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 0-0
The 2015 state runners up open Wednesday against Palmer Ridge (Colo.). The Bruins return seven starters from last year, as they look for their 10th state title since 1998 this season. Previous ranking: 6
7. Issaquah (Wash.), 1-0
The Eagles opened with an 11-6 win over Lakeside (Wash.) on Friday to extend their win streak to 29 games, dating back to the 2014 season. They'll seek a third straight state title this season. Previous ranking: 7
8. Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 4-0
The Mustangs beat Dougherty Valley (Calif.) 14-10 on March 10 for their narrowest win of the season. Amanda Outcalt scored four goals and assisted another in a 13-5 win over Miramonte. They get a rematch against the team that ended their season last year (in double overtime), as they travel to Amador Valley (Calif.) on Friday. Previous ranking: 8
9. West Linn (Ore.), 0-0
The defending state champion Lions open their season Tuesday against Evergreen (Wash.). They'll be led by returning state Player of the Year Natalie Byrne (USC), who scored six goals in the 2015 state final. Previous ranking: 9
10. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 0-0
The 2014 state champion Lakers are coming off a state runner-up finish to West Linn as they get started Wednesday at Oregon Episcopal. Lake Oswego returns eight starters from last year. Previous ranking: 10
Player of the Week
Tessa Bass, La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
The sophomore led the Mavericks to a season-opening overtime win over Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), scoring four goals in the 9-8 victory on March 9.
Also notable: Caitlin Burnham, Marin Catholic (Calif.); Sophia Donovan, Menlo (Calif.); Amanda Outcalt, Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.); Lauren Russell, Colorado Academy (Colo.)
— Laurel Pfahler
Nike/LM HS Girls' 2016 Rankings Archive
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