High School Girls

March 22, 2016
McDonogh (Md.) senior Savannah Buchanan (Notre Dame) scored three goals in the Eagles' season-opening win at Vero Beach (Fla.). (John Strohsacker)
McDonogh (Md.) senior Savannah Buchanan (Notre Dame) scored three goals in the Eagles' season-opening win at Vero Beach (Fla.). (John Strohsacker)

Nike/LM HS Girls' National Top 25, Regional Top 10s

by LaxMagazine.com Staff | Twitter

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Rankings

National Top 25
Northeast Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Top 10
South Top 10
Midwest Top 10
West Top 10 

For the fifth straight year, the McDonogh (Md.) girls' lacrosse team opened its season in the South. Whereas previous visits to Florida and Georgia were perilous, the Eagles' had no problem dispatching their first three opponents to stretch their historic winning streak to 136 games.

McDonogh remains No. 1 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine High School Girls' National Top 25 after burning through Vero Beach (Fla.), Ponte Vedra (Fla.) and Milton (Ga.) by a combined score of 45-14. Milton and Vero beach are the top two teams in the South.

As a result of its 12-2 loss to McDonogh, Milton fell from No. 10 to No. 16 in the national rankings. The remainder of the Top 10 was unchanged.

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).

Nike/LM High School Girls' National Top 25: March 22

Ranking Team Record Last Week
1 McDonogh (Md.) 3-0
2 Garden City (N.Y.) 0-0
3 Good Counsel (Md.) 2-0 3
4 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 1-0
5 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) 0-0
6 Skaneateles (N.Y.) 0-0 6
7 Agnes Irwin (Pa.) 1-0 7
8 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 3-0 8
9 Manhasset (N.Y.) 0-0 9
10 Darien (Conn.) 0-0 11
11 Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 0-0
12 Summit (N.J.) 0-0 13
13 Moorestown (N.J.) 0-0
14 Mount Sinai (N.Y) 0-0
15 West Genesee (N.Y.) 0-0
16 Milton (Ga.) 5-1
17 Roland Park (Md.) 2-0
18 Longmeadow (Mass.) 0-0
19 West Islip (N.Y.) 0-0
20 Wantagh (N.Y.) 0-0
21 Manchester Valley (Md.) 0-0
22 Archbishop Spaulding (Md.) 0-0
23 Garnet Valley (Pa.) 0-0
24 Radnor (Pa.) 0-0
25 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 1-2 25

Also considered (alphabetical order): Loyola (Ill.), Marriotts Ridge (Md.), Notre Dame Prep (Md.), Oak Knoll (N.J.), Ridgewood (N.J.), St. Mary's (Md.), Suffern (N.Y.), Victor (N.Y.), Westwood (Mass.)

Northeast Top 10 (Preseason)

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

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. McDonogh (Md.), 3-0

The Eagles extended their win streak to 136 straight games with victories over three South-ranked teams -- Vero Beach (Fla.), Milton (Ga.) and Ponte Vedra (Fla.) -- last week. They defeated the Florida powers by a combined score of 33-12, then followed it up with a 12-2 win over South No. 1 Milton. Savannah Buchanan scored three goals in the win over Vero Beach. Previous ranking: 1

2. Good Counsel (Md.), 2-0

The Falcons opened with an 18-5 win over Severn School (Md.) on Thursday, then added a 20-3 victory over Elizabeth Seton (Md.) on Friday to push their win streak to 11 games. Taylor McDaniels scored five goals in the win over Severn. Previous ranking: 2

3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 1-0

The Saints started their year with a 15-2 win over Bryn Mawr (Md.) on Thursday, as Zoe Belodeau scored six goals and had one assist. Their scheduled game against Ponte Vedra (Fla.) was rained out on Saturday. Previous ranking: 3

4. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 1-0

Agnes Irwin defeated Germantown Academy (Pa.) 19-4 in its season opener, building off a 16-game win streak to close the 2015 season. Lila Barker scored five goals, and Laura Pansini had four assists and three goals in the win. Previous ranking: 4

5. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 3-0

The defending VISAA champs downed Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 16-8, Hill Academy (Canada) 9-8 and Bishop McNamara (Md.) 18-0 in their first three games. Kayla Duperrouzel and Kelly Larkin each scored six goals in those three games. 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. The Hilltoppers start their season March 30 at Morris Catholic (N.J.). Previous ranking: 6

7. Moorestown (N.J.), 0-0

Moorestown returns a senior class with 11 players already committed to college programs. The Quakers open March 30 against Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.). Previous ranking: 7

8. Roland Park (Md.), 2-0

Kim McNemar got her first win as the new head coach of the Reds, defeating Garrison Forest 19-15. The Reds followed it up with an 18-2 win over St. Catherine's (Md.) on Saturday. Previous ranking: 8

9. Manchester Valley (Md.), 0-0

Manchester Valley is scheduled to start the season against Catonsville (Md.) on Tuesday. The Mavericks 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 opens on Wednesday at John Carroll. Four seniors head to Division I programs after the season and look to compete for a championship again. Previous ranking: 10

— Mike Loveday

South Top 10

1. Milton (Ga.), 5-1

The Eagles suffered their first loss, 12-2, to national No. 1 McDonogh (Md.), but not before solidifying their place atop the South rankings with a 7-5 win over the region's No. 2 team, Vero Beach (Fla.). Bridget Deehan preserved the victory with nine saves. Previous ranking: 1

2. Vero Beach (Fla.), 10-3

Lexie Patton made eight saves, but the Fighting Indians couldn't keep possession long enough to get their offense going in the loss to national No. 10 Milton. It was a tough week for Patton, who also had 11 saves in a 13-8 loss to top-ranked McDonogh (Md.) on March 16. Vero Beach bounced back from the back-to-back losses with a 10-7 win over Charlotte Country Day (N.C.) on Saturday. Previous ranking: 2

3. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 10-1

The Highlanders handed St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) just its second loss March 15, beating the Raiders 12-9 behind Brailey Faris' four goals and Anna Rotatori's three goals. They've won nine straight since a two-goal loss to Olympia on Feb. 12. Previous ranking: 3

4. Walton (Ga.), 6-2

The Raiders bounced back from their loss to Milton with a 22-6 win over Roswell (Ga.) on March 17. They play three games this week before running through its toughest part of the schedule – three games against Mid-Atlantic teams in three days – in early April. Previous ranking: 4

5. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 6-0

The Crusaders continued to impress as they blew by Chapel Hill, 19-5, on March 18. Sophomore Liz Wilson (six goals) and senior Erica Skowron (two goals, four assists) led the way with six points each. Previous ranking: 6

6. St. John's (Texas), 4-2

The Mavericks wrapped up their trip to California on March 14, going 2-2 with losses to West-ranked St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) and Novato (Calif.), who are both 3-0. They return to in-state action this week with a notable game against unbeaten Woodlands on Thursday. Previous ranking: 5

7. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 10-3

The Sharks fell victim to McDonogh (Md.), 20-4, in what turned out to be their only action of the week on Friday. Their game against St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) was canceled because of bad weather. Ponte Vedra is off this week but returns to face Oviedo on March 28. Previous ranking: 7

8. Hutchison (Tenn.), 3-0

The Sting added a 20-0 win over St. Agnes Academy (Tenn.) on Thursday, but are about to be tested for the first time this season as they head to Maryland to play four games in three days. Hutchison starts with St. Paul's School on March 23, then faces Archbishop Spalding and Chesapeake-Pasadena at South River High School before wrapping up at Flint Hill. Previous ranking: 9

9. Olympia (Fla.), 14-2

The Titans return to the rankings for the first time in three weeks. They are still the only team to beat Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) but also have losses to Ponte Vedra and Vero Beach. Olympia beat Bishop Moore (Fla.) 17-7 on March 17 behind Ashley Matthews' seven goals and Tatiana Barnes' eight saves. Previous ranking: NR

10. Mill Creek (Ga.), 10-0

The Hawks scored another lopsided win, beating Grayson (Ga.) 23-4 on March 14, but they'll likely be tested this week as they face 7-1 Chattahoochee (Ga.) on Friday. Previous ranking: 10

— Laurel Pfahler

Midwest Top 10

1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 5-0

 Early routs of some pretty decent teams like Montini Catholic (Ill.) and York (Ill.) give the Ramblers some confidence as they head East. Previous ranking: 1

2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 0-0

Meg Morgan (59 goals), Anna Schildmeyer (23 goals), Olivia Schildmeyer (27 goals) and Mary Nicole Scott (47 goals) lead an absolutely stacked Golden Bears attack as they try to build off a 19-2 finish last year. Previous ranking: 2

3. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 0-0

Fans curious to see how the Pioneers will look without superstar Liza Elder, now at Northwestern, will have to wait another week. Previous ranking: 3

4. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 0-0

The Red Devils will spend much of their spring out-of-state once again, with a number of games in Florida and a trip to the Legacy Lacrosse Cup, including perennial South top dog Milton (Ga.). Previous ranking: 4

5. New Trier (Ill.), 1-0

The Trevians began with a dominant 20-5 victory over Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.), but the sledding gets trickier April 6 when they host Glenbrook South. Previous ranking: 6

6. Rockford (Mich.), 0-0

The Rams open at Ann Arbor Pioneer on March 26. Early on, they will be working toward an eagerly awaited April 20 showdown at East Grand Rapids (Mich.). Previous ranking: 5

7. Sycamore (Ohio), 0-0

The Aviators begin on the home front, playing four of their first five in the friendly confines, including a big game against Mason (Ohio) on April 14. They open against Loveland on April 8. Previous ranking: 7

8. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 0-0

The Eagles open with a fairly winnable early-season stretch, though Minnetonka (Minn.) could be a tough test in late April. Previous ranking: 8

9. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 2-0

The Titans continue to challenge themselves with a five-game road trip coming up, including tilts against 5-0 Canyon Crest Academy (Calif.), 4-1 Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) and 3-0 Denver East (Colo.). Previous ranking: 9

10. MICDS (Mo.), 0-0

The Rams begin with a difficult tilt March 31, playing their opener against a Barron Collier (Fla.) team that has already hit its mid-season stride. Previous ranking: 10

— Jonah Rosenblum

West Top 10

1. Novato (Calif.), 3-0

The Hornets picked up a quality win over South-ranked St. John's (Texas) on March 14, beating the Mavericks 11-9, and ascend to the No. 1 spot by virtue of a loss Monday by former No. 1 St. Ignatius (Calif.) to Colorado Academy (Colo.). Charlie Rudy scored six goals, while Reily Bolton and Jensen Neff each added two goals and two assists in Novato's win over St. John's. The Hornets face West-ranked San Ramon Valley (Calif.) on March 28. Previous ranking: 1

2. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 2-0

The defending state champion Mustangs had a week off leading up to Monday's big 7-5 win at St. Ignatius (Calif.), in which junior goalie Bridget Sutter made 15 saves. Colorado also will meet Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) on its trip West. The two play Wednesday. Previous ranking: 4

3. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 3-0

The Wildcats outscored their first three opponents 40-9, including a 14-5 win over defending Texas state champion St. John's in their opener, before stumbling Monday. Previous ranking: 1

4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 3-0

The Mavericks added a pair of wins against Coronado (Calif.) and Poway (Calif.) last week and were scheduled to travel to unbeaten Mission Hills (Calif.) on Monday. Seniors Kara Gibson and Madison Lambert each had two goals to lead La Costa Canyon in the 14-3 win over Coronado on March 14. Previous ranking: 3

5. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 2-0

The Bruins opened with a 10-5 win over Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.) on March 15, followed by a 16-9 win over Palmer Ridge (Colo.) the next day. Eliza Radochonski had six goals and an assist in the win over Palmer Ridge and three goals against Cheyenne. Previous ranking: 6

6. Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 6-0

Led by Hayley Littlefield's five goals and two assists, the Mustangs collected a 14-5 win over Amador Valley (Calif.) on Friday. She also had two goals in a 9-5 win over Davis earlier in the week, a game in which Amanda Outcalt had four goals and one assist. Previous ranking: 8

7. Issaquah (Wash.), 3-0

The Eagles collected wins over Mercer Island (Wash.) and Roosevelt (Wash.) last week. Hannah Meier had two goals and five assists in a 17-5 win over Mercer Island on Friday, and Nicole Victory had five goals and seven assists in a 17-10 win over Roosevelt on March 15. Previous ranking: 7

8. California (Calif.), 8-0

Even before an 18-9 win over Marin Catholic (Calif.) on Saturday, the Grizzles were leading the state in goals per game (16.1) and goal differential (10.6). They've scored in double digits in every game and no one has yet to score more than nine goals against them in any game. Jordyn Pandolfo had five goals and six assists in the win over Marin Catholic. Previous ranking: NR

9. West Linn (Ore.), 1-0

The Lions opened their state title defense with a 19-2 win over Evergreen, Wash., on March 15. Natalie Byrne finished with eight points on three goals and five assists, and Anna Klose had four goals and one assist. Evergreen managed just six shots on goal. Previous ranking: 9

10. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 1-0

The Lakers opened the season with a 19-9 win over Oregon Episcopal in a rematch of their state semifinal win last year. Avery Hawes (five goals, two assists) and Carlie Leach (five goals, one assist) led Lake Oswego's offense. Hawes also have three caused turnovers, and Riley Hertford finished with 17 saves in goal. Previous ranking: 10

— Laurel Pfahler

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