High School Girls

June 21, 2016
Westwood (Mass.) players celebrate their fourth Division I state title in six years after a 13-7 victory over North Andover (Mass.) at Boston University's Nickerson Field. (Instagram)
Westwood (Mass.) players celebrate their fourth Division I state title in six years after a 13-7 victory over North Andover (Mass.) at Boston University's Nickerson Field. (Instagram)

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 

With most of the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine High School Girls' National Top 25 done for the season, it was a team from Massachusetts that made ripples this week.

Westwood (Mass.) finished its season with a 13-7 win over North Andover in the Division I championship game. It's the fourth state title in six years for the Wolverines, who scored five goals in the last seven minutes to pull away from North Andover late.

Junior Haley Connaughton led the way for Westwood, scoring four goals and adding four assists to help her team finish the season on a 16-game winning streak.

Westwood beat defending state champ Longmeadow (Mass.), 12-6, in the state semifinals to advance to the title game.

Check back to LaxMagazine.com for season rewinds, final rankings and players of the year coming next week.

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: June 21

Ranking Team Record Last Week
1 McDonogh (Md.) 22-0
2 Garden City (N.Y.)
3 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
25-1 3
4 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 20-4
5 Good Counsel (Md.)
6 Darien (Conn.)
21-1-1 6
7 Summit (N.J.)
24-1 7
8 Christian Brothers (N.Y.)
21-0 8
9 Mount Sinai (N.Y.)
18-3 9
10 Manhasset (N.Y.)
11 St. Anthony's (N.Y.)
15-4 11
12 Pittsford (N.Y.) 18-3 12
13 West Islip (N.Y.) 16-5
14 Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.)
15 Westwood (Mass.) 24-1
16 Wantagh (N.Y.) 15-3
17 Ridgewood (N.J.)
18 Roland Park (Md.)
19 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 16-7 19
20 Robinson (Va.)
21 Conestoga (Pa.) 24-1
22 Smithtown West (N.Y.) 15-3 22
23 Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 23-5
24 Novato (Calif.)
24-0 24
25 Manchester Valley (Md.)

Also considered (alphabetical order): Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), Agnes Irwin (Pa.), Colorado Academy (Colo.), Middle Country (N.Y.), Milton (Ga.), Walton (Ga.)


1. Garden City (N.Y.), 21-1

Garden City won another state championship, this time topping Yorktown (N.Y.), 16-5, in the Class B final. Katie Muldoon (Harvard) finished with five goals and three assists to power the Trojans, who Trojans faced a stiff test in a 15-11 win over Victor (N.Y.) in the semifinals. Kerry Defliese (Syracuse) and Michaela Bruno (Georgetown) each finished with three goals and one assist in the semifinal win. Previous ranking: 1

2. Darien (Conn.), 21-1-1

The Darien senior class of 10 exits with four state titles in four years after the Blue Wave cruised to a 12-5 win over Fairfield Warde (Conn.) in the Class L state final. Senior Susannah Ropp (California-Berkeley) finished with a team-high four goals, and junior midfielder Laura Murphy (Penn) added three goals. Darien topped Wilton (Conn.), 8-6, in the state semifinals. Previous ranking: 2

3. Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.), 21-0

The Brothers have now won a title in each of the state's three classifications after topping Pittsford (N.Y.), 11-6, in the Class A state championship. CBA won Class C in 2011 and Class B in 2013. Senior Emily Ehle (Georgetown) was named tournament MVP after scoring three goals in the final. Sophomore Olivia Penoyer (Virginia) finished with two goals and four assists in the Brothers' 14-8 semifinal win over North Rockland (N.Y.). Previous ranking: 3

4. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 18-3

Sophomore Meaghan Tyrrell (Syracuse) finished with three goals and one assist to power the Mustangs to a 12-3 win over Skaneateles (N.Y.) in the Class C state championship. Tyrrell also had three goals and one assist in a 10-3 win over Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.) in the state semifinals. Previous ranking: 4

5. Manhasset (N.Y.), 13-4-1

In a demonstration of how tightly-contested Nassau Class B is, Manhasset ended its season with a 9-8 decision against top-ranked Garden City. Manhasset's résumé includes a tie with Darien, two one-goal losses to Garden City, and wins over Wantagh (N.Y.) and St. Anthony's (N.Y.). Previous ranking: 5

6. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 15-4

The Friars claimed their ninth consecutive NYCHSAA title on May 16 to end their season. All four of their losses were against teams that have been ranked this season, including Garden City and Manhasset. Previous ranking: 6

7. Pittsford (N.Y.), 18-3

Pittsford ended the best season in program history with an 11-6 loss in the Class A state title game against Christian Brothers. Junior Caroline Cullinan (Stanford) won seven of eight draws in the first half, and seniors Maddie Miller (Army) and Megan Plain (Virginia) each netted two goals in the championship loss. Pittsford was coming off an 11-5 win over West Islip, the 2015 state champ, in the Class A semifinals, as Miller finished with three goals and four assists. Previous ranking: 7

8. West Islip (N.Y.), 16-5

The 2015 state champs saw their season end with an 11-5 loss to Pittsford in the state semifinals. Emily Beier (Loyola) had three goals in the loss. Vanessa Costantino (Syracuse) led the Lions with 40 goals and 34 assists this season. Previous ranking: 8

9. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 17-1

The Phantoms suffered their only loss of the season in a 6-5 decision against Mount Sinai in the Suffolk Class C title game on May 31. Kelsi Lonigro (Monmouth) led the Phantoms with 32 goals and 25 assists this year. Previous ranking: 9

10. Westwood (Mass.), 24-1

The Wolverines claimed their fourth state title in six years last week, topping North Andover (Mass.), 13-7, in the Division I championship. Westwood scored five goals in the final seven minutes to run away with it, and junior Haley Connaughton finished with four goals and four assists. Westwood topped defending state champ Longmeadow (Mass.), 12-6, in the state semifinals. After losing to Notre Dame (Mass.) on April 28, the Wolverines closed the season with 16 straight wins. Previous ranking: 10

— Will Cleveland


1. McDonogh (Md.), 22-0

The Eagles capped their seventh straight perfect season with a 15-7 win over Roland Park (Md.) in the IAAM A Conference championship. Catie May scored three goals in McDonogh's 155th consecutive victory. Previous ranking: 1

2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 25-1

The Saints finished the year as VISAA champions, collecting a 12-5 win over Bishop Ireton (Va.) in the final Saturday. Elena Ricci and Annie Dyson each scored three goals as SSSA closed the season on a 19-game win streak. Previous ranking: 2

3. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 20-4

The Cardinals finished the year as WCAC champions and runners up to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes in the VISAA. Senior Kelly Larkin led the team with more than 80 goals and 30 assists, but the Cardinals look good for next year with their next six leading scorers all underclassmen. Previous ranking: 3

4. Good Counsel (Md.), 18-3

The Falcons completed their season as WCAC runners up with a 10-9 loss to Bishop Ireton in the championship game May 9. Good Counsel defeated three teams currently ranked in the Mid-Atlantic Top 10. Previous ranking: 4

5. Summit (N.J.), 24-1

The Hilltoppers defeated Ridgewood (N.J.) 11-10 in double overtime to win their first Tournament of Champions title since 1999. Sara Szynal (Northwestern) scored six goals and Callie Humphrey (Duke) scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime period. Previous ranking: 5

6. Ridgewood (N.J.), 20-3

The Maroons got two goals each from Alex Absey, Lillie Kloak and Chelsea Trattner in the Tournament of Champions final. Ridgewood was the Group 4 champion. Previous ranking: 6

7. Roland Park (Md.), 15-4

The Reds finished the year as IAAM A Conference runners-up with a 15-7 loss to McDonogh in the championship game. They avenged an early season loss to John Carroll (Md.) in the tournament opener but could not do the same against the perennial champion Eagles. Previous ranking: 7

8. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 16-7

The Tigers defeated Holton-Arms School (D.C.) 12-8 in the ISL semifinals and finished their season as the league runner-up after falling to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Previous ranking: 8

9. Robinson Secondary (Va.), 21-0

Taylor Caskey scored three goals to help Robinson to a 13-9 win over W.T. Woodson (Va.) in the Class 6A final. The Rams, who won their second straight title, will carry a 35-game winning streak into next season, as their last loss came on April 1, 2015. Previous ranking: 9

10. Conestoga (Pa.), 24-1

The Pioneers got 12 points from Monica Borzillo (Cincinnati), including eight assists, to win their first PIAA state championship. Conestoga defeated Radnor (Pa.) 18-7, setting a championship game record for the largest margin of victory. The two teams split games during the regular season. Previous ranking: 10

— Mike Loveday


1. Walton (Ga.), 17-5

The Raiders stunned six-time defending champion Milton (Ga.) 9-8 in the GHSA Class 6A final to win their first ever state title. Walton had lost to the Eagles by five during the regular season and by three in the last two state finals. Previous ranking: 1

2. Milton (Ga.), 19-3

 The Eagles' 90-game, seven-year win streak against in-state competition came to an end with the loss to Walton, but they still had an impressive season, going 7-2 against a challenging out-of-state schedule. Milton had won 10 of the last 11 state titles and hadn't lost to a Georgia opponent since falling to Chattanooga (Ga.) in the 2009 final. Previous ranking: 2

3. Bartram Trail (Fla.), 17-6

 The Bears played their best lacrosse when it mattered most, and the result was their first state title. They capped off an impressive postseason run with a stunning upset of 10-time defending state champion Vero Beach (Fla.) in the final. The team was led by seniors Lauren Tybor (90 goals, 28 assists, 199 draw controls) and Lexi Marcionette (108 goals, 64 assists). Previous ranking: 3

4. Vero Beach (Fla.), 19-5

 The Fighting Indians were finally dethroned, but no team in Florida played a tougher schedule. Vero Beach had three losses to nationally-ranked teams by a combined nine goals. Gabby Sposato finished with 68 goals and 12 assists, while Megan Gorman added 46 goals and 14 assists and Maddie Ellis (Florida) 43 goals and 19 assists. Previous ranking: 4

5. Charlotte Country Day (N.C.), 20-1-1

 Riley Harrison (UNC) scored four goals and assisted on four others as the Buccaneers rolled to an 18-2 win over Durham Academy on May 21 for their fourth straight NCISAA state title. Dartmouth commit Natalee Palmer scored Country Day's first three goals and finished with four. The Bucs went undefeated against in-state competition, losing only to Vero Beach. Previous ranking: 5

6. St. John's (Texas), 20-2

 The Mavericks secured their fourth straight state title with a 10-9 overtime victory against Episcopal Dallas in the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League state final. St. John's swept league, city and state titles for a second straight year and was unbeaten in Texas. Previous ranking: 6

7. Olympia (Fla.), 21-3

 The Titans' season ended with a narrow loss to Bartram Trail in the state semifinals, but they finished as the highest-scoring team in the state with 17.75 goals per game. Vero Beach was the only team to hold them under 10 goals. Ashley Matthews led the way with 73 goals and 75 assists, while Finley Cassidy added 67 goals and 15 assists and was dominant on the draw all season. Previous ranking: 7

8. Hutchison (Tenn.), 19-3

 The Sting breezed to their sixth straight title beating Ensworth 15-5 win in the TGLA final. Cousins Griffin Gearhardt (Vanderbilt) and Elizabeth Farnsworth (Boston College), the team's top point and goal scorers, will return to help continue Hutchison's reign next year. Previous ranking: 8

9. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 22-0

 Erica Skowron scored eight goals and assisted two others to lead the Crusaders to an 18-14 win over Lake Norman in the NCHSAA final May 21 for their first state title. Cardinal Gibbons had lost to the Wildcats in the title game last year. The senior class leaves with just eight losses in their four years, finishing as the first unbeaten squad in school history. Previous ranking: 9

10. Kentucky Country Day (Ky.), 22-3

 The Bearcats capped a perfect season against in-state competition with a 16-1 rout of Collegiate (Ky.) in the Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League state championship May 25 to claim the program's second straight title. Senior attacker Madison Mitzlaff was named tournament MVP after tallying one goal and two assists. KCD's two losses among South region teams were decided by three goals combined, including a 10-8 defeat at the hands of Hutchison. The other loss came to Ohio defending state champion Upper Arlington. Previous ranking: NR

— Laurel Pfahler


1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 23-5

The Ramblers fell behind 4-0 to New Trier in the state championship game but rallied to win 18-10. They were lifted by three goals and three assists from Brennan Dwyer and four goals from Colleen Huffman. Previous ranking: 1

2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 22-0

Mary Nicole Scott had six of Upper Arlington's nine goals and the Golden Bears forced 16 turnovers in a 9-6 state title victory over Massillon Jackson. Upper Arlington hasn't lost since its third game of its 2015 campaign. Previous ranking: 2

3. Massillon Jackson (Ohio), 20-1

The Polar Bears played admirably against the defending state champion Golden Bears, coming within three in the title game. Jackson got two goals apiece from Miranda Billett and Anna Giulitto. Previous ranking: 3

4. Rockford (Mich.), 20-2

The Rams' fourth straight state title didn't come easily. They had to come from behind 4-0 to beat Birmingham United (Mich.) 12-9 in the final Saturday. Previous ranking: 4

5. New Albany (Ohio), 19-4

The Eagles couldn't hold onto a 5-1 first-half lead against Massillon Jackson (Ohio) in the state semifinals and fell 8-7, despite two goals from Liza Hernandez and a pair of deep free-position scores by Megan Breen. Previous ranking: 5

6. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 15-1

The Eagles ran all over Minnetonka in the Round of 16, as Naomi Rogge had six goals and five groundballs in the 17-4 win. Previous ranking: 6

7. New Trier (Ill.), 19-5

The Trevians may not have won a state championship but they'll have a memory to cherish, as they rallied from five goals down in the final 21 minutes to beat Hinsdale Central (Ill.) 9-8 in the state semifinal. Freshman attacker Lucy Murray scored four goals in the win. Previous ranking: 7

8. Blake (Minn.), 14-2

Benilde-St. Margaret's was a competitive challenge once again for Blake, but the Bears prevailed, 16-10, behind five goals from Shannon Ellis and two goals and three assists from Emily Johnsrud. Blake plays Lakeville South on Tuesday in the Elite Eight. Previous ranking: 8

9. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 17-4

Much like their Division I counterpart, Rockford, the Pioneers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a state title, beating Cranbrook Kingswood 13-11 in the Division II final. They were led by six goals from freshman Mary Schumar. Previous ranking: 9

10. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 13-9

Following a blown lead in the state semifinal against New Trier (Ill.), the Red Devils bested Maine South (Ill.), 14-8, in the third-place game. Their three in-state losses were against the two finalists by a combined five goals. Previous ranking: 10

— Jonah Rosenblum


1. Novato (Calif.), 24-0

Sophomore Jamie Level scored her second goal as time expired to give the Hornets a 10-9 win over Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) for their second consecutive North Coast Section Division I title. Allie Level and Charlie Rudy each had three goals and Jensen Neff finished with one goal and four assists. Previous ranking: 1

2. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 18-0

The Mustangs completed their perfect season by outlasting Cherry Creek (Colo.), 9-8, in the state final May 25 to repeat as champions. Sydney Prokupek tied the game with just under five minutes to play, shortly after the Bruins took their first lead, and Claire Wright completed her hat trick for the game-winning goal. Bridget Sutter recorded 13 saves, including two in the final minute. Previous ranking: 2

3. Mater Dei (Calif.), 21-0

The Monarchs finished off an impressive perfect season with a dominant 15-4 win over Oak Park (Calif.) in the Southern Section championship May 14 after rallying to beat Foothill-Santa Ana, 6-5, in the Orange County final. Mackenzie Wallevand led Mater Dei with 92 goals and 56 assists this season. Previous ranking: 3

4. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-2

After avenging their regular-season finale loss to Mullen in the state semifinals, the Bruins couldn't do the same in a rematch of last year's state championship, as they fell to Colorado Academy to finish as the runner-up for a third straight year. Emma Godrey gave Cherry Creek its first lead late in the game but the Bruins couldn't hold on. Previous ranking: 5

5. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 20-2

The Falcons avenged last year's San Diego CIF Open Division final loss when they beat La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 10-5 in the championship May 14. Torrey Pines claimed its third championship, first since 2011, and ended La Costa Canyon's string of four straight section titles. Previous ranking: 6

6. California High (Calif.), 20-1

The Grizzlies' impressive season came to an end with a 13-12 loss to Granite Bay (Calif.) in the North Coast Sectional Division I quarterfinals. California, which owns eight wins over top 10 power-rated teams, had beaten Granite Bay during the regular season. Previous ranking: 7

7. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 17-5

The Wildcats breezed to the WCAL title by outscoring Sacred Heart Cathedral (Calif.) and St. Francis-Mountain View (Calif.) 29-1 in their two playoff games. They finished the season 14-2 against in-state competition with the losses coming to Novato and California High. Previous ranking: 4

8. Mullen (Colo.), 14-4

The second-seeded Mustangs coasted into the state semifinals with a 19-9 win over Palmer Ridge (Colo.) on May 17 but couldn't keep it going against perennial finalist Cherry Creek. Payton Gabriel and Emme Johnson each had a hat trick in the 10-9 loss, which came in Mullen's first state semifinal appearance. Previous ranking: 8

9. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 15-3

The Lakers won the rubber match with rival powerhouse West Linn (Ore.) to claim their fourth state title in six years after the teams split games during the regular season. Lauren Gilbert scored five goals to lead Oswego to a 12-8 win May 25 in its fifth straight finals matchup against West Linn, which won the 2015 and 2013 titles. Previous ranking: NR

10. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 16-0

The Crusaders finished off a perfect season with one of the most impressive wins in program history, as they routed Lake Sammamish (Wash.) 14-4 to claim their first state title since 2010 – when the state was divided into two divisions. Junior Carlin Reilly scored a game-high five goals to lead Eastside, which led just 6-3 at halftime. Previous ranking: 9

— Laurel Pfahler

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