Manhasset (N.Y.) Leads Top 25, Sophia DeRosa Named National Player of the Year

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Cold Spring Harbor's Sophia DeRosa scored 50 goals and added 43 assist to lead her team to its first state title.


For the first time in the last nine years, someone other than McDonogh (Md.) claimed the No. 1 spot in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 for high school girls’ lacrosse.

Notre Dame Prep (Md.) knocked the Eagles off their perch, delivering a 10-8 blow in the IAAM-A championship game to end McDonogh’s national record winning streak at 198 games. The Blazers moved to the No. 2 spot in the national rankings, and Manhasset (N.Y.) was the biggest benefactor, finishing as the top-ranked team after securing a 20-1 record as New York’s Class B champs.

Following a season-opening loss to eventual Class C champion Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), the Indians won 20 straight with victories over six top 25 opponents.

Cold Spring Harbor would go on to a 19-2 finish, securing the program’s first ever state title in large part because of the performance of Sophia DeRosa. The senior midfielder racked up 50 goals and 43 assists and was named the Brine/US Lacrosse National Player of the Year.

“She’s a tremendous person and leader, always leading by example and doing the right thing,” Cold Spring Harbor coach Danielle Castellane said. “She’s been a great player since her freshman year. But what she’s done from last season to this season, I’ve never seen a player put in that much work and time. She did everything in her power to make herself better.”







Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25

 
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1 Manhasset (N.Y.) 20-1 1 Season complete (NYPHSAA-B champ)
2 Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 17-4 2 Season complete (IAAM-A champ)
3 McDonogh (Md.) 20-1 3 Season complete (IAAM-A runner-up)
4 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 19-2 4 Season complete (NYPHSAA-C champ)
5 American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) 23-1 5 Season complete (FHSAA champ)
6 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 17-2 6 Season complete (ISL-AA champ)
7 Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) 18-3 7 Season complete (NYPHSAA-A champ)
8 Novato (Calif.) 24-1 8 Season complete (CIF-NC champ)
9 Glenelg (Md.) 17-2 9 Season complete (MPSSAA-2A champ)
10 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 21-3 10 Season complete (VISAA/WCAC champ)
11 Moorestown (N.J.) 23-2 11 Season complete (TOC champ)
12 Penfield (N.Y.) 16-6 12 Season complete (NYPHSAA-A runner-up)
13 New Canaan (Conn.) 17-5 13 Season complete (CIAC-L champ)
14 Darien (Conn.) 19-3 14 Season complete (CIAC-L runner-up)
15 Glenelg Country (Md.) 12-5 15 Season complete
16 Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) 15-4 16 Season complete (NYPHSAA-B runner-up)
17 Holton Arms (Md.) 15-6 17 Season complete (ISL-AA runner-up)
18 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 26-4 18 Season complete (VISAA runner-up)
19 Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 18-2 19 Season complete
20 West Islip (N.Y.) 15-6 20 Season complete
21 Ridgewood (N.J.) 22-4 24 Season complete (TOC runner-up)
22 Wellesley (Mass.) 23-3 NR Season complete (MIAA-1 champ)
23 Massapequa (N.Y.) 12-5 22 Season complete
24 Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 14-3 23 Season complete
25 Garden City (N.Y.) 12-6 25 Season complete
Also considered (alphabetical order): Colorado Academy (Colo.), Good Counsel (Md.), Northport (N.Y.), Oak Knoll (N.J.), Pittsford (N.Y.), Summit (N.J.)

Brine/US Lacrosse National Player of the Year

Sophia DeRosa, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)

Regional Players of the Year

Northeast: Sophia DeRosa, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)
Mid-Atlantic: Anna Callahan, Glenelg (Md.)
Midwest: Brooke Smith, Upper Arlington (Ohio)
South: Caitlyn Wurzburger, American Heritage-Delray (Fla.)
West: Lauren Russell, Colorado Academy

Regional Rankings (Final)

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