St. Paul’s (Md.) Enters Top 10 of Nike / USL High School Girls' Top 25

Practices are beginning for several teams in the Northeast and West this week, and some teams have already started to play meaningful games in those regions. For the first time in a long time, lacrosse is back across the entire country.

That will lead to shakeups in the future, but for now, the top of Nike / US Lacrosse High School Girls’ National Top 25 remains largely unchanged. The only notable change is that St. Paul’s (Md.) has entered the top 10 at No. 9 after a 2-0 week. St. Paul’s plays McDonogh on Wednesday in a key in-state matchup.

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National Top 25

April 19, 2021



1 McDonogh (Md.) 10-0 1
2 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 1-0 2
3 Manhasset (N.Y.) 0-0 3
4 Garden City (N.Y.) 0-0 4
5 Oak Knoll (N.J.) 0-0 5
6 Darien (Conn.) 2-0 6
7 Northport (N.Y.) 0-0 7
8 Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 0-0 8
9 St Paul's (Md.) 6-0 12
10 Conestoga (Pa.) 6-0-1 9
11 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) 0-0 10
12 Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 0-0 11
13 Moorestown (N.J.) 0-0 13
14 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 0-0 14
15 Stone Ridge (Md.) 1-1 15
16 Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) 0-0 16
17 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 0-0 17
18 Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 6-0 19
19 Penn Charter (Pa.) 7-0-1 23
20 Milton (Ga.) 13-0 20
21 Severna Park (Md.) 0-0 18
22 Sacred Heart (N.Y.) 0-0 22
23 Smithtown East (N.Y.) 0-0 24
24 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 0-0 21
25 Good Counsel (Md.) 0-0 25
Also considered (alphabetical order): Baldwinsville (N.Y.), Bryn Mawr (Md.), Colorado Academy, Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), Garnet Valley (Pa.), Glenelg Country (Md.), Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), New Canaan (Conn.), Pittsford (N.Y.), Radnor (Pa.), Ridgewood (N.J.), Wantagh (N.Y.), West Babylon (N.Y.)

Nike/US Lacrosse High School Rankings
National Boys' Top 25 | National Girls' Top 25
Northeast Boys' Top 10 | Northeast Girls' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 | Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
South Boys' Top 10
| South Girls' Top 10
Midwest Boys' Top 10
| Midwest Girls' Top 10
West Boys' Top 10
| West Girls' Top 10

Northeast Top 10

1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 0-0

It’s been too long of a wait to see Emma LoPinto play her next high school game. Now a Florida-bound senior, she will lead Manhasset as it takes on No. 9 Cold Spring Harbor in the opener April 29. Grace Gately, a Villanova commit who had 40 goals and 25 assists as a sophomore, will be just as much of an impact player. Previous: 1

2. Garden City (N.Y.), 0-0

With senior Yale-bound midfielder/attacker Alex Hopkins and senior attacker Sydney Pappas (Villanova) leading the way, the Dave Ettinger-era at Garden City begins against Syosset on April 29. Pappas had 30 goals as a sophomore. Previous: 2

3. Darien (Conn.), 2-0

Ceci Stein had three goals and one assist to lead Darien to a 10-5 win over Wilton (Conn.), which came on the heels of a 21-2 season-opening victory over McMahon (Conn.). Molly McGuckin added three goals, Colette Quinn had two goals and an assist, Kate Avitable contributed one goal and two assists and Nelle Kniffin chipped in a goal. Previous: 3

4. Northport (N.Y.), 0-0

The reigning New York State Class A champions — led by one of the region’s most lethal scorers in junior attacker Kaylie Mackiewicz (Duke) — open the 2021 season with an intriguing clash against Middle Country (N.Y.) on May 5. Previous: 4

5. Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 0-0

The 2019 NYS Class B champions, who are guided by senior goalie Katie Vahle (Arizona State) and two-way senior midfielder Celeste Forte (Florida commit), meet Rocky Point under the lights in their season opener May 4. Previous: 5

6. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 0-0

With one of Long Island’s top goalies returning in Erin O’Grady, the Friars’ anticipated 2021 season opens at home against Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) on April 28. Previous: 6

7. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 0-0

Mount Sinai is led by Maryland-bound senior Emily Lamparter, who is arguably the best goalie on Long Island, and she’s joined by Molly Laforge, a senior midfielder who committed to Stony Brook, and seniors Amanda Dowler (LIU) and Christina Mastrorocco (Binghamton). Al Bertolone’s stacked squad, which also features future Division I defenders in juniors Alexa Carranante (Pitt), Delilah Mile (Albany) and Jordan DeBlasio (Syracuse), opens the season May 4 against East Islip (N.Y.). Previous: 7

8. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 0-0

Led by Stanford-bound senior Maddigan Miller, who had 26 goals and six assists as a sophomore, Bayport-Blue Point looks forward to intriguing matchups against Eastport-South Manor on May 11 and Mount Sinai on May 17. But first up for BBP is a home game against Islip on May 4. Previous: 8

9. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 0-0

Coming off consecutive New York State Class C titles, Cold Spring Harbor meets No. 1 Manhasset to start the season on April 29. CSH reloads with junior defender Grace Kiernan, a Fairfield commit with a high lacrosse IQ, and Ava Tighe, a 5-10 junior attacker who is also strong at the draw. Previous: 9

10. Sacred Heart (N.Y.), 0-0

Anchored by James Madison-bound Caitlin Boden, one of the top goalies in the Class of 2022, Sacred Heart opens the season against St. Dominic’s on April 28. Other players to watch include senior attacker Emily Weigand, a Hofstra commit who is a four-year starter and captain, junior midfielders Kyra Browne and Julia Reagan (Delaware), senior defender Julia Lawless (Vassar) and senior midfielder Elizabeth McDermott, a four-year starter. Previous: 10

— Dylan Butler

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. McDonogh (Md.), 10-0

The Eagles overcame an 8-3 second-half deficit to force overtime and top then-No. 8 Stone Ridge 11-10 on April 12. They got a game-high six goals from Kori Edmondson, and Dakota Uy’s free position goal forced overtime before Edmondson won it on a free position goal with 1:27 left in the first overtime. Caroline Godine had two goals. McDonogh also beat Garrison Forest 19-10 on Wednesday and Severn School 13-7 on Friday with Edmondson combining for nine goals, two assists, three draws, three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the pair of wins. Godine had eight goals, four assists and two caused turnovers. Previous: 1

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

The Saints beat Potomac (Va.) 16-2 on Friday with nine players scoring goals in the balanced opening attack. Cate Bradley led with four goals and two assists, Annabel Frist had two goals and an assist and Rita Peterson added two goals, one assist and four draw controls. Other key contributors included Olivia Duvall (two goals, two draw controls), Lane Lambeth (three goals and three draw controls), Hadley Boston (three assists) and Emmy Pascal (two goals). Trystan Fogg and Morgan Lewis stood out defensively in the win. SSSA will face a stiff test with games against No. 7 Georgetown Visitation on Friday and Saturday. Previous: 2

3. Oak Knoll (N.J.), 0-0

Oak Knoll was scheduled to open their season Monday against Ramapo (N.J.) to kick off a busy first week. The Royals also play at Chatham (N.J.) on Wednesday and finish the week hosting Ridge (N.J.) on Saturday. Previous: 3

4. St. Paul's (Md.), 6-0  

St. Paul’s returned to action with an 18-4 win over Roland Park Country (Md.) on April 12. Caitlin McElwee had three goals, Josie Hahn scored twice in the first 10 minutes and the Gators built an 8-0 lead before allowing a goal. They also beat Archbishop Spalding 12-6 on Wednesday with Frannie Hahn and Josie Hahn each securing hat tricks. McElwee and Natalie Shurtleff each scored two goals, Lauren Steer had a goal and two assists and Christina Gagnon had a goal and two assists. Leah Warehime made five saves. St. Paul’s finished the week by topping St. Mary’s (Md.) 16-7 on Friday behind four goals from McElwee, three goals and two assists from Gagnon and three goals from Josie Hahn. Nine players scored in the game. St. Paul’s faces a big showdown against McDonogh on Wednesday. Previous: 5

5. Conestoga (Pa.), 6-0-1

The Pioneers played to a 13-13 tie with Penn Charter (Pa.) after two overtimes Saturday. Melissa Hewitt had four goals, Kate Galica tallied three goals and an assist, Rachel Clark had two goals and two assists and Piper Kienzle added two goals, including the goal that sent the game into overtime. Alana Lepore made 12 saves, including a save in the first extra period. In a 17-5 win over Strath Haven (Pa.) on April 13, Clark led with seven goals and five draw controls, Galica had four goals and eight draw controls and Hewitt added three goals and an assist. Gabby Ridder also contributed two goals, and Kienzle had three assists while Lepore made nine saves. Previous: 4

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

Moorestown was scheduled to open its season Monday against Hunterdon Central (N.J.). The Quakers were able to scrimmage Cherokee (N.J.) on Saturday to gain some experience heading into their first game. Previous: 6

7. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 0-0     

Georgetown Visitation will open the season with a pair of games against No. 2 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes this weekend. Both games are at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, though GV is listed as the home team for the second meeting while they play games away from their own campus. Coach Katie McMahon is looking forward to seeing her veterans back on the field and noted that freshman midfielder Madison Rassas and goalie Maeve Obrist also will make a big impact. Previous: 7

8. Stone Ridge (Md.), 1-1

The Gators opened the season with a nail-biting 11-10 overtime loss to No. 1 McDonogh on April 12 after they let go of an 8-3 lead and played the final 10 minutes down two players. Stone Ridge rebounded to beat Bullis (Md.) 12-0 on Thursday with stellar play from goalie Emelia Bohi. Juniors Michaela O’Connor and Paige Kenny led the defensive efforts, while Grace Muldoon, Julia Carr and Corey White anchored the midfield. Grace Slater had three goals each against McDonogh and Bullis. Previous: 8

9. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 6-0 

Notre Dame beat Gerstell (Md.) 15-4 on April 12 with Nancy Halleron providing strong play at the draw circle, as she has consistently all season, while also adding three goals and an assist. Halley Koras finished with four goals and an assist. The Blazers edged Maryvale (Md.) 10-9 on April 14. Annie Marshall had three goals, and Koras added two goals. After Maryvale trimmed the lead to one goal, Notre Dame was able to control the ball over the final four minutes for the win. The Blazers capped the week with a 15-6 victory over Bryn Mawr (Md.), as Koras had four goals and an assist and Halleron had another hat trick and assist. Previous: 10

10. Penn Charter (Pa.), 7-0-1

The Quakers played to a 13-13 tie after two overtimes against No. 5 Conestoga on Saturday. Kayla Joyce stopped a free position attempt in the first overtime. Penn Charter rallied from an 8-3 halftime deficit, as Darcy Felter finished with four goals and three assists, Maddie Shoup had three goals and Lane Murray added two goals and one assist. The Quakers also defeated previously unbeaten Springside Chestnut Hill 22-6 on April 13 and stopped Notre Dame (Pa.) 13-8 on Friday. Mia Ferraro had six goals and an assist, and Kaylee Dyer totaled six goals and two assists in the win over SCH. Felter had five goals and an assist against Notre Dame, and Bea Buckley, Dyer and Shoup all had two goals apiece. Previous: NR

— Justin Feil


South Top 10

1. Milton (Ga.), 13-0

The Eagles remain unbeaten after defeating Johns Creek (Ga.) 20-5 and Roswell (Ga.) 20-7 last week. Maddie Dora continues to dominate, tallying 14 goals, four assists and three draw over the two wins. Skylar Carrasquillo scored eight goals last week. Previous: 1

2. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 16-0

The Highlanders advanced to the third round of state playoffs after winning by default over Trinity Prep (Fla.) due to coronavirus protocols. Lake Highland Prep previously defeated Bishop Moore (Fla.) 20-2 in its playoff opener. Previous: 2

3. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 11-1

Like Lake Highland Prep, the Stallions had some help advancing in the state playoffs due to a forfeit, but they should remain a title contender on their own merit. After defeating North Broward Prep (Fla.) by default, American Heritage-Delray defeated King’s Academy 20-3 on Thursday. Previous: 3

4. East Chapel Hill (N.C.), 16-2

The Wildcats won a state championship after they pulled off a pair of stunning upsets, first defeating Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 19-12 on March 22 in the state quarterfinals, then defeating Weddington (N.C.) 14-8 on March 27. Talia Zuco scored five times in the championship game. Sophie Halus and Molly Reed tied as the team’s scoring leaders with 56 goals each. Previous: 4

5. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 13-1

Following a perfect regular season, the Crusaders were upset in the state quarterfinals on March 22 against East Chapel Hill. Harvard recruit Caroline Mullahy racked up 40 goals and 77 assists in just 14 games. Sophomore Gracie Mullahy tallied 36 goals and 28 assists. Previous: 5

6. Weddington (N.C.), 17-2

The Warriors came one game short of winning a state title, losing 14-8 to East Chapel Hill on March 27. Senior Jordyn Case (Stanford) scored 82 goals and added 53 assists to close out her stellar high school career. Virginia Tech recruit Kendal Williams added 70 goals to complete her senior season. Previous: 6

7. Vero Beach (Florida), 13-1

Alexa Vega continued her dominant play, scoring six times in Vero Beach’s 15-1 playoff win over Viera (Fla.) on Friday. Two days earlier, Vero Beach defeated county rival Sebastian River (Fla.) 20-1. Previous: 7

8. St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida), 9-1

Like others in the region, the Raiders benefited from a default victory last week, picking up a win over Coral Springs (Fla.). St. Thomas Aquinas then defeated Taravella (Fla.) 19-3 in the second round of the state playoffs. Previous: 8

9. Roswell (Ga.), 13-2

The Hornets returned from a two-week hiatus to blank Riverwood (Ga.) 21-0 on April 13. Roswell then lost to regional power Milton (Ga.) 20-7 on Friday. Previous: 9

10. Franklin (Tenn.), 13-0

Josie Ward’s 11-point contribution led the Admirals to a 21-5 win over Brentwood (Tenn.) on April 13, preserving Franklin’s perfect season. Ward scored seven goals and four assists during the contest. For the season, she has 77 tallies. Previous: 10

— Justin Boggs

Midwest Top 10

1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 2-0

The Ramblers have gotten off to a superb start, highlighted by a 12-7 win over 2019 state champion New Trier. They were brilliant on the defensive end against the Trevians, including 12 saves from Butler commit Caroline Smith, while Ellie Lazzaretto and Maley Starr led the attack with four goals apiece. Previous: 2

2. New Trier (Ill.), 2-1

Prior to their loss to the Ramblers on Saturday, the Trevians beat Highland Park (Ill.) and Deerfield (Ill.) by a combined margin of 35-1. New Trier has two more shots at Loyola in the regular season, including a rematch in less than a month on May 13. Previous: 1

3. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 9-0

The Golden Bears passed two big in-state tests, with a 7-3 win at New Albany and a 13-7 home victory over Sycamore, with another huge challenge looming against undefeated Mason on April 23. Sophomore Kampbell Stone continues to impress with three straight multi-goal performances, including a team-leading two goals against New Albany, followed by a hat trick against Sycamore. Previous: 3

4. Rockford (Mich.), 2-0

The Rams shook off any rust from their two-week break with an 18-6 victory over Forest Hills Central (Mich.). Six Rockford players scored, including five goals by Mackenzie Delacher, four by Chloe Dunham and three by Katie Rodriguez, and the Rams recorded 10 assists on their 14 goals that weren’t scored via free position. Previous: 4

5. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 7-0

The Pioneers had a productive end to the week, picking up four wins in just three days by a combined margin of 80-14. This week includes a rematch with Forest Hills Northern/Eastern (Mich.), which East Grand Rapids beat by nine earlier this season. Previous: 6

6. Carmel (Ind.), 6-0

The Greyhounds returned from spring break with a flourish with a 21-4 victory over Westfield (Ind.). Carmel’s dominant effort included winning 20 of 25 draws and eight different players recording goals, led by six from Maddie McGarty, four from Hannah Kim and three from Tori Tomalia. Julia Cherubini also was in on the attack with three assists. Previous: 8

7. Edina (Minn.), 1-0

The fun has begun in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” as the Hornets knocked off 2019 state champion Prior Lake in their opener. The Lakers jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Edina battled back to tie the score at 6 at the half, then took over the final two quarters. The Hornets were led by brilliant performances from Haley Reeck (five goals, six draw controls) and Cordelia Flemming (three goals, four draw controls). Previous: NR

8. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 1-0

The Eagles got off to a dominant start with a 23-1 victory over St. Michael-Albertville (Minn.). Expect interesting tests in early May when Edina visits Eden Prairie and the Eagles head to Chanhassen (Minn.) days later. Previous: 7

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

The 2019 state runner-up Red Devils begin play against York (Ill.) on Wednesday. They are led by the intelligent Charlotte Callahan (Yale), a versatile force in Annette Ciupek (Cal) and an aggressive, speedy player in Sophia Buzelis (Furman). Also watch for Avery Secola, a returning starter who brings a ton of upside and sizzling speed, and defensive specialist Elizabeth Farah. Previous: 9

10. Mason (Ohio), 7-0

The Comets have been dominant to start the season, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 127-31. That said, Mason's schedule is back-loaded with upcoming contests against Upper Arlington (April 23), Sycamore (April 29) and New Albany (May 1). Previous: NR

— Jonah Rosenblum

West Top 10

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

The Mustangs didn’t get on the field in 2020 after completing their second straight unbeaten season and wrapping up a fifth consecutive state in 2019, but they graduated just two players who would have started last year and most of the nine returners played big roles in the past. Thus, it doesn’t appear their reign in Colorado will end any time soon. When the Mustangs get on the field at the end of April, they’ll seek to build on a 48-game win streak behind players like senior midfielders Katharine Merrifield (Michigan) and Jessie Bakes (Brown), senior defenders Maya Rutherford (Michigan), Marin Bomgaars, Julia Hall and Rebecca Kerr (Denison), senior attackers Ella Freimuth and Kendall Smart and junior midfielder Maya Kendall (Darmouth). Previous: 1

2. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 9-0

The Wolves edged St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) in what could be their biggest test of the year, beating the Wildcats 12-11 on Thursday. Alannah Scott led with five goals and two assists, and Marin Ruh added three goals and one assist. SRV had a three-goal lead with just under four minutes left in the first half, but St. Ignatius trimmed it to one going into halftime and it remained close the rest of the game. The Wolves followed that with two lopsided wins over in-state foes Dougherty Valley and Miramonte. Previous: 2

3. Scripps Ranch (Calif.), 5-0

The Falcons handed Mater Dei (Calif.) its first loss, and it wasn’t even close. The Falcons took a six-goal lead into halftime and won 17-5. Next up is a match with No. 5 La Jolla (Calif.). Previous: 3

4. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 0-0

Despite their youth, the Bruins hope to make a run at a 23rd straight state final appearance this season as they chase their first state title since 2014. Cherry Creek only has a few seniors, but experience in the midfield, good team speed and an athletic new goalkeeper in freshman Charlotte Morton should help carry the team early on while young players adjust. Top returning players include junior midfielders Lily Assini (University of Colorado) and Emily Collins and senior attacker Sophia Hashimoto. Cherry Creek begins practices April 26. Previous: 4

5. La Jolla (Calif.), 3-0

The Vikings resumed play after a 19-day break, and there was no evidence of any rust. They beat Patrick Henry 17-2 on Wednesday with Terra Evans leading the offense with eight goals. La Jolla travels to Canyon Crest Academy on Tuesday before Friday’s top-10 matchup with Scripps Ranch. Previous: 5

6. Mercer Island (Wash.), 0-0

The Islanders won their 2019 state championship with several sophomores contributing, and now as seniors, they are hungry to defend that title two years later. Mercer Island didn’t get a chance to play any games before the 2020 season was canceled, and they anxiously await their opener May 4. Senior midfielders Annabelle Gersch and Hannah Tiscornia and senior attacker Emma Brodsky and junior attacker Molly Brodsky highlight the strength of the team. The Islanders welcome a new goalie and have gaps to fill in replacing two low defenders. Previous: 6

7. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 5-1

Since opening with a lopsided loss at La Jolla, the Falcons have won five straight, including a 15-6 victory over previously ranked and then-unbeaten Coronado (Calif.) as part of a three-game stretch last week. Junior attacker/midfielder Reese Loseke and freshman midfielder Laurel Gonzalez led the offense against Coronado with four goals and one assist each, while freshman Tatum Bryant added three goals. Previous: NR

8. Amador Valley (Calif.), 4-0

The Dons added wins against Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) and Granada (Calif.) last week. Fourteen players scored goals in a 19-0 rout of Granada, led by Celeste Murphy’s hat trick, and freshman goalie Marlowe Denny needed just one save to preserve the shutout. Kalena Johnson tallied a game-high four goals with one assist in a 16-8 victory over Monte Vista. Murphy and Victoria Frentz added three goals and one assist each. Previous: 8

9. Newbury Park (Calif.), 5-0

The Panthers are off to a strong start and enter the rankings ahead of a busy week that will include a matchup of current unbeatens when they host Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) on Saturday. In their only game last week, Newbury Park defeated Dos Pueblos (Calif.) 18-4. Senior midfielder Emma Ing (Oregon commit) was the top point scorer with six goals, bringing her total to 28 for the season, and junior goalie Daniella Guyette (Syracuse commit) had six saves. Guyette has a 65-percent save rate. Previous: NR

10. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 0-0

The Raiders would have returned eight starters from their 2019 state semifinalist squad last year, but that group played just one game before the season shut down. Now they have some holes to fill as they prepare for a return to the field next month. Regis Jesuit will be led by a dominant mid-line featuring four-year starters Cate Lord and Grace Weigand. Previous: 7

— Laurel Pfahler