USA Lacrosse High School Girls' Players of the Week


Molly McGuckin’s overtime goal gave Georgetown Visitation a 10-9 win over Bishop Ireton (Va.) on Wednesday.

The USA Lacrosse Players of the Week recognize the most outstanding individual performances in high school girls’ lacrosse in each of the five regions — Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West — outlined in our high school coverage.


Sydney Rathjen, South Side (N.Y.)

A three-sport standout at South Side, Rathjen is a big reason why the Cyclones have started the season 5-0. The Brown-bound attacker has already tallied 18 goals and nine assists for 27 points, making her one of Long Island’s top early season scorers. But it’s not just quantity for Rathjen. Her four goals and two assists in a 16-13 win over Wantagh were huge in upsetting a side that had just handed Manhasset its first loss of the season and is knocking on the door in the Northeast Top 10.

Also notable: Graham Straface, Nashoba (Mass.); Kayleigh Harden, New Canaan (Conn.); Erin Schaefer, Sayville (N.Y.); Kylie Budke, Mt. Sinai (N.Y.); Madison Taylor, Wantagh (N.Y.)

— Dylan Butler


Molly McGuckin, Georgetown Visitation (D.C.)

McGuckin’s overtime goal gave Georgetown Visitation a 10-9 win over Bishop Ireton (Va.) on Wednesday. It was the Yale-bound midfielder’s third goal of the game and kept the Cubs unbeaten this season. All three of their wins have come by one goal. McGuckin also had six draw controls, and she enabled Visi to win the battles for more second-half possession to help secure the win.

Also notable: Kate Galica, Conestoga (Pa.); Casey Phelps, Good Counsel (Md.); Lily Ramsey, Oak Knoll (N.J.); Dylan Silar, Moorestown (N.J.); Lauren Steer, St. Paul’s (Md.); Corey White, Stone Ridge (Md.)

— Justin Feil


Payton Wainman, American Heritage-Delray (Fla.)

Junior attacker Payton Wainman won a state championship with American Heritage-Delray last week, helping the Stallions to wins over Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) and Community School (Fla.). In the state semifinals, Wainman scored five goals, and in the state championship game, she recorded three goals and an assist. The Penn State recruit was American Heritage’s second-leading scorer in 2021 with 41 goals.

Also notable: Olivia Adamson, Lake Highland Prep (Fla.); Maddie Dora, Milton (Ga.); Alexa Vega, Vero Beach (Fla.); Ava Yovino, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)

— Justin Boggs

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


Maley Starr, Loyola Academy (Ill.)

Five goals against one defending state champion. Four goals against another. All in a day’s work for Starr, who certainly had a pleasant trip to the Mitten State with five goals against Rockford and four against East Grand Rapids. The Georgetown commit finished the week with 17 goals and 24 draw controls.

Also notable: Katie Rodriguez, Rockford (Mich.); Haley Reeck, Edina (Minn.); Ellie Lazzaretto, Loyola Academy (Ill.); Payton Bloedow, Prior Lake (Minn.); Kennedy Meier, New Trier (Ill.); Camryn Callaghan, Upper Arlington (Ohio)

Jonah Rosenblum


Natalie Anderson, Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.)

The senior attacker contributed five goals and four assists last week as the Knights beat El Dorado (Calif.) 18-1 and Edison (Calif.) 12-2. She especially stood out in the win against El Dorado, recording four goals and two assists. Her three points against Edison tied a game-high.

Also notable: Keighley Bosshardt, Cathedral Catholic (Calif.); Briley Volpp, Cathedral Catholic (Calif.); Micah Shin, Newbury Park (Calif.); Krissy Rael, Regis Jesuit (Colo.); Delaney Walsh, La Jolla (Calif.)

— Laurel Pfahler

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