Brine/USL High School Girls' Players of the Week (May 8)

Smith tallied three goals and one important assist to lead Mater Dei (Calif.) to an 11-10 overtime win over Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).

The Brine/US Lacrosse Players of the Week are named each Tuesday to 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.


Maria Henwood, Baldwinsville (N.Y.)

Henwood, a senior, scored with 1:53 left in overtime to deliver a 14-13 win over previously unbeaten Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.). She finished with two goals for the Bees, who used a 7-3 run to tie the game by the end of regulation. Henwood is headed to Wagner College.

Also notable: Meaghan Tyrrell, Mount Sinai (N.Y.); Olivia Carner, Northport (N.Y.)

— Will Cleveland


Julia Hoffman, McDonogh (Md.)

Hoffman scored eight goals and had two assists in two Eagles’ wins last week. Her third goal of the week came 2:24 into overtime against Notre Dame Prep (Md.) to give McDonogh the 11-10 win and keep their nation-best winning streak intact.

Also notable: Hannah Mardiney, Notre Dame Prep (Md.); Caitlynn Mossman, Notre Dame Prep (Md.); Kennon Moon, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.); Reilly Casey, Bishop Ireton (Va.); Cat Roxas, Ridgewood (N.J.)

— Mike Loveday


Carly Steinlauf, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)

The senior had one her best games of the season in a regional quarterfinal win over Ransom Everglades, racking up seven goals and five assists. Steinlauf tied her season high for goals and set a season high for points. She had one goal in St. Thomas’s season-ending loss to American-Heritage Delray to finish the season with 76 goals and 46 assists.

Also notable: Ainsley Thurston, Lake Highland Prep (Fla.); Aubire Valvo, Hillgrove (Ga.); Katie Williams, Hagerty (Fla.); Mason Yonge, Oak Hall (Fla.); Caitlyn Wurzburger, American Heritage-Delray (Fla.); Savannah Cosman, Milton (Ga.); Gabby Sposato, Vero Beach (Fla.)

— Aimee Ford Foster


Brooke Smith, Upper Arlington (Ohio)

Smith has emerged as one of the leaders of Upper Arlington’s star-studded senior class. She scored 10 goals last week over two games, highlighted by a five-goal effort against previously unbeaten New Albany (Ohio). She also scored five times against Summit Country Day (Ohio) last week.

Also notable: Katherine Burnside, Cathedral (Ind.); Tariyah King, Bosse (Ind.); Brooke Lewis, Eden Prairie (Minn.)

— Justin Boggs


Peyton Smith, Mater Dei (Calif.)

Smith tallied three goals and one important assist to lead Mater Dei to an 11-10 overtime win over Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) and send the Monarchs to the Southern Section Orange County final. With the season on the line, Smith found Anna Rolfes wide open on a free position, and Rolfes buried it for the game-winner. Two-time defending champion Mater Dei faces St. Margaret’s in the final Wednesday.

Also notable: Jessie Bakes, Colorado Academy (Colo.); Mackenzie Chapman, Bainbridge Island (Wash.); Katie Collins, Cherry Creek (Colo.); Niki Miles, St. Margaret’s (Calif.); Rylee Sutherland, Lake Oswego (Ore.)

— Laurel Pfahler

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