Epoch/USL High School Girls' Players of the Week (May 23)

Kyla Sears, Reilly Casey, Griffin Gearhardt, Sophia King and Charlie Rudy earn this week's honors.

The Epoch/US Lacrosse Players of the Week are named each Tuesday to recognize the most outstanding individual performances in high school boys’  and girls’ lacrosse in each of the five regions — Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West — outlined in our high school coverage. Make it Epoch


Kyla Sears, Skaneateles (N.Y.)

The senior midfielder finished with five goals and four assists to power Skaneateles, a Class D school, to an 11-5 win over Class A Penfield. Sears missed time early in the season with a minor knee injury, but since she has returned, the Lakers have won eight straight. The Princeton recruit has scored 15 goals in three wins over state-ranked teams in the past two weeks.

Also notable: Jamie Ortega, Middle Country (N.Y.); Sarah Mackey, Garden City (N.Y.)

— Will Cleveland


Reilly Casey, Bishop Ireton (Va.)

The freshman came up huge for Bishop Ireton in the VISAA final, scoring three goals and assisting on four others as the Cardinals beat St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 9-8 in overtime. Casey not only had the best statistical performance, but also had a hand in the most crucial play. After Kayla Duperrouzel won the draw in overtime, Casey, a UNC commit, went to work behind the cage for a tense 90 seconds before finding Madison Mote on a cut for the winner.

Also notable: Alex Absey, Ridgewood (N.J.); Anna Callahan, Glenelg (Md.); Quinn Nicolai, Moorestown (N.J.); Ally Stanton, Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.)

— Laurel Pfahler


Griffin Gearhardt, Hutchison (Tenn.)

Gearhardt scored 13 goals and three assists in the TGLA Final Four to lead the Sting to their seventh straight championship. The senior scored five goals and had two assists in the title game, an 18-7 win over Harpeth Hall (Tenn.). She had eight goals and one assists in a 15-7 win over St. Mary’s in the semifinals.

Also notable: Sophie Baez, Milton (Ga.); Jennifer Buckley, Kell (Ga.); Cecelia Colombo, Charlotte Latin (N.C.); Mackenzie Driscoll, Blessed Trinity (Ga.); E.J. Fuller, Broughton (N.C.); Jordan Lappin, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.); Mary Markwordt, Blessed Trinity (Ga.); Hannah Perkins, Myers Park (N.C.); Jaclyn Perkins, Charlotte Country Day (N.C.); Elizabeth Robertson, Myers Park (N.C.); Alex Wall, Weddington (N.C.); Carter Williams, Charlotte Country Day (N.C.); Elizabeth Wilson, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)

— Aimee Ford Foster


Sophia King, New Trier (Ill.)

During the absence of Lucy Murray, King has risen for New Trier in recent games, highlighted by a nine-point performance on May 17 against Wheaton United (Ill.). That performance was coming off a four-goal, four-assist effort against Arrowhead (Wisc.) on May 13. King is committed to play at William & Mary. 

Also notable: Brennan Dwyer, Loyola Academy (Ill.); Anne Reed, Watterson (Ohio); Naomi Rogge, Eden Prairie (Minn.)

— Justin Boggs


Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.)

The junior scored nine goals to power the Hornets to a 22-10 win over West-ranked California High in the North Coast Section Division 1 championship. Rudy’s performance put her at 160 goals for the season, three more than any other player in the history of MaxPreps.com lacrosse stats. It also helped Novato three-peat as champions. Rudy, who had 119 goals last year, is committed to Colorado.

Also notable: Lauren Gilbert, Lake Oswego (Ore.); Eliza Radochonski, Cherry Creek (Colo.); Lauren Russell, Colorado Academy (Colo.); Sara Williams, Eastside Catholic (Wash.)

— Laurel Pfahler

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