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Bishop Ireton Cracks Top 10 in Nike/US Lacrosse HS Girls' National Top 25


The WCAC champion Bishop Ireton became the Virginia independent schools (VISAA) champion, avenging last year’s loss to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) with a 9-8 overtime win in the finals rematch Sunday to finish the season on a 13-game winning streak.

Just one new team cracked the the Top 25 this week: Middle Country (N.Y.), which recorded a 16-9 win over previously-ranked Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.).

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National Top 25

 
May 23, 2017

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1 McDonogh (Md.) 22-0 1 Season Complete (IAAM champion)
2 Ridgewood (N.J.) 19-0 2 5/23 vs. Ridge (N.J.)
3 Garden City (N.Y.) 16-1 3 5/31 vs. Long Beach (N.Y.)
4 Glenelg (Md.) 19-0 4 5/23 vs. C.M. Wright (Md.)
5 Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 19-3 5 Season Complete (IAAM runner-up)
6 Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 13-2 7 5/25 vs. Westhampton (N.Y.) or Sayville (N.Y.)
7 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 19-5 14 Season Complete (WCAC champion/VISAA champion)
8 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 27-2 6 Season Complete (ISL champion/VISAA runner-up)
9 Brighton (N.Y.) 16-0 8 5/24 vs. Irondequoit (N.Y.)
10 Darien (Conn.) 14-3 9 5/24 vs. Ridgefield (Conn.)
11 Oak Knoll (N.J.) 17-4 10 5/25 vs. Glen Ridge (N.J.)
12 Summit (N.J.) 16-2 11 5/25 vs. Chatham (N.J.)
13 Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 16-1 12 5/23 vs. Westfield (N.J.)
14 Moorestown (N.J.) 18-2 13 5/25 vs. Seneca (N.J.)
15 Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 13-2 15 5/25 vs. Comsewogue (N.Y.) or Harborfields (N.Y.)
16 Pittsford (N.Y.) 15-1 16 5/27 vs. Fairport (N.Y.)
17 Ward Melville (N.Y.) 17-0 17 5/24 vs. Northport (N.Y.) or Smithtown West (N.Y.)
18 Milton (Ga.) 17-4 20 Season Complete (GHSA 6A/7A champion)
19 Loyola Academy (Ill.) 25-2 22 5/24 vs. TBD
20 Skaneateles (N.Y.) 11-4 18 5/23 vs. Cazenovia (N.Y.)
21 Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) 12-3 19 5/25 vs. Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) or Miller Place (N.Y.)
22 Middle Country (N.Y.) 14-3 NR 5/24 vs. Smithtown East (N.Y.) or Riverhead (N.Y.)
23 West Genesee (N.Y.) 13-3 23 5/25 vs. Baldwinsville (N.Y.) or Liverpool (N.Y.)
24 Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 13-4 24 Season Complete
25 Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) 12-3 21 5/23 vs. Miller Place (N.Y.)
Also considered: Agnes Irwin (Pa.), Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), Conestoga (Pa.), Episcopal Academy (Pa.), Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), Lawrenceville (N.J.), Severna Park (Md.), St. Anthony's (N.Y.)







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Northeast Top 10

1. Garden City (N.Y.), 16-1

Sarah Mackey finished with three goals and one assist and Jenn Medjod added two goals and two assists to lead the top-seeded Trojans to a 17-1 win over New Hyde Park (N.Y.) in the Nassau County Class B quarterfinals. Garden City then beat Calhoun (N.Y.) in the semifinals Monday to advance to the final May 31. Previous: 1

2. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 13-2

The Mustangs were idle last week. They open postseason play Thursday in the Suffolk County Class C semifinals against the winner of the Westhampton (N.Y.) versus Sayville (N.Y.) quarterfinal matchup. Previous: 2

3. Brighton (N.Y.), 16-0

Brighton capped a perfect regular season with wins over Churchville-Chili (N.Y.), 7-2, and Spencerport (N.Y.), 8-6. Freshman Katie Lederman finished with two goals and one assist in the Spencerport win. The Barons host Irondequoit (N.Y.) Tuesday in the Section V (Rochester area) Class B quarterfinals. Previous: 3

4. Darien (Conn.), 14-3

The Blue Wave opened postseason play with a 23-4 win over Staples (Conn.) in the FCIAC semifinals Monday. They advance to the championship game Wednesday against Ridgefield (Conn.). Previous: 4

5. Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 13-2

The Sharks were idle last week but begin postseason play in the Suffolk County Class B semifinals Thursday against the winner of the Comsewogue (N.Y.) versus Harborfields (N.Y.) quarterfinal. E-SM topped those two teams in April by a combined score of 29-8. Previous: 5

6. Pittsford (N.Y.), 15-1

The Panthers closed out a dominant regular season with a 13-1 win over Irondequoit (N.Y.), as nine players scored goals. Top-seeded Pittsford plays fourth-seeded Fairport (N.Y.) in the Section V (Rochester area) Class  A semifinals Saturday. Pittsford edged Fairport, 6-5, in double overtime on April 3. Previous: 6

7. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 17-0

After a week off from action, the Patriots resumed play Monday with an 11-9 win over West Islip (N.Y.) in the Suffolk County Class A quarterfinals. Ward Melville had topped the Lions, 15-9, earlier this month. The Patriots face Northport (N.Y.) or Smithtown West (N.Y.) in the semifinals Wednesday. Previous: 7

8. Skaneateles (N.Y.), 11-4

Six players scored to lead Skaneateles to an 11-5 win over Penfield (N.Y.) to close out the regular season. The Lakers face Cazenovia (N.Y.) in the Section III (Syracuse area) Class C quarterfinals Tuesday. Previous: 8

9. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 12-3

The Phantoms were off last week but open postseason play Thursday in the Suffolk County Class C semifinals. They will face the winner of Tuesday’s first-round game between Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) and Miller Place (N.Y.). Previous: 9

10. Middle Country (N.Y.), 14-3

The Wolverines move into the rankings for the first time this season. Senior Jamie Ortega (North Carolina), considered the top lacrosse recruit in the country, capped a monster regular season with six goals and two assists in a 16-9 win over previously-ranked Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.). Ortega now has 77 goals and 33 assists this season. Middle Country beat Sachem North (N.Y.) 9-5 in the Suffolk County Class A quarterfinals Monday. Previous: NR

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. McDonogh (Md.), 22-0

The Eagles’ unprecedented streak lives on as they finished an eighth straight perfect season with another IAAM title. McDonogh beat Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 12-9 in the final for their 177th consecutive win in all. Previous: 1

2. Ridgewood (N.J.), 19-0 

Alex Absey scored four goals and assisted another and Hannah Cermack tallied three goals with five assists to lead the Maroons to a 21-0 win over Livingston (N.J.) in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 tournament on Friday. Ridgewood plays Ridge (N.J.) in the semifinals Tuesday. Previous: 2 

3. Glenelg (Md.), 19-0

The defending champion Gladiators are back in the Maryland 3A/2A final after dominating 24-2 win over Oakdale (Md.), who they beat last year to claim their first state title in eight years. Anna Callahan recorded five goals and two assists, Courtney Renehan had five goals, Alayna Pagnotta netted four goals with one assist and Georgia Esmond added two goals and three assists.  Glenelg meets C.M. Wright in the championship Tuesday. Previous: 3

4. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 19-3

The Blazers put their best foot forward on the biggest stage but still couldn’t catch top-ranked McDonogh in an anticipated rematch. They fell, 12-9, in the IAAM championship. Their only other loss was against Glenelg on April 15. Previous: 4

5.  Bishop Ireton (Va.), 19-5

The WCAC champion Cardinals added a Virginia independent schools (VISAA) title to their résumé, avenging last year’s loss to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) with a 9-8 overtime win in the finals rematch Sunday. Amelia Cole made a save with four seconds left to send the game to overtime, where Reilly Casey fed Madison Mote on a cut for the game-winner. Bishop Ireton closed the season on a 13-game winning streak, which included victories against nationally-ranked Milton (Ga.) and Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.). Previous: 10

6. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 27-2

The ISL champion Saints couldn’t repeat as VISAA champions, falling short of Bishop Ireton in the final. Their only other loss was to Notre Dame Prep (Md.) on April 21. Previous: 5

7. Oak Knoll (N.J.), 17-4

Claire Galvin and Ali Baiocco each finished with four goals and an assist as the top-seeded Royals cruised to a 15-1 win over Kent Place (N.J.) in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament Thursday. Oak Knoll then moved on Thursday’s group championship with an 18-9 win over New Providence on Monday. Previous: 6

8. Summit (N.J.), 16-2

The Hilltoppers shut out Cranford (N.J.), 15-0, in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 quarterfinals Thursday, then followed with a 14-3 win over Roxbury (N.J.) in the semifinals Monday. Emily Paytas had two goals and an assist and Maddie Collins needed just two saves to preserve the shutout against Cranford. Previous: 7

9. Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 16-1

Ally Stanton tallied three goals and three assists in an 18-3 win over Watchung Hills (N.J.) to send the Panthers into the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 semifinals, where they meet Westfield (N.J.) on Tuesday. Tristin Konen added a hat trick and five others collected three points or more. Previous: 8

10. Moorestown (N.J.), 18-2

The Quakers posted their first shutout of the season and Quinn Nicolai scored her 200th career goal in a 19-0 win over Lacey (N.J.) in the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 3 quarterfinals Thursday. Nicolai, who had two scores for the game, is the fourth Moorestown player to hit the milestone in the last 27 years. The Quakers advanced to Thursday’s group final with another easy win over Mainland (N.J.) on Monday. Previous: 9

— Laurel Pfahler




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The Wolverines move into the rankings for the first time this season thanks to senior Jamie Ortega (North Carolina), considered the top lacrosse recruit in the country.


South Top 10

1. Milton (Ga.), 19-4

Milton reclaimed the GHSA 6A/7A state championship with a convincing 13-4 win over Cambridge (Ga.). It is the 11th title overall for the Eagles, who finished as the state runner-up last year. Sophie Baez led the team with five goals. Milton reached the title game by handing North Gwinnett its second loss of the season. The Eagles scored the first 11 goals of the game in the 16-3 win, and Lexie Morton finished with five goals, all in the first half, while Hannah Demis added four scores. Previous: 1

2. Hutchison (Tenn.), 20-1

The Sting won their seventh consecutive TGLA championship, beating Harpeth Hall (Tenn.) 18-7. Griffin Gearhardt had five goals and two assists, and Elizabeth Farnsworth added four goals, three assists and seven draw controls. Janessa Mai scored three goals. The Sting advanced to the final with a 15-7 win over St. Mary’s in the semifinals. Gearhardt had six goals in that win. Previous 2

3. Bishop Moore (Fla.), 20-4

The Hornets beat St. Thomas Aquinas in double overtime to claim their first FHSAA state title and complete their season. They had lost to STA earlier in the season. Previous: 3

4. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 18-2

The Raiders were the Florida state runners-up after falling to Bishop Moore in the final to end a 16-game win streak. Their only other loss was against American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) in the third game of the season – one they avenged with an overtime win in the final stage before the state semifinals. Previous: 4

5. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 19-2

The Crusaders beat Myers Park (N.C.) 19-12 to win their second consecutive NCHSAA state championship. Elizabeth Wilson led with five goals, including two in the first five minutes when the Crusaders sprinted to a 5-0 lead. Myers Park rallied and kept it close, but never led. The Crusaders beat Broughton 20-3 in the semifinals to advance to the title game, as Jordan Lappin led with seven goals and an assist, Grace Nelson had four goals and Sarah Boney chipped in six groundballs and three interceptions. Previous: 8

6. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 19-1

The Stallions suffered their only loss of the season in the third round of the Florida state playoffs, losing to St. Thomas Aquinas. Freshman Caitlyn Wurzburger finished the season with 101 goals and 117 assists. Previous: 5  

7. Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), 20-2

The Eagles capped an impressive season by winning their first Texas state championship. They avenged their only in-state loss by beating Hockaday (Texas) in the final. Previous: 6

8. North Gwinnett (Ga.), 20-2

The Bulldogs’ dream season ended with a 16-3 loss to top-ranked Milton in the GHSA 6A/7A semifinals. It was their first appearance in the state final four and their only other loss this year was a one-goal decision against Northview (Ga.). Previous: 7 

9. Blessed Trinity (Ga.), 19-3

The Titans beat Kell (Ga.) 11-9 to win their second consecutive GHSA 1-5A state championship. Mary Markwordt led the team with four goals and two assists, Elise Hammelrath added three goals and Mackenzie Driscoll had 12 saves. Blessed Trinity went up 2-0 and then 4-2, a lead they never surrendered even though Kell scored the final three goals of the game. Previous: NR

10. Barron Collier (Fla.), 20-2

The Cougars’ season ended in the Florida state semifinals, but they took a huge step in getting to the Final Four. For the first time in program history, they beat perennial road block Vero Beach in the regional final. Previous: 10

— Aimee Ford Foster

Midwest Top 10

1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 25-2

The Ramblers started their state tournament run with a 17-0 win against Palatine (Ill.) on Wednesday. Loyola then stepped away from postseason play to defeat Eden Prairie (Minn.) 11-7 on Saturday. Brennan Dwyer scored nine goals in two games last week, while teammates Madison Kane and Gracie Clark each notched a hat trick. Loyola won its sectional final Monday, 19-3, over Saint Viator (Ill.) Previous: 1

2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 15-2

After a two-week layoff, the Golden Bears began postseason play with a 21-0 win over Dublin Scioto (Ohio) on Friday. Brenna Smith and Anna Schildmeyer each had four tallies. Upper Arlington next takes on Watterson (Ohio) on Tuesday in the regional semifinals. Previous: 2

3. Rockford (Mich.), 15-2

The Rams have enjoyed a week off after a 20-7 win over East Grand Rapids (Mich.) on May 15. Brooklyn Neumen had a nine-point contest, while teammate Karrington Vander Molen scored six goals against East Grand Rapids. Rockford begins postseason play Wednesday against Holland-West Ottawa (Mich.). Previous: 3

4. Massillon Jackson (Ohio), 18-0

The Polar Bears won their 18th game in a row with their 14-0 victory over Mentor (Ohio) in the state tournament Friday. Julia Hartnett turned in a five-goal effort to power the attack. Jackson hosts Uniontown Green (Ohio) in the regional semifinals Tuesday. Previous: 4

5. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 11-1

After starting the season 11-0 with a 19-1 win over Minnetonka (Minn.) on Friday, the Eagles lost to Loyola Academy (Ill.), 11-7, on Saturday. Naomi Rogge scored 10 goals last week, including six against Minnetonka. Eden Prairie concludes the regular season Thursday against the Blake School (Minn.). Previous: 5

6. New Trier (Ill.), 20-3

The Trevians, who have been without top playmaker Lucy Murray, led off postseason play with a 20-2 win over Wheaton United (Ill.). Sophia King has stepped up in recent games and had a nine-point performance in that win. New Trier then beat Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) 19-3 in a sectional final Monday. Previous: 6

7. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 14-5

The Red Devils won their postseason opener on May 16 with a 17-5 win over O’Fallon (Ill.), as Jenna Collignon scored a hat trick. Hinsdale Central then beat Fenwick (Ill.) 19-3 in a sectional final Monday to advance to Wednesday’s Super Regional round. Previous: 8

8. Hudson (Ohio), 15-2

The Explorers won their first two games of the postseason by defeating Solon (Ohio) 21-1 on May 16 and North Canton Hoover (Ohio) 17-3 on Friday. Corinne Hunt was Hudson’s top scorer against North Canton Hoover with four goals. Previous: 9

9. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.), 12-4-1

The Cougars kicked off the postseason on Thursday with a 20-0 shutout of Northview (Mich.). Catholic Central continues postseason play Wednesday against Grand Rapids Christian (Mich.). Previous: 7

10. Cathedral (Ind.), 14-1

The Irish won their postseason opener against Castle (Ind.) by a 20-4 margin Friday. Cathedral next plays Warren Central (Ind.) on Wednesday. Previous: 10​

— Justin Boggs

West Top 10

1. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 23-0

The Falcons beat Poway 15-5 to claim the CIF San Diego Section Open Division championship and cap their first perfect season. Kelly McKinnon led the team with more than 90 goals this season, as Torrey Pines led the state with 15.04 goals per game and a 9.38 average goal differential. Previous: 1 

2. Novato (Calif.), 25-1

The Hornets three-peated as North Coast Section Division 1 champions in impressive fashion, beating California High 22-10 in the final Thursday. Charlie Rudy (Colorado) scored nine goals to reach 160 for the season, while Allie Level added four goals, two assists and six draw controls and Jamie Level chipped in four goals and 13 draw controls. Katie McGrath finished with eight saves. Previous: 2 

3. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 16-2

The two-time defending state champion Mustangs topped Dakota Ridge (Colo.) 17-10 in the quarterfinals Wednesday, then moved on to the title game with a 15-3 victory over Arapahoe (Colo.) on Saturday. Lauren Russell scored three of her four goals in the first 10 minutes and seven other players scored for Colorado. Previous: 3  

4. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) 10-6

The Wildcats ended a tough season on a high note, cruising to a 14-6 win over former No. 5 California High (Calif.) on May 2. Three of their losses came against teams that have been nationally-ranked this season and two others were against the No. 2 and 3 teams in the West. St. Ignatius has no postseason, as the West Bay Athletic League disbanded for girls’ lacrosse and the Central Coast Section offers no tournament. Previous: 4

5. California High (Calif.), 18-4

The Grizzlies beat San Ramon Valley (Calif.) 20-11 in the North Coast Section Division I semifinals but couldn’t keep up with Novato in the final. Marissa Leonardi tied the game at 2-2 five minutes into the final but the Hornets scored 10 of the next 12 to grab a big lead they wouldn’t lose. Leonardi, Isabella McHugh and Ashley Ward all finished with three goals apiece. Previous: 5

6. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 19-2

The Lakers have a chance to repeat as state champions after topping Wilsonville (Ore.) 11-6 in the OGLA semifinals Friday. They beat St. Mary’s Academy (Ore.) 21-8 in the quarterfinals to begin their postseason, as Lauren Gilbert posted six goals and three assists and Carlie Leach added five goals and two assists. Oswego meets Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) in the final Thursday. Previous: 6

7. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-3

The Bruins have a shot to avenge the last two years’ state final losses to Colorado Academy after advancing to their 20th straight title game with an 8-5 win over Denver East (Colo.) in the semifinals. Eliza Radochonski led the way with four goals. Cherry Creek, which leads the state with 10 championships, lost to the Mustangs 9-8 in last year’s final and fell 8-3 in 2015. The rematch is set for Wednesday. Previous: 8

8. Mater Dei (Calif.), 16-5

After beating Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) 13-9 in the Orange County final, the Monarchs rolled to a 21-11 win over Redondo to repeat as CIF Southern Section champions. Grace Houser (California) led the team with 90 goals and 23 assists this season. Previous: 9

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 15-3

The Crusaders avenged their two in-state losses in the Final Four to repeat as state champions. After beating Issaquah (Wash.) 15-11 in the semifinals, they topped previously unbeaten Bainbridge Island (Wash.), 16-11, in the championship Friday. Carlin Reilly led all scorers with five goals and seven draw controls and Sara Williams earned MVP with 13 saves. Previous: NR

10. Menlo (Calif.), 17-2

The Knights claimed the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division tournament championship with an 8-3 win over Menlo-Atherton (Calif.) after knocking out Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) 13-7 in the semifinals. Previous: 10

— Laurel Pfahler