Wellesley (Mass.) Breakthrough Lands It in Nike/USL HSG National Top 25

After losing in the sectional semifinals three straight seasons, Wellesley (Mass.) broke through in a big way. The previously unranked Raiders claimed their first Division 1 South championship and then kept on going — topping Longmeadow (Mass.) then topped previously unbeaten Walpole (Mass.) 7-5 en route to the Division 1 state championship.

Wellesley thus enters the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls’ National Top 25 at No. 22 and Northeast Top 10 at No. 10.

This is the final update of the season, which ends with Manhasset (N.Y.) at No. 1, followed by Notre Dame Prep (Md.), McDonogh (Md.), Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) and American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) in the top five.

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National Top 25





1 Manhasset (N.Y.) 20-1 1 Season complete (NYPHSAA-B champ)
2 Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 17-4 2 Season complete (IAAM-A champ)
3 McDonogh (Md.) 20-1 3 Season complete (IAAM-A runner-up)
4 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 19-2 4 Season complete (NYPHSAA-C champ)
5 American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) 23-1 5 Season complete (FHSAA champ)
6 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 17-2 6 Season complete (ISL-AA champ)
7 Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) 18-3 7 Season complete (NYPHSAA-A champ)
8 Novato (Calif.) 24-1 8 Season complete (CIF-NC champ)
9 Glenelg (Md.) 17-2 9 Season complete (MPSSAA-2A champ)
10 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 21-3 10 Season complete (VISAA/WCAC champ)
11 Moorestown (N.J.) 23-2 11 Season complete (TOC champ)
12 Penfield (N.Y.) 16-6 12 Season complete (NYPHSAA-A runner-up)
13 New Canaan (Conn.) 17-5 13 Season complete (CIAC-L champ)
14 Darien (Conn.) 19-3 14 Season complete (CIAC-L runner-up)
15 Glenelg Country (Md.) 12-5 15 Season complete
16 Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) 15-4 16 Season complete (NYPHSAA-B runner-up)
17 Holton Arms (Md.) 15-6 17 Season complete (ISL-AA runner-up)
18 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 26-4 18 Season complete (VISAA runner-up)
19 Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 18-2 19 Season complete
20 West Islip (N.Y.) 15-6 20 Season complete
21 Ridgewood (N.J.) 22-4 24 Season complete (TOC runner-up)
22 Wellesley (Mass.) 23-3 NR Season complete (MIAA-1 champ)
23 Massapequa (N.Y.) 12-5 22 Season complete
24 Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 14-3 23 Season complete
25 Garden City (N.Y.) 12-6 25 Season complete
Also considered (alphabetical order): Colorado Academy (Colo.), Good Counsel (Md.), Northport (N.Y.), Oak Knoll (N.J.), Pittsford (N.Y.), Summit (N.J.)

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 (Final)

1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 20-1

The Indians claimed the Class B state title with a 6-4 win over Brighton (N.Y.) on June 9. They finished the season on a 20-game winning streak after opening with a two-goal loss to Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.). Kelly Trotta led Manhasset’s attack this season, finishing with 54 goals and seven assists. Previous: 1

2. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 19-2

A year after going 9-9, the Seahawks claimed their first state title with an 18-3 win over Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.) in the Class C final on June 9. Sophie DeRosa paced CHS with 50 goals and 43 assists this season. Previous: 2

3. Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.), 18-3

The Brothers closed the season with 13 straight wins, beating Penfield (N.Y.) 10-5 to earn the Class A state championship on June 9. Olivia Penoyer (Virginia) capped a stellar career for the Brothers, finishing with 224 goals and 115 assists in five varsity seasons, including 73 goals and 22 assists as a senior. Previous: 3

4. Penfield (N.Y.), 16-6

The Patriots came on late in the season, winning 10 straight to claim the Section V Class A title, including knocking off previously unbeaten Pittsford (N.Y.) in the sectional semifinals. Penfield lost to CBA in the Class A state final on June 9. Junior Morgan Cox led the Patriots with 42 goals and 45 assists. Previous: 4

5. New Canaan (Conn.), 17-5

The Rams pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season en route to claiming the Class L state title, as they knocked off five-time state champion Darien (Conn.), 12-11, in the semifinals. New Canaan then coasted in the championship game, defeating Ridgefield (Conn.), 17-5 on June 9. Braeden Dial powered the Rams in the postseason, finishing with 23 goals and 15 assists in four state playoff games. Previous: 5

6. Darien (Conn.), 19-3

The Blue Wave saw their run of five straight state titles halted in the semifinals with a loss to New Canaan (Conn.) on June 5. It also snapped Darien’s run of 107 straight wins against in-state opponents. Previous: 6

7. Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), 15-4

Annie Steigerwald and Gemma Addonizio each scored three goals as F-M’s season come to an end with a 14-8 loss to top-ranked Manhasset (N.Y.) in the Class B state semifinals on June 8. Previous: 7

8. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 18-2

The Mustangs won the Suffolk County Class C title and then fell in the Long Island championship (state quarterfinals) by one goal to Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) on June 3. Meaghan Tyrrell led the Mustangs with 59 goals and 38 assists this season. Previous: 8

9. West Islip (N.Y.), 15-6

The Lions dropped a 13-8 decision to eventual champion Christian Brothers Academy in the Class A state semifinals on June 8. West Islip had handed Northport (N.Y.) its only loss in the Suffolk A title game and beat Massapequa (N.Y.) in double overtime in the Long Island championship. Previous: 9

10. Wellesley (Mass.), 23-3

After losing in the sectional semifinals three straight seasons, Wellesley broke through in a big way. The Raiders claimed their first Division 1 South championship and then kept on going. They held on for an 11-10 win over Longmeadow (Mass.) in the state semifinals, and then topped previously unbeaten Walpole (Mass.) 7-5 in the Division 1 state championship. Senior Caitlin Chicoski powered Wellesley with two goals and one assist in the final. After a mid-season three-game losing streak, the Raiders closed the season with 13 straight wins. Previous: NR

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10 (Final)

1. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 17-4

The Blazers became the first team other than McDonogh (Md.) to hold the No. 1 spot in the last nine years after they defeated the Eagles 10-8 in the IAAM championship game. Notre Dame ended a 17-game losing streak to McDonogh with the win. Previous: 1

2. McDonogh (Md.), 20-1

The Eagles’ amazing winning streak ended at 198 games with the loss to Notre Dame Prep. The streak began with a win over Winters Mill (Md.) on April 13, 2009 and surpassed the national record of 103 in 2014. McDonogh defeated teams from nine states, Washington, D.C., and Canada in that time.  Previous: 2

3. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 17-2

The Tigers won their first ISL AA championship with a 13-9 win over Holton-Arms (Md.). Jill Gollob and Katie Castiello each scored four goals in a game that began May 14 and had to be completed two days later because of bad weather. Previous: 3

4. Glenelg (Md.), 17-2

Sarah Cipolla scored three goals to lead the Gladiators to a 6-5 win over Hereford (Md.) in the the Class 2A championship. The win gave Glenelg its third consecutive state title. The Gladiators’ impressive season included a win over Bishop Ireton, the VISAA and WCAC champion. Previous: 4

5. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 21-3

Brianna Lantuh scored the game-winner in the fourth overtime as the Cardinals defeated St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 8-7 in the VISAA championship game. It marked their second straight VISAA championship and caps a season in which they also won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Previous: 5

6. Moorestown (N.J.), 23-2

Kacey Knobloch scored four goals and Robin Panzarella and Kayla Frank each scored three as the Quakers defeated Ridgewood (N.J.) 14-9 to win the Tournament of Champions. The victory was Moorestown’s first ToC title since 2014 and the program’s seventh overall. Previous: 6

7. Glenelg Country (Md.), 12-5

Five different players scored in the IAAM semifinal loss to Notre Dame Prep (Md.) to bring the Dragons’ season to a close. They defeated Notre Dame Prep in their first game of the season and also posted wins over St. Paul’s (Md.), Bryn Mawr (Md.) and Roland Park (Md.). Previous: 8

8. Holton-Arms (Md.), 15-6

The Panthers did something no other school has done in the last 21 years when they knocked St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) out of the ISL tournament. Holton-Arms finished as the runner-up to Georgetown Visitation. Previous: 9

9. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 26-4

After a 21-year reign as ISL champions came to an end, the Saints dropped their final game of the year, 8-7 in four overtimes, to Bishop Ireton in the VISAA Division I championship game. Previous: 10

10. Ridgewood (N.J.), 22-4

The Maroons finished the year as Group 4 champions and runner-up in the Tournament of Champions. Nicole Macolino led the team in scoring with 90 points, while Lillie Kloak tallied a team-high 63 goals and Caitlin Telesco posted a team-best 50 assists. Previous: 7

— Mike Loveday

South Top 10 (Final)

1. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 23-1

The Stallions claimed their first Florida High School Athletic Association state championship with a 10-7 win over Lake Highland Prep. Caitlyn Wurzburger finished the season with 105 goals and 114 assists. Previous: 1

2. Hutchison (Tenn.), 19-0

The Sting won their eighth consecutive Tennessee Girls Lacrosse Association state championship on Saturday, beating Ensworth 8-6. They got to the final with a 12-6 win over Harpeth Hall. In two games, Elizabeth Farnsworth had 11 goals, one assist, 10 draw controls and seven ground balls, and Jordan Groover had seven goals and five assists. Janessa Mai added three goals. Macy McCullough, Anna Field and goalie Anne Cater anchored the defense, which allowed just 5.4 goals per game this year. Previous: 2

3. Milton (Ga.), 19-5

The Eagles beat Lassiter 11-10 to win their 12th Georgia High School Association 6A-7A state championship and seventh in the last eight years. Brianna Carrasquillo led with five goals. Her final goal gave Milton an 11-8 lead with 8:25 to play. Lassiter rallied, but Milton won the last draw and maintained possession to close out the game. In the semifinals, the Eagles beat Walton 15-5 to set up the showdown with Lassiter in the title game. Erin Degnan had four goals, 12 draws won and two caused turnovers in the semifinal game, while Carrasquillo finished with four goals, three ground balls, two caused turnovers and 10 draw controls. Savannah Cosman added three goals. Previous: 4

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

The Raiders’ season ended with a 16-4 loss to No. 1-ranked American Heritage-Delray in an FHSAA regional championship game. Both of their losses this season were to American Heritage, which was ranked fifth in the country last week. Previous: 3

5. Lassiter (Ga.), 18-3

The Trojans pushed Milton, but fell 11-10 in the GHSA 6A-7A championship game. They cut the gap to one goal with 40 seconds left, but were unable to regain possession of the ball thereafter. In the semifinals, the Trojans beat Mill Creek 12-10 to reach the championship game. Previous: 5

6. Vero Beach (Fla.), 19-5

The Fighting Indians lost to No. 1 American Heritage-Delray 11-5 in the FHSAA state semifinals. The loss was the only in-state setback for Vero. Four of its five losses were to teams ranked in the national top 25. Previous: 6

7. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 18-3

The Crusaders beat Charlotte Catholic 14-8 to win their third consecutive North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championship. Grace Nelson was named the MVP with three goals and 11 draws, and Elizabeth Wilson finished with five goals. The Crusaders beat Ashley 19-7 in the semifinals to advance to the title game. Ella Reaves Vaughan led with six goals, and Grace New had five. Previous: 7

8. Hockaday School (Texas), 17-7

The Daisies picked up their first Texas Girls High School Lacrosse state title with an 18-16 win over No. 1-seeded Kinkaid in the final. Sixth-seeded Hockaday also beat the second and third seeds en route to the title, sending No. 3 The Woodlands home with a 16-7 loss in the opening round and then knocking off No. 2 Episcopal Dallas 12-11 in the semifinals. Previous: 8

9. Charlotte Catholic (N.C.), 14-5

The Cougars’ strong late-season run ended in the NCHSAA championship game with a 14-8 loss to No. 7 Cardinal Gibbons. The loss ended a five-game winning streak, which included games against the only other two teams to beat Catholic this season (Lake Norman and Weddington). The Cougars were down just 6-5 at the half against Gibbons, but couldn’t keep up in the second half. They beat R.J. Reynolds in the semifinal to advance to the title game. Previous: 9

10. Cambridge (Ga.), 16-5

The Bears beat North Gwinnett 17-8 in the second round of GHSA 6A-7A tournament play before suffering an 8-7, season-ending loss to Lassiter in the third round. Previous: 10

— Aimee Ford Foster

Midwest Top 10 (Final)

1. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 24-0

The Golden Bears earned their fourth straight Ohio Division I title after defeating New Albany (Ohio) 11-5 in the state final on June 2. Upper Arlington’s season also was highlighted by a win over New Trier (Ill.) on March 24. Brooke Smith led the Bears with 79 goals and 39 assists this season, while Lauren Farber had 66 goals and 17 assists. Previous: 1

2. Rockford (Mich.), 19-2

The Rams won a sixth straight state title with a 25-5 win over Brighton (Mich.) on June 9. Brooklyn Neumen led Rockford with 77 goals, 31 assists and 65 groundballs, while teammate MeKenzie Vander Molen added 54 goals, 31 assists and 34 groundballs. Previous: 2

3. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 18-5

The upset-minded Red Devils stunned Loyola Academy (Ill.) and New Trier (Ill.) en route to a state title. Lally Johnson had 47 goals and 47 assists to lead Hinsdale Central in total points for the season, while Jenna Collignon had a team-high 57 goals. Previous: 3

4. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 22-4

The Ramblers fell short of winning their 10th state title in a row after falling in the semifinals to Hinsdale Central (Ill.) on June 1, but they bounced back to beat Naperville North (Ill.) in the consolation game on June 2 to finish third. Loyola’s regular season was highlighted by wins over Rockford (Mich.), Eden Prairie (Minn.) and New Trier (Ill.). Riley Dolan led the squad with 65 goals and 22 assists. Previous: 4

5. New Trier (Ill.), 20-4

After advancing to the state final, the Trevians fell to Hinsdale Central (Ill.) on June 2 to finish as Illinois runners up. New Trier was led by Dartmouth recruit Lucy Murray, who finished the season with 83 goals and 52 assists. Previous: 5

6. Carmel (Ind.), 24-2

The Greyhounds won Indiana’s state title with a 13-6 win over Cathedral (Ind.) on June 2. Kelly Csenar led Carmel with 104 goals this season. Previous: 6

7. New Albany (Ohio), 21-2

The Eagles lost to Upper Arlington 11-5 in the state final on June 2. Emily Rezabek, an Ohio State recruit, was the team’s leading goal scorer with 65 tallies. Previous: 7

8. Cathedral (Ind.), 18-4

The Irish were unable to defend their 2017 state title, losing to Carmel (Ind.), 13-6, in the final June 2. Katherine Burnside had a state-leading 105 goals for the season. Previous: 8

9. Apple Valley (Minn.), 18-1

The Eagles concluded the 2018 campaign with an 11-10 win over three-time defending champion Eden Prairie (Minn.) on Saturday to claim their first state title and become just the third team to win a title since lacrosse became a state-sponsored sport in 2007. Apple Valley also picked up wins last week over Maple Grove (Minn.) and Blake School (Minn.) en route to the state final. Reagan Roelofs had a 13-goal week, including three against Eden Prairie, while Molly Moynihan scored nine goals for the week with three in the win over Eden Prairie. Previous: 10

10. MICDS (Mo.), 19-2

The Rams won their fifth state title in six years on May 26, defeating Marquette 20-7. Mollie Schmid led MICDS with 66 goals and 45 assists. Previous: NR

— Justin Boggs

West Top 10 (Final)

1. Novato (Calif.), 24-1

Charlie Rudy tallied seven goals and Jamie Level scored five times as the Hornets collected their fourth straight North Coast Section title with a 13-9 win over Oak Ridge (Calif.) on Thursday. It was the closest an in-state opponent played them all season. Novato, which loses eight seniors to graduation, beat California High 22-9 in the semifinals. The team’s lone loss was to then national-No. 1 McDonogh (Md.). Previous: 1

2. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 18-0

The Mustangs have a shot at a fourth straight state title after beating Denver East 11-7 in the semifinals Saturday. Katherine Merrifield (four goals), Lauren Russell (three goals) and Eleanor Greene (two goals) led the offense. Colorado, which beat Arapahoe 7-5 in the quarterfinals last week, meets Cherry Creek in the final for a fourth consecutive time Wednesday and seeks its fifth overall title.  Previous: 2

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 18-0

The top-seeded Bruins get another crack at Colorado after finishing runner-up to the Mustangs the past three years. Cherry Creek marched into Wednesday’s title game with an 11-6 win over Chaparral in the semifinals and a 16-9 win over Grandview in the quarterfinals last week. Isabel Anema led all scorers with four goals against Chaparral, while Katie Collins and Hali Sibilia added three and two goals, respectively. Previous: 3

4. Bainbridge Island (Wash.), 16-0

The Spartans capped a perfect season with a 10-9 win over Mercer Island in the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association state final. Kendall Havill finished with four goals and two assists to power the offense, which was helped by Mackenzie Chapman’s six draw controls and four ground balls. Bainbridge had finished as the runners up last year following a perfect regular season. Previous: 4 

5. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 18-1

After a first-round bye in the OGLA playoffs, the Lakers opened the postseason with a 17-6 win over Oregon Episcopal on Thursday. Carlie Leach led with five goals and one assist, Katie Freeman had three goals and two assists and Katy Gilbert added four goals. Lake Oswego, which is looking for a third straight state title, was set to meet Hood River Valley in the semifinals Monday. Previous: 5

6. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 21-2

The Falcons picked up their third straight San Diego Section Open Division title with a 10-5 win over rival La Costa Canyon. The two teams had split games during the regular season with the Mavericks winning the first matchup March 7. All three meetings had the exact same score. Torrey Pines’ only other loss was to Potomac (Va.) in March. Previous: 6

7. St. Margaret’s (Calif.), 18-1

The Tartans beat two-time defending Southern Section champion Mater Dei 14-9 to claim the program’s first U.S. Lacrosse Orange County championship since 2008. That proved to be the biggest hurdle en route to securing the Southern Section title, as they beat Redondo Union 17-6 in the final. Cailin Young was named the tournament’s MVP. The team’s lone loss was to Novato. Previous: 7

8. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 19-4

The Mavericks beat Coronado and La Jolla to reach the CIF San Diego Section Open Division championship but couldn’t win a rubber match with Torrey Pines in the final. LCC trailed by four at the half and couldn’t close the gap. The Mavs’ other two losses were both one-goal games, including a 9-8 loss to Potomac (Va.). Previous: 7 

9. Oak Ridge (Calif.), 21-2

The Trojans finally broke through to the North Coast Section final after losing in the semifinals the last two seasons, but they still couldn’t beat the team that had knocked them out both times. They finished runners up to Novato with a 13-9 loss in the title game. Oak Ridge had survived a 14-13 battle with San Ramon Valley in the semifinals earlier last week, as Aly De Caro put in the game-winning goal with 90 seconds left. It was her fourth goal of the game. Bri Gross and Emma Reed each had five goals, with Gross adding three assists and Reed recording two assists. Ashley Laing made nine saves, including a late one to preserve the win. Previous: 9

10. Chaparral (Colo.), 15-3

The Wolverines’ season ended in the state semifinals with a loss to Cherry Creek on Saturday, but they avenged their lone regular-season in-state loss in the quarterfinals. Chaparral beat Regis Jesuit 12-11 in overtime May 15 to advance to the final four behind Hannah Mill’s six goals. The Wolverines’ only other defeat came at the hands of Sacred Heart (N.Y.) on April 7. Previous: NR

— Laurel Pfahler