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Notre Dame Prep Climbing Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls' Top 25


Notre Dame Prep (Md.) is making its climb. The Blazers have gone from No. 24 to No. 19 in the latest update in the Nike / US Lacrosse High School Girls’ National Top 25.

After two convincing wins, Notre Dame remained unbeaten with a hard-fought 6-4 win over Glenelg (Md.) on March 27 before a long break from games. Notre Dame is loaded with Division 1 commitments. Among their seniors are Nancy Halleron (Vanderbilt), Kate Tomick (St. Joe’s), Brynn Hepting (Hofstra), Annie Marshall (Johns Hopkins), Haley Burns (Fairfield), Halley Koras (Towson), Kailey Pelkey (USC), Ella Colimore (Denver) and Caroline Colimore (Denver). Notre Dame returns to action April 12 against Gerstell.

Elsewhere in the Top 25, Penn Charter (Pa.) joins the fray after a 2-0 start to the season.

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National Top 25

 
April 6, 2021

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1 McDonogh (Md.) 5-0 1
2 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 0-0 2
3 Manhasset (N.Y.) 0-0 3
4 Garden City (N.Y.) 0-0 4
5 Oak Knoll (N.J.) 0-0 5
6 Darien (Conn.) 0-0 6
7 Northport (N.Y.) 0-0 7
8 Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 0-0 8
9 Conestoga (Pa.) 2-0 9
10 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) 0-0 10
11 Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 0-0 11
12 St. Paul's (Md.) 3-0 12
13 Moorestown (N.J.) 0-0 13
14 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 0-0 14
15 Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) 0-0 15
16 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 0-0 16
17 Stone Ridge (Md.) 0-0 17
18 Severna Park (Md.) 0-0 18
19 Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 3-0 24
20 Milton (Ga.) 11-0 21
21 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 0-0 22
22 Sacred Heart (N.Y.) 0-0 23
23 Glenelg (Md.) 3-1 25
24 Smithtown East (N.Y.) 0-0 NR
25 Penn Charter (Pa.) 2-0 NR
Also considered (alphabetical order): Baldwinsville (N.Y.), Bryn Mawr (Md.), Colorado Academy, Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), Garnet Valley (Pa.), Good Counsel (Md.), New Canaan (Conn.), Pittsford (N.Y.), Radnor (Pa.), Ridgewood (N.J.), Wantagh (N.Y.), West Babylon (N.Y.)







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

Note: While this is the first in-season update to the Top 25, many teams in the Northeast have yet to begin play. The below breakdowns are based off preseason projections.

1. Manhasset (N.Y.)

The Indians are loaded and should again contend for a Long Island championship (if the game is played this spring). The perennial powerhouse is guided by one of the region’s best attacking tandems in seniors Emma LoPinto (Florida) and Grace Gately, a Villanova commit who had 40 goals and 25 assists as a sophomore.

2. Garden City (N.Y.)

Dave Ettinger has the unenviable task of replacing a legend in Diane Chapman as head coach, but Ettinger, who also heads the Garden City football team, has plenty of high-end talent to help him ease into the position. That includes senior Yale-bound midfielder/attacker Alex Hopkins and senior attacker Sydney Pappas (Villanova), who had 30 goals as a sophomore.

3. Darien (Conn.)

Senior captains Kate Bellissimo (Stanford), Shannon Dahlquist (Yale) and Nelle Kniffin (Colgate), along with junior goaltender Shea Dolce, provide a solid base for another loaded Blue Wave team. Darien’s roster also returns juniors Molly McGuckin and Ceci Stein (Michigan) from the 2019 Class L state title team, their sixth in the last seven years. Sophomore attack Chloe Humphrey is another to watch for Lisa Lindley’s squad.

4. Northport (N.Y.)

The 2019 season was memorable as Northport captured the New York State Class A title for the first time since 2011, and longtime coach Carol Rainson-Rose was named the 2018-19 Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year by the NFHS. While the Tigers graduated several key cogs from that team, they have one of the region’s most lethal scorers in junior attacker Kaylie Mackiewicz (Duke) to lead the charge.

5. Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.)

Eastport-South Manor is another defending New York State champion, capturing the Class B title in 2019. Back from that 19-1 squad is senior goalie Katie Vahle (Arizona State) and two-way senior midfielder Celeste Forte, who committed to Florida.

6. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)

The Friars’ lone loss two years ago came to Cold Spring Harbor by one goal, but St. Anthony’s capped its “Redemption Tour” by winning the CHSAA Class AA title. Michigan-bound senior Erin O’Grady is one of Long Island’s top goalies.

7. Mt. Sinai (N.Y.)

Maryland-bound senior Emily Lamparter is arguably the best goalie on Long Island. She’s joined by Molly Laforge, a senior midfielder who committed to Stony Brook, and seniors Amanda Dowler (LIU) and Christina Mastrorocco (Binghamton) as the veteran core of Al Bertolone’s stacked squad. Mt. Sinai also features future Division I defenders in juniors Alexa Carranante (Pitt), Delilah Mile (Albany) and Jordan DeBlasio (Syracuse).

8. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.)

The Miller last name at BBP is synonymous with girls’ lacrosse greatness, with alum Kerrigan Miller tearing it up at North Carolina after sister MacKenzie Miller was a standout at Belmont Abbey. The next in line is Maddigan Miller, a Stanford-bound senior who had 26 goals and six assists as a sophomore. The Phantoms finished 15-3 in 2019.

9. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)

Although several players graduated from the team that won back-to-back New York State Class C titles, Cold Spring Harbor just reloads. Junior defender Grace Kiernan, a Fairfield commit with a high lacrosse IQ, and Ava Tighe, a 5-foot-10 junior attacker who is also strong at the draw, will lead the way for Danielle Castellane’s juggernaut.

10. Sacred Heart (N.Y.)

Sacred Heart will be anchored by James Madison-bound goalie Caitlin Boden, one of the top players at her position in the Class of 2022, as well as senior attack Emily Weigand, a Hofstra commit who is a four-year starter and captain. Others expected to make an impact include midfielder Kyra Browne, a junior three-year starting midfielder, Delaware-bound junior midfielder Julia Reagan, senior defender Julia Lawless (Vassar) and senior midfielder Elizabeth McDermott, a four-year starter.

— Dylan Butler

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. McDonogh (Md.), 5-0

McDonogh never trailed in a showdown with fellow unbeaten Bryn Mawr (Md.). The Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind a pair of goals by Kemper Robinson, then responded every time Bryn Mawr drew close. McDonogh led 4-3 at halftime and 6-5 with 10 minutes left, but its balance made the difference in a 10-6 win. Kori Edmondson had three goals, and Robinson, Makena London and Caroline Godine all had two goals apiece. Hannah Shiels had the Eagles’ final goal. Previous: 1

2. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 0-0

The Saints were scheduled to begin practices Monday. It’s the first time that they will start seeing what they look like as a complete unit after playing indoor in four different groups during the winter. How quickly they come together and find chemistry will go a long way toward their success, but it all starts with a large class of 17 seniors. “On paper, we look really good,” coach Kathy Jenkins said. “They’re great athletes, a great group of girls. We were excited last year to have them as juniors, and they’ve played together for a long time. They’ve very talented and play well together.” Previous: 2

3. Oak Knoll (N.J.), 0-0

The Royals have a deep group of veterans to lead the way, and they have started to see some of their younger players emerge in the early days of practice. Sophomore defenders Julia Ramsey and Clare Barrett and midfielder Darby Campbell have made good impressions. Freshmen also are getting noticed with Kelsey Scully in the midfield and Carson Didden showing great skills and talent. They are raising the competition level in practice and could help the team once games begin. Previous: 3

4. Conestoga (Pa.), 2-0

Rachel Clark scored six goals, Alana Lepore made five saves and Conestoga was dominant start to finish in a 21-10 win over Episcopal Academy (Pa.) on March 30. The Pioneers jumped out to a 5-0 lead and had a 10-3 lead at halftime. Kiki Liebezeit finished with seven draw controls, three ground balls and a goal. Kate Galica scored four goals, as did Melissa Hewitt. Senior captain Addi Bucher had three goals and a ground ball, and Piper Kienzle had a pair of goals. Previous: 4

5. St. Paul’s (Md.), 3-0  

St. Paul’s had to postpone its game against Roland Park and won’t play until April 14 at Archbishop Spalding. The Gators have allowed fewer goals per game than anyone in the IAAM thus far — just 3.33 per game — and they have outscored their first three conference foes 43-10. Previous: 5

6. Moorestown (N.J.), 0-0

Moorestown won’t start in-person practices until April 26. Coach Colleen Hancox is relying on her players to be working out on their own until the start of the season. The Quakers won’t have much prep time in practices before they get into games. Previous: 6

7. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 0-0     

Georgetown Visitation won’t begin until April 12. Club lacrosse has kept many of its players active in the sport, but there is no substitute for playing or practicing together in terms of preparation for the high school season. Previous: 7

8. Stone Ridge (Md.), 0-0

Stone Ridge is gearing up for the start of its season April 12. In addition to having some highly skilled players, the Gators have one of the tallest teams, and they are hoping that aspect will give them an edge against competition. They also pride themselves on their athleticism, with the majority of the team playing other sports as well at Stone Ridge. Previous: 8

9. Severna Park (Md.), 0-0       

Severna Park will be young when it starts April 17 with only five seniors. Coach Kaitlyn Hines is counting on some of her top-flight players to take the lead. Reagan Clark is returning from a serious injury from soccer, but the UMBC lacrosse commit is an important piece for the Falcons. Kaila Stasulli is another senior leader, and the Jacksonville-bound midfielder is primed for a big year. Haley Betch is a senior lefty on attack. Theresa Bragg is a junior, but the Florida commit adds another playmaker in the midfield. Previous: 9

10. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 3-0

After two convincing wins, Notre Dame remained unbeaten with a hard-fought 6-4 win over Glenelg (Md.) on March 27 before a long break from games. Notre Dame is loaded with Division 1 commitments. Among their seniors are Nancy Halleron (Vanderbilt), Kate Tomick (St. Joe’s), Brynn Hepting (Hofstra), Annie Marshall (Johns Hopkins), Haley Burns (Fairfield), Halley Koras (Towson), Kailey Pelkey (USC), Ella Colimore (Denver) and Caroline Colimore (Denver). Notre Dame returns to action April 12 against Gerstell. Previous: NR

— Justin Feil




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South Top 10

1. Milton (Ga.), 11-0

The Eagles played three games in three days, highlighted by a 21-8 win over in-state rival Blessed Trinity. Milton picked up subsequent wins over Kell (Ga.) 21-6 and North Atlanta (Ga.) 14-0. Maddie Dora scored seven times against Blessed Trinity and six times against Kell. Skylar Carrasquillo contributed seven goals and added 13 draws controls in last week’s contests. Previous: 1

2. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 13-0

After a March 30 contest was canceled, Lake Highland Prep kept its momentum going Thursday with a 20-9 win over Bartram Trail (Fla.). The Highlanders have outscored opponents 248-49 this season. Previous: 2

3. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 10-1

The Stallions are on a five-game winning streak after wins last week over Stoneman Douglas (Fla.) 18-8 and Oxbridge Academy (Fla.) 21-3. Their lone loss remains against Lake Highland, a 7-6 defeat on March 6. Previous: 3

4. East Chapel Hill (N.C.), 16-2

The Wildcats won a state championship after they pulled off a pair of stunning upsets, first defeating Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 19-12 on March 22 in the state quarterfinals, then defeating Weddington (N.C.) 14-8 on March 27. Talia Zuco scored five times in the championship game. Sophie Halus and Molly Reed tied as the team’s scoring leaders with 56 goals each. Previous: 4

5. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 13-1

Following a perfect regular season, the Crusaders were upset in the state quarterfinals on March 22 against East Chapel Hill. Harvard recruit Caroline Mullahy racked up 40 goals and 77 assists in just 14 games. Sophomore Gracie Mullahy tallied 36 goals and 28 assists. Previous: 5

6. Weddington (N.C.), 17-2

The Warriors came one game short of winning a state title, losing 14-8 to East Chapel Hill on March 27 to finish the season 17-2. Senior Jordyn Case (Stanford) scored 82 goals and added 53 assists to close out another incredible season. Virginia Tech recruit Kendal Williams added 70 goals for her senior season. Previous: 6

7. Ravenwood (Tenn.), 5-0

After a three-week hiatus, the Raptors returned to play on Friday, defeating Centennial (Tenn.) 19-1. Ravenwood already has five players in double figures in goals, led by Chloe Garrett’s 12. Lyllie Perez has anchored the Raptors defense with seven ground balls and six forced turnovers. Previous: 7

8. Vero Beach (Fla.), 9-1

Sophomore Alexa Vega scored six times in Vero Beach’s 16-5 win over Hagerty (Fla.) on March 31. Emily Adams added four goals in the win. Vero Beach’s highly-anticipated contest against St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) on April 1 was canceled. Previous: 9

9. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 7-1

The Raiders were off last week after their only game of the week was canceled. Vero Beach would have been another great test. Previous: 10

10. Roswell (Ga.), 12-2

The Hornets jumped into this week’s ranking following a 16-13 win over Blessed Trinity (Ga.) on March 29 and a 16-2 win over North Atlanta (Ga.) on April 1. Previous: NR

— Justin Boggs

Midwest Top 10

1. New Trier (Ill.), 0-0

The Trevians are loaded with top prospects like Macy Zaban (Florida), who had 49 goals and 24 draw controls as a sophomore, and Isabel King (Cal), who had 59 goals and 16 caused turnovers in 2019. New Trier’s third game of the season is against leading rival Loyola Academy. Previous: 1

2. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 0-0

The Ramblers’ season ended far earlier than usual in 2019, but they will have a chance at revenge against the team that caused that early exit when they travel to New Trier on April 17. This talented team is led by senior Ellie Lazzaretto (Duke), who was the team’s top scorer as a sophomore, and draw specialist Maley Starr (Georgetown). Previous: 2

3. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 5-0

The Golden Bears added two more wins last week, including a lopsided 14-1 victory over St. Francis DeSales and a closer 16-10 decision over Jackson. Senior Ava Walters and sophomores Liz Schumacher and Kampbell Stone all recorded hat tricks in the Golden Bears’ latest victory over the Polar Bears. Previous: 3

4. Rockford (Mich.), 1-0

The defending state champs were in fine form to start the season with five different players (Mackenzie Delacher, Chloe Dunham, Chloe Holmes, Izzy Osborn and Katie Rodriguez) recording hat tricks in a 21-3 victory over Spring Lake (Mich.). Previous: 4

5. Prior Lake (Minn.), 0-0

With five returning starters from a 2019 state championship squad, the Lakers are a team to keep an eye on. In particular, watch for midfielder Payton Bloedow on the draw and Meghan McGowan on the defensive end. Previous: 5

6. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 3-0

After beating Mattawan and Forest Hills United by a combined margin of 38-4, the Pioneers were equally impressive against an Okemos team that went 17-2-2 in 2019, picking up a 14-4 victory to stay undefeated. EGR coach Geri Merrell said she was particularly pleased with her team’s ball movement and focus the day before spring break. Previous: 6

7. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 0-0

With a lights-out shooter in Josie Lillquist, a shutdown defender in Ellie Pearson and a superb athlete in Taylor Kotschevar-Call, the Eagles could contend for a state title in 2021. Expect interesting tests in early May when Edina visits Eden Prairie and the Eagles head to Chanhassen days later. Previous: 7

8. Carmel (Ind.), 5-0

The Greyhounds’ 2019 state title game rematch against Brebeuf Jesuit Prep went well. Not only did Carmel win 19-3, but Hannah Kim and Maddie McGarty both reached the 150-career point mark with McGarty and Anna Dumke notching five goals and an assist apiece in the impressive victory. Previous: 8

9. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 0-0

The 2019 state runner-up, whose only losses that season came to Land of Lincoln powers Loyola Academy and New Trier, are set to begin play April 21. Led by Charlotte Callahan (Yale), the Red Devils face a schedule that includes two games apiece against the Ramblers and Trevians between May 10 and June 2. Previous: 9

10. Noblesville (Ind.), 4-0

The Millers followed three straight routs with a closer victory over then-undefeated Guerin Catholic but remained idle last week. They will have another enormous chance to prove themselves as they are scheduled to take on red-hot Carmel on April 20. Previous: 10

— Jonah Rosenblum

West Top 10

1. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 0-0

The Mustangs didn’t get on the field in 2020 after completing their second straight unbeaten season and wrapping up a fifth consecutive state in 2019, but they graduated just two players who would have started last year and most of the nine returners played big roles in the past. Thus, it doesn’t appear their reign in Colorado will end any time soon. When the Mustangs get on the field at the end of April, they’ll seek to build on a 48-game win streak behind players like senior midfielders Katharine Merrifield (Michigan) and Jessie Bakes (Brown), senior defenders Maya Rutherford (Michigan), Marin Bomgaars, Julia Hall and Rebecca Kerr (Denison), senior attackers Ella Freimuth and Kendall Smart and junior midfielder Maya Kendall (Darmouth). Previous: 1

2. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 6-0

Lauren Iorio totaled eight goals and six assists, Alannah Scott contributed 10 goals and CoCo Wong chipped in seven goals and nine assists as the Wolves added two more wins last week. SRV topped Marin Catholic (Calif.) 22-12 and beat Tamalpais (Calif.) 21-1. A big matchup with St. Ignatius Prep looms April 13. Previous: 2

3. Scripps Ranch (Calif.), 2-0

The Falcons shut out Westview (Calif.) 24-0 on Saturday and now are preparing for a busier week after a slow rollout to the season. They play three in-state opponents in a seven-day span, first traveling to Del Norte on Tuesday, before hosting Poway on Friday and Mater Dei on April 13. Previous: 3

4. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 0-0

Despite their youth, the Bruins hope to make a run at a 23rd straight state final appearance this season as they chase their first state title since 2014. Cherry Creek only has a few seniors, but experience in the midfield, good team speed and an athletic new goalkeeper in freshman Charlotte Morton should help carry the team early on while young players adjust. Top returning players include junior midfielders Lily Assini (Colorado) and Emily Collins and senior attacker Sophia Hashimoto. Cherry Creek begins practices April 26. Previous: 4

5. La Jolla (Calif.), 2-0

The Vikings were idle last week after opening with a 21-3 win over Torrey Pines (Calif.), then adding a 22-3 victory against Poway. Terra Evans has eight goals and three assists through two games, and Stella Wineman adds eight goals and two assists. Previous: 5

6. Mercer Island (Wash.), 0-0

The Islanders won their 2019 state championship with several sophomores contributing, and now as seniors, they are hungry to defend that title two years later. Mercer Island didn’t get a chance to play any games before the 2020 season was canceled. Senior midfielders Annabelle Gersch and Hannah Tiscornia and senior attacker Emma Brodsky and junior attacker Molly Brodsky highlight the strength of the team. The Islanders welcome a new goalie and have gaps to fill in replacing two low defenders. Previous: 6

7. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 0-0

The Raiders would have returned eight starters from their 2019 state semifinalist squad last year, but that group played just one game before the season shut down. Now they have some holes to fill as they prepare for a return to the field next month. Regis Jesuit will be led by a dominant mid-line featuring four-year starters Cate Lord and Grace Weigand. Previous: 7

8. Amador Valley (Calif.), 2-0

The Dons opened with a pair of wins last week, beating Carondelet (Calif.) 16-12 on March 30 and California High (Calif.) 13-8 on Friday. The 2019 North Coast Section Division I runners up are playing an eight-game schedule this season and already are a fourth of the way through it. Previous: 8

9. Coronado (Calif.), 3-0

The Islanders are off to a good start, including a win Friday against former No. 10 La Costa Canyon (Calif.). They came back from a 5-3 halftime deficit to win 8-7. Earlier last week, Coronado beat Canyon Crest Academy (Calif.) 16-4. Next up is a matchup at Poway on Tuesday. Previous: NR

10. Jesuit (Ore.), 0-0

The Crusaders remain the team to beat in Oregon after upsetting three-time defending champion Lake Oswego in the 2019 state final. Several key players from that championship roster return now as seniors, including two of the top three scorers in Sydney Landauer and Elizabeth Daigle, as well as defender Ziggy Berkoff. Previous: 9

— Laurel Pfahler