St. Paul's (Md.) Wins IAAM-A Title, Moves to No. 4 in Nike / USA Lacrosse HS Girls' National Top 25

Top-seeded St. Paul’s scored 10 of the game’s final 11 goals to pull away for a 17-8 win over second-seeded McDonogh in the IAAM-A Conference championship game on Saturday, giving the Gators their first title since 2006.

Caitlin McElwee led with four goals and one assist, and Kendall Steer, Christina Gagnon and Josie Hahn all had three goals apiece. Steer, Gagnon and Natalie Shurtleff contributed two assists apiece. Leah Warehime made nine saves, including some huge early saves on a pair of free-position shots.

McDonogh (Md.) still rose in the Top 25, re-entering the Top 10.

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National Top 25

May 18, 2021



1 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 3-0 1
2 Northport (N.Y.) 6-0 3
3 New Canaan (Conn.) 12-0 5
4 St. Paul's (Md.) 15-1 6
5 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 6-2 4
6 Conestoga (Pa.) 15-0-1 7
7 Manhasset (N.Y.) 5-1 8
8 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) 5-0 9
9 McDonogh (Md.) 13-3 11
10 Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 6-0 12
11 Stone Ridge (Md.) 4-1 13
12 Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) 4-0 14
13 Milton (Ga.) 21-0 15
14 Oak Knoll (N.J.) 10-1 16
15 Moorestown (N.J.) 7-1 2
16 Good Counsel (Md.) 6-0 20
17 Darien (Conn.) 10-2 17
18 Penn Charter (Pa.) 17-1-1 18
19 Sayville (N.Y.) 6-0 21
20 Wantagh (N.Y.) 5-1 24
21 Wilton (Conn.) 8-3 22
22 Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 13-2 10
23 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 5-2 NR
24 Pittsford (N.Y.) 8-0 NR
25 Loyola (Ill.) 12-0 NR
Also considered (alphabetical order): American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), Chatham (N.J.), Cicero-North Syracuse (N.Y.), Colorado Academy (Colo.), Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), Garden City (N.Y.), Garnet Valley (Pa.), Glenelg Country (Md.), Radnor (Pa.), Ridgewood (N.J.), Sacred Heart (N.Y.), Smithtown East (N.Y.), Summit (N.J.)

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Midwest Boys' Top 10
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West Boys' Top 10
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Northeast Top 10

1. Northport (N.Y.), 6-0

Tara Walsh scored four goals and Shannon Smith had three goals and an assist to lead Northport to a 12-5 over Ward Melville (N.Y.). The Tigers, who are 27-1 since the start of 2019, also got strong performances from Emma Demarco (two goals, one assist) and Kaylie Mackiewicz and Isabella Germani, who both had a goal and an assist. Previous: 1

2. New Canaan (Conn.), 12-0

The Rams continued to roll, adding an 18-5 victory over Glastonbury (Conn.). Hollis Mulry had four goals and an assist, Dillyn Patten netted a hat trick and Lexie Tully, Devon Russell, Olivia Lockhart and Caroline Underwood scored one apiece for New Canaan, which opened the season playing 10 games in 17 days. Previous: 2

3. Manhasset (N.Y.), 5-1

Manhasset picked up a 15-3 win over Long Beach (N.Y.), as Alexis Morton netted four goals and two assists, Megan Reilly added three goals and two assists and Emma LoPinto had two goals and two assists. Shea Panzik and Holly Newman both tallied a pair of goals. Previous: 3

4. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 5-0

The Friars were up to the challenge in their stiffest test to date, defeating Sacred Heart (N.Y.) 11-6. Abbey LoCascio had three goals and one assist, Ava Biancardi scored three goals and Kat McAteer added two goals and two assists. Previous: 4

5. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 6-0

Mount Sinai has been battle tested with four wins by three goals or less, but after tight wins over West Babylon (N.Y.) and Miller Place (N.Y.), the Mustangs cruised to a 10-4 victory at Comsewogue (N.Y.) last week. Amanda Dowler scored four goals, Lea Laforge added three tallies and Emily Lamparter made eight saves. Previous: 5

6. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 4-0

Bayport-Blue Point opened up an 11-0 halftime lead en route to a 17-4 win over Harborfields (N.Y.), as Keira Rooney had four goals and an assist and Maddigan Miller racked up three goals and four assists to lead the way. Mairead Kelly tallied two goals and two assists, and Alex Fusco added a pair of goals. Previous: 6

7. Darien (Conn.), 10-2

The Blue Wave picked up two more wins last week, knocking off Wilton (Conn.) 14-3 before defeating St. Joseph Trumbull (Conn.) by the same score. Previous: 7

8. Sayville (N.Y.), 6-0

Brooke Hoss scored four goals and sister Taylor Hoss added a pair of goals, including the winner, in a 6-5 win over Rocky Point (N.Y.). Jessica Harclerode made eight saves to preserve Sayville’s second one-goal win of the early season. Previous: 9

9. Wantagh (N.Y.), 5-1

Among Wantagh’s five wins are victories over perennial state and national powerhouses Manhasset and Garden City. Madison Taylor scored a game-high four goals, Shea Insinga had two goals and two assists and Laurel Rochel made 10 saves in a 15-7 win over North Shore (N.Y.). Previous: N/R

10. Wilton (Conn.), 8-3

Wilton’s three losses have come to the two Connecticut teams ahead of them in the rankings. After beating Brien McMahon (Conn.), Wilton suffered a second defeat to Darien 14- last week.  Previous: 10

— Dylan Butler

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 3-0     

Georgetown Visitation was idle last week but scheduled to play Paul VI on Monday. The Tigers take on Stone Ridge (Md.) on Friday and Saturday. Previous: 1

2. St. Paul's School for Girls (Md.), 15-1

Top-seeded St. Paul’s scored 10 of the game’s final 11 goals to pull away for a 17-8 win over second-seeded McDonogh in the IAAM-A Conference championship game on Saturday, giving the Gators their first title since 2006. Caitlin McElwee led with four goals and one assist, and Kendall Steer, Christina Gagnon and Josie Hahn all had three goals apiece. Steer, Gagnon and Natalie Shurtleff contributed two assists apiece. Leah Warehime made nine saves, including some huge early saves on a pair of free-position shots. In the semifinals, Gagnon came up with 11 draw controls, caused a huge turnover and scored the game-winner on a free-position shot with barely two minutes left for a 10-9 comeback win over fourth-seeded Glenelg on May 11. Steer led the Gators with four goals, and Gagnon finished with two goals and two assists. McElwee also added two goals. St. Paul’s rallied from deficits of 5-2 at halftime and 8-3 with under 19:00 left. Previous: 4

3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 6-2

Annabel Frist scored five goals, added two assists and won 13 draw controls to lead the Saints to a 20-11 win over Connelly School of the Holy Child (Va.) on Wednesday. Lane Lambeth had four goals and two assists, Cate Bradley scored three goals to go with two assists and Brooke Kurtz found the back of the net twice and had a team-high five assists. On Saturday, Bradley’s game-high seven points led SSSA to a 20-9 win over St. Anne’s-Belfield School (Va.), as she finished with four goals and three assists. Mira Majure scored four goals and added two assists, and Frist notched five goals to go with one assist and eight draw controls. Olivia Duvall finished with a hat trick, Nicole Cruthirds came up with four draw controls, and the defense delivered a strong performance. Previous: 3

4. Conestoga (Pa.), 15-0-1

Conestoga wrapped up a Central League title with an 11-0 record after stopping Harriton (Pa.) 18-2 on May 11. Kate Galica and Anna DeVuono each had four goals, Rachel Clark and Megan Marengo both scored three goals and had one assist apiece, and Keating Hopkins contributed two goals and had one assist. Conestoga earned the top seed for the AAA District 1 playoffs that begin Tuesday and will host the Spring-Ford/Souderton winner on Thursday. Previous: 5

5. McDonogh (Md.), 13-3

The Eagles rallied from a 5-1 deficit to tie St. Paul’s 6-6 going into halftime, but they couldn’t keep the momentum going as the Gators pulled away for a 17-8 win. Kori Edmondson had a game-high five goals, including three straight that drew the Eagles even in the first half. In the semifinals on May 11, the Eagles edged Notre Dame Prep 8-7. Edmondson fired in four goals, and Kemper Robinson and Dakota Uy scored two goals apiece. Marin Wilhelm came up big in the closing minutes with a save on a potential game-tying shot with 2:17 to go to secure McDonogh’s 14th straight trip to the title game. Previous: 7

6. Stone Ridge (Md.), 4-1

After another potential opponent dropped Stone Ridge last week, the Gators were idle. Now they are gearing up for a busy week. Three strong challenges await with Good Counsel (Md.) on the schedule for Tuesday and Visitation scheduled in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday. Previous: 8

7. Oak Knoll (N.J.), 10-1

The Royals handed then-No. 2 Moorestown (N.J.) its first loss of the season 15-8 on May 10. Oak Knoll held an early lead only to see Moorestown tie the score at 8 before the Royals scored the next seven goals to break loose. Colleen Quinn led the scoring with five goals and one assist, Annika Spoor had three goals and two assists, Devon Gogerty contributed a hat trick and one assist, Sara Rogers scored twice and assisted once and Annie Burton had a pair of goals. The Royals then won their ninth straight game, a 17-7 win over Lawrenceville (N.J.), on May 11 to capture the New Jersey prep school championship. Quinn and Gogerty each pumped in four goals to go with one assist. Spoor also scored four goals and had a game-high seven draw controls. Previous: 9

8. Moorestown (N.J.), 7-1

The Quakers pulled even at 8 in their showdown against then-No. 9 Oak Knoll before surrendering the final seven goals of the game in a 15-8 loss on May 10. It was Moorestown’s first loss of the season and lowest scoring output of the year. Katie Buck had four goals and eight draw controls, Dylan Silar and Margaret Lawler added two goals apiece and Silar notched one assist. Moorestown rebounded to stop West Deptford (N.J.) 19-6 on Wednesday behind a game-high seven points from Emma Dengler on five goals and two assists, and the Quakers got three goals and three assists from Emma Greer. To finish the week, Hayley Kowalczyk stopped nine shots, and Buck fired in five goals, while Grace Lynch notched a hat trick with one assist in a 14-11 win over Manasquan on Thursday. Previous: 2

9. Good Counsel (Md.) 6-0

Led by a dozen Division I-bound players, Good Counsel has outscored opponents 119-37 through its first six games. The Falcons led Bishop Ireton (Va.) 8-1 early on their way to a 17-11 win, their most impressive victory heading into a significant challenge against Stone Ridge on Tuesday. Good Counsel also defeated Holy Cross (Md.) 19-3 on May 10 and Bishop McNamara (Md.) 23-1 on Wednesday with 22 different players scoring. Previous: NR

10. Penn Charter (Pa.), 17-1-1  

Penn Charter wrapped up the top seed for the Inter-Ac playoffs with a 14-6 win over Germantown Academy (Pa.) on Friday. Darcy Felter gave a balanced effort with three goals and three assists, and Charlotte Hodgson and Kaylee Dyer each had two goals and one assist. Bea Buckley and Alex Glomb scored two goals apiece. Penn Charter also took a 15-2 win over Mount St. Joseph (Pa.) on Thursday. Maddie Shoup was tops in points with three goals and two assists to go with one caused turnover, two ground balls and one draw control. Mia Ferraro and Lane Murray each had hat tricks, and Grace Walter scored two goals. Kayla Joyce made five saves and Jamie Kubach had four saves. The Quakers took a 20-12 win over Academy of Notre Dame (Pa.) on May 11 with Dyler leading the way with seven goals and two assists. Hodgson scored six goals and added three assists. Penn Charter has a bye for the first round of the Inter-Ac League playoffs that begin Tuesday and conclude with the championship game Saturday. Previous: 10

— Justin Feil


South Top 10

1. Milton (Ga.), 21-0

The Eagles concluded the 2021 campaign with their fourth straight state title, beating West Forsyth (Ga.) 13-8 on Saturday in the final. The Eagles, who have now won 14 of the last 16 championships awarded, advanced to the finals by topping Walton (Ga.) 17-3 on May 11. USC recruit Maddie Dora had 20 goals and 12 assists during the four-game playoff run. Brie Catts, Skylar Carrasquillo and Haly Hawks all contributed hat tricks in the state final, while Tori Mellinger stopped 10 shots. Previous: 1

2. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 16-1

The Stallions defeated Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 13-11 to capture an FHSAA Class 1A championship on May 8. American Heritage-Delray finished the season on an 11-game winning streak. Freshman Brooke Goldstein had a team-leading 52 goals, while junior Casey Roberts led with 32 assists. American Heritage-Delray’s only loss was a regular-season defeat against Lake Highland Prep. Previous: 2

3. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 20-1

The Highlanders bid for a perfect season and state title came to a close on May 8 by losing to American-Heritage Delray 13-11 in the championship game. Juniors Jacqueline Jaskiewicz and Lauren Pittman led Lake Highland with 47 goals each. Syracuse recruit Olivia Adamson had a team-leading 27 assists to add to her 40-goal contribution. 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. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 13-1

The Raiders won the FHSAA Class 2A state title by defeating Vero Beach (Fla.) 17-9 on May 8. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) only had one loss, to Class 1A runner up Lake Highland Prep (Fla.). Navy recruit Ava Yovino led the team in both goals (45) and assists (28) to go along with a team-leading 49 ground balls and 21 draws. Peri Reigner also played a key role for St. Thomas Aquinas with 39 goals and 17 assists. Previous: 6

7. 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. Senior Jordyn Case (Stanford) scored 82 goals and added 53 assists to close out her stellar high school career. Virginia Tech recruit Kendal Williams added 70 goals to complete her senior season. Previous: 7

8. Franklin (Tenn.), 18-0

The Admirals concluded a perfect season with a 14-12 win over Ravenwood (Tenn.) in the state championship game Sunday. Sophomore Aliya Polisky led Franklin with six goals, while senior Josie Ward scored five times to give her 110 goals for the season. Franklin advanced to the championship game by defeating Seymore (Tenn.) 20-4. Ward scored seven times while Gracie McCoy had five goals. Previous: 9

9. Hockaday (Texas), 12-2

The Daisies were crowned Texas Division I champions by defeating Southlake (Texas) 14-11 on May 9. The season was highlighted by wins over Episcopal School Dallas (Texas) and Highland Park (Texas). Previous: 8

10. Vero Beach (Fla.), 16-2

Vero Beach’s quest for a state title came just short, falling to St. Thomas Aquinas 17-9 in the final. Sophomore Alexa Vega led the squad with 56 goals, while senior Emily Adams led with 49 assists on top of her 38 goals. Previous: 10

— Justin Boggs

Midwest Top 10

1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 12-0

The Ramblers followed a brilliant set of wins over two of the top teams in Michigan with a 3-0 week back in the Land of Lincoln, including a 15-7 victory over previously undefeated Hinsdale Central and a 12-10 comeback win over New Trier. Ellie Lazzaretto was brilliant once again with seven goals against the Red Devils, five goals and five draw controls against the Trevians and five more goals against St. Viator on Saturday. Previous: 1

2. New Trier (Ill.), 12-2

The Trevians dropped their second game of the season Thursday, falling 12-10 to the top team in the region in Loyola Academy. Aside from their two losses to the Ramblers, the Trevians have been dominant, including beating Glenbrook South (Ill.) and Evanston (Ill.) on the road this past week by double-digit margins. Previous: 2

3. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 17-0

After a first-round bye (and a full week without games), the Golden Bears begin their OHSAA tournament run at home against 14th-seeded Centerville. Upper Arlington is wonderfully balanced with no player scoring more than 50 goals through 17 games but six scoring between 25 and 50 goals in Camryn Callaghan (46), Rian Adkins (34), Kampbell Stone (33), Clara Gallapoo (32), Ava Walters (29) and Lilly Stelzer (27). Previous: 3

4. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 7-1

There’s no time to mourn a 15-7 loss at Loyola, as the challenges will keep coming in the Red Devils’ loaded schedule. Thursday brings a trip to another top Land of Lincoln foe in New Trier, and then Loyola Academy pays a visit to Hinsdale next week. Previous: 4

5. Edina (Minn.), 9-0

A 9-3 run in the first half was enough to lead the Hornets past a tough Minnetonka (Minn.) squad May 11. Haley Reeck had another big performance against the previously undefeated Skippers, notching six goals, four forced turnovers and two assists, while Cordelia Flemming and Nicola Santoni added hat tricks. Previous: 5

6. Noblesville (Ind.), 13-2

Twelve different players scored in the Millers’ playoff opener, a 19-0 win over Fishers (Ind.), led by Emma Potter’s three goals, three assists, five draw controls and five ground balls. Chloe Barnett and Rheagan Haney tacked on hat tricks, and Mallory Miller recording six ground balls and four forced turnovers. Potter set single-season records for goals and ground balls in the win. Previous: 6

7. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 16-2

The Pioneers won one close game after another last week, defeating Forest Hills Northern/Eastern (Mich.), Rockford (Mich.) and Brighton (Mich.) by a combined five goals. This week includes Senior Night festivities against Forest Hills Central on Wednesday evening. Previous: 7

8. Carmel (Ind.), 13-2

The Greyhounds were dominant in their postseason opener, defeating Culver Academy (Ind.) 17-2. Anna Dumke had three goals and four assists, Hannah Kim scored four goals and Julia Cherubini also added a hat trick in the dominant victory. Previous: 9

9. Prior Lake (Minn.), 9-1

Down 8-7 at the half to Lakeville South (Minn.), the Lakers dominated the second stanza by a 6-1 margin en route to a 13-9 win. Payton Bloedow came up huge for Prior Lake with four goals, four assists and six ground balls, while Jade Haugen also had a hat trick. Previous: 10

10. Rockford (Mich.), 7-4

The Rams’ record may seem modest, but half of their losses have come to a traditional power in East Grand Rapids, while another came to the top team in the region: Loyola Academy. Previous: NR

— Jonah Rosenblum

West Top 10

1. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 3-0

The Mustangs outscored three opponents 54-3 last week, including a 20-0 shut out of Denver East (Colo.) in which Maya Kendall led with four goals and two assists and Jessie Bakes added four goals and one assist. Zoe Martin finished with three goals, Kendall Smart had three assists and Katharine Merrifield chipped in two goals and one assist. Previous: 1

2. Scripps Ranch (Calif.), 11-0

The Falcons bolstered their resume with another win over La Jolla (Calif.) 10-4 on Friday with Ella Brislin leading the attack with four goals and two assists. Leden Huber added three goals, and Ally Richardson-Pepper had eight saves in goal. Brislin had a big week overall, also adding five goals and one assist in a 14-5 win over Cathedral Catholic and seven goals and two assists in a 16-7 victory against La Costa Canyon (Calif.). Kayden Williamson added 12 points over those games on six goals and six assists, and Richardson-Pepper finished with 18 saves combined while allowing nine goals in the two games. Previous: 2

3. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 11-0

The Knights added a pair of wins last week, beating Canyon (Calif.) 17-3 on Thursday before edging St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.) 11-8 on Saturday. Elena Torres continued her impressive season with six goals and one assist against SME, while Zoey Stephens had four goals to go along with 11 ground balls. Foothill travels to ranked La Jolla (Calif.) for a big game Tuesday. Previous: 4

4. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 12-0

The Wolves completed their season, and the CIF North Coast Section will not be holding championships this year. Alannah Scott led SRV with 48 goals and eight assists, and Lauren Iorio added 33 goals and 20 assists. CoCo Wong won 73.7 percent of the draws she took and also tallied 25 goals and 24 assists. The Wolves outscored opponents 218-76. Previous: 3

5. Mercer Island (Wash.), 2-0

The Islanders outscored their two opponents 32-4 last week to open their season in dominant fashion. Annabelle Gersch led with 12 goals and five assists over the two games, while Molly Brodsky added eight goals and one assist. Lauren Novak made 11 saves on 15 shots on goal. Previous: 6

6. La Jolla (Calif.), 9-2

The Vikings flexed their muscles against a solid Torrey Pines (Calif.) team, churning out a 16-10 win on the road May 10, but they couldn’t turn the tide against Scripps Ranch on Friday. A week after falling to the Falcons at home by another six-goal margin, they lost 10-4 this time. Previous: 5

7. Fairview (Colo.), 4-0

The Knights impressed in their opening week with a win over preseason-ranked Cherry Creek (Colo.) and enter the top 10 after adding victories over Arapahoe (Colo.) and Golden (Colo.) last week. In the 14-4 decision against Golden, Cami Johnson led with four goals and two assists, while Isabela Bloomquist added two goals and four assists. Bloomquist also added four goals and two assists in a 15-5 win over Arapahoe (Colo.). Previous: NR

8. Newbury Park (Calif.), 10-1

The Panthers improved to 7-0 in Marmonte League play with a 16-8 win over Agoura last week in a game they trailed by several goals early. Senior captain Emma Ing powered them back with draw controls (eight for the night) and scoring (seven goals) to give Newbury Park a 9-6 halftime advantage. Tighter defense in the second half, led by Sophia Fadler and Dana Brown helped hold Agoura to two goals the rest of the way. Lindsay O’Toole added five goals and an assist, and Daniella Guyette finished with 11 saves. This week concludes the regular season. Previous: 9

9. Amador Valley (Calif.), 7-0

The Dons have completed their season, as they don’t have any more games on their schedule. Celeste Murphy led the team with 18 goals and 11 assists in seven games, while Kalena Johnson had 18 goals and four assists. Previous: 8

10. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 10-3

The Falcons stay put despite another loss to La Jolla (Calif.). Their second loss to the Vikings was a much-improved showing from the first one, a 21-3 defeat in the opener March 23. This time, it was 16-10 with Reese Loseke powering the Torrey Pines’ attack with three goals and two assists. Kate Campbell added three goals and one assist, and Laurel Gonzalez had two goals and one assist. Previous: 10

— Laurel Pfahler