McDonogh (Md.) Back on Top of Nike/USL High School Girls' National Top 25

McDonogh (Md.) did not stay subdued very long.

The Eagles, whose epic 198-game winning streak ended in last year’s IAAM-A Conference championship game, are back in the top spot of the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girl’s National Top 25 after narrowly defeating previous No. 1 Manhasset (N.Y.) 8-7 in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown Saturday on Long Island.

Manhasset (N.Y.) slots in at No. 2, with unbeaten Mount Sinai (N.Y.), Moorestown (N.J.) and Darien (Conn.) rounding out the Top 5.

This is the first of four monthly updates to the rankings, including Regional Top 10 lists for teams representing the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West. The second update will be May 7.

Four teams that were not ranked in the Preseason Top 25 — Episcopal Academy (Pa.), Marriotts Ridge (Md.), Spencerport (N.Y.) and West Genesee (N.Y.) — move into the National Top 25.

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The second of four monthly in-season updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse national and regional high school rankings will be posted Tuesday, May 7.

National Top 25

Editor's Note
The second of four monthly in-season updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse national and regional high school rankings will be posted Tuesday, May 7.
April 9, 2019



1 McDonogh (Md.) 9-0 2
2 Manhasset (N.Y.) 2-1 1
3 Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 6-0 5
4 Moorestown (N.J.) 4-0 7
5 Darien (Conn.) 2-0 11
6 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 7-0 13
7 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) 4-0 15
8 American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) 14-1 16
9 Glenelg (Md.) 4-1 12
10 Ridgewood (N.J.) 6-0 18
11 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 6-2 3
12 Garden City (N.Y.) 3-2 10
13 Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 5-0 14
14 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 6-3 6
15 Summit (N.J.) 4-0 22
16 Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 8-2 4
17 Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 7-0 NR
18 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 9-1 8
19 New Canaan (Conn.) 3-0 21
20 Christian Brothers (N.Y.) 1-1 9
21 Penfield (N.Y.) 4-1 20
22 Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 4-0 NR
23 Good Counsel (Md.) 7-1 25
24 Spencerport (N.Y.) 3-0 NR
25 West Genesee (N.Y.) 0-0 NR
Also Considered (alphabetical order): Baldwinsville (N.Y.), Northport (N.Y.), Pittsford (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

1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 2-1

McDonogh (Md.), which opened the season at No. 2 in the national top 25, upended the previously top-ranked Indians, 8-7, on April 6. Grace Gately scored three goals and Emma LoPinto added one goal and two assists for Manhasset, but McDonogh scored the final three goals of the game. Gately has nine goals and five assisits through three games, and LoPinto has 11 goals and four assists, including seven goals in a 15-5 win over Wantagh (N.Y.). Previous: 1

2. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 6-0

A year after losing in the state quarterfinals, the Mustangs appear to be back on track. They opened the 2019 season with six straight wins, including impressive decisions over Westhampton (N.Y.), West Islip (N.Y.) and West Babylon (N.Y.). Emma Tyrrell leads the Mustangs with 20 goals and two assists through six games. Emily Lamparter has been strong in net for Mount Sinai, including a 10-save effort in the win over Westhampton. Previous: 2

3. Darien (Conn.), 2-0

The Blue Wave secured one of the most impressive wins of the early season when they cruised to a 19-4 win over Garden City (N.Y.). Sarah Jaques finished with eight goals and two assists. Darien opened the 2019 campaign with a 19-3 win over Fairfield Warde (Conn.). Previous: 5

4. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 7-0

The Seahawks claimed their first state title last season, winning in Class C, and now their winning streak stands at 22 games. The early-season highlights include wins over Wantagh (N.Y.), Massapequa (N.Y.) and North Shore (N.Y.). Isabelle Vitale is off to a monster start for the Seahawks. She has 20 goals and 27 assists so far. Previous: 6

5. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 4-0

Coach Summer Ferraro’s team is off to a perfect start that includes impressive wins over Kellenberg (N.Y.) and Syosset (N.Y.). Charlotte Verhulst and Katie DeSimone each recorded four points to lead the Friars to an 11-10 win over Garden City (N.Y.) on April 2. DeSimone leads the Friars with 16 goals and five assists. Previous: 8

6. Garden City (N.Y.), 3-2

The Trojans have two losses already, but they are both to quality, ranked teams in St. Anthony’s and Darien. Their resumé also includes wins over Wantagh, Massapequa and Syosset. Ella Heaney leads Garden City with 10 goals and seven assists, while Caitlin Cook has 10 goals and two assists this season. Previous: 4

7.  Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 5-0

The Sharks’ perfect opening slate includes wins over Miller Place, West Islip and Shoreham-Wading River. Danielle Marino leads the team with 19 goals and four assists. The Sharks are allowing just 4.2 points per game this season. Previous: 7

8. New Canaan (Conn.), 3-0

The defending Class L state champions are off to an impressive start. Kaleigh Harden scored four goals to lead the Rams to a 12-2 win over Yorktown (N.Y.), while Jane Charlton added two goals and two assists. New Canaan followed with an 18-5 win over St. Joseph’s on April 7. Caroline O’Dea has been strong net. Previous: 10

9. Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.), 1-1

The defending Class A champs are off to an uneven start. The Brothers opened the season with a 16-2 win over Mexico (N.Y.) and then followed with a 9-7 loss to West Genesee (N.Y.). Freshman Gracie Britton has six goals through two games. Previous: 3

10. Penfield (N.Y.), 4-1

Coming off one of the best seasons in program history, the Patriots are trying to duplicate it. So far, they own impressive wins over Irondequoit (N.Y.) and South Jefferson (N.Y.), but Spencerport (N.Y.) tripped them up, 7-6, on April 1. Morgan Cox leads the Patriots with 10 goals and 11 assists, while Lucy Rugaber has 14 goals and seven assists. Previous: 9

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. McDonogh (Md.), 9-0                                                                                                     

McDonogh had its first true scare of the season on April 4 as St. Paul’s (Md.) took it to overtime. The Eagles prevailed and remain unbeaten after following that with a notable 8-7 win over Manhasset (N.Y.) — a game in which they stalled for several minutes after taking the lead, prompting Manhasset coach Meghan Clarke to say high school rulemakers should follow the lead of the NCAA and implement a shot clock, according to Newsday. McDonogh will host regional No. 5 Bishop Ireton on April 12 and IAAM-A conference rival Notre Dame Prep on April 25. Previous: 1

2. Moorestown (N.J.), 4-0

Moorestown is off to a hot start to the season, including stunning No. 6 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 11-10 behind a six-goal performance from Virginia Tech commit Kayla Frank. The Quakers are about to face some tough in-state competition, including an April 24 date with rival Ridgewood, ranked No. 4 regionally. Previous: 5

3. Glenelg (Md.), 4-1

The Gladiators turned some heads with their 8-5 victory over Notre Dame Prep, and a recent loss to Marriotts Ridge shouldn’t derail them. Coach Nicole Trunzio’s team has several big games coming up on the schedule with St. Paul’s, Bishop Ireton and St. Stephen & St. Agnes. Previous: 7

4. Ridgewood (N.J.), 6-0

The Maroons have won 21 of their last 22 games with the lone loss in that stretch coming against Moorestown in the Tournament of Champions final last year. Their quick start to this season includes a 14-8 win over Oak Knoll (N.J.), as Keely Bennett and Annie McCarthy each had three goals. Ridgewood also owns a win over Georgetown Visitation. Previous: 9

5. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 6-2

The Cardinals are riding a four-game winning streak that includes a huge 10-9 victory over No. 6 Georgetown Visitation. Briana Lantuh scored the game-winning goal with a little more than a minute left on the clock. Bishop Ireton has several big Mid-Atlantic tests coming up on the schedule, including games against No. 1 McDonogh on April 12 and No. 3 Glenelg on April 17. Previous: 2

6. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 6-3

The Tigers dropped some tough games to ranked opponents in the last couple weeks but all three of their losses were by one goal. Despite the challenging schedule, Jane McAvoy has already scored 44 goals, Katie Castiello leads the area with 24 assists and goaltender Maggie Lyons has made 124 saves. Previous: 4

7. Summit (N.J.), 4-0

Katia Carnevale had six goals and Anna Huntley Robertson had seven assists in the Hilltoppers’ 14-7 victory over Northern Highlands (N.J.) recently. Summit hasn’t been tested much yet but will face regional No. 6 Georgetown Visitation on April 11 and No. 4 Ridgewood on April 20. Previous: NR

8. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 8-2

The Blazers, coming off a tough loss to Glenelg in early April, have won three straight, including an 11-10 win in double overtime at Bryn Mawr as Nancy Halleron scored the game-winning goal. NDP has upcoming dates with Roland Park Country, St. Paul’s and a rematch of last season’s IAAM-A conference championship game against No. 1 McDonogh on April 25. Previous: 3

9. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 7-0

Episcopal claimed a 13-10 victory at Agnes Irwin (Pa.) and handed Notre Dame Academy (Pa.) its first loss, 11-7, as the Churchmen improved to 3-0 league play. In the victory over Agnes Irwin, Olivia Dirks (Penn State) registered six goals, two assists and 10 draw controls. Previous: NR

10. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 9-1

The Saints have won five in a row since dropping a stunning 18-8 loss to Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) in late March. They are out to regain dominance in the DC ISL this season and have plenty of chances to prove themselves coming up. SSSA will face Holton-Arms on April 9 and then the Saints have a date with No. 6 Visitation on April 25. SSSA midfielder Kennan Moon (Penn) is off to a great start to her senior season with a total of 38 goals and 11 assists. Previous: 6

— Tom Peace

Katie Collins is the top scorer for Cherry Creek (Colo.), ranked No. 4 in the West. (Courtesy of Cherry Creek)

South Top 10

1. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 14-1

The Stallions have galloped off to a terrific start. Their only loss is to national No. 1 McDonogh (Md.). Otherwise, American Heritage has won every game by at least five goals, including an 8-3 win over Bishop Ireton (Va.), a 17-9 win over Lassiter (Ga.) and a 20-2 win over St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.). Previous: 1

2. Milton (Ga.), 12-1

The Eagles are undefeated in-state and have racked up noteworthy victories out of state, including a 23-9 win over Ponte Vedra (Fla.) and a 15-13 win over Bishop Ireton (Va.). Milton’s only loss is to Georgetown Visitation (D.C.). During a five-game stretch against Kincaid (Texas), Potomac (Va.), Hutchison (Tenn.), Lake Oswego (Ore.) and Ireton, Briana Cassasquillo totaled 20 goals and seven assists, and Skylar Carrasquillo had 16 goals. Previous: 2

3. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 16-2

Few teams have racked up more impressive victories than the Highlanders, including an 18-2 win at St. Thomas Aquinas, a 16-3 win over Lassiter (Ga.), a 15-3 win over Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) and a 19-5 victory over Bishop Moore. They’ve been led by Ainsley Thurston’s scoring and Ashley Thurston’s performance in the circle. Their lone losses are to American Heritage and St. Paul’s (Md.). Previous: NR

4. Bishop Moore (Fla.), 14-1

The Hornets set the tone early with a 13-12 win over Lassiter (Ga.). They’ve been winning close games ever since, including a 12-11 decision at Pine Crest (Fla.), an 11-8 victory at IMG Academy (Fla.) and a 15-14 win at home against Mill Creek (Ga.). In total, Bishop Moore has won six games by three goals or less. Previous: 9

5. Weddington (N.C.), 11-0

The Warriors have been stellar despite some tough road goals, including a 10-9 win at Cardinal Gibbons in just their second game of the season and a 14-11 win at Charlotte Latin (N.C.) four days later. They’ll need to channel their inner warrior once again for the grueling stretch of games they have coming, from Marvin Ridge (N.C.) to Lake Norman (N.C.) to a second battle with Charlotte Latin. Previous: NR

6. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 11-2

Since a season-opening loss to Milton (Ga.), the Sharks have won 11 of their last 12 games with their lone loss coming against nationally-ranked St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. Ponte Vedra seems to have a knack for winning close games, from its first win of the season, an 13-11 decision  over Walton (Ga.) to some of its most recent victories, such as a 12-9 victory over Bartram Trail (Fla.) and 11-10 against West Forsyth (Ga.). Previous: NR

7. Lassiter (Ga.), 7-6

Give the Trojans credit for taking on a brutal schedule. They’ve played some of the best teams in the Sunshine State, including one-goal losses to Bishop Moore and IMG Academy, as well as more lopsided losses against Lake Highland Prep and American Heritage-Delray. Lassiter has yet to lose a game within the state of Georgia. Previous: 4

8. Episcopal Dallas (Texas), 8-0

With a 13-7 victory over Hockaday (Texas), Episcopal takes the top spot in The Lone Star State. The Eagles have scored 13-plus goals in every single one of their games so far. Previous: NR

9. Harpeth Hall (Tenn.), 9-0

The Honeybears are the real deal. Not only did they knock off eight-time defending state champion Hutchison, but they outscored the Sting, Brentwood (Tenn.), St. Mary’s Episcopal (Tenn.) and Ensworth (Tenn.), 70-25, over a four-game road trip. An April 16 trip to Ravenwood (Tenn.) offers another huge chance for Harpeth Hall to prove itself. Previous: NR

10. Hockaday (Texas), 9-3

The Daisies appear to have overcome three straight losses, all against strong competition. They have won six straight, including impressive victories over Walton (Ga.) and Highland Park (Texas). Previous: 5

— Jonah Rosenblum

Midwest Top 10

1. Loyola Academy (Ill), 9-1

After starting off 6-0 by dominating local squads, the Ramblers went 3-1 on a tough East Coast trip, which included wins over Potomac School (Ill.), Collegiate (Va.) and Seton (Md.). Loyola’s only loss came against Georgetown Prep (D.C.), 8-7, on April 6. Through the first 10 games of the season, junior Annabelle Burke has scored 29 goals and sophomore Ellie Lazzareto has found the back of the net 39 times. Previous: 1

2. Rockford (Mich.), 1-0

The Rams’ only contest so far this year was a 20-3 win over Birmingham United (Mich.) on March 23. Isabelle Holmes (Louisville) led the way with three goals and three assists in the win. The Rams have a big week ahead, highlighted by a visit to Loyola on April 13. Previous: 2

3. New Trier (Ill.), 5-0-1

The Trevians are unbeaten through six contests, but needed three late goals against Upper Arlington (Ohio) on April 6 to force an 8-8 tie. Junior Claudia Shevtiz (USC) has scored 23 goals on just 37 shots so far this season. Previous: 3

4. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 6-1

The Red Devils’ only loss is against Georgetown Visitation on March 22. In their most recent game, they defeated Noblesville (Ind.) 21-2. Hinsdale Central has a marquee matchup against Rockford (Mich.) on April 12. Previous: 4

5. New Albany (Ohio), 5-1

The Eagles are coming off a pair of dominating wins, beating Olentangy Liberty (Ohio) 17-2 on April 3, followed by a 21-0 win over Westerville South (Ohio) on April 6. Emily Rezabek (Ohio State) has been a huge presence, highlighted by a six-goal performance against Olentangy Liberty. Previous: 8

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

The Eagles’ run of state titles ended last year after a finals loss to Apple Valley (Minn.) completed their 16-3 season. The squad looks to have a solid defense this year, led by defender Kate Pearson (Marquette) and goalie Emilie Bloyer (Richmond). Previous: 7

7. Carmel (Ind.), 5-0

The Greyhounds, coming off a state championship season, have continued to dominate the Hoosier State, outscoring opponents 70-25. Carmel has displayed a balanced attack, led by Hannah Kim (14 goals) and Ava Wetzel (13 goals). Previous: 9

8. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 2-1-1

After losing the season opener to Columbus DeSales (Ohio) by an 8-5 margin, the Golden Bears have responded with wins over Pickerington Central (Ohio) and Glenbrook South (Ill.). Upper Arlington also managed a tie against New Trier on April 6. Senior attacker Sophie Ballou has hat tricks in her last three contests. Previous: 6

9. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 6-1

The Titans got off to a 6-0 start, powered by a trio of wins during a trip out West., but their winning streak came to an end on April 7 with a 13-8 loss to Upper Arlington (Ohio). Previous: NR

10. Montini Catholic (Ill.), 2-1

After a 20-3 win against Lockport Township (Ill.) to start the season, the Broncos lost to Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) 10-7 on March 21. Following a 13-day break, Montini Catholic responded with a 13-0 win over Fenwick (Ill.). Junior Shannon Williams has scored 14 goals in Montini Catholic’s first three matches. Previous: 5

— Justin Boggs

West Top 10

1. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 8-0

The Mustangs haven’t been tested much so far while outscoring opponents 142-23. They’ve won seven games by 12 goals or more with the only other one being a 13-9 win at Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) on March 19. Katharine Merrifield leads the team with 23 goals and five assists, Sloane Murphy adds 20 goals and seven assists and Ella Greene has 19 goals and six assists. Ella Marks has a 3.0 goals against average. Previous: 1

2. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 10-0

The Wolves are off to an impressive start that includes a win over Texas power St. John's and more recently a 20-9 victory over Amador Valley (Calif.) last week. They have outscored opponents 188-58 so far. Junior Catie Grace Carrington leads the team with 32 goals and 10 assists, while sophomore Alannah Scott adds 30 goals and 3 assists. Previous: 10

3. Granite Bay (Calif.), 11-0

The Grizzlies jump into the rankings following a 14-11 win over four-time defending North Coast Section champion Novato (Calif.) on March 23, which snapped the Hornets’ 27-game win streak dating back to early 2018. Granite Bay has outscored opponents 193-81. Previous: NR

4. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 6-1

The Bruins stumbled 13-12 in three overtimes against Denver East (Colo.) on March 9 but has won five straight since, including solid in-state victories against Chaparral, Valor Christian and Regis Jesuit. Through the first four games, Katie Collins led Cherry Creek with 16 goals, three assists and 22 ground balls. Previous: 3

5. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-0

The Knights gained confidence with an early-season 15-13 win over preseason-ranked La Costa Canyon (Calif.), and they’ve cruised since then. Ashley Stokes already has 44 goals and 46 assists, and Brooke Williams adds 42 goals and five assists, as Foothill has outscored opponents 173-71. Previous: NR

6. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 5-1

The Raiders opened with five straight wins but fell 13-8 to Cherry Creek (Colo.) on April 6. The next big test comes against Colorado Academy on Tuesday. Sidney Weigand leads the team with 20 goals and 11 assists, but four others have 11 goals or more, so it’s a pretty balanced attack. Junior goalie Antonia Batuello has a 7.5 goals against average. Previous: 7

7. Mercer Island (Wash.), 7-0

The Islanders avenged last year’s state final loss to Bainbridge Island, beating the Spartans 11-4 on March 20 to take their place as Washington’s top-ranked team. Mercer Island opened with a 15-1 win over usually strong Eastside Catholic (Wash.) and has outscored opponents 105-23. Grace Fujinaga leads the team with 24 goals, while Annabelle Gersch has a team-high 33 points on 20 goals and 13 assists. Previous: NR

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

The Lakers are battle-tested already after opening the season at the Legacy Cup in Georgia, where they went 1-2 against three of the top teams in the South region. They lost to perennial Georgia power Milton and nationally-ranked American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) but collected a 13-5 win over eight-time defending Tennessee state champion Hutchison to close the trip. Lake Oswego is perfect against in-state competition so far. Katy Gilbert (17 goals) and Katie Freeman (16 goals) lead the attack. Previous: 9

9. Redwood (Calif.), 13-1

The Giants join the rankings after notable wins over Novato, Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) and San Marin (Calif.). Their one loss was a 12-11 decision against Piedmont (Calif.). The next test comes April 16 against Amador Valley (Calif.). Previous: NR

10. Novato (Calif.), 11-2

The Hornets bounced back from their first loss to Granite Bay with three straight wins, including an 11-10 decision over St. Ignatius (Calif.), but they slipped up against Redwood (Calif.), falling 16-15. Novato isn’t accustomed to close games, so it’s a new challenge for the players, who also are transitioning under first-year coach Cori Conner. Against St. Ignatius, sophomore goalie Pascale de Buren stopped the Wildcats’ first seven shots and finished with 13 saves, and Maddy Frank tallied five goals to lead the attack. Previous: 2

— Laurel Pfahler