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American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) Reclaims No. 1 in South Girls' Top 10

March 28, 2023
USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff
John Strohsacker

Every Tuesday during the high school lacrosse season, USA Lacrosse updates Regional Top 10 and National Top 25 rankings to reflect the results of the previous week. Below are the Nike/USA Lacrosse High School Girls’ Regional Top 10 updates through games played March 26.

Nike/USA 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


1. Darien (Conn.), 0-0

The loaded Blue Wave, featuring returning All-Americans in Chloe Humphrey (North Carolina), the top player in the Class of 2023 by Inside Lacrosse, as well as Ryan Hapgood (Dartmouth) and Kaci Benoit (Syracuse) open the 2023 season with a road trip across the Long Island Sound to take on Manhasset (N.Y.) April 1. Previous: 1

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

The defending FCIAC and CIAC Class L champions open their season at Fairfield Ludlowe (Conn.) March 30. Attacker Stella Nolan (Michigan) and defenders Ella Petterson and Devon Russell lead the way for the Rams this season. Previous: 3

3. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 0-0

Like the other top teams in the Northeast, the Friars have practiced and scrimmaged, but the games that count begin March 29 when they host Kellenberg (N.Y.). Goalie Shae Lembo (Stanford), defender Amanda Paci (Duke), midfielders Rose Christie (Villanova) and Tanner Scarola (Army) and attacker Tess Calabria (North Carolina) will lead the charge in a quest for a fourth CHSAA Class AA title. Previous: 3

4. Baldwinsville (N.Y.), 0-0

After beating Northport to win a second New York State Class A championship, and first since 2000, a year ago, Baldwinsville (N.Y.) will open its title defense home against Bethlehem (N.Y.) April 1. The Bees are led by returning All-American Carlie DeSimone (Syracuse) as well as Mia Pozzi (Virginia Tech), Brianna Peters (Syracuse) and Sophia Ianno (Monmouth). Previous: 4

5. Manhasset (N.Y.), 0-0

The Indians first game since capturing the New York State Class C title last June is a doozy — home vs. Darien (Conn.). A year ago, the Blue Wave handed Manhasset the first of just three defeats, winning 14-7 at home. Returning All-American Alexandra Schneider (Virginia), Caitlyn Barrett (Duke) and talented juniors Lauren Perfetto (Loyola), Shea Panzik (Vanderbilt) and Amelia LoPinto (USC) lead the charge. Previous: 5

6. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 0-0

A year removed from a one-goal loss in the Suffolk Class A championship game, the Patriots were to open a highly-anticipated 2023 at Garden City (N.Y.) on March 27. Ward Melville returns a host of special juniors, including midfielder Emilia Retzlaff (Navy), who had 33 goals and 11 assists a year ago and attack Grace Balocca (Villanova), who netted 40 goals in 2022. Previous: 6

7. Northport (N.Y.), 0-0

After another trip to the New York State Class A final, albeit an empty one in June, the Tigers will begin the 2023 season as underdogs. Grace McCarthy (East Carolina), Emma McLam (Delaware) and goalie Megan Morris (Marist) will look to prove Northport is still a powerhouse. The Tigers open the season home for Connetquot (N.Y.) March 29. Previous: 7

8. Wantagh (N.Y.), 1-0

The Warriors opened the 2023 season with a 16-11 win over Middle Country Saturday. Madison Alaimo (Virginia) had seven goals and four assists, Julia Nicholson had four goals and two assists and Juliana Cerasi controlled the draw for Wantagh. The Warriors take on Holy Trinity and Carle Place this week. Previous: 8

9. Bronxville (N.Y.), 0-0

The reigning New York State Class D champions open their season March 28 against North Shore (N.Y.). Catherine Berkery (Penn) who earned All-Section 1 honors, midfielder Anna Becker (Columbia) and goaltender Olivia Shinsato (Georgetown) lead the Broncs this spring. Previous: 9

10. Wilton (Conn.), 0-0

After a solid 17-5 season a year ago, Wilton turn the lights on for real April 1 at Shenendehowa (N.Y.), part of a solid non-league schedule that includes Canadaigua (N.Y.), Bronxville, North Shore (N.Y.) and Rye (N.Y.). The Warriors are led by returning All-American Molly Snow (Lehigh) as well as Emerson Pattillo (Michigan) and Addison Pattillo (North Carolina). Previous: 10

— Dylan Butler


1. St. Paul’s (Md.), 6-0

The Gators have looked as dominant as ever out of the gates but will face some stiffer competition in the next two weeks. They cruised by St. Mary’s (Md.) 16-5 after a 16-7 win over Roland Park (Md.). They’ve also blown by a pair of good California squads in Torrey Pines, 12-6, and La Jolla, 18-6, on a West Coast trip. They opened the year with a 14-3 win over a solid Stone Ridge (Md.) program. Bryn Mawr (Md.) and Maryvale (Md.) await this week. Previous: 1

2. Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), 1-0

The Patriots opened up convincingly with an 18-0 win over Conwell-Egan (Pa.). Eighteen different players scored. Bridget Robinson made three saves for the shutout. The win is the first step toward a 22nd straight Catholic League championship. Carroll hosts Agnes Irwin (Pa.) on March 30 before traveling to Notre Dame (Md.) on April 1 in a pair of tougher matchups. Previous: 3

3. Archbishop Spalding (Md.), 2-0

The Cavaliers pulled away from Saint Mary’s (Md.) for a 12-5 win. Gabby Greene and Maeve Cavanaugh each scored four goals, and Amanda Gazelle had two tallies. Spalding plays at Severn and then hosts McDonough (Md.) in a key matchup March 30. Previous: 5

4. Glenelg Country (Md.), 4-0

Natalie Eastwood finished with seven saves – several of them early as the Dragons built a 6-0 lead – on their way to 15-5 win over Notre Dame (Md.). Regan Byrne scored seven goals, Maggie Flanagan had a hat trick and Jess Doreen recorded three assists. The Dragons followed it with a narrow 10-9 win over Garrison Forest (Md.) with Regan Byrne scoring twice and adding an assist. Previous: 7

5. McDonogh (Md.), 4-1

The Eagles played a pair of 12-11 games last week. They opened the week with a one-goal win over Maryvale (Md.). They ended the week with a 12-11 loss to Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) in overtime. Between the games, they handled Bryn Mawr (Md.), 17-7. Previous: 2

6. Maryvale (Md.), 5-1

The Lions fell to McDonogh (Md.) 14-8 in the IAAM A Conference quarterfinals last year. They lost by one this year, 12-11, just one sign of their bid to improve on two years in a row earning the No. 6 seed for the IAAM playoffs. Maryvale returned to win three straight in a busy week. They topped Severn (Md.), beat previously unbeaten Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 12-10, and were convincing winner over Lassiter (Ga.). They edged Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and held off St. Anne’s-Belfield (Va.) to open the year. Previous: NR

7. St. Anne’s-Belfield (Va.), 4-1

Martha Oakey has helped the Saints pick up from last year when they won their first D1 state title with a team of mostly sophomores. Oakey had a hat trick and assist and five draw controls in an 8-6 win over Georgetown Visitation (D.C.). Mia Maurer provide four assists in the win. Oakey had four points, Lee Kestner had a goal and assist and four draw controls in a 17-6 win over St. Gertrude (Va.). Oakey had another hat trick, three assists and seven draw controls in an 11-9 win over Bishop Ireton (Va.). Kestner also had seven draw controls. Previous: NR

8. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 4-2

The Cubs picked up a huge win over McDonogh in overtime. Emma Gallagher netted the game-winner after McDonogh rallied late to force overtime. Quinn Murray led Visi with four goals, Madison Rassas had a hat trick and assist, and Gallagher scored twice. They also downed Bishop Ireton (Va.) with Murray scoring four goals and adding an assist and Rassas with another hat trick. Kenzie Rassas also scored twice and had an assist. Previous: 9

9. Owen J. Roberts (Pa.), 4-0

The Wildcats are playing a tougher schedule this year and handling it well. They were 13-1 winners over a Garnet Valley (Pa.) team that beat them twice, including to end their season, a year ago. Then they picked up a statement 9-4 win over defending state champion Conestoga (Pa.) 9-4 behind hat tricks from Alexa Vogelman and Colby Wasson. Vogelman also had a pair of assists. Gabbi Koury had four points on a pair of goals and two assists. Korrigan Sweeney made 13 saves in the win. Previous: NR

10. Stone Ridge (Md.), 1-2

Sandwiched around losses to the top-ranked program in the Mid-Atlantic, St. Paul’s (Md.), and the top-ranked program in the South, American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), the Gators picked up a win over Vero Beach (Fla.) 21-10. Vero Beach is a top-10 program in the South as well. The schedule doesn’t get any easier with a game against Pennsylvania power Episcopal Academy and the week finishes with Georgia stronghold Milton as well as Collegiate (Va.).

— Justin Feil


1. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 12-1

The Stallions picked up their third win over a top Mid-Atlantic opponent, defeating then-No. 11 ranked nationally Stone Ridge (Md.) 9-6. The win followed a 21-12 victory over Lake Mary (Fla.). Previous: 2

2. Milton (Ga.), 10-0

The Eagles hosted a pair of squads from Florida last week, defeating IMG Academy 14-6 to start. Milton then defeated Hagerty 15-5. Maeve Simonds led the way with five goals in each game. Emily Simkin had four goals and eight assists on the weekend. Previous: 3

3. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 6-1

The Crusaders started the week with a dominating 19-1 victory over winless Leesville Road (Ga.). Cardinal Gibbons then suffered its first loss of 2023, falling to Maryvale Prep (Md.) 12-8. Previous: 1

4. Hockaday (Texas), 9-0

The Daisies remain undefeated to start 2023, blowing away opposition 147-44 to open the year. Last week, Hockaday returned from an 11-day layoff to defeat McKinney (Texas) 20-3. Hockaday then posted another 20-3 result against St. Andrews (Texas). The week concluded with a 20-1 win over Westlake (Texas). Previous: 6

5. Bartram Trail (Fla.), 10-1

The Bears picked up a major out of state victory last week, defeating St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 11-9. Bartram Trail followed that up with a 19-11 victory over Ponte Vedra (Fla.). Previous: 7

6. Steinbrenner (Fla.), 9-2

The Warriors returned from an 11-day break with a 9-8 win over Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), led by a four-goal effort by Taylor Lapointe. Lapointe then scored give goals to lift Steinbrenner to a 22-2 win over Durant (Fla.). Steinbrenner fell to Olentangy Liberty (Ohio) to close out the week. Previous: 5

7. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 11-2

The Highlanders lost by a heartbreaking 9-8 margin to Steinbrenner (Fla.). Lake Highland closed out the week with a dominating 22-3 win over the First Academy (Fla.). Previous: 4

8. Blessed Trinity (Ga.), 11-2

After losing two of their three previous games by one goal, the Titans weren’t going to fall for a third time by a goal. Blessed Trinity bested West Forsyth (Ga.) 9-8 in overtime last week. Blessed Trinity followed its win with a resounding 16-3 win over Roswell (Ga.). Previous: 9

9. Vero Beach (Fla.), 11-3

Vero Beach lost its second in a row, falling to Stone Ridge (Md.) 21-10. Of Vero Beach’s three losses, it was the first not to be by a single goal. Although just 5-3 at home, Vero Beach remains a perfect 6-0 on the road. Previous: 8

10. Anderson (Texas), 10-0

The Trojan has not lost since 2021, riding a 25-game winning streak. Anderson is led by senior Annie Small, who is headed to Dartmouth, and junior Chloe Page, a Cincinnati recruit. Anderson is coming off recent wins over Westlake (Texas) and Lamar (Texas). Previous: NR

— Justin Boggs


1. New Trier (Ill.), 4-1

The Trevians spent the weekend on an East Coast swing, which entering their March 27 finale against Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) included wins over Virginia opponents Independence and South County and a one-goal loss to Paul VI (Va.). Against Land of Lincoln foes? Well, New Trier outscored Evanston and Glenbrook North by a combined margin of 42-3. Previous: 1

2. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 6-0

Despite their youth (12 sophomores and a freshman), the Ramblers have been brilliant early. Perhaps more than anything, Loyola Academy’s balance has stood out in the opening weeks of the season with Eileen Dooley (19 goals), Grace Dwyer (15), Riley Jenkins (15), Mia Chupaila (14) and Emma Burke (13) all in double figures after just six games. Previous: 3

3. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 1-0

The 2022 state runner-up Golden Bears got off to a strong start Saturday with a 13-5 victory over Springboro (Ohio). Other tests loom in the near future, including one of the top teams in Kentucky (Sacred Heart Academy) on March 28 as well as Olentangy Liberty (which topped Ohio Division II state champion Mariemont in its 2023 opener) on April 6. Previous: 4

4. Kentucky Country Day (Ky.), 9-1

The Bearcats have taken on a ton of tough competition, starting with a one-goal win over Volunteer State power Harpeth Hall and most recently including Saturday’s one-goal victory over Jackson (Ohio). In KCD’s latest win, over Jackson, five players found the back of the net for the Bearcats. That included star freshman Ellie Beam, who had a goal and two assists against the Polar Bears and now has 26 goals and 13 assists on the season. Previous: 5

5. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 1-0

Winners of three straight state titles, the Pioneers started the 2023 campaign with a dominant showing, topping in-state foe DeWitt, 16-5. That will be it for a while for EGR with its next scheduled games coming in mid-April, starting with Forest Hills Central on April 12. Previous: 6

6. University School of Milwaukee (Wisc.), 0-0

Coming off a remarkable one-loss season, in which that lone loss came against one of the region’s best in New Trier, the Wildcats will open play in April, led by Abby Sisson (49 G, 45 A, 31 GB) and Mia Darr (32 G, 12 A, 37 GB). Watch for mid-April contests against a couple of challenging Wisconsin foes in WNS Co-Op and Kettle Moraine. Previous: 7

7. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 3-0

The Red Devils are off to a blazing start, scoring at least 15 goals against each of their first three opponents: Glenbard West (Ill.), St. Charles (Ill.) and Mead (Colo.). Angie Conley has been on a particular tear, starting the season with three straight hat tricks. Reese Napier and Daphne Venetsanopolous added their second hat tricks of the season in Hinsdale Central’s latest win, a 15-9 triumph over Mead, one of Colorado’s top teams. Previous: 8

8. Carmel (Ind.), 3-0

The 2022 state runner-up Greyhounds took advantage of their first chance at avenging last year’s state title game, topping Guerin Catholic in overtime. In the rematch of last year’s championship contest, sophomore Breckin Hare helped Carmel come out on top with a hat trick, while senior Tori Tomalia added two goals and two assists. Previous: 9

9. Mason (Ohio), 2-0

The Comets had one of the most impressive victories of the young season when they topped 2022 state champion New Albany (Ohio), on the road no less. Mason’s marvelous opener included Ella Shemak’s 19 saves, Lyla Glinski producing a number of goals, and the Comets recording a 9-4 second half to take control of what was a one-goal game at the intermission. Previous: NR

T10. New Albany (Ohio), 1-1

After ending last season on an 11-game win streak, the Eagles bounced back from losing their 2023 opener with a nice win over an always tough Medina (Ohio) squad. Another Northeast Ohio opponent, Hudson, should be a great test on April 8. Previous: 2

T10. Olentangy Liberty (Ohio), 3-1

The Patriots, who gave New Albany a valiant battle in last year’s regional championship (the Eagles went on to capture the state title), are off to a strong start to 2023. That includes an opening 11-3 win over a Mariemont (Ohio) team that went 20-1 last year, followed by victories over Hilliard Bradley (Ohio) and George Steinbrenner (Fla.). Previous: NR

— Jonah Rosenblum


1. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 5-0

Zoe Martin scored six goals to help the Mustangs pass their first big test of the season with an 11-9 win over No. 3 Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) on March 23. Ari Foreman had four ground balls and three caused turnovers to lead the defense, while Alexa Lang and Olivia Aguirre combined for seven saves splitting time in goal. Previous: 1

2. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 6-0

The Wildcats added in-state wins over Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School last week, and the 13-8 decision over SHP was the closest game they’ve played. April will bring more challenges with three games in Colorado, including a rematch of a 2022 loss against No. 1 Colorado Academy on April 12. St. Ignatius hasn’t lost to a California opponent since April 22, 2021. Previous: 2

3. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 6-2

The Knights fell short against Colorado Academy and now have dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than five years, but that just shows how strong of a program they’ve built. They had lost to St. Ignatius Prep on March 18 in a rematch of their lone loss of 2022. Foothill was a combined 56-3 over the past four seasons. Previous: 3

4. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 5-0

The Bruins remain unbeaten after a successful trip to California resulted in two wins, including a notable 15-7 victory over La Jolla (Calif.) on March 20 helped by big performances from senior defender Becca Zerr and sophomore midfielder Ava Whitt. Cherry Creek had the rest of the week off but returns to action Poudre District on March 29, which will serve as a warmup to a much-anticipated matchup with Valor Christian (Colo.). Previous: 7

5. Fairview (Colo.), 3-1         

Tessa McCollester’s six goals and two assists powered the Knights to a 14-11 win over former No. 4 Valor Christian on March 20. Cami Johnson added one goal and five assists, and Gabriella McCollester had a hat trick and won nine draw controls. Previous: 9

6. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 8-1

The Dons cruised to dominant wins over JSerra Catholic (Calif.) and Mountain Ridge (Utah) last week, beating them by a combined score of 31-5. Cathedral averages 16.8 goals per game and is allowing just 7.4 goals per game. Previous: 8

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

The Wolves shut out Livermore (Calif.), 19-0, on March 24 and then handed Marin Catholic (Calif.) its first loss the next day, beating the Wildcats 18-10. Leslie Iorio led the attack against Marin with six goals and one assist, and Marin Ruh and Brinley Myers each added three goals and an assist. Big tests against Torrey Pines (Calif.), St. Margaret’s (Calif.) and Foothill are coming up over the next week. Previous: 10

8. Coronado (Calif.), 6-0

The Islanders edged previously ranked Torrey Pines (Calif.), 8-7, on March 20 and followed that with a 24-4 win over Canyon Crest (Calif.). They are off this week but return to play April 3 against Sacred Heart Prep before traveling to play ranked Cathedral Catholic on April 5. Previous: NR

9. Grant (Ore.), 4-0

The Generals make their West Top 10 debut after wins over West Linn (Ore.) and former No. 5 Jesuit Portland (Ore.) last week. They edged Jesuit, 15-14, in an offensive battle led by Megan McDevitt (five goals, three assists) and Kate Ratanaproeksa (five goals, one assist). Grant was 14-4 last season. Previous: NR

10. Valor Christian (Colo.), 2-1

The Eagles suffered a 14-11 loss to Fairview on March 20 but bounced back with an 11-7 win over Regis Jesuit (Colo.). Amanda Stevens scored a hat trick, Eliza Osburn posted a game-high four points on two goals and two assists, and Reagan Digby added two goals and one assist to lead the attack against Regis. Osburn also added six ground balls and two caused turnovers. Previous: 4

— Laurel Pfahler