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Victor (N.Y.) won its third straight state championship over the weekend.

CSH, Victor Added to Northeast in High School Girls' Regional Top 10 Update

June 11, 2024
USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff
Rich Barnes

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 USA Lacrosse High School Girls’ Regional Top 10 updates through games played June 9.

The South Region and West Region are not included after completing their seasons.

Two state champions enter the Northeast Region ranking, and there are changes in the bottom six spots. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) ended a five-year drought after getting over a semifinal hump on its way to a title. Victor (N.Y.) shouldn’t come as a surprise with its third straight state crown thanks to a huge end-of-season streak. New Canaan (Conn.) topped Darien (Conn.) and Wilton (Conn.) to enforce its No. 2 ranking. And Sayville (N.Y.) finished its unbeaten season with its first state title to finish in the top five. Just beyond the top 10 are teams that impressed this season like Cicero-North Syracuse (N.Y.), Rye (N.Y.) and Notre Dame Academy (Mass.).

None of the top 10 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region were active. The 10 are among the best teams in the country. Only Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia continued playoffs. In the Garden State, Summit and Morristown capped big years on top of their groups, Chatham upset Moorestown, Glen Ridge topped Mountain Lakes, and Oak Knoll and Montclair Kimberley captured non-public crowns. In Virginia, Douglas Freeman won its fourth straight Class 5 state title, Western Albemarle repeated in Class 4, and Yorktown won Class 6 for the second time in three years.

Olentangy Liberty (Ohio) and Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.) added state titles to pace the action in the Midwest Region. Liberty won a pair of one-goal games on its way to the championship, and Grand Rapids Catholic Central completed an undefeated season with a narrow win. Lakeville South (Minn.) is next to go for an unbeaten championship run as their state playoffs get underway.


1. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 19-0

There’s no debate about the Friars’ greatness. They beat all comers in a challenging schedule and ended by winning a 24th NSCHSAA title. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) will miss a generational talent in Tess Calabria (UNC), a lockdown defender in Amanda Paci (Duke) and a spectacular goalie in Lexi Zenk (UNC) among 16 seniors who will play Division I lacrosse next year. Previous: 1

2. New Canaan (Conn.), 21-1-1

New Canaan captured a state championship for the second time in the last three years, defeating Darien (Conn.), 10-5, to win the CIAC Class LL title. All-American Devon Russell (Boston College) capped her stellar high school career with two more goals, while junior Ceci Patterson was outstanding in the cage with 12 saves. It was the eighth state title in program history. Previous: 2

3. Darien (Conn.), 16-5-1

Darien got to the finish line, like they usually do, and they faced New Canaan, like they usually do, but they didn’t look like their prime selves in the CIAC Class LL championship and fell to their rivals. The Blue Wave will miss the Yale-bound duo of Kelly Holmes and Maggie Bellissimo, as well as Duke commits Hope Schoudel and Sadie Stafford. But Darien will again have the make-up of a national powerhouse next year, like they usually do. Previous: 3

4. Noble & Greenough (Mass.), 18-1

A two-goal loss to Hotchkiss School (Conn.) in late March was all that separated Noble & Greenough from a perfect season. The Bulldogs still made sure it was a memorable, championship-winning season, capturing the Independent School League title for the third consecutive year and fifth time in seven years. Maddie MacDonald (Duke) will be hard to replace, but some of the Bulldogs’ best players, like Rory Taylor (Boston College) and Hadley Laughlin (Notre Dame) are back. Previous: 4

6. Sayville (N.Y.), 21-0

A perfect season for Sayville was capped by a first New York State championship with the Golden Flashes defeating Rye (N.Y.), 9-5, in the Class C final. Sophomore Sophia Buffardi, a rising star on the national stage, scored five goals, four in the second quarter to help Sayville create separation. Jenna Messina added a hat trick and Julia Lilienthal made seven saves in the historic win. Previous: 6

6. Sacred Heart Greenwich (Conn.), 15-3

The Tigers ended the regular season with a roar, defeating Hotchkiss School (Conn.), 12-5, before knocking off Holderness (N.H), Andover (Mass.) and Exeter (N.H.) to win the Prep Cup. Sacred Heart Greenwich (Conn.) is 30-4 over the last two years while playing a national schedule. Previous: 7

7. Wilton (Conn.), 16-4

Wilton's (Conn.) dream of a CIAC title ended with a 13-8 loss to eventual Class LL champion New Canaan in the semifinals, their second loss to the Rams in a month. Addison Pattillo has been a generational talent and she’ll take her talents to North Carolina, among seven college-bound lacrosse players to graduate. Previous: 5

8. Hotchkiss School (Conn.), 14-1

Hotchkiss (Conn.) defeated Taft (Conn.), 10-3, to capture the Founders League tournament title on May 22. Captains Avery Doran (Brown), Etta Coburn (UMass) and Zo Bye (Princeton) leave a championship pedigree. Don’t expect the Bearcats to miss a beat next year. Previous: 8

9. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 17-4

Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) won a first New York State championship since 2019, beating South Jefferson (N.Y.), 12-5, to claim the Class D title. That comes after semifinal defeats in each of the last two years. The Seahawks relied on a team contribution to stand atop the mountaintop, but some of the team’s elite players, including Maryland commit Ryan Reynolds and goalie Maya Soskin (Florida) are back. Previous: NR

10. Victor (N.Y.), 19-3

It’s three straight New York State championships for Victor (N.Y.) following a 16-8 victory over West Genesee as the Blue Devils became the sixth team in NYS history to do so. Victor ended the season on a14-game winning streak and Maryland commit Devin Livingston finished her senior season with 85 goals. But Maia Pronti, who had 46 assists on the year, is among a solid returning core looking for four. Previous: NR

— Dylan Butler

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1. Good Counsel (Md.), 21-0

The Falcons completed their first unbeaten season in school history with a third straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. Good Counsel outscored opponents, 388-116, this season. The Falcons rewrote their record books along the way. Northwestern-bound Hannah Rudolph snapped former Penn State All-American Kelly Lechner’s scoring record and finished with more than 400 points in her career. Stony Brook commit Hailey Huebner far exceeded former Virginia/Team USA’s Morgan Stephens’ record of 62 caused turnovers in a year. And junior Dani Serrano (Marquette commit) finished the year with 107 assists to snap former Duke player Brigid Smith’s school record. Previous: 1

2. St. Paul's (Md.), 16-5

The Gators finished their season with their third IAAM championship in four years thanks to steady improvements through the year. Seeded third for the playoffs, they avenged two regular-season losses in the final two games of the season, culminating with a 7-6 win over McDonogh (Md.), in which Susan Radebaugh made 10 saves. Their defense allowed just 5.25 goals per game this season, the lowest of an IAAM team in the last 15 years. Previous: 2

3. McDonogh (Md.), 17-2

The Eagles put together a strong year under new head coach Megan Nicotra. McDonogh was unbeaten in the IAAM regular season to earn the top seed for the playoffs. The defending champions reached the championship game before falling to St. Paul’s. Their only other loss was a one-goal defeat by Episcopal (Pa.). Previous: 3

4. St. Anne’s-Belfield (Va.), 22-1

The Saints captured their second Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state championship in three years. They took the title with another strong defensive showing against St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.). The Saints had their best wins over Stone Ridge (Md.), St. John’s College (D.C.), Archbishop Spalding (Md.), Bishop Ireton (Va.) and Georgetown Visitation (D.C.). Their lone loss came at the hands of Good Counsel. Previous: 4

5. Episcopal (Pa.), 21-2

The Churchwomen finally solved Agnes Irwin (Pa.) to capture the Independent Schools state championship tournament with a 9-6 win to end their year. Boston College commit Quinn Whitaker led the offense with six goals as Episcopal won its first PAISAA championship since 2016. Whitaker led the offense this year with 58 goals, 17 assists and also had 66 draw controls along with 26 caused turnovers. Georgetown-bound senior Sydney Richter topped the team with 109 draws, also had 17 assists and scored 25 goals. Maura Irish had 52 goals, 14 assists, 60 draw controls and a team-best 38 caused turnovers. Sophomore Caitlin McCarthy led the team with 34 ground balls and had 36 caused turnovers as the PASLA Breakout Player of the Year. Colorado-bound Jenna Morley was the defensive MVP and had 33 ground balls. Previous: 5

6. Stone Ridge (Md.), 16-4

The Gators capped their season with a second straight Independent School League AA tournament championship. Sophia Stoltz led the offense with four goals, including the game-winner. The Gators’ win avenged one of their regular-season losses. Good Counsel, St. Anne’s-Belfield and Sacred Heart Greenwich (Conn.) were the only other teams to top them. The Gators defeated St. Paul’s, Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) and SSSA to highlight their year. Previous: 6

7. Maryvale (Md.), 16-3

Another team that improved through the season, the Lions grew stronger every week after having to replace 15 seniors from a year ago. They had a six-game winning streak that helped them garner the No. 2 seed for the IAAM semifinals. A 13-4 semifinal loss ended the season for Maryvale. Their only losses were to Archbishop Spalding (Md.) early in the year, to top-seeded McDonogh in the regular season and eventual IAAM champion St. Paul’s. Previous: 7

8. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 15-5

The Owls came up short of sweeping Episcopal in the title game. After winning their two meetings in the regular season, the Owls lost, 9-6, to conclude their season. Agnes Irwin played its best lacrosse in the second half of the season after a 3-3 start to the year. They were the only team to beat Episcopal all year, and also won games against Sacred Heart Greenwich (Conn.) and Penn Charter (Pa.). Previous: 8

9. Archbishop Spalding (Md.), 12-5

The Cavaliers’ season ended in the IAAM semifinals with a 10-7 loss to top-seeded McDonogh. Spalding had won five of their last six games before falling to McDonogh for the second time this season, albeit by a closer score in the rematch. Spalding’s top win this year was over Maryvale. Leading scorer Gabby Greene (Florida) headlines the seniors graduating, but Notre-Dame commit Maeve Cavanaugh leads the returning group. Previous: 9

10. Severna Park (Md.), 18-1

The Falcons captured a state public school record 16th state title. Severna Park defeated Dulaney (Md.) 12-6 for the Class 3A state championship. Maria Bragg scored four times and Bella Van Gieson and Erin Hussey each scored two goals apiece. Severna Park built a 7-4 lead by halftime and blanked Dulaney for the final quarter and half of the third quarter. They also won the Anne Arundel County girls tournament for the third straight year despite losing top player Alyssa Gore-Chung early in the season. Previous: 10

— Justin Feil


1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 22-3

Major injuries posed a challenge to the Ramblers’ hopes of repeating. Big-time performances helped Loyola end the year on a 17-game win streak, including the program’s 16th state title. Michigan commit Emma Burke (62 goals, 31 assists, 106 draw controls, 42 caused turnovers and 41 ground balls) starred for the Ramblers. Johns Hopkins commit Jocelyn Park returned from a fractured wrist to have a huge postseason, including four of the team’s seven goals in the state semifinals, and freshmen Molly Dwyer (second on the team with 44 goals) and Chloe Mangel (118 draw controls) also stepped up. Previous: 1

2. Olentangy Liberty (Ohio), 20-4

The Patriots secured their first state title, edging New Albany (Ohio) and Upper Arlington (Ohio) by a goal apiece in the regional and state finals, respectively, and doubling up on Hudson in between in the state semifinals. Their 6-5 win over the Golden Bears was remarkably low-scoring given the attacking star power both teams boast, but Liberty was masterful in gaining possession, building an early lead and killing clock late. Senior Isabelle Pohmer turned three shots into three goals, including the go-ahead, while junior Corinna Hilmas scored two for the Patriots. Previous: 2

3. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 21-3

The Golden Bears fell just shy of their 12th state title (and seventh since 2015) with a 6-5 loss to Olentangy Liberty. The Golden Bears fell despite leading the shot count, 18-10. Evie Ruma scored two goals and Ellie King and Ava Stummer had four ground balls apiece to lead UA, which advanced to the title game with an 18-11 comeback win over Kings (Ohio) in a game they trailed 7-3. Previous: 3

4. New Albany (Ohio), 21-1

The Eagles’ 21 straight wins to start the season included victories over three of four Division I state qualifiers. In their final game, an incredibly close Region 1 title game loss to eventual state champion Olentangy Liberty, Ohio State signee Maddy Paz scored five goals to finish the year with 82 (along with a team-high 126 draw controls and 67 ground balls). Fellow senior Ellie McClelland also delivered a monster season, leading New Albany in goals (86), assists (41) and points (127) and finishing behind only Paz in draw controls (116) and ground balls (61). Previous: 4

5. Kentucky Country Day (Ky.), 26-2

The Bearcats won their third state title in the last four years, as Ellie Beam capped a dominant sophomore season with five goals and three assists in the state title game. Beam led the team in goals (82), points (138), ground balls (57) and draw controls (127). Senior Dylan Yonover (52 goals, 68 assists), junior Leighton Spears (68 goals, 44 assists) and sophomore Ceci Flowers (65 goals, 35 assists) also reached the 100-point mark as KCD’s only losses came to state runners-up Ensworth (Tenn.) and Guerin Catholic (Ind.). Previous: 5

6. New Trier (Ill.), 17-6

Don’t let the Trevians’ early postseason exit confuse you. New Trier is easily one of the best teams in Illinois and the Midwest as a whole. They just happen to share a sectional with another elite program in Loyola Academy, which New Trier took to four overtimes in their epic sectional championship clash. The Trevians were wonderfully balanced all year, including seven players with at least 35 points led by senior Claire Ratke (24 goals, a team-leading 45 assists), junior Ellie Bornhoeft (41 goals, 21 assists) and sophomore Avery Anderson (a team-leading 42 goals, 14 assists). Previous: 6

7. Benet Academy (Ill.), 22-3

It wasn’t that long ago that the Redwings were hovering around the .500 mark (2019). Now they are a state runner-up. While the year came to a tough close (with a 14-5 title game loss to Loyola Academy), it was one Benet Academy will always remember fondly. As for that title game, keeper Maddie Jensen, a Michigan commit, came up with 10 saves as the Redwings battled valiantly after falling behind 11-1 at the half. Remarkably, Benet Academy tripled up on its quarterfinal and semifinal foes. Previous: 7

8. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.), 23-0

After beating 2023 state champ Detroit Country Day (Mich.) twice by double-digit margins earlier in the season, the Division II title game was a different story as the Yellowjackets gave the undefeated Cougars a heck of a battle, even taking the lead early in the fourth quarter. Leading scorer Claire Marosi turned the momentum for GRCC with back-to-back goals in the span of 1:15 and Sarah Rott provided the eventual game-winner midway through the fourth. Samaya Dean also made one of her 10 saves with less than two minutes to play to keep GRCC in the lead as it prevailed 10-9 over DCC. Previous: 8

9. Lakeville South (Minn.), 16-0

The undefeated Cougars are off to states, having won 13 straight games by double digits. Lakeville South won its lone game of the week, topping Lakeville North, 14-4, in the Section 1 title game led by seven points (three goals and four assists) from Charlotte Fannin. Katie Grubbs and Ella Mills added four goals apiece for the Cougars. Previous: 9

10. Carmel (Ind.), 19-3

The Greyhounds’ season played out like a movie. Facing the Guerin Catholic (Ind.) team it fell to in each of the last two state title games, Carmel fell behind 8-2, then scored eight of the final nine goals for a thrilling 10-9 win. Breckin Hare capped her stellar season with six goals against the Golden Eagles to finish the year with 69 goals and 26 assists while Sophie Mock had 92 goals, 37 assists and 104 draw controls. Previous: 10

— Jonah Rosenblum