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New Mid-Atlantic No. 1 in USA Lacrosse High School Girls' Regional Top 10 Ranks

May 14, 2024
USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff
Good Counsel Athletics

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 May 12.

The Northeast Region saw no movement with the rankings holding form in head-to-head meetings and the teams going perfect otherwise. New Canaan (Conn.) re-established its spot at No. 2 with a big win over Wilton (Conn.). Darien (Conn.) took care of No. 10 Sacred Heart Greenwich (Conn.) in another top-10 battle. Teams are gearing up for playoff lacrosse in several states as the stakes get higher.

St. Paul’s (Md.) put it together when it mattered most to make a big move in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Gators avenged a pair of regular-season losses to show strong growth and close the season as IAAM champions. Their strength of schedule also helps them as they climb up to No. 2. Stone Ridge (Md.) defended its league title to improve one spot as well. Episcopal (Pa.) and Agnes Irwin (Pa.) will square off this week in a rematch of an overtime thriller while Manchester Valley (Md.) looks for regional playoff success.

Bartram Trail (Fla.) knocked off Plant (Fla.) for the one big change in the South Region. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), Milton (Ga.), Bartram Trail (Fla.), Hockaday (Texas) and top-10 newcomer Cambridge all captured state championships. While much of the region is done, there are others still on the path to state titles.

The Midwest Region rankings also saw only one significant change, the result of a non-ranked Marist (Ill.) team knocking off Benet Academy (Ill.). Kentucky Country Day (Ky.) and New Trier (Ill.) took advantage to move up. New Albany (Ohio), Catholic Central (Mich.) and Lakeville South (Minn.) remained perfect through last week as regular season play winds down for several areas.

The West Region will see a wealth of top-10 action ahead with playoffs wrapping up in California and Colorado. Top-ranked Colorado Academy (Colo.) and No. 7 Valor Christian (Colo.) will face off in a semifinal, and No. 6 ThunderRidge (Colo.) and No. 8 Fairview (Colo.) are matched up in another semifinal. Marlborough (Calif.) is new to the top 10 after stopping Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) for a section championship after losing to them last year in the title game. Other titles are on the line for the top-tier teams.


1. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 15-0

Meg Kenny scored four goals, Tess Calabria netted the hat trick and Katherine Rathjen and Molly Hiney scored two goals apiece in an 11-7 win at Manhasset (N.Y.), part of the Reg’s Rock Lacrosse Day for Heroes in honor of Sgt. James J. Regan. Previous: 1

2. New Canaan (Conn.), 14-1-1

It was a big week for the Rams, who beat Wilton (Conn.) 12-4, led by hat tricks by Devon Russell and Lexi Tully and Maddie Tully’s two goals, two assists and three draw controls. That was followed by an 11-6 victory over Notre Dame Academy (Mass.), with Lexie Tully scoring five goals, Russell scoring twice and Ceci Patterson making 10 saves. Previous: 2

3. Garden City (N.Y.), 15-1

Kyle Finnell had five goals and one assist, Regan Backer had two goals, Maureen Arendt and Tori Ottomanelli had one goal each and Niamh Pfaff made 12 saves in a 9-3 victory over Massapequa (N.Y.). The Trojans are the top seed in the upcoming Nassau Class B tournament. Previous: 3

4. Wilton (Conn.), 11-1

The Warriors rebounded from a 12-4 loss to New Canaan (Conn.) to beat Guilford (Conn.), 17-3. Addie Pattillo had seven goals, one assist and four draw controls, Ally Phelan had four goals and four draw controls and Ashleigh Masterson added a pair of goals. Previous: 4

5. Darien (Conn.), 11-3-1

Anna Von Kennel had four goals, Annabel Adams netted three goals, Sadie Stafford had a pair of goals and Kelly Holmes added one in a 10-6 victory over Greenwich (Conn.). That followed a 9-7 win over Sacred Heart Greenwich (Conn.) where Holmes had four goals and one assist, Adams had two goals and one assist and Stafford struck twice. Previous: 5

6. Hotchkiss School (Conn.), 12-0

Charlotte Dorman had five goals and one assist, Avery Doran had three goals, two assists and six draw controls, MaryHelen McCooey struck for three goals, Etta Coburn had two assists, seven draw controls and two caused turnovers and Zoe Froimovitz made seven saves as Hotchkiss (Conn.) made it 12 straight wins, beating Greenwich Academy (Conn.), 14-4. Previous: 6

7. Noble & Greenough (Mass.), 15-1

Maddie MacDonald had five goals and two draw controls Tori Balser had three goals, three assists and six draw controls and Hadley Laughlin had five draw controls and one assist in an 18-2 win over Tabor Academy (Conn.). MacDonald had six goals, one assist and four draw controls, Balser had four goals, one assist, six draw controls, Tierney Snink made five saves and Laughlin had six draw controls in a 16-6 victory over Governor’s Academy (Mass.). Previous: 7

8. Sayville (N.Y.), 16-0

Dylan McNamara had five goals and three assists, Sofia Cangelosi and McKenna Farrell had four goal and one assist apiece and Sophia Buffardi added a pair of goals in a 16-8 victory over Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) to cap an undefeated regular season for Sayville (N.Y.), the top seed in the Suffolk Class C tournament. Previous: 8

9. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 14-2

Julia Fusco had three goals and one assist, Ava Meyn had two goals and one assist, Olivia Bradley had a pair of goals and Sara Richardt had one goal and two assists in a 17-3 victory over Bellport (N.Y.), the Phantoms’ 10th straight win to close out the regular season. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) is the No. 2 seed in the Suffolk Class C tournament. Previous: 9

10. Sacred Heart Greenwich (Conn.), 11-3

The Tigers rebounded from a 9-7 defeat to Darien (Conn.) to beat Taft (Conn.) 12-8. Charley Bacigalupo had four goals, Payton Sfreddo had three goals and Lila O’Brien had two goals and one assist in the win. Previous: 10

— Dylan Butler


1. Good Counsel (Md.), 20-0

The Falcons were set to play for a third straight WCAC title on May 13 at Georgetown University against St. John’s College High (D.C.). Good Counsel stayed unbeaten with a 16-6 win over Paul VI (Va.) in the semifinals. They opened the playoffs with a 24-1 quarterfinal win over Elizabeth Seton (Md.). Previous: 2

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

The third-seeded Gators avenged a loss to McDonogh (Md.) from nine days earlier when it mattered most, winning their third IAAM championship in four years, 7-6, on May 10 at USA Lacrosse headquarters. Susan Radebaugh made 10 saves, including one in the final 20 seconds to preserve the win, while Riley Vasile had a hat trick and Marleigh O’Day scored twice while Caroline Hoskins had six draw controls. St. Paul’s also avenged a loss to Maryvale (Md.) in the semifinals with a 13-4 win keyed in part by Kira Balis on the draw control. St. Paul’s ended their year on a nine-game winning streak. Their defense allowed just 5.25 goals per game this season, the lowest of an IAAM team in the last 15 years. Previous: 6

3. Episcopal (Pa.), 18-1

The Churchwomen were dominant in a 17-3 win at Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on May 7. Quinn Whitaker had four goals and two caused turnovers, Avery Le and Kate Dente each scored hat tricks, Sydney Richter scored twice and added four assists and five draw controls, and Nora Bailer had five draw controls. Sof Gagliardi and Teagan Cook each had two goals and an assist apiece. Episcopal could avenge its lone loss of the season May 14 when it plays at Agnes Irwin (Pa.). Previous: 3

4. McDonogh (Md.), 17-2

After getting by fourth-seeded Archbishop Spalding (Md.) in the IAAM semifinals, the Eagles dropped a 7-6 decision to St. Paul’s in the championship game May 10. It was the first loss to an IAAM team this season. Lela Greene scored two goals and Reagan O’Donovan had eight saves for McDonogh, which played the final week of the season without Remi Schaller after the Michigan-bound senior suffered a knee injury. Previous: 1

5. St. Anne’s-Belfield (Va.), 19-1

The Saints wrapped up their third consecutive LIS Championship with a 13-4 win over Collegiate (Va.) on May 10. They won their semifinal game, 21-5, over St. Catherine’s (Va.). In the semifinal win, Raleigh Foster scored five goals and had an assist, Martha Oakey scored six goals and added two assists and Mia Maurer scored four goals and had three assists. In the title game, Foster scored four goals and Stuart King had a goal and three assists and Sophie Gangemi had a hat trick and assist. They will be the top seed for the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state championship. The playoffs begin May 14 with STAB hosting St. Catherine’s (Va.) again in quarterfinal action. Previous: 4

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

The Gators avenged their regular-season loss when they beat Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 8-6 for their second straight Independent School League AA tournament championship. Sophia Stoltz scored four goals, including the game-winner. The Gators’ defense held Visi scoreless over the final 11 minutes. Second-seeded Stone Ridge cruised by seventh-seeded Episcopal (Va.) 18-2 in the quarterfinals and topped St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 11-4 in the semifinals. Previous: 7

7. Maryvale (Md.), 16-2

The Lions’ six-game winning streak was snapped by St. Paul’s in the IAAM semifinals. A 13-4 loss ended the season for Maryvale, which improved impressively start to finish to the season after graduating 15 seniors a year ago. Tess DeLuca finished with six saves in the semifinal and four different players scored their goals. Previous: 5

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

The Cavaliers’ season ended in the IAAM semifinals with a 10-7 loss to top-seeded McDonogh on May 8. 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. Previous: 8

9. Manchester Valley (Md.), 15-0

The defending champion Mavericks earned the top seed for the 2A regional. After a first-round bye, they beat Centennial (Md.) 22-1 in the 2A West region I semifinals. Manchester Valley was scheduled to play Century (Md.) in the final. They beat Century, 6-5, back on April 16. Previous: 9

10. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 11-4

The Owls ran their win streak to seven straight with wins over Academy of Notre Dame (Pa.) and Germantown Academy (Pa.). Agnes Irwin won 12-6 over Notre Dame and 16-5 over Germantown. Blair Fox picked up her 200th career draw control in the win over GA. Ella Springer and Elle Brady each had hat tricks. Mairyn Dwyer scored once and assisted on three goals. The Owls can affirm they are for real when they take on Episcopal (Pa.) again after earlier handing them their only loss of the year. Previous: 10

— Justin Feil


1. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 22-1

In a season full of blowout victories, the Stallions survived a tight contest in the state final by defeating Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 5-4 marking their fourth state title in six seasons. Sophomore Ashley Egbert had a 10-save performance. American Heritage-Delray advanced to the title game thanks to a 17-3 win over Episcopal School of Jacksonville in the semifinals. Victoria Tomonto had five goals. Previous: 1

2. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 18-4

The Crusaders advanced to the state semifinals with a 23-4 win over Apex Friendship (N.C.). The victory followed a 24-1 win over Wake Forest (N.C.). Izzi Hammond had six goals and three assists in the win. Previous: 3

3. Milton (Ga.), 18-4

The Eagles won their seventh straight state crown with a 17-3 dismantling of West Forsyth (Ga.). Milton’s victory followed a 13-3 semifinal win over North Gwinett (Ga.). Previous: 4

4. Bartram Trail (Fla.), 18-5

The Bears defended their state championship defeating previously undefeated Plant (Fla.) 10-8, winning their third title in a row. Freshman Esa Brenneman provided five goals while leading scorer Ryann Frechette had three tallies. Bartram Trail earned a spot in the championship by edging Vero Beach (Fla.) 6-5. Frechette scored the eventual game-winner. Previous: 5

5. Hockaday (Texas), 16-4

The Daisies won a fourth straight state championship by defeating Frisco (Texas) 13-11. A 13-10 win over Anderson (Texas) propelled Hockaday into the state finals. Previous: 6

6. Plant (Fla.), 23-1

For the second straight year, the Panthers lost to Bartram Trail (Fla.) in the state playoffs. Plant lost in the state championship to the Bears 10-8. Plant got to the finals by way of a 16-5 victory over Stoneman Douglas (Fla.). Previous: 2

7. Anderson (Texas), 12-3

The Trojans’ bid for a state championship came to an end in the semifinals by falling to eventual champion Hockaday (Texas) 13-10. Hockaday handed Anderson two of its three losses in 2024. Previous: 7

8. Bishop England (S.C.), 19-0

The Battling Bishop won a state championship by easily defeating Riverside (S.C.) 22-2. Henley Bredemann had a team-leading 112 points while Bo Rosato had 111 points. Bishop England outscored opponents 327-39 in 2024. Previous: 8

9. Cambridge (Ga.), 18-4

The Bears roared to a state championship with a 11-7 victory over Blessed Trinity (Ga.), marking their second win this year over Blessed Trinity. The win stopped Blessed Trinity from winning its fourth state title in a row. Previous: NR

10. Blessed Trinity (Ga.), 18-2

Blessed Trinity reached the state championship before falling to Cambridge. Cambridge is the only team to upend Blessed Trinity this season. The Titans won 11 straight games to reach the state title game for the fourth year in a row. Previous: 10

— Justin Boggs


1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 15-3

The Ramblers’ lone game of this past week (against in-state foe Hersey) was moved to May 13. As a result, Loyola Academy was off while chaos ensued throughout the Land of Lincoln with Marist (Ill.) upsetting Benet Academy (Ill.) and the Redwings recovering to beat another top Illinois team in Hinsdale Central. Previous: 1

2. New Albany (Ohio), 17-0

The Eagles remained undefeated heading into their regular-season finale against Dublin Jerome (Ohio), surviving a couple of tough tests this past week. New Albany edged Olentangy Liberty (Ohio), 10-9, in a battle of two of the state’s best on a Maddy Paz goal in the final seconds, then won a tough game (14-11) at Thomas Worthington (Ohio). Paz had 11 goals and 17 draws on the week while Ellie McClelland had 8 goals and 10 draws. Previous: 2

3. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 15-2

Like the Eagles, the Golden Bears were tested this week on the road, prevailing 12-10 at Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio). Senior Lilly Boyle helped lead UA to victory, garnering five goals and five draw controls, while junior Bethany Smith had two goals and an assist and senior Ava Stummer had two assists and a goal. The Golden Bears’ next road game was less stressful as they tripled up on Mason (Ohio), 21-7. Previous: 3

4. Olentangy Liberty (Ohio), 13-4

There were tests galore across the Buckeye State this week. After Liberty lost at New Albany Tuesday, it was on the opposite side of a one-goal margin May 10 against the state’s top-ranked Division II team: St. Francis DeSales. Senior Isabelle Pohmer played a role in the bulk of the Patriots’ goals against the Stallions with four goals and three assists in a 10-9 win, while senior Brenna Heffernan, junior Madeline Pohmer and sophomore Megan Benton added three points apiece. Madeline Pohmer also had four goals against the undefeated Eagles. Previous: 4

5. Kentucky Country Day (Ky.), 24-2

The Bearcats dominated their three games this week, beating in-state foes North Oldham, South Oldham and Christian Academy of Louisville by a combined margin of 52-5. Dylan Yonover had eight points in KCD’s state quarterfinal win over CAL, including five assists, while Kennedy Harcourt and Leighton Spears also had hat tricks for the Bearcats. Previous: 6

6. New Trier (Ill.), 14-5

The Land of Lincoln learned how dangerous Marist could be when it upset Benet Academy. The Trevians didn’t allow the Redhawks to repeat the feat, prevailing 12-3 on May 10. Ellie Bornhoeft had another big game, with three goals, four ground balls, five caused turnovers and seven draw controls as New Trier built a 6-0 lead and never looked back. Previous: 7

5. Benet Academy (Ill.), 18-2

After Marist upset the Redwings, handing them just their second loss, Benet bounced back with a 9-7 win at Hinsdale Central, always among the Land of Lincoln’s best. Shannon Earley, who already has 116-goal (as a freshman) and 98-goal (as a sophomore) seasons under her belt, is in that territory again after a whopping six goals against Marist. Previous: 5

8. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.), 17-0

The Cougars continue to dominate, topping in-state foes Forest Hills Northern/Eastern, Spring Lake and Grand Haven by double-digit margins. GRCC has now scored at least 17 goals in six straight games and has at least 14 in every game this season. Previous: 8

9. Lakeville South (Minn.), 8-0

The Cougars continued to dominate with three more wins by double-digit margins. Their 16-4 win May 11 over a solid Stillwater team was particularly impressive, as Ella Mills paced Lakeville South with seven goals, Charlotte Fannin added a goal and five assists and Katie Grubbs had a goal and three assists. Oh, and keeper Kate Baell had 18 saves against just six goals allowed in her team’s wins over Stillwater and Lakeville North. Previous: 9

10. Carmel (Ind.), 15-3

The Greyhounds dominated their lone game of the week, beating Castle (Ind.), 15-1, to remain undefeated within the Hoosier State. Next up, Carmel looks to win its first state title since 2021 after falling to Guerin Catholic (Ind.) in the championship game in each of the last two seasons. Previous: 10

— Jonah Rosenblum


1. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 17-0

The Mustangs rolled through Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.) and Cherry Creek (Colo.) to advance to the Class 5A CHSAA semifinals against No. 7 Valor Christian (Colo.). Previous: 1

2. Oak Ridge (Calif.), 20-2

Oak Ridge claimed the first-ever CIF Sac-Joaquin state championship crown in an 8-6 victory over St. Francis (Calif.). It’s the Trojans’ second consecutive season finishing with at least 20 wins and their third straight season with only two losses. Previous: 2

3. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 15-5

The Wildcats cruised past Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) in the opening round of the Central Coast Section WBAL Foothill division playoffs. They face Saint Francis (Calif.) next for a slot in the finals. Previous: 3

4. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 20-1

For the first time since 2018, the Wolves are crowned the Division 1 CIF North Coast Section champions after dominating Redwood (Calif.), 14-8. Senior Leslie Iorio (Villanova) paced San Ramon with nine draw controls while adding three goals. Previous: 4

5. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), 17-2

The Gators fight for a spot in the CCS WBAL Foothill division championship match after a dominant 19-1 win over Los Gatos (Calif.). Previous: 5

6. ThunderRidge (Colo.), 16-1

With a spot in the Class 5A CHSAA championship on the line, ThunderRidge takes on No. 9 Fairview in the semifinals on May 14 after defeating Ralston Valley (Colo.) and Poudre School District (Colo.). Previous: 7

7. Valor Christian (Colo.), 12-5

Valor Christian danced to the semifinals of the Class 5A CHSAA semifinals after defeating Denver East (Colo.) and No. 10 Kent Denver (Colo.). They face No. Colorado Academy on May 14. Previous: 8

8. Fairview (Colo.), 13-3

No. 3-seeded Fairview dominated Rock Canyon (Colo.) and Regis Jesuit (Colo.) to secure a spot in the Class 5A CHSAA semifinals against No. 7 and second-seeded ThunderRidge (Colo.). Previous: 9

9. Marlborough (Calif.), 18-1

Marlborough clinched the Division 1 CIF Southern Section championship with an impressive 14-8 victory over previously ranked No. 6 Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.). The Mustangs sought and found revenge after losing the title to the Knights last season. Previous: NR

10. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 14-2

Foothill’s season came to an end in the Division 1 CIF Southern Section championship round after falling 14-8 to Marlborough (Calif.). They defeated Redondo Union (Calif.) in the semis. The Knights finished at the top of their conference, going undefeated in league play. Previous: 6

— Theresa Palmquist