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Jordan Kauftheil of John Jay-Cross River (N.Y.)

USA Lacrosse High School Girls' Players of the Week

May 8, 2024
USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff
John-Jay Cross River (N.Y.)

The USA Lacrosse Players of the Week recognize the most outstanding individual performances in high school girls’ lacrosse in each of the five regions — Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West — outlined in our high school coverage. Games are considered from the previous Monday through Sunday.


Jordan Kauftheil, John Jay-Cross River (N.Y.)

Without injured star midfielder Jojo Degl, John Jay-Cross River (N.Y.) needed others to step up against Minisink Valley (N.Y.). Jordan Kauftheil got the memo. The junior scored a career-high eight goals in a 16-7 victory over the defending Section IX Class B champs, a big win that came off the heels of a two-goal loss to Yorktown (N.Y.). Kauftheil, who is primarily a defender but moved to midfield this season, now has 37 goals, three assists, 13 caused turnovers and 40 draw controls for the season.

“Jordan is a relentless player who has a very high lacrosse IQ,” John Jay-Cross River head coach Jess McDonough said. “She understands how to create on offense and as a defender, she constantly brings her calm composure while anticipating the attackers’ next move. She brings energy every day.”

Also notable: Tori Balser, Noble & Greenough (Mass.); Tess Calabria, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.); Reese King, Westhampton (N.Y.); Addie Pattillo, Wilton (Conn.); Lexi Tully, New Canaan (Conn.)

— Dylan Butler


Ellie Wisch, Conestoga (Pa.)

Wisch closed her week with four goals and 11 draw controls in a 9-7 Conestoga win over an Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) that had lost just once. Wisch finished the 3-0 week with 10 goals, 19 draw controls and a caused turnover as Conestoga improved to 14-2 with their 14th straight win.

Wisch, a Penn State commit, has been a key player for four years for the team. She scored 57 goals as a freshman, a feat she duplicated last year again. And in between, she helped the team win a state championship in 2022.

Also notable: Sienna Chirieleison, Trinity (Pa.); Mairyn Dwyer, Agnes Irwin (Pa.); Elena Emde, Dulaney (Md.); Taylor Fique, Manchester Valley (Md.); Gabby Greene, Archbishop Spalding (Md.); Erin Hussey, Severna Park (Md.); Kate Levy, McDonogh (Md.); Emma Mohn, Maryvale (Md.); Sienna Perryman, Winters Mill (Md.); Sydney Richter, Episcopal (Pa.), Grace Walter, Penn Charter (Pa.)

— Justin Feil


Mckenzey Craig, Plant (Fla.)

The Johns Hopkins recruit has her squad two games away from a state title. In last week’s regional semifinal against Riverview Sarasota (Fla.), the junior midfielder had four goals and five assists. She then turned in a seven-goal, four-assist effort in Plant’s regional final victory over Manatee (Fla.). She has 59 goals and 54 assists this season.

Also notable: Emily Barnette, Bartram Trail (Fla.); Audrey Thompson, Anderson (Texas)

— Justin Boggs


Mia Maxwell, Edina (Minn.)

There’s helping your teammates and then there’s what Mia Maxwell did. The senior attacker had a whopping 12 assists in her team’s 17-6 victory over Wayzata (Minn.). That’s right, Maxwell had an assist on over two-thirds of her team’s goals. Maxwell also had three goals and three assists in a win over St. Michael (Minn.).

Also notable: Emma Burke, Loyola Academy (Ill.); Mia Darr, University School of Milwaukee (Wisc.); Sophie Mock, Carmel (Ind.); Sivanna O’Brien, Lakeville South (Minn.); Maddy Paz, New Albany (Ohio); Madeline Pohmer, Olentangy Liberty (Ohio); Claire Ratke, New Trier (Ill.); Logan Snyder, New Albany (Ohio); Ava Stummer, Upper Arlington (Ohio)

— Jonah Rosenblum


Annika Tanner, Oak Ridge (Calif.)

Junior middie Tanner (Louisville) was an essential key in the midfield throughout Oak Ridge’s run in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Lacrosse Playoffs. She netted eight goals, had three assists and six draw controls during the tournament.

Also notable: Rocquette Allen, ThunderRidge (Colo.); Alexa May, Colorado Academy (Colo.); Lucy Michaels, Fairview (Colo.); Claire Murphy, Kent Denver (Colo.); Amanda Stevens, Valor Christian (Colo.); Sofia Williams, Oak Ridge (Calif.)

— Theresa Palmquist