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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.


Ava Simonton, Ward Melville (N.Y.)

She’s just a freshman, but Ava Simonton is off to a remarkable start to her high school career. In her varsity debut, she scored a hat trick in a 9-5 win over West Islip (N.Y.) and then sparked a big come-from-behind win over perennial powerhouse Garden City (N.Y.) with four goals and two assists.

“As one of only two freshmen on our team, Ava has been showing her playing ability and poise can lead us in tight games,” Ward Melville coach Stephanie Peragallo said. “I am so excited to see how she progresses with us over the next four years.”

Also notable: Katie Bell, Hen Hud (N.Y.); Cassidy Deierlein, Albertus Magnus (N.Y.); Caroline Ircha, Bronxville (N.Y.); Brigid Manning, Sayville (N.Y.); Bridget Valentine, Massapequa (N.Y.)

— Dylan Butler


Lexi Dupcak, Broadneck (Md.)

The Maryland commit helped the Bruins pick up where they left off last year. The senior midfielder led seven different scorers with six goals and an assist in a 15-6 win over Marriott’s Ridge (Md.). Then, in a rematch of last year’s Class 4A state final, Dupcak helped again knock off Arundel (Md.) with five goals and one assist in a 21-5 win.

Also notable: Darcy Felter, Penn Charter (Pa.); Jaclyn Marszal, Glenelg Country (Md.); Emmy Pascal, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.); Jordan Peterson, Hereford (Md.); Bella Saviano, Archbishop Spalding (Md.)

— Justin Feil


Minje Kwun, Hockaday (Texas)

Kwun helped lead Hockaday to a four-victory week. She scored 15 goals and added 13 assists with 11 draw controls as Hockaday continued its roll through the spring thus far. The senior attacker is committed to Dartmouth.

Also notable: Ryann Frechette, Bartram Trail (Fla.); Lauren Pittman, Lake Highland Prep (Fla.); Casey Roberts, American Heritage-Delray (Fla.)

— Justin Boggs


Riley Matthews, Hinsdale Central (Ill.)

Matthews ended last season with an assist in 12 straight games to finish with 30. The senior has picked up where she left off, and then some, with at least four assists in each of the Red Devils’ first three games. As a result, Matthews, at 13 helpers, is already nearly halfway to last year’s total.

Also notable:  Camryn Callaghan, Upper Arlington (Ohio); Grace Curry, New Trier (Ill.); Anna Dumke, Carmel (Ind.); Maeve Dwyer, Loyola Academy (Ill.); Adrienne Leone, Loyola Academy (Ill.); Issi Osborn, Rockford (Mich.); Addie Shevitz, New Trier (Ill.)

— Jonah Rosenblum


Harper Skeie, Palos Verdes (Calif.)

The senior captain and Long Island University commit scored one goal and added four assists in a comeback 11-10 win over Redondo Union (Calif.) in a battle of unbeaten teams, and she added four goals in a 16-7 win over Mira Costa (Calif.). She also added four caused turnovers and took every draw last week. Skeie has 53 goals and 32 assists this season and has been a key to the team’s 68-percent draw control rate through a 14-0 start.

Also notable: Charlotte Corkins, Colorado Academy (Colo.); Katie DiFranco, Miramonte (Calif.); Reece Loseke, Torrey Pines (Calif.); Iris O’Connor, Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.)

— Laurel Pfahler