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July 7, 2018 — Games of the Year, 2018

In any year, it’s difficult to whittle down the tens of thousands of scholastic lacrosse games into a group of the best, most dramatic, or having the greatest impact on the course of history.

This year was much the same, though there were a couple of real standouts. Here’s our attempt at top games for this past spring:

10. Bainbridge Island (Wash.) 10, Mercer Island (Wash.) 9
May 18, 2018
State final
Two teams from opposite sides of Seattle played for the state final (the WIAA does not sanction the sport), and it was Bainbridge Island coming back from last year’s loss in the final to beat Mercer Island,

9. Baltimore Roland Park (Md.) 12, Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 4
March 24, 2018
Regular-season game
In an incredibly successful season for Notre Dame Prep, it’s hard to believe that they actually had four losses this season, including this outlier of a result. NDP either won or had one-goal defeats in its other 20 matches this season.

8. Moorestown (N.J.) 7, Summit (N.J.) 6
June 2, 2018
NJSIAA Group III final
Summit and Moorestown have played some knock-down games in their histories, including a classic game 19 years ago when the state final was an all-comers championship. But as the game has grown, so have the brackets. Moorestown, which had some good wins but a couple of outlier results, got the win it needed to propel itself into the Tournament of Champions, where they beat Haddonfield and Ridgewood with margins to spare.

7. Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.) 8, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) 7 (4 OT)
May 20, 2018
VISAA Division I final
For all of Ireton’s recent success, having won four of the last five VISAA Division I titles, it took sophomore Briana Lantuh, a former student at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, to score the goal in the fourth period of extra time to win the title.

6. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 13, Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 12 (2 OT)
June 3, 2018
NYSPHSAA Class C quarterfinal
Mount Sinai was going for its fourth straight championship, but ran into Cold Spring Harbor and Grace Tauckus. The midfielder scored all four of her goals after the first-half interval to propel the Seahawks to the victory.

5. New Canaan (Conn.) 12, Darien (Conn.) 11
June 5, 2018
CIAC Class L semifinals
These two teams met on April 18 in the regular season, but New Canaan was eager to break its nine-game losing streak to the Wave, and did, thanks to freshman McKenna Harden’s goal less than three minutes from time.

4. Penfield (N.Y.) 6, Pittsford (N.Y.) 5
May 26, 2018
NYSPHSAA Section 5 Class A semifinal
Pittsford, last year’s Class A champions, had continued a good run of form in the early (and cold) part of the 2018 season, beating Scarsdale (N.Y.), Suffern (N.Y.), Penfield, and Brighton (N.Y.) right out of the gate. But Penfield came back and stifled the Pittsford offense, limiting touches by their star players and winning the contest.

3. Wellesley (Mass.) 15, Hingham Notre Dame (Mass.) 7
June 16, 2018
Final, MIAA Division I South Tournament
Notre Dame, coached by Northwestern alumna Meredith Frank, was thought to be the favorite to come out of Division I South, but Wellesley, a team which had been building since the arrival of head coach Michelle Cook, staked its claim to a Final Four berth, eventually winning the state title.

2. Delray American Heritage (Fla.) 12, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) 10
March 24, 2018
Regular-season game
This might very well be the one game where Southern lacrosse came of age. American Heritage, a small private school which has had lacrosse a scant four years, challenged one of the stalwarts of the sport and beat them. A reverse match is rumored for 2019.

1. Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 10, Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 8
May 11, 2018
Final, IAAM Class “A” Tournament
This was the game that was, frankly, more than eight years in the making. That’s because it was the last time any girls’ lacrosse team had beaten McDonogh on the field of play. But with a coaching change as well, key injuries, and graduation losses, the Eagles were ripe for a defeat, which occurred on the grounds of U.S. Lacrosse headquarters.


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