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April 30, 2019 — Top 10 for the week of April 28

We thought that the Gains for Brains Showcase might have had an impact on this Top 10, but we didn’t think it would be this much. The nine dream matchups yielded some amazing results which are sure to have implications for the latter half of the season.

Our honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is Chapin (S.C.), which won the state’s Class 5A title with a 9-6 win over Fort Mill (S.C.). It is the school’s first state championship in girls’ lacrosse.

1. Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 16-0

Will close the regular season with an enormous game against this for gutsy? McDonogh agreed to a Thursday rematch of last year’s IAAM Class A title match with Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) at the same place where the legendary 198-game win streak ended, Tierney Field at the U.S. Lacrosse campus in Sparks, Md.

2. Ridgewood (N.J.) 11-0

Maroons took a 10-3 lead and ran out 12-8 winners over Moorestown (N.J.) in a rematch of last year’s Tournament of Champions final

3. Delray American Heritage (Fla.) 20-1

Stallions, who have scored an uproarious 361 goals this season, played Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) in the second round of the FHSAA Class 1A Tournament

4. Bayport Blue Point (N.Y.)

Got a 10-8 victory over Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.)

5. Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 10-1

After losing earlier this year to Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), the Mustangs came up with a pair of enormous wins over Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) and a Gains for Brains win over Moorestown (N.J.)

6. Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 9-1

Came back from a defeat against Mount Sinai (N.Y.) to defeat Darien (Conn.) in the Gains for Brains Showcase

7Darien (Conn.) 10-1

Beat Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.) in mid-week, but lost to Eastport-South Manor at the weekend

8. Manhasset (N.Y.) 9-1

Took a 6-1 halftime lead before beating Garden City (N.Y.) 9-6

9. Severna Park (Md.) 13-0

Falcons host Edgewater South River (Md.) in a match televised this evening on NFHS Network

10. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 10-2

Seahawks got by New Canaan (Conn.) 11-9 in Gains for Brains Showcase

11. Chapin (S.C.) 1-5

Riley Floyd had a pair of key goals in a four-goal run in the midst of the second half of the title match

Who’s out? Moorestown (N.J.) lost 12-8 to Ridgewood (N.J.) and 11-1 loss to Mount Sinai (N.Y.)

And bear in mind: Washington Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 13-3, Milton (Ga.) 17-1, Marriottsville Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 8-2, Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 12-5, Hingham Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) 8-2, Baldwinsville (N.Y.) 10-1, Spencerport (N.Y.) 9-1, Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 15-0, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) 16-2; Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.) 11-5

April 29, 2019 — Lest we forget

As much as the Gains for Brains Showcase had in terms of national rankings and players who will be at the next level, there were a lot of good games on offer last weekend at the Katie Samson Invitational.

For me, the three chief games were intersectional, as Rosemont Agnes Irwin (Pa.) beat a game Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) side by a 19-15 score. Also, Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) beat Pottstown Owen J. Roberts (Pa.) 16-12, while Glen Mills Garnet Valley (Pa.) beat Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 13-9.

You won’t see these teams get near each other again, as the teams will play in separate state tournaments: the PAISAA and the PIAA.

The level of play in the PAISAA for girls’ lacrosse has been relatively stable the last couple of years, but we’re beginning to notice, with the spread of play towards the middle of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, that the public-school competition is getting much better overall.

Individually, of course, the better teams identify each other and seek each other out in competitions like the Samson Invitational, and I think it’s going to be great hotstove talk over the next decade as to who’s got the better team in the Keystone State.

April 28, 2019 — North Carolina 15, Boston College 13

The North Carolina women’s lacrosse team could have fallen back on any number of excuses had it not beaten Boston College in today’s ACC championship.

First, Boston College was the host of this year’s title game, and they have had a number of games in the cavernous space of Alumni Stadium, playing a field six yards shorter than that of BC’s soccer stadium.

Second, Boston College sprinted out to a 5-0 lead in the first half, showing the feared offensive prowess that has made them No. 1 in the national polls this year. The opening run chased UNC starting goalie Taylor Moreno.

Third, UNC replacement goalie Elise Hennessey had lacrosse’s equivalent of an own goal when she fumbled the rebound of a Sam Apuzzo free-position shot into her own cage (the goal was credited to Apuzzo).

But Hennesssey and the UNC defense accepted and offered no excuses, clamping down on the BC offense in two critical stretches to allow Carolina to pull out a 15-13 win, and the fourth consecutive ACC postseason title for the program.

The two critical stretches for UNC’s defense were a 14-minute segment in the first half which allowed UNC to pull all the way back from its early deficit to tie the score 6-6. The second stretch was from the 42nd through the 53rd minute which saw UNC vault to a 14-11 lead.

The result is certain to jumble the top four seeds in next week’s NCAA Tournament bracket, although both are almost certain to be top-four seeds, making them eligible to host quarterfinal round games the weekend before the national semifinals in Baltimore.

 

April 27, 2019 — Inside the room

The weekly polls from U.S. Lacrosse and from the IWLCA are usually a pretty good indicator of who the top lacrosse teams are in NCAA Division I.

Three days ago, the NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse committee weighed in with their Top 10 at the close of play April 21st. On that list, the No. 1 team isn’t Boston College, the side that everyone from pollsters to the American lacrosse intelligentsia have tapped as the favorite.

Instead, the Division I women’s lacrosse committee thinks that Maryland is the nation’s No. 1 team. Boston College is instead No. 2, followed by North Carolina, Syracuse, Northwestern, Virginia, Princeton, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Loyola.

Having viewed most of these teams this season, the commitee’s “macro” view of the NCAA Tournament field is pretty accurate, with BC and Maryland at the top, then you can put a blanket over the third through eighth teams in the Top 10 and they’ll all be relative equals.

But there are going to be a lot of high-implications contests between now and Selection Sunday. Neither of the two most prominent conferences (ACC and Big Ten) have crowned their champion yet. Much will occur in the next eight days, and we’ll see the kinds of changes that can happen when the bracket comes out.

April 26, 2018 — Statwatch POSTPONED

Friday Statwatch is taking the week off, and we’ll resume next week with a look at the numbers which define lacrosse across generations.

BULLETIN: April 25, 2019 — Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 13, Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 5

It has been about 11 months since Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) put in the single greatest performance in its girls’ lacrosse history, breaking the 198-match win streak of Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) side in the IAAM Class “A” title match held at U.S. Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.

This evening, NDP came in a wounded team, having not only lost four games this season, but getting 10-goalled by Delray American Heritage (Fla.). The Blazers, however, seemed to put it all together at the onset of the match with McDonogh, scoring the first three goals.

But the Eagles used draw controls, timely shooting, and good defense in order to score 13 out of the next 15 goals in a 13-5 win. Emma Schettig had five goals on the night and Izzy Marsh had four. Junior Kayla Abernathy was a difference-maker in the draw circle and on the attack end of the pitch.

The win cements McDonogh as the No. 1 seed in the IAAM Class A Tournament, which gets underway May 3.

April 24, 2019 — Prelude to a rematch

Good preview this morning of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions rematch between Moorestown (N.J.) and Ridgewood (N.J.). Here’s the story from New Jersey Advance Media.