TopOfTheCircle.com

Serving the scholastic field hockey and lacrosse community since 1998

Archive for May 7, 2019

May 7, 2019 — Top 10 for the week of May 5

Friends, there goes the neighborhood.

Our Top 10 has been roiled by a number of wins which are, frankly, not upsets, but are a function of good teams playing each other this year and beating each other. In New York, especially, I think you could have three state champions with two losses each, such is the strength of their interconference and interstate schedules.

Our honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is the club team from the University of Pittsburgh, which is the No. 1 seed in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division I Tournament. Pitt won the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League this spring and will compete this week in the WCLA Tournament in Virginia Beach.

1. Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 18-0

Since beating Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.) by two goals on April 12th, the Eagles have beaten their next six opponents by seven goals or more. In other words, McDonogh is on a certified hot streak just at the inception of the IAAM Tournament

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

Caitlyn Wurzburger and the Stallions meet up with Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) this Thursday in the FHSAA Class 1A semifinals. If Lake Highland sounds familiar, this is the school that is currently coached by Chris Robinson, who has co-authored the two longest win streaks in girls’ high-school lacrosse

3. Severna Park (Md.) 15-0

Falcons bested Edgewater South River (Md.) 15-5 last week and seem a lock for a top seed in the state tournament bracket

4. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 13-1

Royals beat Summit (N.J.) 17-10 last weekend; the same Summit team that beat Ridgewood (N.J.) by a goal

5. Spencerport (N.Y.) 12-1

Northwestern commit Erin Coykendall continues to strike for goals and feed others as a dual threat

6. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 16-0

Rain cancelled a pair of games against cross-border rivals Catonsville (Md.) and Bel Air C. Milton Wright (Md.)

7. Manhasset (N.Y.) 11-1

Got a statement win over Darien (Conn.), beating the Wave 12-11

8. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 14-2

Seahawks have a showdown with Manhasset this afternoon in a Long Island derby

9. Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) 10-1

The Royal Comets draw Spencerport (N.Y.) tomorrow

10. Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 21-2

If there is a team anywhere that is built to beat American Heritage within the borders of Florida, it’s Lake Highland. The Highlanders have scored 423 goals this year and know how to play the same brand of lacrosse that McDonogh used in their 10-goal win over American Heritage early this season

11. University of Pittsburgh Club 15-0

Panthers start their march to the title game with a first-round match tomorrow against the University of Washington

Who’s out? Ridgewood (N.J.) 8-7 loss to Summit (N.J.); Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) 10-8 loss to West Babylon (N.Y.); Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 5-4 loss to Mattituck-Southold (N.Y.); Darien (Conn.) 12-11 loss to Manhasset (N.Y.); Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 10-9 loss to Darien

And bear in mind: Darien (Conn.), Washington Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), Milton (Ga.), Marriottsville Marriotts Ridge (Md.), Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.), Hingham Notre Dame Academy (Mass.), Ridgewood (N.J.), Summit (N.J.), Moorestown (N.J.), Mount Sinai (N.Y.), Eastport South Manor (N.Y.), West Babylon (N.Y.), Baldwinsville (N.Y.), Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.), Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.)