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Jan. 10, 2020 — The 2010s: Games of the Decade, No. 20 to No. 2

Presentation120. Pittsford (N.Y.) 7, Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) 6, 4 OT 
May 29, 2019
NYSPHSAA Section 5 Class A final
Rush-Henrietta had the defending champions on the proverbial ropes, taking a 6-4 lead deep into regulation, but Pittsford answered back with two late goals and Ellie Mooney’s goal in the fourth period of extra time.

19. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 13, Moorestown (N.J.) 10
June 3, 2015
NJSIAA Tournament of Champions semifinal
This was the day Oak Knoll arrived as a national lacrosse power. The Royals were able to not only beat Moorestown in this T of C semifinal, but on the weekend would beat Summit (N.J.) for the title. Oak Knoll would also win the Tournament of Champions in 2019.

18. Manassas Osbourn Park (Va.) 15, Ashburn Broad Run (Va.) 14, OT
May 21, 2013
VHSL Class 3A semifinal
This was The Corinne Wessels Show, as she scored 10 goals to lead the Yellowjackets into the state final. Wessels, one of the most dominant offensive weapons in the 2010s, has a significant mark in National Federation: eight times, she recorded 11 or more assists in a single game. But in this matchup, she took the ball to goal repeatedly, and the team won a statement game to get to the finals.

17. Concord Carondelet (Calif.) 9, Pleasanton Amador Valley (Calif.) 7 (OT)
May 24, 2013
CIF North Coast Section final
Cali Castagnola had the last of her four goals in the first half of extra time as the Cougars won the Division I title.

16. Moorestown (N.J.) 12, Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.) 5
May 1, 2010
Regular-season game
This was the sixth edition of the Moorestown-Mount Hebron game, and it would be the last. Moorestown ran out to a shock 9-0 lead within 26 minutes. It would also be one of the last games that head coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland would coach at Hebron before moving on to Brooklandville St. Paul’s School for Girls (Md.).

15. Delray American Heritage (Fla.) 12, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) 10
March 24, 2018
Regular-season game
American Heritage, a small private school which has had lacrosse a scant four years, challenged one of the stalwarts of the sport nationally, and beat them. As you might expect, Caitlyn Wurzburger was a pivot point for the Heritage side.

14. Garden City (N.Y.) 8, Moorestown (N.J.) 7, OT
April 16, 2016
Gains for Brains Showcase
Jenn Medjid scored her second goal of the game late in overtime as the Trojans beat Moorestown. Michaela Bruno had a hat trick for the Trojans.

13. Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 12, Sykesville Century (Md.) 11, OT
May 2, 2016
Regular-season game
Century had an 11-7 lead with under nine minutes remaining in regulation, but McDonogh scored four straight goals to level the match, leading to Catie May’s goal less than a minute into extra time.

12. Radnor Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) 13, Glen Mills Garnet Valley (Pa.) 11,
June 6, 2017
PIAA Class AAA semifinals
These two teams had met five weeks earlier in the Katie Samson Laxfest, but the stakes were much, much higher for this game. And the Garnet Valley defense once again had problems stopping Sam Swart (seven goals) and Katie Detweiler (five), as Carroll won its way into the final, which it would win over Springfield (Pa.).

11. Auburn St. Dominic Academy (Maine) 11, Naples Lake Region (Maine) 8
June 15, 2019
MPA Class C Tournament final
What’s notable about this match is that St. Dominic played the entire state championship without substitutions. That’s right; an injury or an ill-timed yellow card could have left the Saints short not only on the pitch, but on the bench. Yet eight goals from Avery Lutrzykowski sent the team and its campuses into dreamland.

10. 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.

9. Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 20, Garden City (N.Y.) 9
April 21, 2012
New York-Maryland Challenge
This was a surprisingly comprehensive result, given how close these two teams were in computer rankings. Megan Whittle, a sophomore at the time, put on a master class of finishing as she had eight goals for the Eagles.

8. Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) 13, Milton (Ga.) 12, OT
April 11, 2015
Spring Fling
This was a thrilling game which saw Milton come of age as a lacrosse power, fighting one of the best programs of the last 35 years to a tie after regulation, only to see Zoe Belodeau finish with 12 seconds to go in extra time.

7. Contoocook Hopkinton (N.H.) 12, Derryfield (N.H.) 11
June 4, 2019
NHIAA Division III Tournament final
Hopkinton has had a sudden rise in its fortune over the last three seasons, making its first championship run a year ago. But this title game would be anything but orthodox. The Hawks were a player short late in the first half after receiving its fourth team yellow of the game. Only two minutes into the second half, leading scorer Lyndon Flanagan received her second yellow, and the team’s fifth of the game. It was against this backdrop that the Hawks showed a remarkable resilience playing with just nine outfielders, winning on a pair of goals from center Ellie Morrall. She had five goals in this game, after scoring six against Bow (N.H.) in the semifinals.

6. Summit (N.J.) 11, Ridgewood (N.J.) 10, 2OT
June 11, 2016
NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final
Summit, the Group 3 titlists, had beaten Ridgewood 9-8 earlier that season in a regular-season match. Ridgewood, the Group 4 winners, had a three-goal lead heading into the final 12 minutes, but Summit edged ahead in the 44th minute of play. Ridgewood’s Lillie Kloak tied the game 10-10 with 18 seconds to go, but it was up to Summit’s Callie Humphrey to win the game in the fourth minute of overtime.

5. Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.) 9, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) 8, OT
May 21, 2017
VISAA Division I final
These two schools are located only about a mile apart, straight as the crow flies, but may as well be in two completely different worlds. Bishop Ireton plays in the Washington Capital Athletic Conference, SSSAS plays in the Independent School League. The teams have had a bit of history between them: indeed, when Rick Sofield became coach of Ireton in 2011, the second opponent he faced was St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes. After that 18-5 loss, one of the team’s unspoken goals was to match the Saints in talent, execution, and winning tradition. Ireton, after winning the VISAA Division I final in 2014 and 2015, lost the 2016 tournament to the Saints, only to come back and win the 2017 title in overtime.

4. Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.) 7, Moorestown (N.J.) 6
May 24, 2010
NJSIAA Group III South final
In terms of girls’ lacrosse, this rivalry was, for decades, the Barcelona vs. Real Madrid of scholastic lacrosse, as these two teams had fought for decades over the one state championship on offer. One or the other won the single state title every year but once between 1987 and 2006. But with the NJSIAA breaking the postseason into four groups like most other sports in the state, the teams met each other at Bridgeboro Road in May 2010, having to get past each other just to get to the state final. Shawnee, down 5-1 early in the second half, came all the way back as Kristin Kocher scored the game-winner with 12.6 seconds left on the game clock. It was Moorestown’s first loss to a New Jersey team since the 20th Century.

3. Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 14, South Huntington St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 8
April 30, 2011
Regular-season game
St. Anthony was No. 1 in the computer rankings coming into this game, but McDonogh rattled off an 11-1 run in 20 minutes and salted the game away. The team had its stars: Jen Cook, Sammi Burgess, Megan Whittle — and a pretty darn good midfielder named Taylor Cummings.

2. Vero Beach (Fla.) 18, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) 8
March 20, 2010
Regular-season game
This may not have been the best game of the decade, but it may have been the most important one. This event saw Southern lacrosse come of age, with Vero Beach, a team from a developing area of the country, beat an established power from the mid-Atlantic. As this site said the day afterward, “Yesterday’s result flips the notion of what success in the game of lacrosse looks like — and, where it comes from.” Since then, there have been tremendous team, individuals, and even coaching, in the Sunshine State.