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March 23, 2021 — Monthly lacrosse top 10 for games played through March 20

Well, for the first time in more than two years, we’re assembling a national Top 10 for girls’ scholastic lacrosse across America.

Usually, we try to do this sort of thing every week, but because we are focusing on two sports this spring, our monthly lacrosse Top 10 will occur the third Tuesday of every month until the domestic season ends, which won’t be until late June this year.

This is a very difficult list to try to toss together because we don’t have data for most teams from last year since most teams never even stepped onto the field for an actual game. Too, the 2021 season is shortened and won’t have the usual selection of interstate games because of travel and competition restrictions.

What you see below is probably as effective as throwing darts blindly at a target, but we hope to be able to do some better-researched Top 10s later in the season.

Our honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is a side which I have had my eye on for some time: the University of Indianapolis. The Greyhounds have been in the conversation within Division II circles for the last couple of years, and I think they would have been a strong bracketbuster in the national tournament last year before the worldwide pandemic. This, friends, is a team to watch. They play a solid and athletic game of lacrosse and could surprise some people.

1. Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 2-0
Though the Eagles won’t play their usual out-of-state matchups this year, the competition within the IAAM will be more than formidable, including the fact that two out of the next three games are against Northern Parkway rivals Bryn Mawr and Roland Park

2. Northport (N.Y.) 0-0
Defending state champions have waited nearly two years to start back up, and have sophomore Kaylie Mackiewicz, who will be counted on to pace the team once the season begins

3. Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 10-0
Ashley Thurston has been a draw-winning machine; Highlanders have mercy-ruled seven opponents on the season

4. Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 1-0
A loaded side should be more than a match for McDonogh when they meet in April

5. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 0-0
Seahawks going for third straight state title with a good roster and a positive history

6. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 0-0
How will the Royals do after the surprise departure of head coach Rachel Lasda last year? They still have respected players on their roster

7. Darien (Conn.) 0-0
Want to build from the goal out? The Wave have BC-bound Shea Dolce, who has had success on the national and international levels

8. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 0-0
This team should be running out of the traps when their season begin; Churchwomen led by senior Madison Vetterlein

9. Sykesville Century (Md.) 0-0
Demma Hall is a true leader for this side, which could very well replicated its championship success of 2017

10. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 13-0
Gibbons met East Chapel Hill (N.C.) last night in the third round of the NCHSAA tournament

11. University of Indianapolis 5-0
UIndy was able to beat its first four opponents via the running clock, then bested Grand Valley State 9-7 on Sunday.

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