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May 24, 2019 — Friday Statwatch for games played through May 22

This week, instead of casting your eyes downward to our collection of stats, move your eyes a bit to the right (that is, unless you’re viewing this on totc.mobi, in which case you need to scroll further down). Go to the Daily Statwatch category for Goals Scored, Season, and look at the orange that has invaded the list. Half of the top 12 single-season goal-scoring performance of all time have occurred this season.

Too, Bailey Gehler moved to within a goal of Brittany Sherrod on the current list, but fell short in a season-ending loss in the CIF San Diego Section tournament.

Below is combination of girls’ scholastic lacrosse statistics from available sources, including MaxPreps.com, NJ Advance Media, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The Providence Journal, The Albany Times-Union, Long Island Newsday, The Worcester Telegram, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MassLive.com, the Denver Post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, MSG Varsity, the Ann-Arbor News, and The Washington Post.

I encourage you to convince your team, your school, league, or state governing body to adopt the easy-to-use MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams to enter their information there as well as whichever is your local news site, so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as possible.

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, SEASON
158 Brittany Sherrod, Versailles Woodford County (Ky.)
157 Bailey Gehler, San Diego Our Lady of Peace (Calif.)
154 Eliz Fino, Highland (N.Y.) Central
154 Francesca Frieri, Lockport (Ill.)
146 Madaleine Champagne, Livonia Stevenson (Mich.)
145 Katelyn Murphy, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.)
125 Madi Tare, Camp Hill Trinity (Pa.)
125 Lois Garlow, Kenmore Mount St. Mary’s (N.Y.)
125 Abbey Peterson, Versailles Woodford County (Ky.)

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, SEASON
110 Logan Dougherty, Fairfax W.T. Woodson (Va.)
108 Reilly Casey, Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.)
103 Caitlyn Wurzburger, Delray American Heritage (Fla.)
93 Christie Coulter, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.)
77 Lois Garlow, Kenmore Mount St. Mary’s (N.Y.)
77 Maddi Koury, Pottstown Owen J. Roberts (Pa.)
73 Balay Woodworth, Dallas North Paulding (Ga.)
71 Bella Mims, Clermont East Ridge (Fla.)
69 Kayla Rinaldi, Mooresville Lake Norman (N.C.)
69 Maddie Barber, Cape May Court House Middle Township (N.J.)
69 Sydney Reipl, Tinton Hall Trinity Falls (N.J.)
66 Meghan Decker, Watchung Mount St. Mary Academy (N.J.)
66 Sadie Tschider, Piedmont (Calif.)

CAREER GOALS SCORED
408 Caitlyn Wurzburger, Delray American Heritage (Fla.)
371 Madi Tare, Camp Hill Trinity (Pa.)
331 Cassidy Spilis, Tabernacle Seneca (N.J.)
316 Mariana Lopez-Ona, Princeton (N.J.)
314 Erin Coykendall, Spencerport (N.Y.)
305 Hannah McCarthy, Bedford (N.H.)
290 Kira Sides, Lower Cape May Middle Township (N.J.)
250 Reilly Casey, Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.)
213 Keara Patterson, Fulton (N.Y.)

CAREER ASSISTS
440 Caitlyn Wurzburger, Delray American Heritage (Fla.)
293 Erin Coykendall, Spencerport (N.Y.)
273 Keara Patterson, Fulton (N.Y.)
217 Maddie Barber, Lower Cape May Middle Township (N.J.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
45 Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.)

COACHING WINS
794 Kathy Jenkins, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.)

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May 23, 2019 — Inside the Final Four, part 2

MARYLAND vs. NORTHWESTERN

The obvious: There will be one Big Ten Conference team in Sunday’s championship final … these teams have met a number of times in the NCAA final … Think of this: one or the other of these two sides was in the NCAA final every year between 2005 and 2017

The not-so-obvious: Though both Cathy Reese and Kelly Amonte-Hiller are from the same coaching tree, there’s no love lost between these two coaches … Rivalry between the two came to a head in the 2010 final, a game in which the Wildcats could have stretched an early lead to six but for a bench penalty called while Northwestern was on an odd-man break

Key players: UMD: Caroline Steele, sr., f; Kali Hartshorn, jr., c; Megan Taylor, sr., g; NU: Selena Lasota, sr., f; Izzy Scane, fr., f; Brennan Dwyer, so.,c

UMD wins this game if: Hartshorn is able to win the ball to herself against Dwyer … Lizzie Colson is perfect on clearing the ball into the final third … Taylor makes more than 12 saves

NU wins this game if: Lasota gets five or more goals … Dwyer gets more than 50 percent of draw controls … the box-and-2 defense works again on Steele and Jen Giles as it did in the Big Ten final

The skinny: Maryland is in an odd position at the moment: the No. 1 seed, even while most of the American women’s lacrosse punditry had Boston College winning the championship … Draw control battle between Hartshorn and Dwyer is going to be fun to watch … Lasota is one of the finest attacking players ever, and it’s stunning that this is going to be her first Final Four match

The unanswered question: Taylor has stolen a number of games for the Terrapins over the years. Can she do it again if Northwestern’s attack is as sharp as it was in the Big Ten final?

May 22, 2019 — Inside the Final Four, part 1

NORTH CAROLINA vs. BOSTON COLLEGE

The obvious: An ACC team is guaranteed to play for the national title this Sunday … in most other years, this game would make a heck of a final … teams met only a few weeks ago in the ACC final and top-seeded Boston College was knocked off 15-13

The not-so-obvious: The Eagles have been peaking for this moment since losing the 2017 title match to Maryland … UNC has done extremely well on the attack end even with the graduation of all-time great Marie McCool.

Key players: UNC: Jamie Ortega, so, f; Katie Hoeg, jr., m; Gianna Bowe, sr., m. BC: Kenzie Kent, sr., f; Dempsey Arsenault, sr., m; Sam Apuzzo, sr., f.

UNC wins this game if: Ally Mastroianni comes up trumps in the draw circle … the UNC defense doesn’t get anyone sent off … we don’t see backup goalie Elise Hennessey

BC wins this game if: Elizabeth Miller and Apuzzo are able to get more than 50 percent of draw controls … someone other than Apuzzo causes the most turnovers during the contest … the Eagles value the ball in the final third.

The skinny: Boston College, who was the heavy odds-on favorite heading into the 2019 season, cannot be happy seeded only third in the Division I bracket, and as such, they should be coming in angry … Though Taylor Moreno is the Heels’ starting goalie, Hennessey has an otherworldly save percentage of 58.2 percent, and she has played some pretty significant minutes this season … Kenzie Kent was the “it” woman coming out of the 2017 season, but it’s Apuzzo and Arsenault who are in the Teewaraton final five.

The unanswered question: Who can get that late stop on the other team’s attack? Alternatively, are we going to have one of those run-and-gun games with more than 30 goals on the scoreboard?

May 21, 2019 — Top 10 for the week of May 19

As state tournaments ramp up in New York, New Jersey, and the private schools in Pennsylvania, it’s been hard to figure out exactly who is playing better heading into their respective championships. This especially goes for the New York teams who have been playing more interstate competition than anybody.

Our honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is Sykesville South Carroll (Md.). In terms of girls’ lacrosse, it has not had the same kind of resume as their rivals to the west, Sykesville Century (Md.). But South Carroll tonight plays in its first state title match in 26 years.

1. Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 21-0

Season complete: The Eagles won their 10th IAAM Class A crown in 11 years, but not without receiving a major scare from Brooklandville St. Paul’s School for Girls (Md.). McDonogh was down two in the last four minutes before winning 5-4 in double overtime

2. Baldwinsville (N.Y.) 15-1

The Bees vault into the Top 10 thanks to a 9-7 win over Penfield (N.Y.); the team takes on Rome (N.Y.) Free Academy in the first round of their sectional tournament

3. Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) 14-2

The Royal Comets are in a difficult Section V and may have the most difficult road to the state final

4. Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 20-2

Season complete: Saved its best lacrosse for the end of the season, besting Delray American Heritage (Fla.) and then Palm Beach Benjamin School (Fla.) in the FHSAA final

5. South Huntington St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 16-1

Showdown against Hempstead Sacred Heart Academy (N.Y.) may define the Friars’ season

6. Manhasset (N.Y.) 13-2

Team opens sectional play hosting Long Beach (N.Y.)

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

Seahawks beat Glen Cove Friends Academy 18-5 last week and seem primed for a run at the Class C title

9. Summit (15-3)

Hilltoppers played Chatham last night in NJSIAA Tournament

9. Severna Park (Md.) 19-1

Falcons played Timonium Dulaney (Md.) in MPSSAA Class 4A final last evening

10. Brooklandville St. Paul’s School for Girls (Md.) 12-10

Season complete: It’s not often you see a 10-loss team anywhere near a Top 10 in any kind of national sports countdown. But this Gators team, part of the single toughest league in the country, put together a great run in the IAAM playoffs, knocking off Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) and Glenelg (Md.) Country to get to the final

11. Sykesville South Carroll (Md.) 15-1

To take on Parkton Hereford (Md.) for the MPSSAA Class 2A state title this evening

Who’s out? Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 6-5 loss to Philadelphia Pen Charter (Pa.); Edgewater South River (Md.) 11-7 loss to Annapolis Broadneck (Md.)

May 19, 2019 — The Division II title goes from an unfamiliar venue to a very familiar place

The last several years, the NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse trophy has ventured into non-traditional territories. The site of competition has varied from Denver to Orlando, from Houston to this year’s site, Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich.

The trophy has also gone to Florida Southern College in the last three years, but when you have traditional powers in the 16-team bracket, the teams who have the innate knowledge about how to do the right things to win a title will find a way.

Such was the case with Adelphi, which won its ninth Division II title with an 11-5 win over West Chester, a program with its own championship-level history.

Adelphi, oddly enough, didn’t even make the semifinals of its own conference tournament, having been knocked out by Merrimack. Merrimack won the Northeast-10 championship, but was not selected for the Division II bracket.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

May 18, 2019 — Maryland 17, Denver 8

POSTGAME Thanks for tuning in this evening

POSTGAME We’ll have more this Thursday with our fearless look at the four participating teams in the Division I national title race

POSTGAME But don’t hand the trophy over to Maryland yet; to my mind, the finest team in the country may be only the third seed in this tournament

POSTGAME Nothing, it seemed, could stop Caroline Steele: a zone, a shutoff, a rainstorm. She had career highs this evening in goals and in combined goals and assists, and she’s definitely going to be a factor as the Terrapins chase yet another national title

FULL TIME And that will do it; Maryland will be going to its 11th straight Final Four with a 17-8 win; the Terps will take on Northwestern next Friday evening at Homewood Field in Baltimore

59:45 DU GOAL Kendra Lanuza scores and stops the clock; Maryland looks like it is going to win 17-8

59:30 DU FP Behrins misses from the center-right hash

57:19 DU GOAL Feiss with a keep shot that evades Taylor; Maryland leads 17-7

54:03 TIMEOUT, DENVER A lot of the next few minutes is going to be spent emptying the bench

54:00 UMD FP and GOAL Kelsey Cummings looking just like her sister Taylor, pinging it in off the iron and giving Maryland a 17-6 lead

49:20 DU GOAL Julia Feiss with a nice goal from deep; Maryland still leads 16-6

48:23 UMD GOAL Megan Siverson gets the feed while running down the slot; Maryland leads 16-5

47:43 TV TIMEOUT but the scorer’s table has something to say about that running clock

47:43 UMD GOAL Caroline Steele is running riot; she scores her seventh and starts the running clock at 15-5

47:09 Looking at the weather map, the system is heading just north and west of College Park; we might get the southern edge

47:09 DU GOAL The Bea Behrins goal is from deep; the Maryland lead is still nine at 14-5

43:24 DU YELLOW Carolyn Lewis gets her second yellow, which ejects her from the game. The penalty is, again, non-releaseable

41:50 DU TIMEOUT

40:44 UMD GOAL Brindi Griffin scores on a long shot that was blown down for a shooting-space call, but the umpires now give the goal; the Terps lead 14-4 and the clock runs; this might help finish the game before a possible storm hits

39:26 DU YELLOW And now the Pioneers have picked up their fourth team yellow; this penalty and all future yellows are now unreleaseable

39:26 UMD GOAL Brindi Griffin scores and makes the Maryland lead nine

36:02 The PA announcer at Capital One Field has advised the spectators that a weather cluster is within 15 miles of College Park (and there is; it’s a red cell located right now between Frederick and Baltimore, Md), and advised the spectators to hold onto their ticket stubs for readmission in case of evacuation

36:02 UMD GOAL Caroline Steele with a tremendous finish off a Hartshorn feed. It’s her sixth of the day, 200th career; Maryland leads 12-4

35:31 DU GOAL Hoch-Bullen gets around Julia Braig and fires it into the cage; Maryland still leads 11-4

33:00 It’s gotten a fair sight cooler in the last few minutes as the wind has picked up; are we getting a pop-up storm?

32:30 UMD FP and GOAL Erica Evans makes it an easy finish from the left-center hash and the lead for Maryland is 11-3

31:34 UMD GOAL Steele, in close quarters, finishes with a flick of the wrist; Maryland is up 10-3

30:00 The second half is under way

HALF TIME Denver’s defense has really not had anything for Maryland’s attack; the Pioneers run and scramble and wave their lacrosse sticks, but somehow left their gameplan against Michigan back at home

HALF TIME This game has had several things we haven’t seen before: a raft of shots hitting goalposts, at least six encroachments on free positions, and two turnovers on goalie clears that have led to Maryland goals

HALF TIME The horn sounds with Maryland leading by six

29:15 DU FP and GOAL Hoch-Bullen gets her own rebound from her shot and quick-sticks it! Maryland still leads 9-3

29:08 DU FP Hoch-Bullen shoots wide but is gifted a second free position because of shooting space

28:03 UMD FP Hannah Warther turns it over for Maryland; that’s the sixth encroachment penalty this game. I don’t think I’ve seen this many in all the games I’ve seen this season

27:27 The umpires are now going over Kali Hartshorn’s stick for legality; the stick is upheld

27:27 UMD GOAL Brindi Griffin with the neat backhander and the Terps lead 9-2

26:33 UMD GOAL Caroline Steele intercepts a little roll pass from the Denver defense to Carson Gregg and finishes; that’s the second time Steele has stolen the ball from the goalie; Maryland leads 8-2

23:04 TV TIMEOUT

23:04 UMD GOAL Steele stakes the Terps to a five-goal advantage after the Terps wind down the penalty; it’s 7-2 Maryland

20:45 UMD FP and YELLOW Hartshorn fakes and hits the stick of a Denver defender. A very harsh yellow card

20:40 UMD FP Hartshorn whips it wide, but a false start is whistled on Denver. Will rerack

19:10 UMD FP Grace Griffin is whistled for jumping the gun on the restart; Denver gets the ball

18:26 DU FP Hoch-Bullen shoots wide from the left hash; Maryland backs it up and clears

17:29 TIMEOUT DENVER

17:29 UMD GOAL Griffin scores from a neat pass from behind! It’s a power-play goal! Terps lead 6-2

16:47 DU YELLOW Hannah Liddy is whistled for a dangerous follow-through. It’s her first, team’s third

14:57 UMD GOAL Denver goalie Carson Gregg throws the ball right to Caroline Steele, who somehow finds a way to get the ball through four converging red shirts; the call was likely going to be shooting space, but continuation is now allowed, so the Terps’ goal counts; it’s a power play goal! Terrapins up 5-2

13:44 DU YELLOW Katherine Fischer has also been sent to the sin bin; that’s her first yellow, team’s second

13:09 UMD GOAL Caroline Steele finishes a neatpassing play from the top of the formation and it’s a power play goal! Maryland leads 4-2

12:47 DU YELLOW Kennedy Millburn is off for two for the check to the head

12:17 DU GOAL Denver’s Kendra Lanuza with a nifty finish off a behind-the-back pass!

11:07 DU FP Shot doesn’t make the cage; Colson tries to clear for Maryland, but turns it over

8:49 UMD FP and GOAL Evans gets a second bite at the cherry; finishes to give Maryland a 3-1 lead

8:45 UMD FP Evans bounces it in, but Denver is whistled for encroachment

8:05 TV TIMEOUT

8:05 UMD GOAL A series of quick passes finds Erica Evans in the heart of the fan and Maryland leads 2-1

7:48 UMD FP Griffin chooses to pass out from the arc

7:30 DU GOAL Behrins receives the ball and drops it over Megan Taylor in the Maryland goal cage; game tied 1-1

5:00 DU FP Pioneers on the island hash on the right; chooses to pass behind the net

4:35 UMD FP Brindi Griffin’s shot is wide but the umpires call her for encroachment. They’re calling it close here

3:47 UMD GOAL Giles gets the Terrapins on the board and the Terps lead 1-0

PREGAME The game is on

PREGAME Maryland are in the white tops, with sleeve and kilt trim reminiscent of the Maryland flag; Denver is in the crimson with white and gold trim

PREGAME WIth North Carolina, Boston College, and Northwestern having punched their tickets to next week’s Final Four, the Pioneers and Terps already know what is at stake

PREGAME The teams are warming up under humid skies, temperatures around 74 degrees. There could be a scattered shower or popup thunderstorm in the offing

PREGAME Liza Kelly has put together an unusually talented staff. Tee Ladoceur played under Gary Gait at Syracuse, and has a certain flair and creativity to all she does. Goalie coach Brittany Read prepped at Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) before moving onto Louisville and Oregon

PREGAME The sidebar to this game is the fact that Cathy Reese coached at Denver for three years, eventually vaulting the Pioneers to their most successful record until this year. Reese had been assistant coach for Maryland until 2006, whereupon she accepted the job in 2007, where she has been ever since

PREGAME The Terrapins are in their 30th NCAA Tournament and are looking for their 10th straight Final Four appearance; this is Denver’s first time in the quarterfinal round

PREGAME Denver is led by sophomore Quintin Hoch-Bullen, a product of the superprep program at The Hill School in Vaughan, Ont. The Denver defense starts with goaltender Carson Gregg, but flows through Katherine Fischer, Elizabeth Behrins, and Molly Little on defense

PREGAME Maryland is led by Jen Giles and transfer Erica Evans, as well as center Kali Hartshorn. Hartshorn is the first choice at the center draw, with Lizzie Colson getting more than 100 draws this year. I think a big indicator of how the Terps do this game is how fluid their attack is; if they are indecisive against Denver’s zone, they could be in trouble

PREGAME Maryland got here by beating Stony Brook 17-8 after spotting the Seawolves a 4-0 advantage in the first half. Denver got to this point by beating USC 11-10 in overtime, then besting Michigan 9-5

PREGAME Maryland is 19-1 on the season, Denver is 16-3

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to Capital One Field for this NCAA NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse quarterfinal match between Denver and Maryland

May 15, 2019 — The power of an athletic department and a cable network

The four host institutions for this weekend’s NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse championship — Maryland, North Carolina, Boston College, and Northwestern — released their schedule for their national quarterfinal matches. All four games will be on Saturday, giving the victors six days’ rest rather than five, a tactical move by all involved.

But I also noticed something interesting: only one of the four matches will be on an over-the-air cable network, and that’s the game between Maryland and Denver. Maryland is one of the members of the Big Ten, and the Big Ten Network had a 7 p.m. slot on Saturday for the game. Evidently, someone in the network brass talked with the Maryland athletics department to get the prime-time TV slot, meaning that this one game is likely to get more views than the other three games combined.

I think there are going to be a lot more of this kind of thing as the spread of boutique college sports TV outlets continues. The ACC Network, which starts this fall, is going to have enormous reach throughout the Eastern half of the United States. There is room for growth with the current Longhorn and Pac 12 Networks.

Most of the rest of what are badged as conference “networks” are only available through a computer or a streaming device. Heck, even the New England Small College Athletic Conference has its own digital network.

But all of these digital streaming networks are simply delivering games either live or on demand. There isn’t a dedicated slot on your TV with programming surrounding the games — talk shows, lifestyle shows, documentaries, and so forth. That’s the definition, for me, of an actual TV network.

Then again, perhaps the definition of a “network” is changing as radically as the broadcast landscape.