McDonogh Tops Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Girls' Top 25

A year after seeing its national-record 198-game winning streak come to an end, McDonogh (Md.) is back on the top of the girls’ high school lacrosse world. The Eagles finish No. 1 in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Girls’ Top 25.

Led by one of the program’s all-time greats, Taylor Cummings coached McDonogh to a perfect 21-0 record that included wins over some of the top programs from Florida (American Heritage Delray), New York (Manhasset) and Virginia (Bishop Ireton) in addition to its usual gauntlet of foes in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland that culminated with a 5-4 win over St. Paul’s in the IAAM final.

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) finished the season with an astounding 25 victories, including a state championship victory over Bishop Ireton to earn the No. 2 spot.

A pair of New York state champions — Cold Spring Harbor and Eastport-South Manor — and New Jersey state champion Oak Knoll round out the top five.

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National Top 25

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1 McDonogh (Md.) 21-0 1
2 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 25-2 2
3 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 19-2 3
4 Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) 19-1 4
5 Oak Knoll (N.J.) 24-2 5
6 Darien (Conn.) 21-2 6
7 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 17-1 7
8 Manhasset (N.Y.) 15-3 8
9 Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 18-1 9
10 Moorestown (N.J.) 19-5 10
11 Ridgewood (N.J.) 21-1 11
12 Northport (N.Y.) 21-1 12
13 Baldwinsville (N.Y.) 19-2 13
14 Bayport Blue Point (N.Y.) 15-3 14
15 Bishop Ireton (Va.) 17-6 15
16 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 19-5 16
17 Milton (Ga.) 22-1 17
18 Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 23-2 18
19 Severna Park (Md.) 19-1 19
20 St. Paul’s (Md.) 13-10 20
21 Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) 16-4 21
22 Sacred Heart (N.Y.) 13-6 NR
23 Garden City (N.Y.) 12-6 22
24 Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 15-3 23
25 Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 15-4 24
Also Considered (alphabetical order): American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), Colorado Academy (Colo.), Mattituck-Southold (N.Y.), New Canaan (Conn.), Notre Dame Prep (Md.), Pittsford (N.Y.)
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Northeast Top 10

1. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 19-2

The Seahawks graduated the 2018 national player of the year, Sophia DeRosa, and still claimed a second straight state title, upending John Jay (N.Y.), 11-8, in the Class C championship. CSH faced tough tests at every step in the postseason, which included a 5-4 win over Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) in the Long Island Class C title game. Isabelle Vitale finished with 58 goals and 56 assists, while Caroline DeBellis added 74 goals and 19 assists. CSH also topped New Canaan (Conn.), Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.), and Wantagh (N.Y.) this season.

2. Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 19-1

Ellie Masera scored four goals and Kasey Choma added three goals to help E-SM claim its first state title since 2015 with a 9-7 win over Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) in the Class B final. The Sharks earned impressive wins over Canandaigua (N.Y.), Darien (Conn.), Mattituck-Southold (N.Y.), and Manhasset (N.Y.). Choma finished the season with 71 goals and 24 assists, and Masera chipped in 58 goals and 10 assists.

3. Darien (Conn.), 21-2

The Blue Wave collected their sixth state title in seven years and 18th overall when they beat rival New Canaan (Conn.) in the Class L state championship game, as Ashley Humphrey finished with three goals and one assist. Darien fell to New Canaan in last year’s state semifinals. The Blue Wave’s slate included wins over Garden City (N.Y.), Ridgefield (Conn.), Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) and Longmeadow (Mass.).

4. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 17-1

The Friars capped an impressive season with a 9-7 win over Sacred Heart in the CHSAA title game on May 21. Katie DeSimone led with three goals and one assist, and Kira Accettella added two goals and one assist. St. Anthony’s suffered a lone loss against top-ranked Cold Spring Harbor on April 18 but had wins over Garden City (N.Y.), Suffern (N.Y.), Manhasset (N.Y.), and Wantagh (N.Y.). DeSimone finished the season with 67 goals and 24 assists.

5. Manhasset (N.Y.), 16-3

Previously top-ranked Manhasset put together another strong campaign before the season ended with a 10-9 loss to eventual state champ Eastport-South Manor in the Long Island Class B title game (state quarterfinals). Manhasset’s only other two losses this season were to powerhouse McDonogh (Md.) and St. Anthony (N.Y.). The Indians claimed the Nassau Class B championship with a 13-12 win over Garden City (N.Y.) on May 30. Emma LoPinto led the offense with 51 goals and 19 assists, while Grace Gately added 40 goals and 25 assists.

6. Northport (N.Y.), 21-1

Olivia Carner finished with five goals and one assist to power Northport to a 10-8 win over Baldwinsville (N.Y.) in the Class A state title game for the program’s first championship since 2011. The Tigers memorable season included wins over Wantagh (N.Y.), Middle Country (N.Y.), Wilton (Conn.), Pittsford (N.Y.) and Farmingdale (N.Y.). Danielle Pavinelli finished with season with 91 goals and 36 assists, and Carner added 62 goals and 37 assists. Kate McLam had 32 goals and 33 assists.

7. Baldwsinville (N.Y.), 19-2

Baldwinsville came up just short in its bid for its first state title since 2000, falling to Northport 10-8 in the Class A final. Katherine Pascale led the Bees with 56 goals and 34 assists, while Emma Gebhart added 55 goals and 12 assists. B-ville’s impressive 2019 campaign included wins over Brighton (N.Y.), Irondequoit (N.Y.), Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.), West Genesee (N.Y.), Ithaca (N.Y.), and Penfield (N.Y.). The Bees graduate seven seniors.

8. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 15-3

The Phantoms had a fantastic 2019 season, which ended with a 5-4 loss to Cold Spring Harbor in the Long Island Class C title game (state quarterfinals). B-BP had wins over Mt. Sinai (N.Y.), Bishop Ireton (Va.), West Islip (N.Y.), Westhampton (N.Y.), and Mattituck-Southold (N.Y.). Ailish Kelly tallied 47 goals and 12 assists, while Jackie Mason had 28 goals and 30 assists.

9. Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), 16-4

The Hornets advanced to the state final four for the third straight year, but they dropped a 9-7 decision to Eastport-South Manor in the Class B title game. Twins Kiera and Katie Shanley propelled the Hornets this season, each finishing with 90 points, and Anna Steigerwald led with 66 goals and 31 assists. F-M’s season included wins over West Genesee (N.Y.), Pittsford (N.Y.), Baldwinsville (N.Y.), Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.), Skaneateles (N.Y.). and Suffern (N.Y.).

10. Sacred Heart (N.Y.), 13-6

Sacred Heart played one of the toughest schedules in the country. Three of its losses were to St. Anthony’s, but the resume included wins over Garden City (N.Y.), Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), St. John’s College (N.Y.), and Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.). Arden Tierney led Sacred Heart with 63 goals and 26 assists. Melissa Biscardi added 27 goals and eight assists.

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1.  McDonogh (Md.), 21-0

The Eagles defeated St. Paul’s School for Girls (Md.) in overtime on May 11 to win the IAAM-A conference championship. McDonogh had lost in the title game last year to snap a 198-game winning streak and run of nine consecutive conference titles, but now has come full circle under first-year head coach Taylor Cummings. The Eagles saw tremendous outputs by Kayla Abernathy, Julia Dorsey, Emma Schettig and Blair Pearre. Dorsey will play both lacrosse and soccer at the University of North Carolina. Schettig was selected to the 2019 U.S. Lacrosse U-19 Team.

2. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 25-2

The Saints captured their first Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association championship since 2016, beating Bishop Ireton (Va.) 10-6 in the final. Christina Cavallo scored a game-high four goals, goalie Emma Bradley made seven saves and head coach Kathy Jenkins now has 802 career wins. Kennan Moon finished the season with 80 goals and 31 assists.

3. Oak Knoll, (N.J.) 24-2

Oak Knoll defeated Moorestown (N.J.), 10-8, to claim its second ever Tournament of Champions title. The Royals went undefeated in their conference, winning the NJSIAA Group 1 title, and they were crowned NJ.com Girls’ Lacrosse Team of the Year. Oak Knoll reaffirmed the program’s spot in the state’s hierarchy and completed it by winning the ToC title. Senior Katie Duttenhofer finished her amazing season with 91 goals and put up 116 points.

4. Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 18-1

Episcopal Academy clinched its third straight Inter-Ac League championship, but the Churchmen were unable to wrap up an undefeated season as they lost a close one to William Penn Charter in the PA-IAC title game. Nonetheless, EA had a tremendous season. Coach Ferri Tomaino was named PASLA Coach of the Year, and Izzy Rohr, Olivia Dirks and Devon Whitaker were named US Lacrosse All-Americans. Rohr totaled 51 groundballs this season.

5. Moorestown (N.J.), 19-5

The Quakers fell to Oak Knoll in the Tournament of Champions final on June 7 after a stunning semifinal win over Ridgewood. Moorestown came on strong at the end of the season after battling injuries and struggling to develop a rhythm earlier in the year. They advanced to the ToC as the NJSIAA Group 3 champions. Senior Kayla Frank was named South Jersey Co-Midfielder of the Year, finishing with 37 goals and 16 assists as she was the driving force behind the Quakers’ offense this season.

6. Ridgewood (N.J.), 21-1

The Maroons’ impressive season came to an end with an 11-10 loss to Moorestown in the Tournament of Champions semifinals. They had maintained control of the top spot in the Garden State all year after beating Oak Knoll and Moorestown by a combined 10 goals during the regular season but couldn’t pull through when it mattered most. Ridgewood did finish with championship titles in their district and Group 4. Senior Jackie Wolak was named Player of the Year by NJ.com and is the U.S. Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Girls’ Player of the Year.

7. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 17-6

The Cardinals won their fourth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title, beating Good Counsel 11-7 on May 13 as Reilly Casey scored four goals. Bishop Ireton lost in the VISAA finals to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes.

8. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 19-5

The Cubs fell to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, 10-7, in the Independent School League final after they had beaten the Saints earlier in the season. Visitation goalie Maggie Lyons finished the season with 195 total saves, which ranks her in the Washington Post Top 5, and Katie Castiello led the area in assists with 47 total.

9. Severna Park (Md.), 19-1

The Falcons clinched their 14th state crown and first since 2015 with a 10-5 victory over Dulaney in the Maryland 4A final. Alex Miller had three goals and Hunter Chadwick (Northwestern), who was named Player of the Year by the Capital Gazette, had two goals and an assist. Chadwick finished the season with 63 goals and 18 assists. Senior defender Kate Bray had 39 caused turnovers and was second on the team with 32 groundballs, and Alex Miller finished with 70 draw controls.

10. St. Paul’s School for Girls (Md.), 13-10

The Gators came on at the end of the season, pushing No. 1 McDonogh to overtime in the IAAM-A conference title game. They weren’t able to score the game-winner, but head coach Mary Gagnon’s team stunned two-ranked opponents, Notre Dame Prep (Md.) and Glenelg Country (Md.), in overtime to reach the championship game. Senior midfielder Shelton Sawers totaled 38 goals, 11 assists and 20 groundballs.

— Tom Peace

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South Top 10

1. Milton (Ga.), 22-1

The Eagles were simply dominant in 2019 as they completed their 13th state title. Their 100-20 margin of victory over five playoff games was just the latest for a team that outscored its opponents 431-124 on the year. While Milton will miss Brianna Carrasquillo (82 goals), Erin Degnan (282 draws won) and Belle Dora (47 goals), among others, they’ll still have a Carrasquillo (Skylar, who scored 48 goals as a sophomore) and a Dora (Maddie, who finished her sophomore season with 61 goals and 35 assists). That stellar rising junior class also includes Marleigh Sanders, who led the team in assists (68) and points (110), and Brie Catts (39 goals, 15 assists).

2. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 23-2

The Highlanders ended the year on a 14-game win streak, including a stunning state semifinal upset of American Heritage-Delray, followed by a state championship win over Benjamin. Lake Highland Prep’s resume also included wins over Mill Creek (Ga.), Lassiter (Ga.), Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), Glenelg (Md.) and, perhaps most impressive, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.). Both Thurston sisters were remarkable. Senior Ainsley led Lake Highland Prep with 70 goals. Sophomore Ashley led the Highlanders with 116 draw controls. Olivia Adamson tacked on 109 points with her 60 goals and 49 assists, while Jackie Norsworthy had 54 goals, 66 draw controls and a team-best 47 groundballs.

3. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 22-2

Caitlyn Wurzburger (North Carolina) topped 100 goals and 100 assists for the fourth straight season with 103 goals and 103 assists. While Wurzburger hit the 200-point mark, Allegra Catalano (Louisville) hit the 100-point milestone with 85 goals and 28 assists, and Kylie Hazen compiled 55 goals and 24 assists. Junior goalie Chloe Provenzano finished with an impressive 60.6 save percentage. Although the Stallions’ state semifinal loss was stunning, American Heritage-Delray had plenty of big wins, including over Lassiter (Ga.), Notre Dame Prep (Md.), Lake Oswego (Ore.) and Bishop Ireton (Va.).

4. Episcopal Dallas (Texas), 19-1

The Eagles had the perfect finish, avenging a Southwest Preparatory Conference title game loss to Kinkaid in the state championship. Seniors Anna Winkeler (62 goals, 53 assists, 117 draw controls) and Jay Browne (53 goals, 36 assists, 72 draw controls) piled on the points. Senior lockdown defenders Caroline Cheetham (21 caused turnovers, 36 groundballs) and Story Langston (27 groundballs) were equally important. Meanwhile, sophomores Lizzie Kelley (41 goals, 24 assists, 29 groundballs) and Sam Whiting (29 goals, 16 assists, 36 groundballs) should be good for years to come.

5. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 18-3

After a 4-3 start, the Crusaders won their final 14 games, galvanized by the return of Ella Reaves Vaughan (Virginia) from injury. Vaughan scored 17 goals in 10 games, adding firepower to an offense that finished with six 25-goal scorers. Caroline Kimel capped her 108-point senior season with five goals and five helpers in Cardinal Gibbons’ 17-10 state title game victory over Charlotte Catholic. Junior Bailey Mutch (85 points on 55 goals and 30 assists) and sophomore Caroline Mullahy (81 points on 39 goals and 42 assists) will return to help defend the title next year.

6. Weddington (N.C.), 17-1

The Warriors caught a tough break in the third round, falling 12-11 in overtime to Lake Norman. Up 11-8 with 13 minutes remaining, Jordyn Case suffered an injury and the lead slipped away. Still, it was a special season for Weddington, with two wins apiece over Lake Norman and Charlotte Latin and a victory apiece over Cardinal Gibbons and Charlotte Catholic. Case and Meryl Johnson also became the school’s first All-Americans. Case finished with 62 goals, 27 assists, 36 ground balls and 106 draw controls, while Johnson, a Michigan commit, had 47 goals and 41 assists. Goalie Flynn Murphy (Arizona) and Kendal Williams (44 goals) are also set to return.

7. Ravenwood (Tenn.), 16-1

The Raptors beat longtime rival Brentwood 17-8 to claim the Tennessee state title. They averaged 17.9 goals over their nine-game win streak to end the season, finishing the year with 282 goals in 17 games (16.6 per game). Four players topped 40 goals for Ravenwood: Julianna Iovine (51 goals, 36 assists), Andie McConnell (60 goals, 17 assists), Margaret Gleason (55 goals, 23 assists) and Hannah Lee Keller (44 goals, 30 assists). In addition to returning Iovine and McConnell, the Raptors also should have Mo Reimschisel (57 groundballs) and goalie Ava Ventimiglia (53.2 save percentage) back.

8. Bishop Moore (Fla.), 20-2

The Hornets lost just two games all season — both to state champion Lake Highland Prep. Bishop Moore’s victories included one-goal wins over Lassiter (Ga.), Mill Creek (Ga.), Pine Crest (Fla.) and Plant (Fla.). The Hornets also notched impressive road wins over IMG Academy (Fla.), St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), Ponte Vedra (Fla.) and regional champions Hagerty (Fla.) and Benjamin (Fla.). They were led by Jessica Kranich (74 goals) as well as a pair of players who reached the century mark, one in goals (junior Kate Piscopo, with 103), the other in draw controls (junior Emma Poling, with 102). Piscopo and goalie Cami Donadio (Yale) both received All-American honors.

9. Kinkaid (Texas), 17-3

The Falcons had a superb year, losing a single game against Lone Star State opposition. After dropping two of its first five games, both to teams from Georgia, Kinkaid caught fire with 14 straight victories, making the state title game. Mikela McCauley (Dartmouth) had a superb year for the Falcons, including five goals in the championship, as did Chloe Hunter (Penn), including a key goal in a state semifinals win over Hockaday (Texas).

10. Ensworth (Tenn.), 16-2

The Tigers won their last five games en route to a private-school state title. They will miss their three senior captains, All-American Caroline Frist, McLean Whitson and Hailey Braemer, who helped Ensworth turn a 19-5 loss to Harpeth Hall on April 4 into an 11-8 win when the teams met again in the state title game. That said, Ensworth has plenty to be excited about in the future, including freshman Adelaide Mason, who had a hat trick in the state championship, and sophomore All-American Annabel Frist, who had 11 draw controls in the win over Harpeth Hall.

— Jonah Rosenblum

Midwest Top 10

1. New Trier (Ill.), 21-1-2

The Trevians ended an 11-year state title drought, defeating Hinsdale Central (Ill.) 12-4 in the final on June 1. En route to the championship, New Trier defeated rival Loyola Academy (Ill.) in the regional round, 13-11, and the Trevians entered the postseason well prepared after earning draws against two other state champions in Rockford (Mich.) and Upper Arlington (Ohio).

2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 20-2-2

Despite losing their first game of the year, the Golden Bears enjoyed another successful season and won their fifth consecutive state title by defeating New Albany (Ohio) 12-10. Upper Arlington’s season was highlighted with a win over Michigan state champion Rockford and a tie against Illinois state champion New Trier. Sophie Ballou scored a school-record 94 goals.

3. Rockford (Mich.), 13-5-2

The Rams polished off their seventh consecutive state title by defeating Brighton 21-6 on June 8. Rockford’s biggest result was a tie against New Trier (Ill.). Midfielder Sydney Zimmerman (Colorado) helped all year long with 65 goals, 28 assists, 39 groundballs and 99 draw controls.

4. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 25-2

While unable to win a state title of their own, the Ramblers can take solace in completing regular-season wins over Rockford (Michigan’s state champion), Upper Arlington (Ohio’s state champion) and New Trier (Illinois’ state champion). Loyola lost in the sectional round as New Trier dealt the knockout blow, 15-13.

5. New Albany (Ohio), 19-4

The Eagles had their hopes of winning a state title dashed by Upper Arlington in the finals on June 1 in a 12-10 defeat. New Albany defeated Rockford (Mich.) on May 10 and forced overtime against Loyola Academy (Ill.) before losing 10-9.

6. Columbus DeSales (Ohio), 21-1

The Stallions’ season was highlighted not just with a Division II state title in Ohio, but also by defeating the eventual Division I champs Upper Arlington (Ohio), 8-5, on March 23. DeSales’ only loss was its season opener against New Albany (Ohio).

7. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 20-5

The Red Devils lost to last year’s runner-up, New Trier, after defeating St. Charles East (Ill.) 16-8 to earn a spot in the state title game. Hinsdale Central coach Dan Hartman left the program after four seasons and the 2018 state title.

8. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 20-5

After nearly upsetting New Trier (Ill.) in the state semifinals in a one-goal loss, the Titans took third place in the state with a 21-12 win over St. Charles East (Ill.). The third-place finish marked the best state tournament finish in Glenbrook South program history.

9. Prior Lake (Minn.), 18-1

The Lakers won Minnesota’s state championship by defeating Eden Prairie (Minn.) 17-12 on June 15, marking the first state title in program history. The Lakers were led by Payton Bloedow, who had 55 goals and 14 assists this season.

10. Carmel (Ind.), 17-3

The Greyhounds won their second straight Indiana state title by defeating Brebeuf Jesuit (Ind.) 12-7 on June 1. Sophomore Hannah Kim led the way this season with 61 goals, including three in the title game.

— Justin Boggs

West Top 10

1. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 19-0

Led by a balanced attack that featured three 50-goal scorers, the Mustangs completed a second straight unbeaten season with a fifth consecutive state title. They beat Cherry Creek (Colo.) 9-5 in the final.

Colorado has won 48 straight games dating back to 2017 and continues a 74-game unbeaten streak against in-state opponents dating back to 2015. Katharine Merrifield finished with 59 goals and 15 assists, Sloane Murphy added 57 goals and 19 assists and Jessie Bakes had 54 goals and 23 assists.

2. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 22-0

The Wolves finished off a perfect season with the North Coast Section Division I title, which had belonged to Novato for four straight years. SRV beat Amador Valley 19-9 in the final for their first title since 2006. The Wolves outscored opponents 430-126 this season, including winning four playoff games by a combined score of 79-28. Alannah Scott had 72 goals and 27 assists, Catie Grace Carrington added 67 goals and 18 assists, and Tatum Geist was the glue in the midfield with 37 goals, 50 assists and a .721 draw percentage.

3. St. Margaret’s (Calif.), 16-4

The Tartans capped a 12-game winning streak with a 20-9 victory over Palos Verdes (Calif.) in the CIF Southern Section championship for their second straight title. Maddie Barkate led with 65 goals and 28 assists, Niki Miles had 57 goals and 27 assists and Jordan Miles added 51 goals and 29 assists. St. Margaret’s beat former No. 4-ranked Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) 15-11 in the Orange County final to advance.

4. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 17-2

The Bruins made it to their 22nd straight state final but couldn’t overcome the Colorado Academy hurdle that has prevented them from a title the past four years. Katie Collins tallied 55 goals and six assists to lead the offense, and goalie Erin Legwold posted a 4.9 goals against average. Cherry Creek avenged its other defeat to Denver East during the playoff run, winning 12-7 in the quarterfinals May 15.

5. Scripps Ranch (Calif.), 19-2

The Falcons claimed the CIF San Diego Open Division title with a 17-9 win over La Jolla (Calif.), a game that served as the rubbermatch between the two teams after they split during the regular season. Scripps Ranch lost just one other game against Harriton (Pa.) in mid-April. Jolie Riedell was named the San Diego Union-Tribune Player of the Year.

6. Mercer Island (Wash.), 17-0

The Islanders won a state finals rematch against Bainbridge Island, coming back from a 7-4 deficit to win 10-9 on Emma Brodsky’s fourth goal of the day with 29 seconds left. Grace Fujinaga finished with 53 goals and six assists, and Annabelle Gersch added 42 goals and 24 assists to lead Mercer Island, which lost to Bainbridge Island by the same score in last year’s championship game.

7. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 17-2

The Knights couldn’t solve St. Margaret’s this season and suffered their second loss to the Tartans in the CIF Southern Section Orange County final. They lost 15-11 to the eventual Southern Section champions. Foothill outscored the rest of its competition 307-125 this season. Brooke Williams led with 80 goals and eight assists.

8. Amador Valley (Calif.), 19-4

The Dons avenged a regular-season loss to Granite Bay in the North Coast Section Division I semifinals but couldn’t do the same against San Ramon Valley in the championship and fell 19-9. Amador’s only other loss was a one-goal margin against St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) on March 5. Bella Mayo wracked up 110 goals and 17 assists.

9. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 14-4

The Raiders nearly prevented Cherry Creek from reaching the state final for the first time since the CHSAA sanctioned lacrosse 22 years ago, but they came up just short in a 12-11 loss. Regis trailed 7-2 at halftime. Three of the Raiders’ four losses came against the two state finalists. Regis was led by a dominant mid-line of Cate Lord (25 goals, 20 assists), Sidney Weigand (66 goals, 44 assists) and Grace Weigand (44 goals, 20 assists), while captain Maddie Ferguson (37 goals, 14 assists) led the offense and captain Bella Ames led the defense.

10. Jesuit (Ore.), 16-5

The Crusaders avenged two of their losses en route to winning the Oregon state title, upsetting three-time defending champion Lake Oswego in the final. Sydney Landauer led the attack with 86 goals and 10 assists, while Ella Smith added 64 goals and 44 assists and Isabella Sobol had 54 goals and 41 assists.

— Laurel Pfahler

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