Episcopal, Ridgewood Move into Top 5 of Nike/USL HS Girls' National Top 25

Unbeaten Episcopal Academy (Pa.) out of Philadelphia and New Jersey frontrunner Ridgewood (N.J.) have moved into the top five of the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls’ National Top 25.

Episcopal, led by U.S. U19 training team member Olivia Dirks (pictured), is up to No. 4 in the national rankings and No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic region on the strength of a 14-0 start.

Ridgewood’s ascent to No. 5 comes with its victory over perennial national power Moorestown (N.J.).

McDonogh (Md.), under first-year coach Taylor Cummings, has reasserted itself as the team to beat in the mighty IAAM, going undefeated to date. The Eagles thus retained their No. 1 status, followed by Manhasset (N.Y.), whose only loss is to McDonogh.

This is the second of four monthly updates to the rankings, including Regional Top 10 lists for teams representing the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West. The third update will be June 11.

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The third of four monthly in-season updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse national and regional high school rankings will be posted Tuesday, June 11.

National Top 25

Editor's Note
The third of four monthly in-season updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse national and regional high school rankings will be posted Tuesday, June 11.
May 7, 2019



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

Nike/US Lacrosse High School Rankings
National Boys' Top 25 | National Girls' Top 25
Northeast Boys' Top 10 | Northeast Girls' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 | Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
South Boys' Top 10
| South Girls' Top 10
Midwest Boys' Top 10
| Midwest Girls' Top 10
West Boys' Top 10
| West Girls' Top 10

Northeast Top 10

1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 11-1

Since a one-goal loss to McDonogh on April 6, the Indians have won eight straight, including wins over Sacred Heart (N.Y.), Torrey Pines (Calif.), Garden City (N.Y.), Massapequa (N.Y.) and Darien (Conn.). Emily LoPinto’s overtime free-position goal led the Indians to a 12-11 win over Darien (Conn.) on May 2. She finished with six goals and an assist and now has 36 goals and 10 assists for the season. Previous: 1

2. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 13-1

The Seahawks claimed their first state title last season and are building another memorable campaign this year. The lone setback so far was a 12-10 loss to Garden City on April 9. CHS added wins over Good Counsel (Md.), New Canaan (Conn.), Sacred Heart (N.Y.), Syosset (N.Y.), and St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) within the last month. In the 12-11 victory against St. Anthony’s, Caroline DeBellis netted both the tying and game-winning goals. She finished with four goals, and Isabelle Vitale had five goals and an assist. Previous: 4

3.  Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 12-1

The Sharks are off to a strong start. Their lone loss came in a 5-3 decision to Mount Sinai (N.Y.) on April 25, but they collected wins over Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.), Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), and West Babylon (N.Y.) during April. Ellie Masera scored five goals as E-SM held off Darien (Conn.), 10-9, on April 27. Kasey Choma leads the Sharks with 49 goals and 22 assists this season. Previous: 7

4. Darien (Conn.), 10-2

Like she does every year, coach Lisa Lindley is challenging her team with one of the most difficult schedules in the country. Darien’s two losses are to opponents ranked just ahead of it, as Manhasset and Eastport-South Manor both secured one-goal wins over the Blue Wave. Darien earned a 11-10 win over New Canaan on May 4, as Sarah Jaques scored five goals to help the Blue Wave avenge last season’s loss to New Canaan in the state semifinals. Previous: 3

5. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 11-1

The Friars’ only slip-up last month was a 12-11 loss to Cold Spring Harbor, but they added impressive wins over Syosset (N.Y.), Suffern (N.Y.), Wantagh (N.Y.), Long Beach (N.Y.) and Sacred Heart (N.Y.). Katie DeSimone leads the team with 43 goals and 18 assists this season, while Charlotte Verhulst has 20 goals and 14 assists. Previous: 5

6. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 11-2

The Mustangs suffered two losses in the last month, dropping games to Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) and Mattituck-Southold (N.Y.), but they did earn strong wins over West Babylon (N.Y.) and Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.). In the E-SM win, Emma Tyrrell finished with two goals and Emily Lamparter recorded 10 saves. Tyrrell leads the Mustangs with 33 goals and five assists, while Gabby Sartori has 25 goals and five assists and Morgan Mitchell has 22 goals and 16 assists. Previous: 2

7. Baldwinsville (N.Y.), 11-1

The Bees storm into the rankings on the strength of a monster offense. Katherine Pascale leads B-ville with 47 goals and 28 assists, while Emma Gebhardt has 40 goals and 33 assists. Baldwinsville boasts notable wins over Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), West Genesee (N.Y.), Irondequoit (N.Y,), Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.), Brighton (N.Y.) and Liverpool (N.Y.). The upcoming slate features games against Ithaca (N.Y.) and Penfield (N.Y.). Previous: NR

8. Spencerport (N.Y.), 12-1

The Rangers enter the regional rankings for the first time in program history, thanks to a talented senior core and a schedule that has challenged them. Spencerport’s resumé includes wins over Irondequoit (N.Y.), Penfield (N.Y.), Notre Dame Academy (Mass.), Wellesley (Mass.) and Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.). The lone blemish came with an 8-6 loss to Canandaigua (N.Y.) on April 18. The rest of the regular season slate still includes tough games against Pittsford (N.Y.), Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) and Fairport (N.Y.). Erin Coykendall leads the Rangers with 46 goals and 35 assists, while Natalie Choate has 39 goals and 18 assists and Camryn Sack has 28 goals and 28 assists. Previous: NR

9. Garden City (N.Y.), 9-5

The Trojans have fallen victim to an incredibly challenging schedule. In the last month, they topped teams like Holton-Arms (Md.), Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), Massapequa (N.Y.), and Long Beach (N.Y.), but Garden City also dropped games to Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), Manhasset (N.Y.) and Sacred Heart (N.Y.). Caitlin Cook (34 goals, five assists), Ella Heaney (20 goals, 18 assists) and Liana McDonnell (24 goals, six assists) lead the balanced Trojans. Previous: 6

10. Northport (N.Y.), 14-1

Northport jumps into the rankings for the first time this season after a fast start that includes wins over Ward Melville (N.Y.), Bay Shore (N.Y.), Middle Country (N.Y.), Wantagh (N.Y.), Riverhead (N.Y.) and Wilton (Conn.). In the 14-6 win over Wilton on April 27, Olivia Carner and Danielle Pavinelli each finished with five goals and three assists. Previous: NR

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. McDonogh (Md.), 17-0

McDonogh is ready for the postseason after taking care of some tough opponents the past month. Most notably, the Eagles handled Notre Dame Prep (Md.) in a rematch of the IAAM A-conference championship game from a year ago when the Blazers stunned them. Blair Pearre and Emily Schettig both had multi-point performances to lead McDonogh to a 13-5 victory on April 25. Previous: 1

2. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 14-0

The Churchmen climb in the rankings as they remain unbeaten. They picked up a second victory over Agnes Irwin (Pa.) to close out April, winning 12-11. EA has three remaining regular-season games. Previous: 9

3. Ridgewood (N.J.), 16-1 

The Maroons slipped up against Summit (N.J.), losing 8-7 on April 29, but they have bounced back with four straight wins. Ridgewood defeated in-state rival Moorestown, 12-8 on April 24. Senior Jackie Wolak has been a key cog in the attack, tallying 55 goals and 26 assists to go along with a career-high 82 draw controls. Previous: 4

4. Moorestown (N.J.), 13-2

The Quakers dropped two straight to Ridgewood and Mount Sinai (N.Y.) at the end of April, but got back on track with a trio of wins heading into another good test at Agnes Irwin on Wednesday. Moorestown needs a win to build up momentum for the postseason under new head coach Colleen Hancox. Previous: 2

5. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 15-4

The Tigers have some solid wins to offset four tough one-goal losses. Most notably, they earned a huge win over rival St. Stephen & St. Agnes. Georgetown Visitation was riding a nine game winning streak through April before a surprising loss to Marriotts Ridge (Md.) on April 30 halted the momentum. The Tigers closed out the regular season with a win over Stone Ridge (Md.) on May 2. Previous: 6

6. St. Stephen & St. Agnes (Va.), 17-2

Since falling to Georgetown Visitation on April 25, the Saints have been clicking on all cylinders. SSSA closed out the regular season with four impressive victories over Glenelg (Md.), Agnes Irwin, Stone Ridge and Holy Child (Md.). Midfielders Kennan Moon and Christina Cavallo have been huge offensively for the Saints. Previous: 10

7. Notre Dame Prep (Md.), 13-5

After handing Marriotts Ridge just its second loss, NDP dropped back-to-back games to McDonogh and St. Mary’s (Md.), but rebounded with an overtime win over John Carroll (Md.). The Blazers need to get back to the lacrosse they were playing at the beginning of the season when they won 11 of their first 13 games. Previous: 8

8. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 12-5

The Cardinals closed their regular season with a pair of wins after losing consecutive games to Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) and Darien (Conn.). They had one of the toughest schedules in the nation with their other losses coming against McDonogh and South Region powers Milton (Ga.) and American Heritage-Delray (Fla.) early in the season. Previous: 5

9. Oak Knoll (N.J.), 13-1

The Royals enter the rankings this month, riding an eight-game winning streak into Monday’s schedule game against Northern Highlands (N.J.). Their only loss was to Ridgewood, but Oak Knoll handled Summit, who beat the Maroons. Katie Duttenhofer has 63 points so far this season. Previous: NR

10. Severna Park (Md.) 14-0

The Falcons gearing up to make a run for their 14th state championship this season and first since 2015. They defeated MIAA-A Conference foes Severn and St. Mary’s and dished out losses to many top teams around the area, including Dulaney, Marriotts Ridge and Good Counsel. Hunter Chadwick has been impressive on offense for Severna Park this past month. Previous: NR

— Tom Peace

Catie Grace Carrington has 56 goals and 17 assists for San Ramon Valley (Calif.), which remains unbeaten heading into the CIF North Coast Section playoffs.

South Top 10

1. American Heritage Delray (Fla.), 21-1

The Stallions haven’t given up more than three goals in a game since late March. That kind of defense is powerful when paired with the offense of Caitlin Wurzberger, who scored seven goals and added four assists in the team’s 22-6 regional final victory over St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) to surpass 100 goals and 100 assists for the season. The Stallions have been dominant for much of the season, including a four-game road trip in state against Pine Crest, St. Thomas Aquinas, American Heritage Plantation and Stoneman Douglas. American Heritage outscored those opponents, 62-9. Previous: 1

2. Milton (Ga.), 18-1

The Eagles have been unstoppable of late. After beating Holy Cross (Md.) 16-8 on April 6, Milton has won each of its last six games by double digits, including a 19-1 win over East Coweta (Ga.), with 18 different scorers, to start the postseason. The Eagles have been balanced throughout, including 11 scorers against Centennial (Ga.). Maggie Dora (eight goals), Skylar Carrasquillo (six goals), Briana Carrasquillo (five goals) and Marleigh Sanders (eight assists) were exceptional against defending Massachusetts state champ Norwell. Erin Degnan has won more than 80 percent of her draws. Previous: 2

3. Weddington (N.C.), 16-0

The Warriors’ perfect record was put to the test in April. Weddington came through every single time, pulling out close wins over Charlotte Catholic (N.C.), Lake Norman (N.C.) and Charlotte Latin (N.C.). Meryl Johnson has joined Jordyn Case at the head of a lethal attack, with Johnson leading the Warriors in assists and scoring four goals in a key win over Cardinal Gibbons. (N.C.). Meanwhile, Flynn Murphy (Arizona State) has been terrific in net. Previous: 5

4. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 21-2

The Highlanders have won 12 straight, with their only losses coming to the South’s top-ranked team, American Heritage Delray, and St. Paul’s (Md.). Their win streak included eight straight 20-plus goal performances, a 14-4 victory at Bishop Moore (Fla.) in the regional semifinals and an equally dominant 16-5 regional final victory over Tampa Plant (Fla.). LHP was sparked by four goals and three assists from Olivia Adamson and a hat trick from Ainsley Thurston against Plant. Previous: 3

5. Episcopal Dallas (Texas), 14-1

The Eagles have tallied 12-plus goals in every single game this season and racked up several wins against top-notch opposition, including a sweep of defending state champion Hockaday and a 17-13 late March victory over Walton (Ga.). Anna Winkler has been fantastic, including five goals in the team’s recent loss to Kinkaid and five goals and three assists in a win over Hockaday. Jay Browne had five goals in both games. Previous: 8

6. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 13-3

Challenging games early seem to have paid off down the stretch for the Crusaders. Their first five games included taking on one of the Tar Heel State’s best in Weddington, Hockaday (Texas) and Florida powers Vero Beach and Lake Highland Prep. Now, Cardinal Gibbons is rolling, winning nine straight games, by a 168-17 combined margin, and scoring at least 18 goals in all nine. The Crusaders’ dominance included a three-goal, six-assist performance from Caroline Mullahy in the team’s 19-9 playoff win over Ashley. Previous: NR

7. Hockaday (Texas), 14-4

After losing three straight games, the Daisies have won 11 of their last 12. All four of Hockaday’s losses have come against quality opposition, including two to Episcopal Dallas and one-goal losses to Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) and Charlotte Catholic (N.C.). Previous: 10

8. Ravenwood (Tenn.), 13-1

The Raptors’ last month was highlighted by a 13-8 victory over a strong Harpeth Hall (Tenn.) squad. Ravenwood’s lone blemish is a 13-12 road loss to Ensworth (Tenn.). Previous: NR

9. Harpeth Hall (Tenn.), 14-1

After the Honeybears’ 11-0 start was briefly disrupted by an April 16 loss at Ravenwood, they are back to business, winning their last three games by a 55-4 margin. Harpeth Hall is led by a dominant midfield, including Leelee Denton (61 goals, 23 assists, 75 draw controls) and Walker McKnight (22 goals, 14 assists, 76 draw controls), as well as attacker McCauley Smith (46 goals) and goalie Stefanie Chiguluri, who has saved 57 percent of the shots she has faced. Previous: 9

10. Bishop Moore (Fla.), 21-2

The Hornets had the misfortune of being grouped in a rough region. They matched up with Lake Highland Prep in the regional semifinals and fell 14-4, despite a hat trick from Jessica Kranich. LHP went on to the final four, but Bishop Moore beat two of the other state semifinalists, topping Hagerty, 12-9, and Benjamin, 20-9, on the road earlier this season. Previous: 4


— Jonah Rosenblum

Midwest Top 10

1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 18-1

Facing six teams ranked in the top 10 of last month’s Midwest ranking, the Ramblers came out unscathed to stretch their winning streak to 11 games. Loyola’s biggest scare came on April 25 in a 10-9 overtime win over New Albany (Ohio). Loyola also defeated Rockford (Mich.), New Trier (Ill.), Upper Arlington (Ohio), Hinsdale Central (Ill.) and Eden Prairie (Minn.). Previous: 1

2. Rockford (Mich.), 7-2-1

The Rams last played on April 26, tying New Trier (Ill.) 14-14. Rockford also lost back-to-back contests earlier in the month to Hinsdale Central (Ill.) and Loyola Academy (Ill.). Junior Sydney Zimmerman (Colorado) had 23 goals and eight assists over six games.  Previous: 2

3. New Trier (Ill.) 12-1-2

The Trevians’ last month was highlighted by a 19-6 win on April 11 over Glenbrook South (Ill.) and a 14-14 tie against Rockford. During a seven-game stretch in April, Lucy Murray (Dartmouth) recorded 23 goals and 20 assists, including the game-winner with 22 seconds left in a 11-10 victory over Forest Hills Central (Mich.) on April 27. Previous: 3

4. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 12-3

The Red Devils have picked up a pair of wins over ranked opponents, defeating Rockford 13-12 on April 12, followed by an 11-7 win over Montini Catholic (Ill.) on May 2. Jenna Collignon (Yale) tallied seven goals in a loss to Loyola Academy on May 1. Previous: 4

5. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 12-2-1

The Golden Bears have recovered nicely since their early-season loss to Columbus DeSales (Ohio). They defeated rival New Albany (Ohio) 11-8 on April 20 and also picked up solid wins over Hudson (Ohio) and Dublin Coffman (Ohio). Senior Sophie Ballou recorded hat tricks in seven of Upper Arlington’s last eight contests, including an eight-goal performance against Cincinnati-Sycamore on May 3. Previous: 8

6. New Albany (Ohio), 14-3

The Eagles nearly pulled off an incredible upset on April 25, dropping a 10-9 decision to Loyola in overtime. Emily Rezabek (Ohio State) scored six of New Albany’s nine goals. New Albany also lost to crosstown rival Upper Arlington (Ohio) on April 20. Previous: 5

7. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 7-1

Following a quick start to the season, the Eagles suffered their first loss to Loyola, 22-10, on May 4. Brooke Lewis leads a balanced attack with 27 goals and 17 assists. Maggie Brown has added 25 goals and 14 helpers. Previous: 6

8. Glenbrook South (Ill.), 11-2

The Titans have won six in a row since their 19-6 loss to New Trier on April 11. Glenbrook South will face its toughest stretch of the season in the next two weeks with games against Loyola and Hinsdale Central. Previous: 9

9. Columbus DeSales (Ohio), 13-1

Since losing to New Albany by a goal on March 16, the Stallions have won 13 in a row, including an impressive 8-5 win over Upper Arlington. DeSales also has an impressive win over Sycamore (Ohio). Previous: NR

10. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 13-2

The Pioneers nearly pulled off an upset on April 10, taking Rockford to overtime in a 13-12 loss. East Grand Rapids has scored more than 20 in four of its last five contests. Previous: NR

— Justin Boggs

West Top 10

1. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 16-0

The Mustangs outscored opponents 190-44 over 11 games in April. They passed their biggest test with a 14-10 win over St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) on April 17. Sloane Murphy leads the team with 47 goals and 16 assists, while Katharine Merrifield adds 45 goals and 13 assists. Ella Marks has a 3.7 goals against average. Previous: 1

2. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 18-0

The Wolves remain unbeaten heading into the CIF North Coast Section playoffs as the top seed. They host Northgate in the first round Tuesday. SRV has outscored opponents 351-98 this season. Alannah Scott leads the attack with 58 goals and 24 assists, while Catie Grace Carrington adds 56 goals and 17 assists and Tatum Geist chips in 29 goals and 44 assists. Previous: 2

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 14-1

The Bruins have won 13 straight since a 13-12 setback against Denver East (Colo.) in the second game of the season. They began April with notable wins over Valor Christian and Regis, and they only game decided by fewer than 11 goals since then was a 16-9 win over St. Ignatius (Calif.). Katie Collins leads with 47 goals, six assists and 50 groundballs, while Sydney Bierenkoven adds 13 goals and 29 assists. Aubyn Roemer has 10 caused turnovers and 22 groundballs, and Abby Plomondon adds nine caused turnovers and 18 groundballs. Previous: 4

4. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 17-1

The Knights were cruising until St. Margaret’s (Calif.) ended their perfect record with a 9-7 loss April 25. They’ve bounced back since then and will compete for the CIF Southern Section Orange County title Wednesday, thanks to a 19-4 win over Santa Margarita (Calif.) in the semifinals Saturday. Previous: 5

5. Granite Bay (Calif.), 17-1

The Grizzlies’ lone blip came with a 13-11 loss at Mater Dei (Calif.) on April 15. They enter the CIF North Coast Section playoffs as the No. 2 seed, facing Campolindo (Calif.) in the first round Tuesday. Granite Bay has scored 307 goals while allowing 135. Previous: 3

6. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 12-3

The Raiders have won seven of their last eight games since suffering back-to-back losses to Cherry Creek and Colorado at the beginning of April. Freshman Tess Osburn leads the team with 48 goals and 18 assists, while sophomores Lauren Rismani (32 goals and 33 assists) and Payton Cheedle (36 goals, 4 assists) also have been key contributors. Senior Addy Tysdal has been solid in goal, posting a 5.5 goals against average. Previous: 6

7. Mercer Island (Wash.), 12-0

The Islanders have dominated since avenging last year’s state final loss to Bainbridge Island on March 20. They haven’t played a game decided by less than five goals, and no one has scored more than nine against them. Grace Fujinaga has 45 goals and six assists, and Annabelle Gersch adds 34 goals and 21 assists to lead the team in points. Previous: 7

8. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 14-3

The Lakers avenged their lone in-state loss when they beat West Linn 14-7 on Friday. They had dropped a 9-8 double overtime loss to their league rivals on April 23, ending a 52-game win streak over OGLA teams that spanned almost three years, but got two starters back for the rematch and apparently that was the difference. Lake Oswego also earned a notable 12-5 win over Bainbridge (Wash.) on April 20. Katy Gilbert (35 goals, 21 assists, 43 draw controls), Zoe Zigler (29 goals, 9 assists, 87 draw controls) and Katie Freeman (30 goals, 9 assists) continue to lead the team. Previous: 8

9. Scripps Ranch (Calif.), 16-2

The Falcons have just one loss to in-state competition, a 12-11 setback against La Jolla on April 10, which they avenged with an 18-11 victory on May 1. Their only other loss was against Harriton (Pa.), by a seven-goal margin, on April 16. Seeding for the CIF San Diego Division 1 playoffs is set for Wednesday. Previous: NR

10. Amador Valley (Calif.), 16-3

The Dons join the rankings on an eight-game win streak following back-to-back losses to ranked Granite Bay and San Ramon Valley. Their only other loss was a 13-12 battle with St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) back in March. Junior Bella Mayo has impressed with 90 goals and 15 assists this season. Previous: NR

— Laurel Pfahler