McDonogh is No. 1 in VSN’s Girls Lacrosse Top 20; state champ Glenelg is 5th


by Nelson Coffin

Things could return to normal in the local girls lacrosse scene this spring with McDonogh School favored to regain the IAAM A Conference title and No. 1 VSN ranking that Notre Dame Prep wrenched from them in dramatic fashion in the league title game last May.
 
The Eagles are brimming with talent again, although they will face a slew of tough challengers in the IAAM A, including the aforementioned Blazers, Glenelg Country School and Roland Park Country School.
 
Public school powers Glenelg, South River, Marriotts Ridge and Hereford also look to return to the top of their respective county races as the season begins to unfold in earnest.
 

Pictured above: Emma Schettig, who will play for the University of Maryland next year, is among the returnees for McDonogh School. The Eagles are again No. 1 in the first VSN Girls Lacrosse Top 20 of the spring. 

Editor’s note: VSN ranks the top teams in the Baltimore region which covers public and private schools in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County and Howard County.

 
Here is the entire 2019 VSN Girls’ Lacrosse Top 20 for week 1:

VSN GIRLS LACROSSE TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 1

1. MCDONOGH SCHOOL EAGLES

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #2

Final 2018 record: 20-1 (IAAM A Conference finalist)

Players to watch: Julia Dorsey, senior, midfielder; Emma Schettig, senior, midfielder; Blaire Pearre, senior, midfielder/attack; Kayla Abernathy, junior, midfielder

Off the draw: It would be foolish to assume that the Eagles are still reeling from last year’s disappointing loss — the program’s first since 2009 — to NDP in the A Conference final. As usual, they reload, this time with an abundance of talent under legendary alumna Taylor Cummings in a determined bid to reclaim their IAAM A Conference crown. 

2. NOTRE DAME PREP BLAZERS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #1

Final 2018 record: 17-4 (IAAM A Conference champions)

Players to watch: Ellie Curry, senior, midfielder; Brooke Barger, senior, midfielder; Nancy Halloran, sophomore, midfielder/attack

Off the draw: After a magical ride to top of IAAM A last spring, the Blazers hope for a repeat in 2019.

3. GLENELG COUNTRY SCHOOL DRAGONS

Final 2018 VSN Top ranking: #4

Final 2018 record: 12-5 (IAAM A Conference semifinalist)

Players to watch: Shaylan Ahern, senior, midfielder; Kate Sites, senior, midfielder; Allie Bateman, senior attack.

Off the draw: Dragons have enough firepower and versatility to be a serious contender again in the IAAM A Conference.

4. ROLAND PARK COUNTRY SCHOOL REDS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #9

Final 2018 record: 12-9 (IAAM A Conference quarterfinalist)

Players to watch: Kiki Shaw, senior, midfielder; Shannon Smith, junior, midfielder; Amber Bustard, senior, goalie 

Off the draw: Under new coach Meg Miller, Reds look to have a say in another highly competitive IAAM A.

5. GLENELG GLADIATORS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking #3

Final 2018 record: 17-2 (Class 2A state & Howard County champions)

Players to watch: Jenny Giampalmo, senior, midfielder; Annie Jubb, senior, defender; Emily Nalls, senior, midfielder

Off the draw: Three-time defending state champion Gladiators are primed for 4-peat bid this spring.

6. SOUTH RIVER SEAHAWKS

Final 2018 VSN Top ranking: #7

Final 2018 record: 18-2

Players to watch: Kathleen Sullivan, senior, attack/midfielder; Jordan Vincent, junior, goalie

Off the draw: Reigning Class 4A state champ Seahawks again have plenty of punch at both ends of the field.

7. MARRIOTTS RIDGE MUSTANGS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #6

Final 2018 record: 13-3 (Class 2A South Region semifinalist)

Players to watch: Victoria Hench, senior, attack; Katie Thompson, senior, attack

Off the draw: Mustangs ready to challenge Glenelg for supremacy in Howard County and Class 2A.

8. ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL GATORS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #5

Final 2018 record: 10-6 (IAAM A Conference semifinalist)

Players to watch: Shelton Sawers, senior, midfielder; Alex Pirisino, senior, midfielder; Lizzy Pirisino, senior, defender; Leah Warehime, sophomore, goalie

Off the draw: With veteran squad back, Gators ready to build on IAAM A final four run in 2018.

9.  HEREFORD BULLS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #10

Final 2018 record: 16-3 (Class 2A state semifinalist & Baltimore County champions)

Players to watch: Isabella Peterson, senior, midfielder; Libby May, senior, attack; Rachel Saunders, senior, defender

Off the draw: With stalwarts Peterson, May and Saunders anchoring their respective sectors, Bulls are favored to earn another Baltimore County championship.

10. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING CAVALIERS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #8

Final 2018 record: 13-5 (IAAM A Conference quarterfinalist)

Players to watch: Paige Gunning, senior, goalie; Olivia Malamphy, senior, defender

Off the draw: If Cavaliers defense, which limited McDonogh to six goals in IAAM A opener, can stay strong, Spalding will be a serious contender for IAAM A title.

11. ST. MARY’S SAINTS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #13

Final 2018 record: 10-8 (IAAM A Conference quarterfinalist)

Players to watch: Whitney Albert, senior, attack; Maggie Aumiller, senior, midfielder; Bryce Pfundstein, senior, midfielder 

Off the draw: Although Albert’s go-to-goal ability alone should worry IAAM A Conference opponents, the Saints have other weapons to threaten rival defenses.

12. DULANEY LIONS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #18

Final 2018 record: 11-6 (Class 4A state finalist)

Players to watch: Mae Dickens, senior, midfielder; Lucy Hughes, senior, defender

Off the draw: Lions will rely on defense to challenge Hereford in Baltimore County and make another run at state 4A crown.

13. CENTURY KNIGHTS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #19

Final 2018 record: 12-5 (Class 2A state semifinalist)

Players to watch: Grace Bruce, senior, midfielder; Demma Hall, junior, midfielder

Off the draw: The Knights are again the team to beat in Carroll County.

14. SEVERNA PARK FALCONS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #14

Final 2018 record: 11-6 (Class 4A East Region finalist)

Players to watch: Alex Miller, senior, midfielder; Rachel Spilker, senior, midfielder

Off the draw: Look for Falcons to contend again for Anne Arundel County honors – and beyond – this spring.

15. WESTMINSTER OWLS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #11

Final 2018 record: 16-3 (Class 3A state champions)

Players to watch: Anna Ruby, senior, midfielder; Haleigh Moore, senior, defender 

Off the draw: Owls have a ton of talent to work with after state title breakthrough in 2018.

16. BEL AIR BOBCATS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #15

Final 2018 record: 15-3 (Class 3A state semifinalist)

Players to watch: Maggi Hall, junior, attack; Anna McQuay, junior, attack

Off the draw: Though young and inexperienced, Bobcats aim to make big splash in UCBAC Chesapeake and contend for 3A state title.

17. BRYN MAWR SCHOOL MAWRTIANS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #12

Final 2018 record: 11-6 (IAAM A Conference Tournament qualifier)

Players to watch:  Virginia Oursler, senior, midfielder; Abbey Hurlbrink, junior, midfielder

Off the draw: Mawrtians look to build on last year’s comeback campaign, although a boatload of top point producers graduated.

18. MOUNT HEBRON VIKINGS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #16

Final 2018 record: 13-6 (Class 3A state finalist)

Players to watch: Ellie Miller, senior, attack; Olivia Suazo, junior, attack

Off the draw: With only five seniors, junior-oriented Vikings might take time to gel before, hopefully, reaching full potential.

19. SOUTH CARROLL CAVALIERS

Final 2018 VSN Top 20 ranking: #19

Final 2018 record: 11-2 (Class 2A West Region quarterfinalist & Carroll County Athletic League champions)

Players to watch: Riley Evans, senior, midfielder; Abbey Behn, senior, attack

Off the draw: The Cavaliers hope to build on last spring’s breakout campaign with a deep run in the Class 2A playoffs. 

20. CATONSVILLE COMETS

Final 2018 VSN Top 2o ranking: Not ranked

Final 2018 record: 11-5 (Class 4A North Region quarterfinalist & Baltimore County finalist)

Players to watch: Riley Evans, senior, midfielder; Abbey Behn, senior, attack

Off the draw: After sputtering down the stretch last spring, Comets seek more consistency in 2019.