Atholton and Crofton claim spots in this week’s rankings


Undefeated Broadneck High, closing in on a spot in the Anne Arundel County championship game, moved up to No. 2 in the VSN Girls Soccer Week 7 Top 20, just behind No. 1 McDonogh School.

Archbishop Spalding also climbed one spot, to No. 3, while Marriotts Ridge dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. No. 5 John Carroll School rounds out the Top 5.

This week’s newcomers are No. 19 Atholton and No. 20 Crofton who are both still in the mix in Howard and Anne Arundel counties, respectively.

Here is the complete VSN Girls Soccer Week 7 Top 20:


1. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 8-1

Previous rank: 1

Note: Eagles poised to capture another IAAM A Conference top seed.


2. BROADNECK

Record: 9-0-1

Previous rank: 3

Note: The Bruins have allowedone goal in last six games.


3. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 9-2

Previous rank: 4

Note: The Cavaliers notched nice wins over then-No. 5 John Carroll and Frederick County’s Urbana.


4. MARRIOTTS RIDGE

Record: 12-0-1

Previous rank: 2

Note: The Mustangs have 11 shutouts, including six in a row, but double-overtime draw with Atholton pushed them back a bit.


5. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL

Record: 6-3-3

Previous rank: 5

Note: The Patriots took tough one-goal loss to No. 4 Archbishop Spalding, but rebounded with 5-0 rout of then-No. 20 Harford Tech.


6. ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL

Record: 6-2

Previous rank: 6

Note: Gators turned great effort in one-goal loss to No. 1 McDonogh.


7. NOTRE DAME PREP

Record: 5-1-2

Previous rank: 7

Note: Blazers have played a pair of double overtime ties in their last three.


8. CENTURY

Record: 9-1-1

Previous rank: 9

Note: 1-1 tie with Oakdale snapped the Knights’ six-game win streak.


9. SEVERNA PARK

Record: 8-2

Previous rank: 10

Note: Despite draw with Old Mill, Falcons still cling to narrow lead in Anne Arundel County standings.


10. BEL AIR

Record: 9-0-3

Previous rank: 11

Note: Bobcats’ three draws in UCBAC Chesapeake league play, but remain undefeated.


11. MERCY

Record: 6-4-3

Previous rank: 8

Note: Magic have played two straight draws.


12. GLENELG

Record: 9-1

Previous rank: 12

Note: Gladiators won wild 6-5 affair with Wilde Lake last week.


13. FALLSTON

Record: 8-0-2

Previous rank: 14

Note: The Cougars remain unbeaten with pair of wins last week.


14. MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY

Record: 11-3

Previous rank: 15

Note: Two wins last week, including 4-0 rout of then-No. 13 Severn School, have the Sailors closing in on top seed for IAAM B playoffs.


15. SEVERN SCHOOL

Record: 8-4

Previous rank: 13

Note: Admirals ran into buzzsaw at then-No. 15 Mount de Sales.


16. ROLAND PARK COUNTRY SCHOOL

Record: 8-2

Previous rank: 16

Note: The Reds have established themselves as title contender in the IAAM B Conference.


17. DULANEY

Record: 6-2-2

Previous rank: 17

Note: Draw with Sparrows Point prevents the Lions from stretching their lead in Baltimore County Division I.


18. HEREFORD

Record: 9-4

Previous rank: 18

Note: Bulls still within striking distance of first place in Baltimore County Division I.


19. ATHOLTON

Record: 6-2-1

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Note: Scoreless draw with then-No. 2 Marriotts Ridge earn Raiders spot in Top 20.


20. CROFTON

Record: 8-3-1

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Note: Double-overtime win vs. Northeast stretches Cardinals’ win streak to six.