By Chris Goldberg
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 2/28/15
McDonogh Schoolhas been named the No. 1 team in the Preseason STEPS Lacrosse/TopLaxRecruits.com North America Girls’ Rankings for 2015.
McDonogh, the No. 1 team each week these rankings have been run since the start of 2013, closed at 21-0 in 2014 and increased its national record (girls’ lacrosse) winning streak to 112 games.
Preseason STEPS Lacrosse North America Girls’ Rankings
1. McDonogh School (MD) 21-0
The Eagles aim for a seventh straight IAAM title and to extend their national-best girls’ win streak.
2. Moorestown (N.J.) 26-0
The Quakers also are on a win streak, with 77 straight victories and three consecutive NJ Tournament of Champions crowns.
3. Manhasset (N.Y.) 19-1
The Indians are the defending NY Class B state champions.
4. Bishop Ireton (VA) 20-4
The Cardinals were Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) champions last year.
5. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 14-3
The Friars have won seven straight Catholic High School titles on Long Island.
6. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA) 27-2
The Saints look to regain the VISAA title from Bishop Ireton.
7. Suffern (N.Y.) 16-4
The Mounties reached the NY Class A semifinals last year.
8. Severn School (MD) 14-5
The Admirals did everything right in last year’s IAAM semifinals game before bowing to No. 1 McDonogh, 13-12.
9. Vero Beach (FL) 21-3
The Fighting Indians have won nine straight state titles.
10. Darien (CT) 21-2
The Blue Wave won the CT Class L championship last year.
11. Mt. Sinai (N.Y.) 17-1
The Mustangs, who won the state Class C title in 2013, look to take another shot at a title after being knocked out in the County finals last year.
12. Milton (GA) 19-3
The Eagles have won 9 of the last 10 Georgia state titles.
13. Garden City (13-4)
The Trojans, who won seven straight Class B state titles from 2006-12, look to return to compete for a state crown.
14. Archbishop Spalding (MD) 15-6
The Cavaliers have emerged as an IAAM contender after two strong seasons.
15. Summit (N.J.) 21-2
The Hilltoppers gave Moorestown all it could handle in last year’s New Jersey TOC finals.
16. Roland Park (MD) 16-5
The Reds reached the IAAM finals last year with a tremendous end-of-the-year run.
17. West Genesee (N.Y.) 20-1
The Wildcats look to repeat as Class A state champs.
18. Skaneateles (N.Y.) 22-1
The Lakers are the defending Class C state champs.
19. Georgetown Visitation (DC) 17-8
The Tigers, who always play a tough non-league schedule, lost five games by one goal last year.
20. (tie) West Islip (N.Y.) 21-1
The Lions were undefeated last year until dropping the Class A final to West Genesee.
20. Good Counsel (MD) 14-6
The Falcons will content with Bishop Ireton in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
Under consideration: Amador Valley (CA) 22-1; Brighton, N.Y. (16-3); Century (MD) 12-5; Christian Brothers, NY (17-4); Eastport-South Manor, NY (14-3); Garnet Valley (PA) 24-2; Glastonbury (CT) 19-1; Hill Academy (Ontario, Canada); Hutchison (TN) 22-0; John Carroll (MD) 10-9; Manchester Valley, MD (18-1); Marriotts Ridge (MD) 17-2; Mountain Lakes, N.J. (23-2); Mt. Hebron (MD) 13-2; Northport (N.Y.) 11-7; Notre Dame Academy, MA (20-3-1); Notre Dame Prep (MD) 10-5; Penfield, N.Y. (16-3); Sacred Heart, NY (13-7); Sayville, N.Y. (14-5); Severna Park (MD) 15-2; Sycamore, OH (20-0); Victor (NY) 19-3; Westwood (MA) 23-0.
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The rankings are compiled by members of the TopLaxRecruits.com staff. STEPS Lacrosse is only the sponsor.