25-0: Undefeated Illinois Champ Loyola Up Nine Spots in Nike/USA Lacrosse Top 25


The South Region’s season has concluded. Record and recaps as of May 18.

1. Milton (Ga.), 21-0

The Eagles concluded the 2021 campaign with their fourth straight state title, beating West Forsyth (Ga.) 13-8 on Saturday in the final. The Eagles, who have now won 14 of the last 16 championships awarded, advanced to the finals by topping Walton (Ga.) 17-3 on May 11. USC recruit Maddie Dora had 20 goals and 12 assists during the four-game playoff run. Brie Catts, Skylar Carrasquillo and Haly Hawks all contributed hat tricks in the state final, while Tori Mellinger stopped 10 shots. Previous: 1

2. American Heritage-Delray (Fla.), 16-1

The Stallions defeated Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 13-11 to capture an FHSAA Class 1A championship on May 8. American Heritage-Delray finished the season on an 11-game winning streak. Freshman Brooke Goldstein had a team-leading 52 goals, while junior Casey Roberts led with 32 assists. American Heritage-Delray’s only loss was a regular-season defeat against Lake Highland Prep. Previous: 2

3. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 20-1

The Highlanders bid for a perfect season and state title came to a close on May 8 by losing to American-Heritage Delray 13-11 in the championship game. Juniors Jacqueline Jaskiewicz and Lauren Pittman led Lake Highland with 47 goals each. Syracuse recruit Olivia Adamson had a team-leading 27 assists to add to her 40-goal contribution. Previous: 3

4. East Chapel Hill (N.C), 16-2

The Wildcats won a state championship after they pulled off a pair of stunning upsets, first defeating Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 19-12 on March 22 in the state quarterfinals, then defeating Weddington (N.C.) 14-8 on March 27. Talia Zuco scored five times in the championship game. Sophie Halus and Molly Reed tied as the team’s scoring leaders with 56 goals each. Previous: 4

5. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 13-1

Following a perfect regular season, the Crusaders were upset in the state quarterfinals on March 22 against East Chapel Hill. Harvard recruit Caroline Mullahy racked up 40 goals and 77 assists in just 14 games. Sophomore Gracie Mullahy tallied 36 goals and 28 assists. Previous: 5

6. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 13-1

The Raiders won the FHSAA Class 2A state title by defeating Vero Beach (Fla.) 17-9 on May 8. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) only had one loss, to Class 1A runner up Lake Highland Prep (Fla.). Navy recruit Ava Yovino led the team in both goals (45) and assists (28) to go along with a team-leading 49 ground balls and 21 draws. Peri Reigner also played a key role for St. Thomas Aquinas with 39 goals and 17 assists. Previous: 6

7. Weddington, (N.C.), 17-2

The Warriors came one game short of winning a state title, losing 14-8 to East Chapel Hill on March 27. Senior Jordyn Case (Stanford) scored 82 goals and added 53 assists to close out her stellar high school career. Virginia Tech recruit Kendal Williams added 70 goals to complete her senior season. Previous: 7

8. Franklin (Tenn.), 18-0

The Admirals concluded a perfect season with a 14-12 win over Ravenwood (Tenn.) in the state championship game Sunday. Sophomore Aliya Polisky led Franklin with six goals, while senior Josie Ward scored five times to give her 110 goals for the season. Franklin advanced to the championship game by defeating Seymore (Tenn.) 20-4. Ward scored seven times while Gracie McCoy had five goals. Previous: 9

9. Hockaday (Texas), 12-2

The Daisies were crowned Texas Division I champions by defeating Southlake (Texas) 14-11 on May 9. The season was highlighted by wins over Episcopal School Dallas (Texas) and Highland Park (Texas). Previous: 8

10. Vero Beach (Fla.), 16-2

Vero Beach’s quest for a state title came just short, falling to St. Thomas Aquinas 17-9 in the final. Sophomore Alexa Vega led the squad with 56 goals, while senior Emily Adams led with 49 assists on top of her 38 goals. Previous: 10

— Justin Boggs


1. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 25-0

Ellie Lazzaretto capped a whirlwind postseason in which she compiled 37 goals, 18 draw controls and 10 assists with a dominant performance at state, scoring seven goals in the semifinals against Hinsdale Central (Ill.) and six in a title game victory over Glenbrook South (Ill.). Sloan Trapp, who had two goals ss apiece against the Red Devils and Titans and four assists against the former, and Emma Burke, who had a hat trick against Glenbrook South, also excelled. Previous: 1

2. New Trier (Ill.), 17-4

No team gave the Ramblers a better fight this year, including a two-goal loss at Loyola Academy in the regular season and an overtime defeat after taking a 7-1 lead in their sectional title match. Macy Zaban had a strong close to the season, including six goals and three assists in the sectional semifinals against Evanston Township (Ill.). Previous: 2

3. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 18-4

Three of the Red Devils’ four losses came to top-ranked Loyola Academy, including in Thursday’s state semifinal. Hinsdale Central roared back in the third-place game, defeating Benet Academy (Ill.), 18-6, including a 12-3 first half. Four different Red Devils players tallied hat tricks in the win, with Avery Secola leading the way with four goals and Angie Conley, Annette Ciupek and Charlotte Callahan tacking on three goals apiece. Previous: 3

4. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 23-2

Lucy Cavanaugh assisted on four of the Pioneers’ first seven goals as they built a 7-4 lead over Cranbrook-Kingswood (Mich.) in the Division 2 state final, and Lizzie Lundeen came up with a pair of key goals when EGR’s lead was slimmed to 7-6. The Pioneers won 15-11, and Cavanaugh finished with four goals and six assists, while Lundeen and Eliana LaMange scored five goals apiece. Previous: 4

5. Dublin Coffman (Ohio), 18-5

The Shamrocks showed their stunning regional title win over Upper Arlington (Ohio) was no fluke, as they won four straight games by two goals or fewer to capture the Division I state title. Kate Tyack led Coffman with five goals in a 13-12 win against New Albany (Ohio) in the state championship, while Amanda Bailey also had a hat trick. Previous: 5

6. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 20-1

The Golden Bears’ season ended in the regional title game, but their impressive resume includes in-state road wins over Medina (15-10), Thomas Worthington (16-11), New Albany (7-3), Mason (15-7) and Hudson (17-9). Camryn Callaghan led Upper Arlington with 59 goals, despite playing just 14 games due to injury, while Rian Adkins (41 goals), Kampbell Stone (40), Clara Gallapoo (38) and Ava Walters (34) also had huge seasons. Previous: 6

7. Carmel (Ind.), 16-2

The Greyhounds captured a state championship with a pair of five-goal victories over Cathedral (Ind.) in the semifinals and Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) in the championship game. Maddie McGarty led Carmel with six goals against the Irish, while Julia Cherubini had five against the Royals and Hannah Kim totaled nine between the two. Previous: 7

8. Rockford (Mich.), 15-4

The Rams captured their eighth straight state title, winning 19-16 over Brighton (Mich.), led by Chloe Dunham (six goals, one assist), Issi Osborn (five goals, one assist) and Mackenzie Delacher (five assists). Dunham and Osborn also had hat tricks in Rockford’s 16-10 semifinal win over Midland (Mich.), while Katie Rodriguez had four goals and Karsyn Broderick was outstanding on defense. Previous: 8

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

After dropping their opener at Edina, the Lakers won 18 straight en route to a state title. Prior Lake combined for 50 goals over the state quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. Down 3-1 early in their title clash with Lakeville South (Minn.), Prior Lake got two goals apiece from Jade Haugen and Payton Bloedow, as the team scored the final eight goals of the half to take control. Mackenzie Salentre finished with six goals while Bloedow had four to finish with 78 goals on the season. Previous: 9

T10. Edina (Minn.), 14-1

The Hornets’ 6-4 lead in their sectional title game against Prior Lake faded away fast as the Lakers finished the game on a 7-0 run. Haley Reeck had one last hat trick to cap her standout season for Edina, as she finished with 77 goals and 94 points in 15 games. Previous: 10

T10. New Albany (Ohio), 20-4

The Eagles won 13 straight games before falling in the Division I state title game to Dublin Coffman. Abby Cole led New Albany with four goals, while Mary Carson and Katie Kaucheck also had hat tricks as the trio combined to score 10 of the Eagles’ 12 goals. Previous: 10

— Jonah Rosenblum


1. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 11-0

The Mustangs opened their postseason with a 21-3 win over Air Academy (Colo.) on Saturday in the CHSAA Class 5A quarterfinals, as Jessie Bakes led with seven goals and Charlotte Corkins had four goals and three assists. Colorado was set to face ThunderRidge (Colo.) in the semifinals Monday, marking the program’s sixth straight final four appearance. The championship is Wednesday. Previous: 1

2. Scripps Ranch (Calif.), 17-0                                  

The Falcons capped a perfect season with their second straight CIF San Diego Section Open Division title, beating La Jolla (Calif.) 10-3 in the final June 5. Scripps Ranch also had defeated La Jolla in the last championship in 2019. The Falcons were led by first team all-league players Ella Brislin, Kayden Williamson, Natalie Markman and Ally Richardson-Pepper. Leiden Huber, Amanda Grissom, Izzy Hall and Kelsey McGrattan were second-team all-league selections. Previous: 2

3. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 18-0

The Knights left no doubt who is tops in their region of the state, as they rolled to a 21-5 championship win over ranked Newbury Park (Calif.) to claim the first CIF Southern Section Division I title and cap a perfect season. Elena Torres and Taylor Puma each scored five goals, while Zoey Stephens added four goals and Mikayla Yang made six saves. Foothill is the first girls lacrosse team from Orange County to post an undefeated season since 2016 when Mater Dei accomplished that feat. The Knight won all but four of their games by double digits and allowed only one of their opponents to cross the 10-goal mark. Previous: 3

4. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 12-0

The Wolves completed their season, and the CIF North Coast Section will not be holding championships this year. Alannah Scott led SRV with 48 goals and eight assists, and Lauren Iorio added 33 goals and 20 assists. CoCo Wong won 73.7 percent of the draws she took and also tallied 25 goals and 24 assists. The Wolves outscored opponents 218-76. Previous: 4

5. Mercer Island (Wash.), 9-0

The Islanders concluded a perfect season with a 16-7 win over Mount Si (Wash.) on June 8. Annabelle Gersch led with 33 goals, 21 assists, 56 draw controls and 17 caused turnovers, while Molly Brodsky added 32 goals, two assists, 31 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers. There were no playoffs in Washington this year. Previous: 5

6. Valor Christian (Colo.), 10-1

The Eagles edged Cherry Creek 13-12 in their season finale on June 15, then opened the postseason with a 17-7 win over Kent Denver (Colo.) in the CHSAA Class 5A quarterfinals Saturday. They led just 6-4 at halftime against Kent but rolled in the second half, as Eliza Osburn finished with five goals, Lauren Rismani added two goals and five assists and Reagan Digby, Kaley Kakac and Tess Osburn all had three goals and one assist. Second-seeded Valor was scheduled to face No. 6-seeded Regis Jesuit in the semifinals Monday. Previous: 6

7. La Jolla (Calif.), 12-4

Second-seeded La Jolla beat Torrey Pines for a third time this season in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinals but could not get a first win over Scripps Ranch in the final. In their third matchup of the season, the Vikings fell behind 7-2 in the first half and couldn’t recover. Previous: 7

8. Park City (Utah), 19-0

The Miners capped an undefeated season with the UHSAA/Mountain America title, beating Waterford (Utah) 17-11 in the final on May 28. Kendall Keblish led Park City with 99 goals and 23 assists this season, and Samantha Riely added 50 goals and 42 assists. The Miners outscored opponents 381-51 this season. Previous: 8

9. Newbury Park (Calif.), 15-2

The Panthers were unable to avenge their only loss, falling to Foothill in the CIF Southern Section final. Newbury Park had four seniors contribute stats this season and a plethora of young talent expected to return next season. Senior Emma Ing led with 68 goals and four assists, junior Cassie Huber added 40 goals and seven assists, freshman Reagan Laubner had 32 goals and 12 assists and sophomore Lindsay O’Toole contributed 28 goals and 19 assists. Previous: 9

10. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 13-4

The Falcons’ season ended with a third loss to La Jolla, this time in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinals. Torrey Pines trailed just 6-4 at halftime and the five-goal final deficit was its best performance against La Jolla. Junior Reese Loseke led the Falcons this season with 53 goals and 31 assists, while freshman Laurel Gonzalez added 33 goals and 11 assists and senior Liz Trask finished with 25 goals and 16 assists. Previous: 10

— Laurel Pfahler

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