Girls' Lacrosse: Weekend Preview for March 18-20

Texas rivals St. John's and Episcopal Dallas face-off at Cowboys Stadium this weekend in what may be the largest venue ever for a girls' lacrosse game. Plus, Mid-Atlantic foes Severn School and Good Counsel headline a busy schedule across the nation this week, one that should pack quite a punch from California to South Florida.

A pair of formidable Mid-Atlantic teams face-off on Saturday as Severn School (MD) hosts Good Counsel (DC) in an early season showdown. Good Counsel, considered one of the country's most dominant and consistent lacrosse programs, is coming off an 18-3 season that saw the team capture its seventh consecutive WCAC title with a 21-8 victory over Holy Cross.

Meanwhile, Severn is looking to bounce back after a 10-8 season in '10 despite one of the nation's toughest schedules. The Admirals boast a lineup of standouts, particularly Katie Carroll at attack and Kayleigh Werner on defense. Good Counsel counters with seven Division I recruits, most notably midfielders Brigid Smith (Duke) and Morgan Stephens (Virginia). Both teams continually face some of the nation's top programs, so this match-up will be nothing new. With that said, expect plenty of up-and-down action and a game that goes down to the wire.

Looking at action in the Midwest this weekend, two of Texas' most powerful teams face-off as Episcopal Dallas takes on St. John's on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. Episcopal is 8-1 overall this season and runs into a St. John's squad that has lost three of its last five games following a challenging road trip to Florida. Although the Mavericks have struggled as of late, the defending state champs (4-3) do have Episcopal's number over the years. Since 2005, St. John's has won the last six meetings between the two teams, which includes two lopsided victories in 10.

As for Episcopal, the team's only blemish so far this season came by the hands of Hockaday in a 12-5 defeat back on March 1. However, the Eagles' opponents only have a 15-23 overall record on the year, so a win over the defending state champs this weekend would cement the squad as a legitimate title contender in '11.

Saturday's contest is being played as part of a girls' lacrosse showcase and includes three high school games and one college match-up. Division I foes Northwestern and William & Mary will cap the day with a showdown on the turf at 7 p.m. The event schedule also features match-ups between Texas rivals Cy-Fair and Trinity and Highland Park and St. Andrew's.

Turning to Florida action, Barron Collier travels to Pine Crest on Friday for a battle between two of the state's up-and-coming teams. The Cougars enter the contest on the heels of an eight-game winning streak after an early-season defeat to Park Vista. Meanwhile, after a previous defeat to Lake Mary, Pine Crest (5-2) looks to prove it can play with one of the state's top programs. In order to do so, they'll likely have to solve a solid Cougar defense headlined by goaltender Luisa Bravo.

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