Girls' Lacrosse Preview for April 15-16

The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions feature a number of highly anticipated match-ups this weekend in high school girls' lacrosse action. From Manhasset vs. Chatham to St. Anthony's vs. Moorestown, the schedule is dominated by fascinating regional battles that consist of many of the nation's top-ranked teams. Plus, two Colorado elites battle for conference supremacy as Mullen takes on Cherry Creek on Friday in a key Western Region showdown.

Starting in the Centennial State, two of Colorado's most potent and exciting programs get together on Friday when Mullen faces Cherry Creek. Madison Khanna has been a force at draw controls for the Mustangs. Plus, with a young but talented offensive unit providing constant scoring threats, Mullen (7-1) has emerged as one of the state's top title contenders. Molly Erdle, Ella Stapp and Kendall Richardson have also developed great chemistry through eight games and will likely draw extra attention from Cherry Creek's defense.

However, Cherry Creek likely enters with the edge having won its last seven meetings with Mullen. At 10-0 this season, the Bruins have no intentions of ending the streak any time soon. Behind standout Bailey Zerr (Richmond), Cherry Creek has notched double-digit goals in all 10 of its games this season. While the Bruins have already posted monster wins over Arapahoe, St. Ignatius Prep (CA) and Kent Denver, Mullen should prove to be the team's biggest challenge yet. With both programs tied at 4-0 atop the Centennial League standings, this match-up could also be a deciding factor in who takes the championship this year.

Also on Friday, two Mid-Atlantic elites go head-to-head when Notre Dame Prep (MD) battles St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (DC). Although Notre Dame has dealt with a brutal overall schedule this season (second-toughest in the state), the team is still considered one of the strongest in the region. Despite losses to McDonogh, Manhasset and Roland Park, the Blazers posted a big victory over Bryn Mawr (5-1) on March 31, 12-11, in two overtimes. Considering that St. Stephen's & St. Agnes also lost to Bryn Mawr, 15-11, back on March 17, this could set the stage for an evenly matched lacrosse game. Altogether, with two deep, talented lacrosse teams facing off, expect great intensity and some excellent individual match-ups.

Looking at action on Saturday, St. Anthony's (NY) takes on Moorestown (NJ) at Princeton University as a prelude to a Harvard-Princeton battle at the Division I level. St. Anthony's enters the game at 4-1 overall, with its only loss coming against Garden City (6-0) in a 2-OT thriller. The Friars are loaded offensively and equipped with a number of capable scoring options, particularly Kerrin Mauer, Lauren Schwalje, Casey Madden and Chrissy Schreiber. Meanwhile, Morrestown recently shook off its second in-state loss since 1999 last Saturday by clobbering Cinnaminson and Bishop Eustace this week. The midfield battle of Schwalje and Elizabeth Holland for St. Anthony's against Moorestown's Nicole Shapiro and Stephanie Toy should be as good as it gets. These teams have met in each of the last three seasons, with Moorestown winning all three by just five goals combined.

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2011-04-14



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