Girls' Lacrosse Preview for April 15-16

Elsewhere on Saturday, Georgia titan Milton takes on Summit (NJ) in another intriguing girls' lacrosse contest. Summit is 6-1 overall this season with its only loss coming at the hands of fellow Garden State rival Mendham. On the other side, Milton is riding high after an impressive performance in last weekend's Washington DC showcase. The Eagles posted wins over Loyola Academy, Holy Cross and Rumson-Fairhaven to prove their mettle against a trio of quality lacrosse programs.

Additionally, longtime New York power Manhasset is set to face Chatham on Saturday. Despite losses to perennial powers Mountain Lakes and Ridgewood, Chatham has already notched big wins over Glen Ridge, Shawnee and Immaculate Heart to commence the season. The Cougars will look for production from standouts Kelsey Perselay, Jaclyn Leto and Kate Murphy. The trio has proven to be a consistent offensive threat all season long. But Chatham arguably faces it's most difficult opponent of the season in Manhasset, who enters the game 6-2 overall after posting four straight wins to open the season (against teams with a combined record now of 18-9, no less). Experienced and consistent, Manhasset turns to its defense to halt an explosive Chatham attack. Defenders Meghan Markham (Penn) and Morgan Mallon (Bryant) are aggressive, speedy and have a knack for causing turnovers.

Finally, two more notable match-ups this weekend feature McDonogh (MD) taking on Brighton (NY) and Mendham (NJ) facing Good Counsel (DC).

At 7-0 overall, McDonogh is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by LaxPower. Seeing that McDonogh's opponents have a combined record of just 21-22 so far, Saturday's battle against Brighton sets up to be quite enticing. Brighton is off to a 3-0 start this season and impressively downed a tough Canandaigua Academy team back on April 8, 13-12. Keep in mind that Canandaigua was also the last team to beat McDonogh back on April 8, 2009. Ever since, the Eagles have won 39 games in a row.

Meanwhile, defending state runner-up Mendham (NJ) looks for the upset on Saturday against a powerhouse Good Counsel program. The Minutemen are looking to ride a wave of momentum following a 9-8 win over Summit (6-1) on Wednesday. But the Falcons will be a tough task for the upstart New Jersey squad. Good Counsel has stormed out to a 11-0 mark this year, scoring 20 or more goals in seven of those games. If Mendham can find a way to slow down Good Counsel's explosive offense, the squad has a solid chance of coming away with a victory.

Last but not least, there will be a new state champion in South Carolina this year. With a 10-9 win over Blythewood on Wednesday, Wando (13-2) clinched a trip to the '11 title game and ended the Bengals' two-year reign as state champions. Wando will now face Riverside (13-2) in the title game set for Saturday at White Knoll High School.



To contact staff writer Adam Warner, send an e-mail to adam@laxpower.com.

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