Girls' Lacrosse Preview: April 22-25

The stage is set for a memorable weekend in high school girls' lacrosse. Two featured match-ups take place in Colorado, where a number of playoff-caliber squads are battling for state supremacy. On the East Coast, the New York City Metro Region plays host to a handful of exciting games, most particularly Ridgewood (NJ) facing Yorktown (NY) and Wilton (CT) taking on Lakeland-Panas (NY).

Columbine-Centaurus Headlines Girls' Action in Colorado

Evenly matched Jeffco League rivals Columbine and Centaurus meet on Saturday in a key Colorado girls' lacrosse contest. After a 17-1 season in 2010 that included a Final Four appearance, Columbine is currently 8-1 overall and 6-0 in conference play and has scored double-digit goals in each of its nine games to date. With attacker Christen Neugebauer and midfielder Maddie Tedford leading the charge, the Rebels are also 5-1 against teams with a winning record this season. Meanwhile, Centaurus is 8-3 overall and 5-0 in league play behind an explosive attack. Junior Emma Lazaroff is a threat to score every time she possesses the ball and even posted 11 points in a single game this season. The winner here gets sole possession of first place in the Jeffco standings, so expect to see both teams playing at the top of their game.

Staying in the Centennial State, Mullen (8-2) will look to match its win total from the 10 season this weekend when they face off against ThunderRidge (6-3). Aside from a 21-6 loss to perennial power Cherry Creek on April 15, Mullen has looked impressive against state foes, already defeating Arapahoe, Golden, and Denver East. All the while, ThunderRidge is looking for its first win of the season against a top ten team. The Grizzlies previously fell to Air Academy (8-2) and Chaparral (8-1) during a three-game losing streak during the first half of April.

New Jersey is Center of Lacrosse Action in the East

Moving to East Coast action this weekend, New York power Yorktown travels to North Jersey to face a red hot Ridgewood squad. Following its first-ever Tournament of Champions title last season, Ridgewood has continued to exert its force against some of the nation's top teams this season. Behind an opportunistic offense and disciplined defense, the Maroons (6-0) have already downed talented Garden State foes Moorestown, Chatham, Shawnee and Mountain Lakes this month.

However, Yorktown will likely give the Maroons all they can handle. The Cornhuskers (6-1) are a playoff-caliber team in the Empire State and feature a pair of North Carolina recruits in twins Sarah and Lindsay Scott. If the Huskers can win the time of possession battle on Saturday and prevent Sammy Giordano and a quick-strike Ridgewood team from reaching 10 goals or more, the squad will certainly have a good chance of coming out with a victory.

Staying in the Garden State, Summit is set to host Cold Spring Harbor (NY) on Saturday in a showdown of regional powers. Summit has been on a roller coaster stretch this past week that included a 9-8 loss to Mendham (NJ), a 20-2 win over Charlotte Catholic (NC) and then a 11-11 tie against Georgia power Milton (13-1). It should be no surprise to see that Cold Spring Harbor will likely pose as one of Summit's greatest tests of the season. The Seahawks (6-2) feature a stout midfield unit headed by Lehigh recruit Michelle Abramczyk.

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2011-04-22



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