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Sherwood Girls Playing To Win It All
The Sherwood girls' lacrosse team is working to return to the state playoffs. The Warriors have put together a 9-0 record with a core of underclassmen. Sherwood lost multiple key players to graduation after the 2013 season, during which it went 16-0 before losing to Broadneck, 21-5, during the Maryland 4A/3A state title game.
Third-year head coach Kelly Hughes said this year's squad had been a pleasant surprise.
"My biggest concern for the sophomores wasn't going to be talent, but maturity in decision making," Hughes said. "So far, we have had a huge target on our backs, and teams come into our games really fired up for a chance to beat us. I think the girls have been handling it all very well and have tried to be consistent.
"This year's group is so cool to work with. I get to challenge them and add more to each thing we work on at practice. They adapt well to it and work on it in their spare time. With all the snow, there are parts of our game that I would have wanted to spend more time on, but, luckily, my team understands the game, and I can instruct new concepts in a short amount of time. It's really fun from a coaching perspective."
The Warriors have averaged 18.78 goals per game this season, the highest average of any Maryland public school team. Sherwood has limited its opponents to an average of 5.33 goals per game.
When asked which players had stood out so far this season, Hughes said: "Can I say all of them? So many girls are making big plays."
Reaching the state finals, which are held every year at the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus, is the main goal for the Warriors, but they have compiled other goals they would like to achieve, Hughes said.
"We'd like a closer score if we make it to the finals," Hughes said. "We don't like to let games get away from us; we need to feel in control. We've been adding new challenges to everything we do at practice to continue to push ourselves. Hopefully, it'll pay off."
For the Warriors, the month of May will bring challenges. Their last two regular-season games will be against Good Counsel (11-4) and Quince Orchard (6-3).
Local Girls' Lacrosse Playoff Races Heating Up
Last week, PressBox highlighted the playoff races in boys' lacrosse in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas. This week, we take a look at how the girls' lacrosse postseason picture is shaping up. In the IAAM, ISL AA and WCAC, it should be an exciting month of May to close out the season.
IAAM: McDonogh (18-0) has won five straight IAAM A Conference championships and is favored to win the title again this year. One of the teams that might have a shot at winning the A Conference title and delivering an upset is Severn (12-4), who lost to the Eagles by three goals March 28. After that game, Severn senior midfielder Caroline Steele said she thought the Admirals could defeat McDonogh if they were to meet again. Notre Dame Prep (9-4) is a team that could surprise; the Blazers have eight conference wins this season. Other teams to watch out for are Roland Park (12-4), who beat St. Stephen's & St Agnes, 12-11, April 26, and Archbishop Spalding (15-5).
ISL AA: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (20-1) has gone undefeated during conference games so far this season. The Saints have three more games left during the regular season, including Good Counsel (11-4) and Holy Child (9-6). Georgetown Visitation (13-6) has wins against Collegiate (Va.) and St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.). Flint Hill (10-3) seems like a team that could give SSSA a run for its money come the postseason. The Huskies lost by five when they played the Saints earlier this season. Other teams to keep an eye on in the conference are Stone Ridge (8-5) and Holy Child (9-6).
WCAC: Good Counsel (11-4) has seven in-conference wins this season. The Falcons will face St. Stephen's & St. Agnes May 3. Bishop Ireton (13-4) went 3-3 during a six-game stretch against out-of-conference teams April 12-April 26. The Cardinals' strength of schedule is one of the toughest in the area. They did lose to Good Counsel, and it will be interesting to see whether the out-of-conference experience will give them a push throughout the playoffs. Other teams to watch out for are Holy Cross (8-8) and Bishop O'Connell (9-6).
Boys' Schedule For This Week
May 2: Calvert Hall (Md.) vs. McDonogh (Md.)
May 2: Georgetown Prep (D.C.) vs. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
May 6: St. Paul's (Md.) vs. Boys' Latin (Md.)
Girls' Schedule For This Week
May 2: IAAM play-in game: Severn (Md.) vs. Maryvale (Md.)
May 2: IAAM play-in game: St. Paul's (Md.) vs. Mount de Sales (Md.)
May 3: Good Counsel (Md.) vs. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
May 5: IAAM quarterfinals (teams TBD)
Boys' Results From Last Week
April 25: Calvert Hall (Md.) 9, Gilman (Md.) 7
April 28: Wootton (Md.) 16, Quince Orchard (Md.) 8
April 29: Landon (D.C.) 17, Churchill (Md.) 10
April 29: St. Paul's (Md.) 14, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 11 -- senior Mikey Wynne score a game-high seven goals for St. Paul's
April 29: Gonzaga (D.C.) 8, DeMatha (D.C.) 7
April 29: Gilman (Md.) 7, Mount St. Joseph (Md.) 6
Girls' Results From Last Week
April 26: South River (Md.) 11, C. Milton Wright (Md.) 10
April 26: Mt. Hebron (Md.) 11, Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 10 -- Jen Giles led the way for Mt. Hebron with five goals and an assist, including the game-winning goal
April 26: Roland Park (Md.) 12, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 11
April 29: Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 7, Glenelg (Md.) 6
April 29: McDonogh (Md.) 18, Century (Md.) 10
Q&A: Glenelg Girls' Head Coach Virginia Kincaid
Glenelg (10-2) is a contender for the Maryland 3A/2A state championship. Gladiators head coach Virginia Kincaid talked to PressBox about what has impressed her about this year's squad and what her impressions are of public school girls' lacrosse.
PressBox: What is unique about this year's team as opposed to teams from the past?
Virginia Kincaid: This year's team is very large in numbers. Usually, we have 12 solid players and then practice players. This group of 24 are all [great] players. We, for the first time, are able to run midfield units in without losing strength on the field. In the past, we would have to rest our midfielders on the field somewhere. It is great to have so many combinations and options.
PB: Are you impressed with the way your team has played against tough competition this season?
VK: Yes. We are very young, but we have not backed down from anyone
PB: Who are the players for the Gladiators that have stood out this season?
VK: Stephanie Asher -- senior four-year player signed at Elon [University] -- she is a midfielder and our leading scorer. Megan Taylor -- she is a three-year varsity starter in the goal. She is just a junior. She is committed to [the] University of Maryland.
PB: What are your impressions with the girls' game in the public ranks? It seems every year, the teams get stronger, and the battle to get to UMBC is fiercer.
VK: It is getting tougher each year. This new sectional tournament alignment is really difficult. Some very good teams will have a very difficult time getting past the first round of [the] playoffs. They are only seeding the top two teams in each section. Teams with very good records will not be seeded and possibly have to face the top teams in the state in the first round. They should at least seed the top four teams.
Crabs / PressBox Boys' Top 20
- Boys' Latin (14-0)
- Georgetown Prep (16-0)
- St. Paul's (10-5)
- McDonogh (13-3)
- Gonzaga (13-5)
- Landon (15-3)
- St. Mary's Annapolis (9-5)
- Calvert Hall (12-4)
- Gilman (9-5)
- DeMatha (14-3)
- Westminster (12-0)
- Loyola Blakefield (7-7)
- Kent Island (13-1)
- Wootton (11-0)
- Howard (13-0)
- St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (11-5)
- Bullis (10-5)
- Bel Air (10-2)
- Hereford (10-3)
- Archbishop Curley (13-1)
Crabs / PressBox Girls' Top 20
- McDonogh (18-0)
- St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (19-1)
- Mt. Hebron (11-1)
- Severn (12-4)
- Hereford (12-0)
- Notre Dame Prep (9-4)
- Broadneck (9-2)
- Roland Park (13-4)
- Archbishop Spalding (15-5)
- Marriotts Ridge (11-2)
- Manchester Valley (11-0)
- Sherwood (9-0)
- Bishop Ireton (12-4)
- Georgetown Visitation (13-6)
- Good Counsel (11-4)
- Friends (14-1)
- Glenelg (10-3)
- C. Milton Wright (7-3)
- Fallston (7-3)
- Century (7-4)
The Crabs/PressBox polls are sponsored by Crabs Lacrosse and compiled by Tom Peace.
Featured College Commitments
Holton Arms midfielder/attacker Halsey McKinney -- Bowdoin University
Tuscarora midfield/defender Brianna Miller -- University of Cincinnati
St. Michaels defender Hunter Van Reenan -- Christopher Newport University
Loyola Blakefield defender Ryan Gilliss -- Denison University
Landon midfielder Jack Bolen -- Cornell University
Mount St. Joseph attackman Johnny Norton -- Wagner College
Bel Air defender Morgan Hollenback -- Syracuse University
Vero Beach (Fla.) midfielder/attacker Hannah Pridemore (Notre Dame Prep transfer) -- University of Florida
North Harford goalie Cameron Brosh -- Siena University
St. Paul's midfielder Haley Wells -- Coastal Carolina University