Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/1/10
The Top 5 and Philly schools ranked in the final ESPN RISE Girls’ POWERADE FAB 50 for 2010:
1. McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) 20-0 [previous: 1]
Led by senior defender Taylor Virden and senior forward Hannah Franklin, McDonogh navigated one of the toughest schedules in the nation (highlighted by wins over No. 3 Winters Mills, No. 6 Good Counsel and No. 10 Notre Dame Prep twice) and capped off an impressive undefeated season with the IAAM A Conference title and the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national championship.
2. Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.) 21-0 [previous: 2]
The Trojans’ level of play seemed to rise as the year went on. They beat No. 14 Canandaigua Academy and No. 19 Rocky Point on their way to a fifth straight Class B state championship, and with seniors Caroline Tarzian and Shannon Mangini leading the offense, they also beat No. 4 South River and No. 7 Shoreham-Wading River to complete an undefeated regular season.
3. Winters Mills (Westminster, Md.) 18-1 [previous: 3]
After losing to No. 1 McDonogh early in the season, Winters Mill went on a 16-game winning streak and capped off its season by winning the 2A-1A state championship. Their high-powered offense (averaging 15.3 goals per game) also led the Falcons to wins over No. 6 Good Counsel, No. 11 Century, and No. 24 Liberty.
4. South River (Edgewater, Md.) 17-2 [previous: 5]
After starting the season 2-2, South River finished the year on a 15-game winning streak punctuated by the 4A-3A state championship. The Seahawks lost to No. 2 Garden City (12-11) and No. 17 Severna Park early, but avenged the loss to Severna Park in the second round of the 4A-3A tournament, then beat No. 18 Broadneck, No. 48 Westminster and No. 47 C.M. Wright on the way to the title.
5. Vero Beach (Vero Beach, Fla.) 21-0 [previous: 4]
Vero Beach dominated its competition all year (it won by an average of 13.3 goals per game), with Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) being the only team to come within a goal of beating them. Vero Beach beat Lake Brantley, 10-9, to win the FHSAA state championship and also dispatched No. 12 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, 18-8, on its way to an undefeated season.
8 Radnor (Radnor, Pa.) 26-1 [previous: 6]
Radnor lost its first league game since 2007 – a 9-8 OT defeat at Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.) – but rebounded to win its second consecutive PIAA state championship. Led by Allie Martin and Kelyn Freedman, the Red Raiders beat No. 29 Springfield twice, including a 14-7 victory in the PIAA finals, and finished the year on a 10 game winning streak.
29 Springfield-DelCo (Springfield, Pa.) 23-3 [previous: 30]