The area's top girls' lacrosse players outshined their counterparts from across the country by teaming to win a fifth consecutive Division 1 high school title at the U.S. Lacrosse women's division national tournament this past weekend.
The tournament, which was held at Lehigh University, featured 13 teams in the top division; each squad comprises the best sophomores and juniors from that region. The Mid Atlantic 1 team includes 18 players from either Maryland, Virginia or the District and featured All-Mets Ali Flury (Broadneck), Allison Perkins (St. Mary's-Annapolis), Samantha Schrum (St. Mary's-Annapolis) and Megan Bosica, the All-Met Player of the Year, from Mount Hebron.
The team was coached by Mount Hebron's Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, the All-Met Coach of the Year, and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes's Kathy Jenkins, and also had second-team All-Mets Lizzie Rupp and Carter Foote, both of St. Stephen's/St. Agnes.
Mid Atlantic 1 capped its six-game, undefeated run through the tournament by posting a 13-7 victory over New York in the championship game. Foote scored four goals in the final, and her high school teammate Kate Fauth added two goals and an assist.
"I thought we all played pretty well together because when the tournament first started, it was a little iffy who would pass to who," Flury said. "But I thought we had great chemistry because a lot of our goals had assists."
And at No. 1 . . .
This week's boys' lacrosse top 10 is not the final ranking of the season, but, considering all but three of the 10 teams have completed their schedules, there won't be much movement after this week.
So who's No. 1? Four teams seem to have legitimate claims.
Centennial, after losing in overtime to Broadneck in its opener, won 17 straight games to capture its second consecutive Maryland 3A/2A championship. DeMatha won 14 of its last 15 games and captured its seventh consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. Landon won the regular season Interstate Athletic Conference crown, beat DeMatha, split with Georgetown Prep and went 20-2 against its most difficult schedule ever, including 3-1 against teams from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.
But after dealing with a slew of injuries, Georgetown Prep has ascended to the top spot by finishing as the area's hottest team, winning seven straight games and capturing the IAC tournament title with an overtime victory over Landon.
Let the debate begin.