LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 4/20/12
St. Paul’s School for Girls (Md.) will host the inaugural Maryland-New York Challenge on Saturday and Sunday as many of the top teams in the country meet in a regional meeting of the top hotbeds.
The tourney features four top teams from Baltimore’s IAAM (McDonogh, Bryn Mawr, John Carroll and St. Paul’s) and three powerhouse teams from Long Island (Garden City, St. Anthony’s and Hauppauge) as well as New York Upstate power West Genesee.
The squads are matched up for the first day Saturday based on last year’s finish in the LaxPower National Coaches/Computer Rankings. And the matchups came out like a dream with current No. 1 McDonogh (9-0, 60 straight wins) meeting No. 2 Garden City (6-0, 49 straight wins). These two teams were 1-2 in every national poll last year and also are this year.
Also, No. St. Anthony’s (6-0, ranked No. 3 or No. 4 in every national poll) is playing Bryn Mawr (10-1, ranked in top six in every national poll) and Top 10 team Hauppauge (8-0) faces St. Paul’s (5-3) while Top 10 West Genesee (6-0) meets John Carroll (5-5). On Sunday, using LaxPower’s updated rankings from the first day’s games, the matchups will again pit this year’s top-rated Maryland team vs. this year’s top-rated NY team, etc. If a matchup is the same as Saturday’s, teams will be flip-flopped.
St. Paul’s coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland said the idea of the tourney was to showcase girls’ lacrosse over a two-day period to gain the most exposure.
“We were looking to improve the game and increase awareness of the women’s sport,” she said. “Everybody talks about regional matchups, but all you could do is look at the rankings.
“I got to talking to (Garden City coach) Diane Chapman and we decided to bring together New York and Maryland.”
The idea of the event is not to make money; there is no admission and there also will be middle school clinics and financial help from sponsors.
“It’s a costly adventure,” said Kuhl-McClelland, “but a big day for Long Island and Maryland as well as upstate New York so there are big paybacks. Until you get regional tournaments, you can’t tell who is No. 1.”
11 AM: NY# 4 vs. MD# 4 – Hauppauge vs. St. Paul’s SG
1 PM: NY# 2 vs. MD# 2 – St. Anthony’s vs. Bryn Mawr
3 PM: NY# 3 vs. MD# 3 – West Genesee vs. John Carroll
5 PM: NY# 1 vs. MD# 1 – McDonogh vs. Garden City
(Matchups based on rankings in LaxPower after first day; if same teams are matched up, teams are switched)
10 AM: NY# 4 vs. MD# 4
12:00 PM: NY# 2 vs. MD# 2
2 PM: NY# 3 vs. MD# 3
4 PM: NY# 1 vs. MD# 1