Image Slider

Your top 10 teams:

#SchoolTournament Ranking
1Cape Henlopen 2.9333
2Polytech 2.73334
3Tower Hill2.53334
7Caesar Rodney2.2666
8Ursuline 2.21422
9St. Andrew's2.2
10Smyrna 1.93334

Friday's First Round Schedule:
#9 St. Andrew's @ #8 Ursuline 5:30pm at Serviam Field
#10 Smyrna @ #7 Caesar Rodney 5:30pm

Tuesday's Quarterfinals Schedule:
Ursuline/St. Andrew’s winner @ #1 Cape Henlopen 7:00pm
CR/Smyrna winner @ #2 Polytech 7:00pm
#6 Archmere @ #3 Tower Hill 5:00pm
#5 Caravel @ #4 Charter of Wilmington 5:00pm

Semifinal's - Thursday, May 26th, Site/Time TBD
Cape/Ursuline/St. Andrew's vs. Charter/Caravel
Polytech/CR/Smyrna vs. Tower Hill/Archmere

Final's - Tuesday, May 31st, Site/Time TBD
Semifinal winners

Some Numbers...

SchoolWinsLossesGoals ForGoals Against Goal Differential
1Cape Henlopen14122979+150
3Tower Hill123217105+112
4Charter 14120056+144
7Caesar Rodney87170190-20
9St. Andrew's 105151121+30

The Tournament Field vs The Tournament Field

SchoolGamesWinsLossesGoals ForGoals Against Goal Differential
1Cape Henlopen5507929+50
3Tower Hill6428864+24
4Charter 4313230+2
7Caesar Rodney81760119-59
9St. Andrew's 5233054-24

Number of Tournament Appearances

SchoolLast AppearanceFirst Appearance*# of Appearances
1Cape Henlopen2015200314
3Tower Hill2015199819
4Charter 201520069
7Caesar Rodney201520017
9St. Andrew's 2013199817

*Delaware's first tournament in girl's lacrosse was in 1998.  I have complete records dating back to 1999, and for about half of the first tournament in 1998. 

The Unofficial Tournament Rankings For The 2016 Season

As a reminder: while these are unofficial rankings, teams tournament point index is found using the DIAA formula and includes the records of out-of-state teams for strength of schedule.  

Notes On Tournament Rankings:

The ranking number for each school is found using the DIAA formula and is a combination of a school's win-loss record and their strength of schedule.

**Regarding strength of schedule - how a team's opponents do influences a team's tournament ranking number. For example, if Team A plays Team B who is undefeated, even if Team A loses, they gain "extra points." A team's "extra points" is added to their win/loss record, giving them their tournament ranking.

**Per my calculations:

#SchoolTournament Ranking
1Cape Henlopen1.43333
3Tower Hill1.266667
7Caesar Rodney1.133333
9St. Andrew's1.066667

Charter and Caravel are tied for the 4th place, going by the DIAA tiebreaker rules Charter receives home field and 4th place when comparing common opponents.  

Independent Conference

Friends (11-6) - Friends is coming off of two of their best seasons ever in school history, going 22-10 in the last two seasons combined. If 2014's team was strong, then 2015's team came back even stronger thanks in large part to a strong senior cast that helped lead the Quakers to their first tournament appearance since 2009.

Friends will have a very different appearance in 2016 after losing six seniors to graduation, four of which were responsible for 175 of the 226 goals the team scored last year: Brooke Winfield (51G, 8A), Molly Harper (24G, 8A), Margo Tschantz (44G, 14A), Jane Yeatman (2G, 1A), Martha O'Brien, and Meryl Gatti (54G, 19A) have all moved on. Friends could have some rebuilding to do this year with only two attackers remaining from last year's tournament team in juniors Blair Atkins (23G, 3A) and Simone Veale (18G, 9A) as well as a new goalie in the cage in junior Lydia Yeatman.

Friends started off their 2016 season with a win at Middletown last Tuesday (3/29), before dropping a 15-12 loss to Archmere on Thursday (3/31).  The Quakers return to Mellor Field next on this coming Tuesday when they face St. Andrew's on their home turf. 

Sanford (3-12) - Unlike field hockey or basketball, girl's lacrosse is just not Sanford's playground. The Warriors play a brutal schedule: in addition to the eight independent conference games Sanford plays Archmere, Caravel, and St. Mark's - all big names in their own right in girls lacrosse. 

Returning for the 2016 season is the team's leading goal scorer from last season, senior Mesha Mosley (46G, 1A), along with junior Kimberly Riordan (18G) and freshmen Jordan Baerga (13G, 2A).  Sanford also has a new goalie in the cage this year in senior Laura Davies. 

Sanford won their opening game against Brandywine on Saturday, April 2nd and returns to the field again when they take on conference rival Tatnall on Tuesday, April 5th. 

St. Andrew's (6-9) - Once the Independent Conference power, St. Andrew's has been a distant third to Tower Hill in recent years. Before Cape Henlopen was the perennial powerhouse in Delaware, it was St. Andrew's with the Cardinals being the previous record holder with six state titles and appearing in 12 state finals between 1998 and 2012. The Cardinals seem to have lost their sense of flight however, going 13-16 over the last two years - compare that to their previous three seasons when they went a combined 38-14.

Ten seniors graduated from last year's flock - Elizabeth Wainwright (42G, 19 A) who is now playing at Swarthmore, Caroline Priester (24G, 5A) and Carter Douglas (21G, 2A) will be especially missed.  Seniors Louisa Belk (28G, 11A) and Neely Egan (20G, 3A) along with sophomores Cindy Lay (20G, 3A) and Hanna Soulati (14G) will help score the goals, senior Neva Richardson will bring leadership to the defense.

The Cardinals kick off their season today, Sunday April 3rd against out-of-state opponent Lawrenceville School (NJ).

Tatnall (5-10) - Tatnall has stumbled the past two seasons, achieving a combined 11-19 record - a stark contrast to the 24-21 record they achieved between 2011 and 2013.  Four of Tatnall's nine losses were within a five goal differential - despite that, Tatnall' goals scored dropped from 151 in 2014 to 142 in 2015 while their goals allowed increased to 215.

Midfielder Margaret Crivelli (71G, 9A) will be the most difficult to replace - Crivelli alone scored more than half of the team's goals last year!  Returnees include senior Mirthe Berends (15G, 1A), junior Katie Mariner (9G, 9A), and sophomores Jessica Principe (15G, 3A) and Claire Crivelli (1G).  Senior Michaella Moore should take over the starting goalkeeping duties for this year.

Tatnall kicks off their season at home on Tuesday, April 5th against Sanford.

Tower Hill (12-4) - the 2015 season saw the return of the Tower Hill teams from seasons past after an uncharacteristic 2014 season for the Hillers, thanks in large part to a reload of upperclassmen.  Six seniors graduated in the off-season from the Hill however that together produced 106 of the teams 192 goals last year - the quartet of attackers and mids in Sawyer Chilton (34G, 17A), Emma Lynch (25G, 7A), Blakeley Simpler (20G, 2A), Madeline Schwartz (24G, 16A) will be especially missed. 

Returning in 2016 are the duo of high-scoring seniors in Abby Manning (40G, 17A) and Kiva Walsh (28G, 12A), who combined to score 79 percent of the remaining 86 goals for the Hillers last season.  Other key seniors include Sophie Peipher (6G, 5A) in the midfield and Gretchen Zungailia on defense (1G), with senior Ellie Wakefield returning for her second season in the cage. 

Tower Hill faced a tough season opener last Tuesday (3/29) when they lost 9-10 at Charter before falling to Worcester Prep on Friday (4/1).  In the past 11 years Tower Hill has never started their season 0-2 - they'll look to get back into the win column on Tuesday when they play Caravel on their home turf.

Contact Info

Follow me onTwitter @DELaxJournal & Like my facebook page for more girl's lacrosse news throughout the season! 

Henlopen Conference

Caesar Rodney (6-10) - Caesar Rodney, despite dropping nine losses in the regular season found itself as the number 10 seed in the state tournament, thanks in large part to their very strong strength of schedule.  The Riders came close to earning their first tournament win since 2004, but fell short by only two goals to Wilmington Friends.  The Riders graduated six seniors, but their main advantage in the 2016 season is retaining the powerhouse scoring duo of seniors Delaney Steele (72G, 8A) and Kourtney Olsen (45G, 22A) - together, the two seniors scored a combined 117 out of the team's 184 goals.  Also returning for the Riders are seniors Jenna Rigby (27G, 10A) and Maegan Stewart (9G, 3A) in the midfield, sophomore Kacie Cava (12G, 1A) on attack, and senior Madeleine Card on defense.  Returning for one more season between the pipes is senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Longest. 

Caesar Rodney opens up their season at Charter on Tuesday, March 22nd.

Cape Henlopen (14-4) - Cape Henlopen extended their consecutive in-state winning streak to 84 games on May 26th last year when they defeated Polytech to earn their seventh straight state championship.  All four of Cape's losses have come from strong out of state opponents - Queen Anne's County (MD); Stephen Decatur (MD), who had an almost perfect season last year, having its undefeated record snapped in the Maryland MPSSAA 3A/2A state final game; Worcester Prep (MD); and Bishop Ireton (VA).  This year, Bishop Ireton is out and St. Mary's, a school that competes in the competitive IAMM in Maryland is in.

Six seniors graduated from last year's squad, including leading goal scorer and current Hofstra player Sarah Tappan (91G, 14A), Lexi Woodruff (41G, 30A), and Jordan Brown (32G, 15A) on attack, Temple player Taylor Gooch (2G, 2A) and Coryn Cannon on defense, as well four year starter and goalie, Sam Broadhurst.  2016's team is fairly young, carrying only four seniors (would be senior attacker Cam Wick is missing from this year's roster) - Temple commit Lizzie Frederick (38G, 36A), Tess Bernheimer (9G, 7A), Alison Palmer (2G), and Elizabeth Lockwood a transfer from Sussex Tech.  Cape also received sophomore Victoria Lockwood (scored 24G, 10A at ST) as a transfer this year, as well as Evelyn Shoop from Severn School in Maryland, a junior who is verbally committed to Florida.

Key returners on attack include junior Cailey Thornburg (20G, 8A), Korinne LeMaire (2G), and sophomore Katie Frederick (4G, 1A).  In the midfield, junior Katie Klabe (14G, 8A), as well as sophomore Annie Judge (3G, 2A) should return, and juniors Sarah Hyde and Sarah Rambo on defense.  Junior Iseabal Cryne is tasked with replacing the very talented Sam Broadhurst.

Cape still has plenty of experience, but might this be the year that the Viking's in-state unbeaten streak finally be broken?  An intact Polytech will get a stab at it at the Panther's turf on April 20th.

Dover (10-5) - Dover is coming off one of their best season's in school history, and lost only one senior in the offseason to graduation.  A solid nucleus of goal scorers returns in senior Ave Burleigh (25G, 5A), junior Mira Prisco (36G, 11A), and sophomores Grace Gast (25G, 4A) and Cydney Barnes (18G, 7A).  Stephanie Blakely is the new head coach.

Dover needs to improve its strength of schedule if they want to make it into the tournament - last season it was very weak, playing only five teams with a winning record.  Adding Charter to their schedule was a step in the right direction, but dropping Caravel doesn't do them any favors.    Dover opens up their season at home vs Cape Henlopen on Wednesday, March 23rd.

Indian River - One of four new varsity programs this year, Indian River moves up in the ranks after one year as a JV program, where the Indians went 8-0-1 in their inaugural season.  Leading the varsity program this year is first year head coach Kelsea Ayers, a 2015 Ohio State graduate where Ayers was a member of the div. 1 women's lacrosse team. 

The Indians will kick off their first varsity season at Polytech on Wednesday, March 23rd.

Polytech (15-2) - Lynn Richardson is another coach in Delaware that has done wonders for a program in a short amount of time. Polytech's girls lacrosse program only began six years ago, in 2010 - since then, Coach Richardson has brought her Panthers to the state tournament consistently for the past three seasons. First round jitters in 2013 and 2014 caused the Panthers to be upset by the lower seed, but finally in 2015 experience paid off as the Panthers finally earned their first tournament win, riding that wave all the way to the state finals. Pretty impressive for a team that is only entering its sixth varsity season. 

The Panthers graduated only four seniors from last year's state finalist team.  Returning this year as seniors are last year's Player of the Year, Ali McKay (104G, 19G - Bloomsburg, field hockey) along with Jamie Trabaudo (68G, 18A - UNC lacrosse) in the midfield, Kathryn Richardson (17G, 32A) on attack, and Kaitlin Bergold on defense.  Sophomores Madi McKay (46G, 14A) returns on attack and Shannon Stephan in goal.

Polytech's first game of the season is home against Indian River on Wednesday, March 23rd.

Smyrna (6-7-1) - Smyrna finished its second year of varsity lacrosse 6-7-1.  The Eagles were commanding against weaker Blue Hen teams, and held their own against tougher competition.  Key returnees include a quartet of senior scorers in Shabnam Norozzi (33G, 3A), Alison Sayers (22G, 10A), Allison Wheatley (21G, 5A), and Madeline Price (20G, 5A). 

Sussex Academy - Another one of the four new programs, Sussex Academy joins the ranks of varsity programs after a year as a JV program.  The Seahawks are carrying an astounding 27 girls on their varsity roster, all of whom are between 8th - 10th. 

Sussex Tech (8-7) - In 2014, Sussex Tech came within two spots of making the state tournament for the  fourth straight year.  2015 follows the same story - after improving their record to 8-7, the Ravens missed the tournament for a second straight year by .08th of a point. 

This year, Sussex Tech has to replace six seniors that supplied 115 of the teams 178 goals, as well as a few underclassmen that are missing from 2016's roster.  Junior Madison Bada (23G, 9A) is the lone remaining goal scorer, senior Jordan Ensley looks to be the goalie.

Contact Info

Email: [email protected]

Follow me onTwitter @DELaxJournal & Like my facebook page for more girl's lacrosse news throughout the season! 

Blue Hen Conference

AI (7-8) - AI DuPont has a new coach this season, Sam Kotowski a 2010 graduate from AI and former goalie for Neumann University.  Kotowski inherits a team that has struggled over the years, usually averaging six to seven wins per season (AI's last winning season was back in 2007).  AI only lost one senior to graduation and returns their leading goal scorer, senior Liz Shields who scored a whopping 88 of the teams 156 goals last year

Appo (6-9) - The Jaguars only graduated two seniors from last year's squad, unfortunately their leading goal scorer, senior Delaney Chrisco (78G, 7A) transferred to Caravel leaving a big hole to fill in the midfield.

Brandywine (4-11) - Brandywine is on their fifth new coach in five years, this year it's Mary Adam taking over the Bulldogs varsity program.  Five seniors graduated, but seniors Cady Burnside (44G, 17A) and Nicole Fontana (20G, 5A) return for one more year. 

Hard to believe that Brandywine was the state runner-up 15 years ago to the 2001 champion Tower Hill (Tower won by a score of 10-8). 

Charter (13-3) - Charter has been very successful under the helm of their head coach Cindy DePrisco, winning three straight Blue Hen titles and was the state runner-up two years ago.  The Force graduated eight players in the off-season, many of which were three and four-year starters.  Senior Christina LaPorte (13G, 7A) returns as the lone attacker, fellow senior Caroline Grasso (6G, 1A) should bring experience to the defense.  The force retains their midfield from the 2015 season with seniors Katherine Chitty (23G, 13A) and Jordan Wood (59G, 15A), along with junior Kendall Adkins (22G, 2A)

The Force opens up their season at home on Tuesday (3/22) vs Caesar Rodney before taking on Tower Hill one week later at home. 

Christiana (1-12) - Aubrey Piechoski takes over the head coaching duties at Christiana this year, after having been the assistant coach for the past several years.  The Vikings are in dire need of rebuilding; over the past ten years the program has only won a total of six games and in 2015 the defense let in 118 more goals than the offense produced.

Concord (8-7) - Concord has had a decent record the past few years, finishing right over the .500 mark in both 2014 and 2015.  Six seniors graduated, including four year varsity starter Sarah Birmingham in goal.  Senior Madeline Marconi (41G, 6A) returns on attack, with junior Caroline Procak (44G, 6A) in the midfield. 

Hodgson (2-13) - The Silver Eagles were pretty young last year, carrying only four seniors on their varsity roster.  Returning in 2016 are their top three goal scorers in junior Kassi Buckworth (20G), Sonia-Evette Cabreja (18G, 1A), and Cecilia Massey (14G).

Middletown (10-6) - Middletown reached the state tournament for the first time since 2012 as the number 9, but ultimately fell in the first round to Ursuline 15-9.  The Cavaliers lost their top three goal scorers to graduation in the Pantazes twins and Lexi Johnston, as well as one attacker, midfielder, and defender.  Junior Emily Saylor (16G, 13A) returns on attack, and Mauri Hainsworth in goal.  The Cavs also have a new coach in 2016 in Amber Harmon.

The fight for Blue Hen is usually between Middletown and Charter - if Middletown wants a piece of the pie this year they'll have rebuild their attack and midfield line.

Mt. Pleasant (9-6) - Head coach Caroline Phillips has done wonders turning around Mount's girl's lacrosse program - in her two years she's brought what was previously a 4-11 team to a combined 16-14 record, including what was the schools first ever winning season in program history in 2015. The Knights will have to make up on attack for the loss of Alyssa More (51G, 24A), Jordan Sisken (18G, 4A), and Sarah Reuther (12G, 4A), as well as needing to replace their goalie as well.  Current senior Kate Walker (52G, 3A - committed to play field hockey at Michigan), a three year starter for Mount is not playing this year for the Knights. Walker's and More's combined 103 goals will be difficult to replace.

Newark (6-9) - The yellowjackets have held a consistent 6-9 record for the past three seasons, but graduated eleven seniors, leaving only three underclassmen from last year's varsity roster in 2016.  The lone senior on the squad, Faith Howard (25G) will carry the attack, finding her supporting cast will be the trick.

Contact Info

Email: [email protected]

Follow me onTwitter: @DELaxJournal

Team Stats

Team win/loss records, as well as team scoring

UPDATED:  Look for updates after the season starts!

Player Stats

Top goal scorers in the state, along with assists and total points

UPDATED:  To be updated after the first date of competition