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Meg Lentz Cleveland Heights (Ohio) A two-time All-American, the senior midfi elder scored 91 goals and had 31 assists last year. Tigers coach Terry Saylor praised the Stanford-bound senior midfi elder’s ability to get to the goal.


Kelsey Murray New Trier (Ill.)


As a sophomore, Murray set school records for assists (68), draw controls (71) and points (127). New Trier coach Pete Collins loves the Stanford recruit’s ability to force turnovers and play defense, even as an attacker .


Lydia Sutton Blake School (Minn.) Only a sophomore, this will be Sutton’s fourth year playing for Blake. She made the varsity team as a seventh grader and has helped the Bears to back-to-back state titles. The All-American midfi elder had 39 goals and 19 assists as a freshman.


Christine Easton Eden Prairie (Minn.) Easton scored 78 goals and had 18 assists last year, effectively running Eden Prairie’s offense. The senior midfi elder will play collegiately at Ohio State.


Annie Brockett Hathaway Brown (Ohio) Brockett, a junior attacker, has helped the Blazers to back-


to-back Division II state championship games. An opposing coach described Brockett as tenacious on defense.


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Upper Arlington (Ohio) Former coaches Wendy Pinta and Sue Stimmel have returned to the school and should make the Golden Bears one of the best coached teams in the Midwest. Stimmel coached the Golden Bears from 1989-90 before leaving to coach at Dennison from 1990-95 and Ohio State from 1996-2010. She’s 198-130 as a college coach and will be back at Upper Arlington as executive head coach. Pinta (213-78-12) won three state titles from 1992-2007. Other coaches in the Midwest have taken notice. “Upper Arlington should be back up there at the top because Wendy Pinta is coming back to coach,” Loyola coach John Dwyer said.


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1. Loyola Academy (Ill.)


Loyola lost just four players from a team that went wire-to-wire as the region’s No. 1 and fi nished the season ranked No. 12 nationally, though that includes Molly Hulseman (Loyola). The Ramblers (21-2 in 2011) will rely on midfi elders Meredith Abrahamson (Marquette) and Kelsey Gallagher (Ohio State) to make up for lost offense.


2. New Trier (Ill.) The Trevians lost twice to the


Ramblers by a combined three goals, including a 16-14 loss in the state tournament. New Trier (19-3) returns attacker Kelsey Murray, one of the best players in the Midwest. Goalie Laura Van Horn also returns after making 123 saves last year.


3. Blake School (Minn.)


Blake (16-0) became the fi rst team in Minnesota history to win back-to-back girl’s lacrosse state championships with an 11-9 victory against Eden Prairie last year. The Bears return midfi elders Megan Bauer (Harvard) and Lydia Sutton, who combined for 111 goals last season.


4. Upper Arlington (Ohio) [See Spotlight.]


5. Cleveland Heights (Ohio) The Tigers feature two-time All-American midfi elder


Meg Lentz (Stanford), who scored 91 goals last year and is the region’s top returning player. Cleveland Heights (10-7) averaged 14 goals per game. Coach Terry Saylor said he has a “nice returning core of players that can score.”


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6. New Albany (Ohio)


For the second straight year, New Albany (15-4) reached the state semifi nals before bowing to Medina, the eventual state champion. Midfi elder Emily Newman (Ohio State) and attacker Elaina Enich (Cincinnati) combined for 145 goals.


7. Eden Prairie (Minn.)


The Eagles’ only two losses last year came against Blake. Midfi elder Christine Easton (Ohio State) returns to Eden Prairie (15-2) after scoring 78 goals, while midfi elder Emma Claire Fontenot (Notre Dame) had 41 goals and 49 assists as a sophomore.


8. Medina (Ohio)


The two-time reigning Ohio state champion return midfi elder Katie Keefe (Ohio State), who has 88 goals over the last two years. One opposing coach said he expects Medina (16- 2) to be as strong as ever, despite losing All-American Sydney Thomas (Loyola).


9. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.)


Catholic Central won its fi rst state title last year, and the Cougars (18-3-3) lost just four seniors from that team. Juniors Emily Braun, an all-state performer with 79 goals and 42 assists, and Meghan Wilson are back.


10. Sycamore (Ohio)


The Aviators (12-7) won state titles in 2007 and 2009 but will have to overcome the loss of 11 seniors to return to that championship level. Defender Marisa Merk (Robert Morris) may be the most diffi cult to replace, but midfi elder Hayley Baas (Marquette) is back after an impressive junior year.


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