By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/4/13
After going 26-0 in 2012 and 299-14 since 2000, it’s hard to say that Moorestown (N.J.) could ever be rebuilding.
This year’s team has two returning senior starters, defensive midfielder Megan Kelly (Penn) and midfielder Mary Flick (William & Mary). The goalie is senior Shannon Keeler.
The junior class is very strong, led by midfielder Marie McCool, an All-American who had 84 goals and 18 assists as a sophomore. Other key juniors include midfielders Kayla Pruitt (Vanderbilt), Frankie Angeleri (Vanderbilt), Sydney Dalmass (Michigan) and Anne Keim (Delaware), attack players Jess Dadino (Vanderbilt), Lauren Martinell (Fairfield), Tristan McGinley (Virginia Tech), and Keirstyn Voiro (Lehigh).
The sophomore class is also strong and features Melanie Becker, who played a lot as a freshman but is coming off surgery to repair her ACL.
Moorestown coach Deana Knobloch’s record in her 21 years is an incredible 425-29-4. She now has the most coaching victories in NJ history.
Vero Beach seeks eighth straight Florida state title
Vero Beach is already off to a 5-0 start and must be considered a favorite to win its eighth straight Florida state title. The Fighting Indians have stepped up their out-of-state schedule and will play such powers as No. 1 McDonogh (Md.), No. 4 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), No. 11 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and also heavyweights Milton (Ga.), Conestoga (PA) and Archbishop Carroll (Pa.).
Vero Beach features several Division i recruits, led by seniors Meredith Baker (midfielder, committed to Cornell), Lexi Moirano (attack, signed with New Hampshire), and Brianna Blum (defender, signed with), junior midfielder Katy Pridemore (midfielder, committed to Florida), and sophomore Hannah Pridemore (midfielder, committed to Florida).
Vero will play St. Anthony’s on April 3 as part of a doubleheader with the Vero Beach boys’ team, which will host Maryland power Calvert Hall (Md.), the defending MIAA champion and the No. 3-ranked team by TopLaxRecruits.com.
The TopLaxRecruits North America Preseason Girls’ Rankings
1. McDonogh School, Md. (0-0)
2. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, Va. (0-0)
3. Bryn Mawr, Md. (0-0)
4. St. Anthony’s, N.Y. (0-0)
5. Moorestown, N.J. (0-0)
6. Notre Dame Prep, Md. (0-0)
7. Bay Shore, N.Y. (0-0)
8. Garden City N.Y. (0-0)
9. Vero Beach. Fla. (5-0)
10. Shoreham Wading River N.Y. (0-0)
11. Georgetown Visitation, D.C. (0-0)
12. Mt. Hebron, Md. (0-0)
13. Marriotts Ridge, Md. (0-0)
14. West Genesee, N.Y. (0-0)
15. Chatham, N.J. (0-0)
16. Century, Md. (0-0)
17. Maryvale Prep, Md. (0-0)
18. Mendham, N.J. (0-0)
19. Severna Park, Md. (0-0)
20. Radnor, Pa. (0-0)
Under Consideration: Cherry Creek, Co. (0-0); Farmingdale, N.Y. (0-0); Manhasset, N.Y. (0-0); Milton, Ga. (1-0); Ridgewood, N.J. (0-0); Westwood, Mass. (0-0).