No. 10 – Monticello Girls Lacrosse
Considering Monticello girls lacrosse had a new head coach in Langley Sloan and had to replace a bunch of key role players that were part of Arizona State-bound star Paige McGlothlin’s supporting cast as a junior including keeper Carly Harris, it would’ve been understandable if the Mustangs couldn’t match last year’s success that included a state tournament berth. But with a dynamic offense led by McGlothlin (93 goals, 32 assists), Caleigh Smith (60 goals, 39 assists) and Josie Mallory (47 goals, 28 assists), the Mustangs found even greater success in 2018, picking up the program’s first region championship and a second straight state tournament berth while also picking up a couple of key wins over rival Western Albemarle. The Mustangs fell 16-15 on the road to the Warriors in the teams’ first meeting but bounced back to win the second regular season meeting and an elimination playoff game in the region semifinals that clinched a state state tournament berth. With Meghan Walin and Kendall Smith giving the offense some added punch beyond the big three, the Mustangs’ young defense made huge strides during the year with sophomores Tara Meissner, Amaya Gibson and Becca Nordt emerging as a cohesive unit in front of keeper Lindsay Gunsallas down the stretch. It was a huge season for the Mustangs who won 10 of their last 12 games and a fitting end to Paige McGlothlin’s incredible career for Monticello that cemented her as the program’s most productive player.
Key Wins: Beating Western Albemarle 11-9 in Region 4A Semifinal to clinch second straight state tournament berth; Beating Hanover 19-7 to win program’s first region title ; Beating Hidden Valley 19-11 in state quarterfinals