ESPNHS begins its countdown to the girls ESPNHS 100 by naming the top 25 players at each position, expanding from last year's top 20 players.
The Top 25 is our selections for the best players at each position and will be released every Wednesday until Nov. 30. Wrapping up our girls coverage will be our choices for the Top 100 seniors and Top 50 juniors.
Today we focus on goalies.
Top 25 Goalies
Key: athlete, school (city, state), college commitment if known
1. Kelsey Duryea, Governor's Academy (Beverly, Mass.), Duke
Duryea was named ESPNHS Second Team All-American and was the starting goalie for the US Under-19 team who won the gold medal this past summer. Duryea had nine saves in the Gold Medal game against Australia.
2. Molly Wolf, Bryn Mawr (Baltimore, Md.), Loyola
Wolf had a tremendous junior season, raking in number of awards for her play. The IAAM All-Star was named to the Baltimore Underclass team at the Under Amour games and was named Player-of-the-Year by VarsitySportsNetwork.com.
3. Shannon Nee, Manheim Township (Lancaster, Pa.), Connecticut
Nee, a representative of the Philadelphia Underclass team at the Under Armour games, put her mark on girls' high school lacrosse in the Philadelphia area this past spring. The rising senior was named All-Lancaster League and All-Section the past three seasons. Nee was also named Lancaster-League League MVP Goalie for 2011.
4. Erin McNulty, Sachem North (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), Binghamton
McNulty was named All-Division and ranked third in average saves in Suffolk County with 10.8 per game last season. The net minder was also named First Team All-Sachem Patch.
5. Chelsey Sidaras, William Floyd (Mastic Beach, N.Y.), Fairfield
Sidaras was named to the 2011 US Lacrosse All-American and Academic All-American. The rising senior also made ESPNHS All-American Honorable Mention.
6. Tayler Bowman, Oswego (Oswego, N.Y.), undecided
Bowman had a great junior year for Oswego and on the summer circuit. The rising senior made All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row and was Section III Class B Championship game MVP. Bowman also represented Upstate New York on the Under Armour underclass team for the last two seasons.
7. Kate Anello, Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.), undecided
Anello made a statement this past spring in New Jersey. The Blair Academy senior made Academic All American, All Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) First Team and Academic All-MAPL.
8. Megan Gulmi, Syosset, (Syosset, N.Y.), Cincinnati
Gulmi was selected All-County this past spring. Gulmi also made the Long Island Metro team in 2011.
9. Megan Ward, St. Mary's (Annapolis, Md.), North Carolina
Ward earned ESPNHS All-American Honorable Mention honors. The senior was also named to the 2010 underclassmen team for Baltimore at the Under Armour games.
10. Meganne Weissenfels, Coronado (Coronado, Calif.), undecided
Weissenfels is creating a buzz out west for girls' high school lacrosse. The rising senior found her way onto the ESPNHS Watch list this past spring as she was named First team All-League and Second team All-CIF.
The Next Fifteen
11. Katelynne Ferraro, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), Wagner
12. Katie Wiseman, St Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.), Stanford
13. Megan McDonald, Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.), Georgetown
14. Rachel Donovan, Mount De Sales (Catonsville, Md.), Denver
15. Katie Kastner, Flagler Palm Coast (Palm Coast, Fla.), Jacksonville
16. Mary-Sean Wilcox, Notre Dame Prep (Baltimore, Md.), Florida
17. Carlee Ries, John Carroll (Bel Air, Md.), Drexel
18. Laura Van Horn, New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.), undecided
19. Caitlyn Miller, Vero Beach (Vero Beach, Fla.), undecided
20. Hannah Sieger, Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.), Virginia Tech
21. Caroline Gordon, La Canada (La Canada, Calif.), undecided
22. Kelly Petillo, Manasquan (Manasquan, N.J.), Bryant
23. Jenna Morris, Great Valley, (Malvern, Pa.), Oregon
24. Cassidy Chaney, Cherry Creek (Englewood, Colo.), Navy
25. Sarah Priem, Conestoga, (Berwyn, Pa.), Marquette