ESPNHS is counting down 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 defenders.
1. Ally Heavens, Garnet Valley (Glen Mills, Pa.), Penn State
Heavens earned US Lacrosse Girls' High School All-American, Philadelphia Region Under Armour All-American and ESPNHS Second Team All-American honors last season. Heavens, totaled 106 points (66 goals and 40 assists) while leading Garnet Valley to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Girls Lacrosse State Championship.
2. Stephanie Peragallo, Hauppauge, (Happauge, N.Y.), Notre Dame
Peragallo had an impressive junior year as she received an All-County honors and represented Long Island's underclass team at the Under Armour games. The senior defender was also selected to the US Lacrosse 2011 Champion All-American Showcase.
3. Shelby Aubin Needham (Needham, Mass.), Georgetown
Aubin was named to the Boston Globe Girl's All-Scholastic team. The Needham senior plays both midfield and defense, tallied 55 goals and added 32 assists on offense and also collected 40 ground balls last season.
4. Emily Pillion, Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.), James Madison
Pillion was named First Team All-Central League this past spring and was also Second Team All-Area in the Daily Local News. The JMU commit led the Pioneers to second round of District 1 playoffs and made 2011 All-Phillylacrosse.com team on defense.
5. Kendall Speno, Summit, (Summit, N.J.), Virginia
Speno was named 2011 Academic All American, First Team All-County and Second Team All-Conference last spring.
6. Mia Capone, Watertown (Watertown, N.Y.), Harvard
Capone had 39 ground balls and had 39 draw controls. Capone helped lead the Cyclones to their first ever Frontier League title.
7. Olivia Long, Vero Beach (Vero Beach, Fla.), Johns Hopkins
Long is the leader of the Vero Beach's stingy defense. The Vero defense only allowed 3.3 goals a game in 2011. Long, who had 23 ground balls to go with her 19 draw controls and 10 goals, was named US Lacrosse Regional All-American.
8. Jordan Porretto, Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.), Saint Francis
Porretto was a force to be reckoned with on Long Island this past spring as the defender was named All-Division and All-Conference. She was selected to the Long Island Regional squad for the National Lacrosse Classic.
9. Anne Zabel, Marriotts Ridge (Marriottsville, Md.), UMBC
Zabel was named Second Team Washington Post All-Met for 2011 and was selected to the ESPNHS Honorable mention team. The senior helped lead Marriotts Ridge to the Maryland Class 3A/2A state championship.
10. Ally McLaughlin, Harriton (Lower Merion Township, Pa.), undecided
McLaughlin made the All-Central League team and was a Defensive MVP at the Girls Philly Showcase last fall. The Harriton senior was also named Girls Academic All-American and Phillylacrosse.com Honorable Mention.
The Next Fifteen
11. Kate Walker, Bryn Mawr (Baltimore, Md.), Yale
12. Shelby Milne, West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.), undecided
13. Nicole Lescano, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), San Diego State
14. Molly Fleming, Marriotts Ridge (Marriottsville, Md.), Maryland
15. Emily Barron, Cicero-North (North Syracuse, N.Y.), Iona
16. Liz Gully, Kent Place (Summit, N.J.), Pennsylvania
17. Nicole Markowitz, Baldwin (Baldwin, N.Y.), Monmouth
18. Michelle Gildea, Springfield-Delco (Springfield, Pa.), Towson
19. Olivia Schneider, St. Pauls' School for Girls (Brooklandville, Md.), Villanova
20. Lauren Bosse, Towson (Towson, Md.), Penn State
21. Taylor Clark, West Chester East (West Chester, Pa.), La Salle
22. Molly Erdle, Mullen (Mullen, Colo.), Boston College
23. Callie Farmakis, Chatham (Chatham, N.J.), Stanford
24. Kaitlyn Trodden, Kings Park (Kings Park, N.Y.), Coastal Carolina
25. Imani Black, Queen Anne's (Centreville, Md.), Old Dominion