2019 VYPE Lacrosse Preview

Houston's top girls teams, players to watch

Houston's girls' lacrosse has been dominated by St. John's. Via Vype

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TOP GIRLS PROGRAMS

  1. Kinkaid Falcons
  2. The Woodlands Highlanders
  3. St. John's Mavs
  4. Lamar Texans
  5. Kingwood Mustangs

The rich get richer. Houston's girls' lacrosse has been dominated by St. John's, but there are a few other programs who are getting some state shine.

The Mavs have filled their trophy case with state trophies over the past few decades, but Kinkaid has it rolling right now. The Falcons reached the state finals last season and are VYPE's No. 1.

Returners for Kinkaid include Chloe Hunter (Penn), Mikela McCauley (Dartmouth), Gabriella Fuller, Nakeeya McCardell and Lila Griggs.Regan Arkless (UC-Davis)

The upstart Highlanders of The Woodlands are trending of late with returners Shaelin Murphy (Fairfield), Clare Finney (Catholic University) and Madeleine Saucier.

The Woodlands could contend for another state appearance.

St. John's is loaded again with Caroline Pressler, Andie Kapiloff (Swarthmore) and Alex Lewis back in the fold, while Charlotte Dale (Detroit Mercy), Sophie Chong-Ahmed (Central Michigan), Caleigh Wilbourn (Stony Brook) and Kaelin Issacson run the show for Lamar.


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PROBABLE STARTERS

Thurs, Sept. 24 - HOU: Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33) vs. TEX: Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53)

Fri, Sept. 25 - HOU: Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.78) vs. TEX: Kyle Cody (1-1, 1.53)

Sat, Sept. 26 - HOU: TBD vs. TEX: Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.87)

Sun, Sept. 27 - HOU: TBD vs. TEX: Jordan Lyles (1-5, 7.07)

STORYLINES

Season finale - The Astros will wrap up their regular season with their four game set in Arlington at the new Globe Life Field. Houston's magic number rests at two, as the Angels still have a puncher's chance. With Houston's miserable 8-20 road record, the postseason is anything but clinched.

Where's the offense? - The Astros offense has left a lot to be desired over the last few weeks, scoring more than three runs just twice in their last ten games. The bats really need to get going, especially if the team expects to do anything in the playoffs. George Springer has been the only reliable bat of late, with the performances of Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman, and, most of all, Jose Altuve, leaving a lot to be desired.

Playoff seeding - If the playoffs started today, the Astros would face off with their division rivals in Oakland. There's an infinite number of possibilities over the next four games, but the Astros can see themselves finish anywhere from the fifth seed to out of the playoffs entirely. Any of Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Oakland, Chicago, New York, and Cleveland could be first round foes depending on how the cards fall.

PREDICTION

Lance Lynn has been one of the better pitchers in the game for a few years now, Kyle Cody is an intriguing young arm with good stuff, and Jordan Lyles and Kyle Gibson gave the Astros fits in Houston just last week. It isn't a recipe for success for Houston. The Astros win 1 of 4, which combined with the Angels and Mariners failing to take care of business, is enough to get Houston into the playoffs.

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