Daily Archives: March 22, 2010

San Diego High School Boys Lacrosse Preview: La Costa Canyon Will Dominate North County Conference With Rancho Bernardo And Torrey Pines Competing


North County Conference

Goalie Eric Sanschagrin will try to help La Costa Canyon make its eighth straight CIF San Diego Section title-game appearance this season (NCT file photo).

La Costa Canyon:

The Mavericks boast two NCAA Division I signees on their roster this spring —- Steven Bogert (Hofstra) and Reid Tudor (Penn) —- and, perhaps even more significant, they return 14 seniors and six starters from a team that went to the CIF San Diego Section championship game in 2009 (it’s seventh straight title-game appearance). Along with Bogert and Tudor, the Mavericks return goalie Eric Sanschagrin, midfielders Andrew Hayden and Michael Gennuso, and attackman Timmy Andrews.

Rancho Bernardo: Broncos coach Bruce Seitz says it’s a little early in the year to be making predictions, but with a team full of talented returners from his 2009 squad he likes his team’s prospects. Rancho Bernardo has a slew of stars on its roster, including senior attackman Austin Bokmeyer, who will play at Army next year, junior midfielder Tyler Ekeroth and junior goalie Zach Weaver. Ekeroth and Weaver are the Nos. 1- and 4-ranked juniors in the West, according to westsidelax.com.

Torrey Pines: The Falcons consider their 2009 showing —- they lost in the section quarterfinals —- a subpar year, coach John Principi said. They’ll seek redemption with seven returning starters, including goalie Alex Perkins, midfielders Erik Meyers and Jeff Butler, and attackmen Sam Anakar and Sean Doyle (attack). All except Doyle, a sophomore, are seniors.

Poway: The Titans return their entire attack from a 2009 team that lost in the CIF quarterfinals. Senior attackman and team captain Jack McGarry will be their leader, with returning juniors Henry Donahue and Connor Sanit by his side.

Carlsbad: The Lancers made the playoffs for the first in the program’s history last spring, and hope to contend for their first postseason victory this spring. Junior midfielders Kendall Strahl and Chris Decaro, senior attackman Dillan Rice and junior defenseman Mark Beyer are Carlsbad’s top returning players. Freshman goalie Addison Sherwood should also make an impact.

Mt. Carmel: The Sundevils are off to a 1-3 start, with their one victory coming against Monte Vista.

Westview: The Wolverines are 1-1 this spring, with a victory over Mira Mesa and a loss to Grossmont.

San Marcos: The Knights are off to a 3-1 start this spring, and coach Mike Mathai, who’s team is in its fourth year as a varsity program, couldn’t be more pleased. The Knights are hoping to make the postseason, despite playing in what he calls arguably the toughest conference in the state. San Marcos will be led this season by senior attackman Imari Davis, and senior defenders Carlos Hargett and Mitch Mathai.

Fallbrook: Last year, the Warriors went 9-9 —-their best record in the program’s three-year history. But that team featured 12 seniors off that squad, and new coach Paul Morgan says nearly 80 percent of his players are freshmen or sophomores. Defenders Jonah Erickson and Jesus Rojas, and midfielders Jared Yeatman and Scott Vancil have fared the best thus far. Erickson and Vancil are freshmen.


In alphabetical order

Canyon Crest Academy: The Ravens are looking to improve upon last season’s two-victory performance. They return senior attackman Zach Dekker, senior defenseman David Harris, senior midfielders JP Hayes, and sophomore goalie Eric Bartell. The goal is to win 10 games, and the presence of promising freshman attackman Alex Handzel should only help.

Cathedral Catholic: The Dons return four starters from a team that reached the section semifinals and went 15-6 in 2009. Yale-bound defenseman Alex Moffit and middie Patrick Frais, both seniors, lead the Dons. Connor Haas and Connor Valenzuela also return, and newcomer Taylor Esoldi is a solid addition.

San Dieguito Academy: The Mustangs are young and small. Their roster features just three seniors, and their starting lineup includes six sophomores and a freshman goalie. But coach Nick Borden likes San Dieguito Academy’s talent and speed. Attackman Chase Brokaw was a team leader as a freshman last spring. After him, the Mustangs will look to juniors Daniel Knox and Kyle Znacko, and senior attack Tommy Rodrigues.

Santa Fe Christian: The Eagles graduated nine players, including four starters from their 2009 team, which placed second in the Coastal League. So it’s a rebuilding year. Still, Santa Fe Christian expects solid goaltending from senior Jackson DuPont and veteran field leadership from senior midfielders Kurt Luedtke and Keaton Giannotti.


San Diego High School Girls Lacrosse: Palomar, Avocado And Coastal League Teams Preview And Analysis


Palomar League

Torrey Pines: Coach Lauren Dachielle’s squad should be particularly motivated after losing to La Costa Canyon in the 2009 CIF San Diego Section championship match. With all but five players back from that team, the Falcons figure to be led on offense by junior Anna Knowles and senior Annelysse Eggold; at midfield by junior Katie Trees (who has committed to play both lacrosse and soccer at Duke), junior Caroline Boucher and senior captain Steph Cowles; and on defense by senior Chelsea Yogerst (an all-section pick in 2009) and goalie Carrie Yang.

La Costa Canyon: The Mavericks may have lost 10 seniors from their section champion squad, but they have a core group of returners and what coach Sara Fraschetti calls “an astounding freshmen class.” Fraschetti, a former assistant and player for the Mavericks, doesn’t expect a letdown for the team, which returns two all-section players in senior Roxy Alei and junior Jackie Mills. They will be aided by junior Jenna Hempsey and senior captain Taramarie O’Connor. And the Mavericks boast a pair of solid goalies in junior Taylor Langston and freshman Paige Soenksem.

Rancho Bernardo: Seven starters and 11 players return for the Broncos, who lost in the 2009 CIF semifinals to eventual champions La Costa Canyon and are currently ranked seventh in the state (according to westsidelax.com). The team leaders are attackers Hannah Smith, Rachel Bokmeyer, Stephanie Beyer and Katie Meyers; midfielders Alison Proehl and Laura Curtis; defenders Rachael Crosby and Rachel Fippinger; and goalie Hannah Sieger.


The Wolverines are playing with the best team chemistry that coach Aubrey Cline has seen in her time with the program. Despite losing six seniors to graduation, Westview has eight returning starters, including Fresno State-bound senior Rachel Minarovich at offensive middie. Next to Minarovich are senior attack Toki Prodnuk (who will play at Fort Lewis next fall), senior Holly Hayes, junior Haley Shetter, senior goalie Lindsey Warrick and up-and-coming freshman Sarah Goetz.


The Titans graduated six seniors, but return eight starters from a team that lost in overtime to Coronado in the CIF quarterfinals last year. Poway is led by seniors Krista Morgan (attack) and Christina Ricciardulli (midfield), juniors Kellie Roddy (goalie) and Robin Taylor (defender), as well as standout freshman Vicki Porter.


The Lancers, who were 7-10 in 2009 and made it to the second round of the playoffs, are off to a 1-1 start this season, with a big win over San Marcos and a loss to Scripps Ranch. They are led by returners Siera Willes, Hanna Moore, Danielle Protzeller, Spencer Harden, and Jamie Packard in the cage; along with newcomers Natalie Simpson, Kate Woolley and Natalie Calabrese.

Avocado League

Valley Center: The Jaguars graduated 12 seniors from last year’s squad, which shared the league title with Mt. Carmel. But the team’s core is intact, according to new coach Wendy Fiehler, who headed the school’s undefeated junior varsity team last spring. That core includes the Jaguars’ five returners: Fort Lewis-bound senior Amanda Cawker (midfield), junior Victoria Navarro (midfield), junior Mariah Bohnstehn (attack), junior Morgan Marcon (defender) and junior Allegra Wolff (midfield).

Mt. Carmel: The Sundevils were co-champions with Valley Center last spring, and this season they return a number of all-league selections, including 2009 league player of the year Cameron Chapatte. Chapatte is one of four senior captains for the Sundevils; the other three leaders on new coach Ranessa Santos’ squad are Erin Menefee, Carly Voris and Amy Pierce.

Mission Hills: The Grizzlies finished third in the Avocado a year ago with a 6-4 league record and have D.J. Clark, Alyssa Sundelius and Alexis Cano returning. They also have a pair of solid newcomers in the varsity ranks: Andie Albright and Melissa Allen.

San Marcos: Bob Meder coaches a Knights program in its second year of varsity competition. Last season, they were 3-9 and fourth in the league. They hope to improve behind the leadership of returning standouts Chloe Weinmann, Cassidy Heidt, Danielle Wong and Jasmin Perez.

Ramona: The Bulldogs are 1-3 so far this season, with a win over La Jolla Country Day (UPDATE).

Fallbrook: The Warriors have a young program, and are looking to improve this year. They opened the season with a loss to Great Oak (UPDATE).

Coastal League

Santa Fe Christian

The Eagles, in their fourth season of varsity lacrosse, return six seniors with four years of playing experience, led by Christa Nelson, Katie Wiesenberger and Nicole Wimsatt. Junior Amy Robertson and freshman goalie Jessica Nelson (Christa’s younger sister) should also contribute solid minutes for the Eagles.

San Dieguito Academy

The Mustangs’ program is back in the hands of longtime area coach and San Dieguito alum Chuck Kaczmarek. His squad should be led by senior Maddy Bauer, senior goalie Kelli MacPhee, senior Julie Poincenot and sophomore Blair Crickmore.

Canyon Crest Academy

The Ravens finished second in the Coastal League last year, with a 13-4 record, and return the majority of their starters. They will be led by returning juniors Tace Higuchi and Lauren Rutledge, returning sophomores Nikita Aitken and Natalie Hoffman, and new junior Jodi Helsel.


Cathedral Catholic

The Dons tied for second in the City League and were one of the top 10 teams in the CIF a year ago. They return a solid group of seven seniors: Lauren Nardi, Catie Collins, Erica Schulteis, Mika Van Buskirk, Gen Cruzan, Jamie Sporl, and Laura Bolton.

Pacific Ridge

Liza Neptune, the longtime San Dieguito coach, will head the new program at the Carlsbad school. The team will play a freelance schedule this spring and move into the Coastal League in 2011.


WDIA College Women’s Lacrosse Scores For Week Ending March 21


03/21 Binghamton Club 16, Ithaca Club 15 (2 OT)
Cal Poly SLO 15, Colorado 11
Hofstra Club 11, C. of New Jersey Club 9
Penn State Club 13, West Chester Club 12 (OT)
San Jose State 14, Nevada-Reno 10
03/20 Aquinas 14, St. Mary’s (IN) 9
Aquinas 15, Davenport 10
Brigham Young 17, Pepperdine 6
Brown Club 14, Worcester Tech 4
Brown Club 17, Coast Guard 4
Cal Poly SLO B 18, San Jose State 10
Cal Poly SLO B 19, Nevada-Reno 3
California Club 20, Sonoma State 14
Central Florida 10, South Carolina Club 8
Coast Guard 10, Worcester Tech 6
Furman 16, Kennesaw State 15
Gonzaga 17, Pacific Lutheran 3
JMU Club 1, Salisbury Club 0
JMU Club 12, Loyola Club 9
Loyola Club 1, Salisbury Club 0
Loyola Club 20, Richmond Club 2
Michigan 13, Pittsburgh 10
Michigan 18, Miami (OH) 10
Northeastern 12, Maine 2
Oakland 1, Carnegie Mellon 0
Oakland 16, Grove City 9
Oakland 16, West Virginia 4
Penn State Club 19, Temple Club 2
Penn State Club 26, Kutztown Club 1
Pepperdine 15, Westminster 11
Pittsburgh 11, Michigan State 10
St. Cloud State 13, St. Mary’s (MN) 5
UConn Club 11, Northeastern 9
UNC Club 16, Davidson Club 7
Virginia Club 12, Loyola Club 11
Virginia Tech Club 1, Salisbury Club 0
Winona State 12, St. Cloud State 7
Winona State 6, St. Mary’s (MN) 2
Wisconsin-Eau Claire 12, Winona State 7
Wisconsin-Eau Claire 17, St. Mary’s (MN) 3
03/19 Brigham Young 20, Westminster 0
Michigan 12, Michigan State 3
03/18 Aquinas 21, Olivet 2
Oakland 25, Saginaw Valley 7
Pittsburgh 20, Slippery Rock Club 0
St. Benedict 15, St. Thomas 12
St. Benedict 16, Hamline 3

MCLA College Men’s Lacrosse Scores For Week Ended March 21



03/21 Florida State 17, Stanford 14
Lindenwood 22, Central Michigan 9
Miami U. 13, West Virginia 5
Missouri 17, Washington – St. Louis 8
Texas State 11, Baylor 6
UNLV 14, San Diego 13
03/20 Brigham Young 15, Simon Fraser 9
Davenport 14, Pittsburgh 12
Florida 14, Virginia Tech 13
Illinois 7, Georgia Tech 6
Illinois State 7, Western Michigan 4
Loyola Marymount 13, Arizona 6
Miami U. 15, Taylor 3
Michigan 5, Oregon 4 (OT)
Minnesota – Duluth 12, California 3
Minnesota St. Mankato 12, Central Michigan 10
Montana 11, Gonzaga 9
South Carolina vs. Middle Tennessee (ppd.)
South Florida 12, Florida Gulf Coast 8
Tennessee 15, Vanderbilt 8
Texas A&M 8, SMU 5
UNLV 21, Utah State 8
Wake Forest 17, Marquette 6
Washington 11, San Diego State 7
West Virginia 11, Ball State 6
Wisconsin 12, Minnesota 11
03/19 Arizona State 16, Chico State 6
Florida 17, Georgia 10
Lindenwood 15, Minnesota St. Mankato 9
Miami U. 11, Ball State 10
Northeastern 7, Boston University 4
San Diego 9, Idaho 4
UNLV vs. New Mexico (ppd.)
Utah State 18, New Mexico 3
Wake Forest 13, East Carolina 6
03/18 Brigham Young 16, Washington 7
Chapman 15, Ithaca (D-III) 12
San Diego 9, Arizona 7
Virginia Tech 16, Marquette 6
03/17 Colorado State 14, Chico State 2
Minnesota – Duluth 11, Grand Canyon 4
Northeastern 15, Worcester Polytechnic 2
San Diego State 10, Idaho 8
Utah 15, Westminster 8


03/21 Appalachian State 17, Furman 6
Georgia State vs. Emory (ppd.)
Kennesaw State 23, UT – Chattanooga 3
Missouri 17, Washington – St. Louis 8
Savannah Art & Design vs. Middle Tennessee (ppd.)
St. Mary’s (CA) vs. UOP (ppd.)
03/20 Appalachian State 17, Davidson 5
Augustana 16, Cornell College 3
Butler 12, Carnegie Mellon 11
Concordia (CA) 12, Long Beach State 11 (OT)
Davenport 14, Pittsburgh 12
Grand Valley State 12, Dayton 10
Grove City 13, John Carroll 5
Kennesaw State 24, Furman 1
Miami U. 15, Taylor 3
Missouri Baptist 21, Harding 5
Northern Colorado 14, Missouri State 5
Pepperdine 23, Occidental 6
Regis vs. Colorado – Colo. Sprs. (ppd.)
Savannah Art & Design 16, Palm Beach Atlantic 5
Siena Heights 5, Michigan – Dearborn 4
St. John’s (MN) 8, Western Washington 6
St. Olaf 15, Augustana 11
St. Thomas 19, Oakland 4
Tennessee Wesleyan 24, Reinhardt 5
UNC – Charlotte 15, Southern Virginia 1
Utah Valley State 16, UC Santa Cruz 8
Washington – St. Louis 14, Wheaton (IL) 8
03/19 Appalachian State 13, High Point 4
Cal State Fullerton 13, Biola 7
Coast Guard 17, S. Connecticut State 3
Emory 17, Reinhardt 2
Missouri Baptist 16, Wheaton (IL) 7
Northern Colorado 15, Creighton 3
St. John’s (MN) 13, Oakland 1
Stonehill 13, Bridgewater State 6
Utah Valley State 13, Western Ontario 8
03/18 Colorado – Mines 18, UC Irvine 5
Utah Valley State 8, Willamette 3
03/17 Colorado – Mines 10, Pepperdine 5
Grove City 14, Carnegie Mellon 4
Hope 15, Ferris State 13
Northeastern 15, Worcester Polytechnic 2
Plattsburgh 25, Briarcliffe 8
Utah 15, Westminster 8

Western High School Boys Lacrosse Scores For Week Ended March 21

03/21 ** Dallas Jesuit (TX) 5, Loyola Academy (IL) 4
** Gonzaga (DC) 14, Strake Jesuit (TX) 7
CA South Valley 6, Gold Country 5
03/20 ** Georgetown Prep (MD) 14, Dallas Jesuit (TX) 5
** Georgetown Prep (MD) 14, Regis Jesuit (CO) 4
** Gonzaga (DC) 6, Dallas Jesuit (TX) 3
** Highland Park (TX) 10, Mullen (CO) 3
** Hill Academy (ON) 12, Archbishop Spalding (MD) 8
** Houston Christian (TX) 12, Captain Shreve (LA) 5
** Houston Christian (TX) 13, Caddo Magnet (LA) 5
** Logan (UT) 13, Idaho Falls (ID) 0
** Logan (UT) 9, Pocatello (ID) 5
** Loyola Academy (IL) 6, Regis Jesuit (CO) 5
** Northridge (UT) 14, Pocatello (ID) 11
** Northridge (UT) 8, Idaho Falls (ID) 4
** Strake Jesuit (TX) 13, St Ignatius Prep (IL) 3
** Strake Jesuit (TX) 14, Cardinal Gibbons (MD) 2
** Sts Peter & Paul (MD) 10, Lafayette (MO) 9
AZ Brophy Prep 17, Salpointe Catholic 6
AZ Catalina Foothills 21, Boulder Creek 2
AZ Glendale 17, Estrella 2
AZ Oro Valley 4, Mesquite/Gilbert 3
AZ Phoenix Country Day 15, Flagstaff 4
AZ Tucson Tanque Verde 7, Desert Vista 3
CA Brentwood School 14, Redondo Union 9
CA California 11, Bella Vista 3
CA Canyon Crest 7, Serra 6
CA Casa Grande 14, Santa Rosa 5
CA Cathedral Catholic 9, Santa Fe Christian 6
CA Corona Del Mar 7, Foothill-Santa Ana 6 (OT)
CA El Dorado 11, Dana Hills 10
CA El Segundo 10, Pasadena 2
CA El Toro 13, Loyola-Los Angeles 4
CA Gold Country 14, San Francisco City 9
CA Granite Bay 10, Bishop O’Dowd 9
CA Harvard-Westlake 8, Crespi 5
CA La Costa Canyon 10, Santa Margarita Cath 3
CA Los Alamitos 9, Anaheim Servite 4
CA Los Gatos 11, Burlingame 6
CA Menlo School 13, Los Altos 0
CA Mira Costa 13, J Serra Catholic 2
CA Mission Viejo 14, Manual Arts HS 2
CA Mission Viejo 9, Peninsula 8
CA Mountain View 13, Woodside Priory 4
CA Palisades Charter 6, El Toro 5
CA Peninsula 9, Marina 3
CA Rancho Cotati 12, Pleasant Grove 3
CA Rancho Cotati 15, Morgan Hill 3
CA Saint Francis 6, Serra-San Mateo 5
CA Saratoga 7, Menlo-Atherton 5
CA South Valley 20, Sierra Foothills 0
CA South Valley 20, Yuba City 5
CA Temecula Great Oak 5, Manual Arts HS 0
CA Temecula Great Oak 8, Marina 5
CA Tesoro 6, Palisades Charter 3
CA Tesoro 9, Loyola-Los Angeles 3
CA Torrance 13, Granada Hills 0
CO Steamboat Springs 11, Durango 3
CO Summit 11, Grand Junction 4
OR Hermiston 25, Redmond 0
UT Brighton 10, Bingham 8
UT Lehi 9, Box Elder 8 (OT)
UT Pleasant Grove 11, Copper Hills 10
WA Blanchet 9, Three Rivers 7
WA Curtis 12, Tahoma 4
WA Kings Way Christian 11, Stadium-Wilson 4
WA Mercer Island 13, Bainbridge Island 0
WA Mukilteo 9, Eastlake 8 (OT)
WA North County 14, Gig Harbor 9
WA North Kitsap 13, Liberty 2
WA Redmond 9, Port Angeles 1
WA San Juan 15, Skagit Valley 5
WA Wenatchee 10, Gonzaga Prep 5
03/19 ** Annapolis Area Christn (MD) 15, Lafayette (MO) 8
** Bonneville (UT) 18, Pocatello (ID) 1
** Calvert Hall (MD) 17, Hill Academy (ON) 8
** Coeur d’Alene (ID) 4, Wenatchee (WA) 3
** Dallas Jesuit (TX) 14, Canisius (NY) 2
** Gonzaga (DC) 7, Regis Jesuit (CO) 3
** Hampton Roads Academy (VA) 12, Chase Collegiate (CT) 3
** Highland Park (TX) 9, Loomis Chaffee (CT) 6
** Houston Christian (TX) 11, Loyola-Shreveport (LA) 7
** Legacy (NV) 20, Red Rock (UT) 5
** Strake Jesuit (TX) 12, Fordham Prep (NY) 11 (OT)
AZ Catalina Foothills 14, Phoenix Country Day 4
AZ Chandler 12, Saguaro 10
AZ Chaparral 13, Desert Mountain 6
AZ Horizon 11, Mesa 6
AZ Mountain Pointe 9, Corona del Sol 6
AZ Notre Dame Prep 14, Pinnacle 7
CA Acalanes 12, Amador Valley 11
CA Agoura 5, Oak Park 4 (2 OT)
CA Aliso Niguel 9, Trabuco Hills 7
CA Berkeley 10, Clayton Valley 3
CA California 16, Alhambra 0
CA Carlsbad 9, Westview 8 (OT)
CA Dana Hills 10, San Juan Hills 4
CA Davis 7, Bishop O’Dowd 4
CA El Toro 10, Mission Viejo 3
CA El Toro 7, Marina 2
CA Esperanza 10, Sage Hill 0
CA Foothill 14, Redwood 3
CA Granite Hills 10, Otay Ranch 8
CA Grossmont 5, Mira Mesa 3
CA Harbor 12, Santa Cruz 0
CA Helix Charter 10, Fallbrook 5
CA Laguna Hills 13, Chaparral 3
CA Las Lomas 11, Branson 4
CA Livermore 16, Saint Mary’s-Stockton 1
CA Loyola-Los Angeles 9, Marina 3
CA Malibu 15, Newbury Park 3
CA Marin Academy 6, Lick-Wilmerding 2
CA Mira Costa 14, Beverly Hills 0
CA Miramonte 6, Novato 1
CA Mission Viejo 5, Palisades Charter 3
CA Monte Vista/Danville 15, University SF 9
CA Northgate 10, Dougherty Valley 6
CA Palisades Charter 17, Saint John Bosco 0
CA Palos Verdes 18, Culver City 2
CA Patrick Henry 9, San Dieguito 8
CA Poway 4, St Margarets Episcopal 2
CA Rancho Bernardo 10, Scripps Ranch 6
CA Robert L Stevenson 19, Aptos 7
CA Saint Ignatius Prep 12, Bellarmine Prep 11
CA San Clemente 8, Northwood 4
CA San Marcos 16, Eastlake 3
CA Santana 10, Chula Vista 8
CA Sir Francis Drake 13, College Park 2
CA Temecula Great Oak 7, Peninsula 5
CA Tesoro 11, Temecula Great Oak 1
CA Tesoro 6, Loyola-Los Angeles 4
CA Torrey Pines 14, La Jolla HS 3
CA Urban School 11, Terra Linda 4
CA Valhalla 14, Point Loma 0
CA Watsonville 16, Scotts Valley 9
CA Westlake 14, Thousand Oaks 5
CO Summit 15, Durango 2
NV Bonanza 10, Bishop Gorman 7
NV Centennial 24, Henderson II 0
NV Faith Lutheran 19, Palo Verde II 3
NV Galena 11, Bishop Manogue 4
NV Henderson 23, Arbor View 2
NV High Sierra-Reno 6, Spanish Springs 3
NV Palo Verde 19, Faith Lutheran II 1
OR Hermiston 11, Mountain View 9
OR Jesuit-Portland 14, Wilson 3
OR Oregon City 9, Aloha Portland 8
OR Wilsonville 10, Roseburg 5
TX Austin 17, Allen 2
TX Plano 15, Bowie 11
TX St Mark’s 11, The Woodlands 7
UT Alta 13, Bountiful 4
UT American Fork 13, Riverton 5
UT East 9, Woods Cross 7
UT Judge Memorial 7, Waterford 5
UT Lehi 10, Mountain Crest 5
UT Park City 15, Viewmont 2
WA Bellevue 20, Eastside Catholic 6
WA Blanchet 11, Selah 2
WA Issaquah 11, Overlake 6
WA Lynnwood 12, San Juan 6
WA Nathan Hale 11, Highline 6
WA Roosevelt 15, Franklin 1
WA Sammamish 16, Liberty 0
WA Skyline 12, Seattle Prep 3
WA Snohomish 12, Silver Lake 0
WA Vashon Island 9, Tacoma 7
03/18 ** Episcopal Dallas (TX) 8, Loomis Chaffee (CT) 7
** Lafayette (MO) 15, Key School (MD) 12
** St Mark’s (TX) 12, Mullen (CO) 10
** St Stephens (TX) 7, H.B. Plant (FL) 6
CA Anaheim Servite 10, Crespi 7
CA Bonita Vista 6, El Capitan 4
CA Capistrano Valley 9, Woodbridge 1
CA Dunn School 6, York School 5
CA El Segundo 14, Long Beach 1
CA Francis Parker 9, San Dieguito 6
CA Huntington Beach 12, Beckman 11
CA Huntington Park 4, Birmingham 3
CA Jesuit-Sacramento 17, Oak Ridge 5
CA La Jolla Cou Day 16, Foothills Christian 7
CA Los Gatos 8, Mountain View 5
CA Palo Alto HS 14, Leland 7
CA Piedmont 14, Bella Vista 5
CA Preuss 6, University City 4
CA Santa Fe Christian 6, Canyon Crest 5
CA Santa Margarita Cath 8, J Serra Catholic 6
CA Tamalpais 12, Saint Mary’s-Berkeley 2
CA Tesoro 9, Newport Harbor 7
CA Woodside HS 12, Gunn 6
CO Arapahoe 8, Kent Denver 4
CO Colorado Academy 6, Chatfield 5 (3 OT)
CO Denver South 13, Eaglecrest 2
CO Glenwood Springs 15, Eagle Valley 9
CO Mountain Vista 10, Rock Canyon 6
CO Overland 16, Ridge View Academy 0
CO Windsor 10, George Washington 9
OR Beaverton 8, Cleveland 2
OR Canby 7, Hillsboro 4
OR Clackamas 12, Thurston 5
OR Corvallis 6, Bend 3
OR Glencoe 18, Grant 3
OR Lake Oswego 17, Tigard 7
OR Sheldon 11, Century 5
OR Sherwood 19, Churchill 7
OR Sprague 7, Rex Putnam 5
OR Summit 9, South Salem 8 (OT)
OR Sunset 13, Hood River 1
OR West Linn 15, Southridge 4
OR Westview 6, Central Catholic 3
TX Bowie 12, Allen 3
TX Highland Park 17, The Woodlands 2
UT Bingham 10, American Fork 7
UT Copper Hills 19, Fremont 2
UT Davis 13, Box Elder 12
UT Northridge 18, Mountain View 5
UT Pleasant Grove 12, Highland 5
UT Timpanogos 11, West 2
WA Bainbridge Island 21, Lake Tapps 1
WA Curtis 16, Stadium-Wilson 2
WA Gig Harbor 12, South Kitsap 8
WA Klahowya 15, North Kitsap 4
WA Lake Washington 17, Mount Si 0
WA Providence Classical Chr 14, Woodinville 7
WA Whatcom 6, Skagit Valley 5

Idaho Boys Lacrosse: Pocatello Lacrosse Club Competes In The Utah High School Lacrosse League

By the time Joe Strickler was in eighth grade, he’d already played plenty of youth baseball, football and soccer. That’s when he saw a poster on the wall of his middle school advertising a new sport in Pocatello.

Strickler joined the Pocatello Lacrosse Club at its inception five years ago and fell so fast and hard for the sport that his other athletic interests quickly became a distant memory.

“I got bored with them and found lacrosse,” he said. “I like how fast-paced it is and I can hit people.”

The hitting, of course, is something more akin to hockey than football and, like hockey, is called checking. That could be one of the reasons the sport is often called a mix of hockey and soccer.

But Nate Wall, standout football and basketball player at Century High School and a fellow member of the Pocatello Lacrosse Club varsity team, says those aren’t really the sport’s best comparisons.

“It’s probably more similar to basketball,” he said. 

He said many of the plays to set up scoring opportunities are similar to basketball, including the frequent setting of screens.

Wall plays the attack position, which means he’s part of the group looking to score the goals, something he does particularly well. Wall led the Utah High School Lacrosse League, with which the Pocatello Lacrosse Club is associated, in scoring last year, averaging 6.5 goals per game.

Originally from Portland, Ore., Wall began playing lacrosse when he was in fifth grade. He said the sport is so popular in Portland that most high schools there field four teams — freshman, junior varsity, junior varsity 2 and varsity.

“I think more people play it there than baseball,” he said.

Finding few words to describe why he enjoys the sports so much, Wall said simply that he believes the contact appeals to a lot of people. When the Century junior moved to the Gate City just before starting high school, he joined the Pocatello Lacrosse Club.

With the departure of Ray Langhaim, founder of the Pocatello Lacrosse Club, the team went on a search for a new head coach. Taking over those duties this year was Mike Rose, who also serves as an assistant coach for Century’s football team.

Rose is a former Idaho State University football player who was the defensive end on the opposite side from Jared Allen in the early 2000s. He’s spent several years coaching youth football and basketball and has been involved with the Century program since 2006.

He said several Pocatello Lacrosse Club players’ parents sought him out for the position based on what they knew of him as a youth and high school coach in the Gate City.

But he’s never even played lacrosse.

“I told them I have never played, and they said, ‘Yeah, but your leadership skills and philosophy,’” Rose said. “They sought me out because they are familiar with my coaching philosophy.”

Rose said Langhaim was gracious enough to help at length with the transition and there were several training classes provided by the Utah High School Lacrosse League that he was required to attend.

He also spent a lot of time watching the sport and getting to know its nuances.

Bottom line, he said, is that his philosophy, which is centered around a belief that playing sports at that level is as much about learning life lessons, means he has the skills to teach them what he most wants them to get from the sport.

“I am there to support them, and my hopes are high for the season,” Rose said. “But I also want the kids to have fun and stick with it. I want them to understand that the most important thing is the effort they put out there.”

He said key to that is understanding that the sport isn’t about any one player or team.

“It’s the ‘we.’ It’s the parents. It’s the league,” he said. “It’s not just you. It’s not just me. It’s everybody involved in the program.”

The Pocatello Lacrosse Club’s varsity team is struggling early on in its season. The team started play with an 18-1 loss to Bonneville on Friday. The Bandits played two more non-division games on Saturday, losing 9-6 to Logan and 14-11 to Northridge of Layton, Utah.

The Bandits start division play on April 2 when they host Mountain Crest of Hyrum, Utah, at 5 p.m. at Hawthorne Middle School.


NCAA College Men’s Lacrosse Highlights: North Carolina Attacker Billy Bitter Shines Against Duke On March 10 (Video)

Lacrosse doesn’t get any better! North Carolina attacker Billy Bitter vs Duke on March 10, 2010