West Region Top 10
1. Regis Jesuit (Colo.) – 14-1 – The Raiders enter their matchup against 17th-ranked Rock Canyon Thursday in the state playoffs as the No. 1 seed and are one of eight teams to earn first-round byes. But Regis Jesuit coach Jim Soran told the Aurora Sentinel that the team has a “long way to go.”
2. Cherry Creek (Colo.) – 13-2 – The Bruins have the No. 2 seed in the state playoffs and host No. 15 Highland Ranch on Thursday, but Cherry Creek likely feels uneasy having to stomach a one-goal loss in their season finale April 25 against Regis Jesuit.
3. Mercer Island (Wash) – 16-2 – The Islanders took bragging rights in their annual “Island War” with Bainbridge Island with an 18-3 victory. The stakes for this year’s game proved high considering, the Islanders remain undefeated in their division and Bainbridge entered the game with only one loss.
4. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) – 19-3 – The Wildcats have climbed significantly in the standings thanks to a six-game winning streak. During that stretch, St. Ignatius Prep has scored 14.66 goals and allowed 3.83 goals per game.
5. La Costa Canyon (Calif.) – 15-3 – The Canyons have compiled signature wins against state powers Rancho Bernardo, Torrey Pines and Foothill-Santa Ana, while two of their three losses came against out-of-state teams.
6. Coronado (Calif.) – 15-3 – The Islanders missed an opportunity in picking up a signature victory over St. Ignatius Prep.
7. De La Salle (Calif.) – 15-3 – The Pilots have rebounded from a 3-3 stretch where they allowed 13.3 goals per game in those losses. Since then, De La Salle has won three consecutive games by holding teams to single digits.
8. Foothill-Orange County (Calif.) – 16-4 – The top-seeded Knights defeated No. 4 San Clemente, 12-6, in the first semifinal of the Division I playoffs, thanks to a 5-1 third-quarter charge.
9. San Ramon Valley (Calif.) – 13-5 – The Wolves’ success has largely hinged on convincing its school’s football players to pick up lacrosse. San Ramon Valley’s roster features 10 of its 23 players also playing for school’s football team, which advanced last fall to the North Coast Section Division I semifinals. The team’s first midfielders plan to attend major Division I lacrosse programs next season, including midfielder Michael Tagliaferri (North Carolina), Jordan Weiss (Penn State), Patrick Worstell (Syracuse) and Jordan Latendresse (Navy).
10. Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) – 14-2 – The Broncos defeated Poway last month for just the second time in school history and have sights on their first CIF title in lacrosse.
Game of the Week
No. 8 Foothill-Orange County vs. St. Margarets at Mission Viejo, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Should the Knights win in this Division I South Final, it would mark their fifth consecutive county and state title. The Titans return to the championship match for the first time since 2008.