Daily Archives: May 19, 2011

Western High School Lacrosse: Lacrosse Magazine “Top 10” Boys Lacrosse Rankings Feature #1 Regis Jesuit (CO) Followed By Cherry Creek (CO), Mercer Island, St. Ignatius Prep And La Costa Canyon

West Region Top 10

1. Regis Jesuit (Colo.) – 16-1 – The Raiders’ 13-1 victory Saturday over Chaparral in a Colorado High School Activities Association Boys quarterfinals matchup simply proved their dominance. Regis Jesuit boasted 10 players that scored at least one goal. Junior attackman Ryan Ball scored two goals in the first 1:06 of the game. And the result never appeared in question.

2. Cherry Creek (Colo.) – 15-2 – The Bruins looked woefully unprepared in their 10-5 victory Saturday over Mountain Vista in a Colorado High School Activities Association Boys quarterfinals matchup. The Golden Eagles rallied from a 6-1 deficit to pull within two at the end of the third quarter. Kyle Tosh’s 12-save effort kept Mountain Vista in the game. And the victory for Cherry Creek was far from definitive until Henri Halle had a goal and an assist late in the game.

3. Mercer Island (Wash.) – 18-2 – Their 8-5 victory Friday over Skyline concluded the Islanders’ regular season, securing the top spot in the Northeaster Conference heading into the state tournament. Because of its top finish in the Division 1 standings, Mercer Island secured a bye to the State Tournament quarterfinals and won’t play until May 20 at Islander Stadium.

4. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) – 19-3 – The Wildcats have climbed significantly in the standings thanks to a seven-game winning streak. During that stretch, St. Ignatius Prep has scored 12.14 goals and allowed 3.29 goals per game.

5. La Costa Canyon (Calif.) – 18-3 – The Canyons have compiled signature wins against state powers Rancho Bernardo, Torrey Pines, Foothill-Santa Ana and La Costa Canyon, while two of their three losses came against out-of-state teams.

6. Coronado (Calif.) – 17-4 – The Islanders missed an opportunity in picking up a signature victory over St. Ignatius Prep and La Costa Canyon.

7. De La Salle (Calif.) – 17-3 – 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.) – 18-4 – The top-seeded Knights’ 19-5 victory over Mira Costa to secure their fifth consecutive CIF Southern Section championship featured a complete team effort. Foothill-Orange County scored five unanswered goals to start the game. The Knights held Mira Costa scoreless until the 2:11 mark in the first quarter. And they featured three players who scored hat tricks, including Cole (five goals), senior attackman Erik Adamson (four goals) and senior midfielder Josh Peterman (three goals).

9. Kent Denver (Colo.) – 11-4 – After allowing Wheat Ridge to open the game with three unanswered goals, Kent Denver rallied for a 13-9 victory Saturday in a Colorado High School Activities Association quarterfinal matchup. The Sun Devils responded with a second-half surge, outscoring Wheat Ridge 5-1 in the third quarter.

10. Lincoln (Ore.) – 18-2 – The Cardinals’ 16-game winning streak featured three shutouts, 13 double-digit efforts and one overtime victory.

Game of the Week

No. 2 Cherry Creek vs. No. 6 Kent Denver – Colorado High School Activities Association Boys quarterfinals at Englewood High School, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Both the Bruins and Sun Devils are coming off subpar quarterfinal efforts, so it’s likely both teams will enter the game with plenty of urgency.

Player of the Week

Cameron Cole, Foothill-Orange County (Calif.)
Cole posted five goals and two assists in Foothill-Orange County’s 19-5 victory Saturday to win the team’s fifth consecutive CIF Southern Section championship.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/boys/2010-11/news/051811_lacrosse_magazine_west_region_report

NCAA Lacrosse Profile: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Mark Matthews Uses His 6’4″ Size And “Canadian Box Lacrosse” Skills To Lead Pioneers (Video)

It’s hard to miss the him on the field.  Standing at 6’4″ and often times being double-teamed, Denver’s Mark Matthews is the guy the opponents key in on week-in and week-out. 

Hailing from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, Matthews grew up as a box lacrosse player.  Like so many Canadians before him, the box game has taught Matthews how to protect the ball and catch the ball in tight pockets.  It’s also no surprise Matthews led the Denver Pioneers in shots taken with 124, 40 more than the next guy on the team:

“The Canadian kids, from playing indoor box lacrosse, they developed these offensive skills, and to have those skills in a big-body guy is a huge advantage.”
-Denver coach Bill Tierney 

Matthews led the Pioneers in goals and points in 2011, scoring 44 goals and finishing with 66 points.  Last week against Villanova, Matthews took 12 shots, scoring on three of them and assisiting on another.

The junior attackman has great hands, good vision and creates offense on his own.  Just watch the highlight below of his goal from Sunday’s victory.  He uses his size to his advantage and is such a strong guy he often will be seen backing his defenders down.  Its almost like Matthews is a 6’4″ Cody Jamieson.

For more:  http://www.collegecrosse.com/2011/5/18/2177321/2011-ncaa-lacrosse-tournament-breakdown-who-is-mark-matthews

Colorado High School Lacrosse: Kent Denver Boys Lacrosse Upsets Defending Champion Cherry Creek 9-5 On May 18 And Will Meet #1 Regis Jesuit In State Lacrosse Championship Game On May 21

“Kent Denver upset defending champion Cherry Creek in last night’s semifinals…”

After almost losing possession on a pass behind the goal, James Rassenfoss settled the ball into his basket and made a bold, diving move to score and secure the Sun Devils’ 9-5 victory over the defending state champion Bruins in the semifinals at Englewood High School on another wet, cold night.

Rassenfoss’ acrobatic goal came with 5:29 to play and eventually sent Kent Denver (12-3) into Saturday’s championship match against the Regis Jesuit Raiders at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. 

 “I sort of went under some pressure and almost lost it there,” Rassenfoss said. “So I went around (the goal) and I had it top side, so I leaned into it and sort of did a fadeaway thing. Their goalie didn’t know it was coming.”

Nor, unusually, did Cherry Creek realize this kind of effort was coming from one of its fiercest rivals. The Bruins, who finished 17-3, were outplayed throughout — the Sun Devils were superior in faceoffs, rounding up groundballs and maintaining defense on the perimeter around their goal, where senior Sam Van Hook was large. He made 10 saves, including two from point-blank range, in addition to snaring a couple of the Bruins’ passes near the goal.

Read more: Kent Denver upsets defending boys lacrosse champ Cherry Creek – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_18092576#ixzz1MoHZyPBU