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High School Lacrosse: West Region #1 St. Ignatius Boys Lacrosse (16-0) Travels East To Face #2 Chaminade (NY) And Seton Hall Prep (NJ) On April 25, 27 At 2013 Big City Classic At MetLife Stadium

st. ignatius lacrosse“The Wildcats play at No. 2-ranked Chaminade of Mineola,  N.Y., on Thursday before taking on Seton Hall Prep of West Orange, N.J., on  Saturday at MetLife Stadium — home of the NFL’s New York Jets and New York  Giants — in the Big City Classic. Are the Wildcats excited? You better believe  it.”

By most accounts, St. Ignatius has the best boys’ lacrosse  program west of the Mississippi. But are the Wildcats — ranked 11th in the country by Toplaxrecruits.com — among the top handful of teams in the  nation? They’re about to find out soon — real soon. For the first time in its  storied history, St. Big City Classic LacrosseIgnatius (16-0) will travel to the hotbed of U.S. lacrosse  to test itself against the premier competition in the country.

“I can’t tell you how pumped up the boys are,” St. Ignatius  coach Chris Packard said. “They are over the moon for this trip because it shows  how amazing and far we’ve come as a program. We couldn’t have picked a better  opponent [than Chaminade]. Our guys deserve to play the best, and whether we win  or lose, it’s going to be a great experience.”

SI will be in an unfamiliar position on Thursday against a  team that has sent multiple players to the professional ranks. Even though the  Wildcats boast eight Division I commitments, they’ll be the underdogs against  Chaminade, which boasts a whopping 21 — count ’em, 21 — future Division I  players.

SI’s leading scorer, Joe Lang, isn’t changing his  expectations.

“We always go into a game fully expecting to win,” the  junior attacker said.

Lang acknowledged the fact that the team’s trip to the East  Coast carries huge ramifications in that a solid showing will gain immeasurable  respect for SI, while a poor result or two would further dampen the credibility  of high school lacrosse on the West Coast.

“We’re going in with nothing to lose,” Lang said. “We’re  supposed to lose to the No. 2 team in the country, but we’re hoping to leave a  footprint and represent the West Coast and show there’s some great lacrosse  being played out here.”

Lang was one of 11 SI players who scored a goal in a 17-5  win over Sacred Heart Cathedral (3-11) on Monday at Crocker Amazon Field. SI’s  John Corbolotti and SHC’s Sedge Gates shared match-high honors with four goals  each.

Packard was effusive in his praise for Lang and his five  senior captains: defender Jack McGovern and midfielders Charlie Ford, Matt  Emery, Spencer Evans and Chad Bell.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/sports/prep-sports/2013/04/st-ignatius-will-test-itself-against-county-s-best-lacrosse-teams-nfl-sta#ixzz2RLBKCmmA

High School Lacrosse: Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Girls Lacrosse Top 10 Report Ranks Amador Valley Girls Lacrosse #1 Followed By Carondelet, Cherry Creek, Kent Denver And Los Alamitos

Nike US Lacrosse West Region High School Lacrosse Top 10

Amador Valley picked up a huge victory over Carondelet, putting itself in position for a league championship.
The Dons trailed by as many as five goals before pulling out a tough 10-9 victory. Amador Valley coach Bob Mezeul credits goalie Allie DaCar as the catalyst for the victory. She finished with 10 saves. Justine Chinn had three goals and Evan Murphy added two goals and one assist for the Dons.
“[DaCar] had 10 saves —many that were super-human and any of which could have been game-changing had Carondelet scored,” Mezeul said. “She also came out of goal to get two ground balls and in the second half made a 60-yard quick clear pass on a rope that led to a fast break transition goal. Highlight reel stuff.”
Jackie Gilbert also came up big for Amador Valley by dominating the draw controls which gave the Dons the opportunity to control the pace of the game. The Dons were down 7-2 early in first half, but cut the margin to 7-4 at the break. Amador Valley then dominated the second half and outscored Carondelet 6-2 in the second half.

1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 13-1

The Dons picked up a huge 10-9 victory over top-ranked Carondelet (Calif.). Amador Valley followed that up with dominant victories over Grenada (Calif.), Livermore (Calif.) and Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) to take over the No. 1 ranking.

2. Carondelet (Calif.), 9-3

The Cougars dropped their first game in California, 10-9, to a surging Amador Valley team. Carondelet then bounced back with a 22-7 victory over Monte Vista-Danville. The Cougars will still be a force in the title race and could face Amador Valley in the NCS playoffs.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 8-1

The Bruins returned from a successful trip to the East with a victory over Germantown Friends (Pa.) and a loss to Moorestown (N.J.), now ranked fifth in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Girls’ Top 25 poll. Cherry Creek also won its games in Colorado over Cherokee Trail (Colo.) and No. 7 Centaurus (Colo.).

4. Kent Denver (Colo.), 5-3

The Sun Devils remain in the thick of the championship race and remain undefeated in Colorado league play. Kent Denver boosted its schedule with tough non-conference games against Los Alamitos (Calif.), Milton (Ga.) and Good Counsel (Md.), which account for its only losses on the season.

5. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 13-1

The Griffins are riding a four-game winning streak and picked up a key, non-confrence victory over Air Academy (Colo.). Los Alamitos has two regular season games remaining, including a tough match up against Beckman (Calif.).

6. Air Academy (Colo.), 10-1

The Kadets are riding a seven-game winning streak in Colorado league play. Air Academy ends its regular season with perhaps its two toughest games against Centaurus (8-1) and Cheyenne Mountain (8-0).

7. Centaurus (Colo.), 8-2

The Warriors continued to roll in Colorado with seven consecutive victories. Centaurus picked up a signature 13-11 victory over Regis Jesuit, but lost a tight game to Cherry Creek 13-12 with both games having big implications in playoff seedings.

8. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 9-2

Since a 12-9 setback to No. 1 Amador Valley on March 22, the Mavericks have won four consecutive games. La Costa Canyon picked up a big victory over Mission Hills and is carrying more momentum toward the playoffs.

9. Cornonado (Calif.), 10-2

The Islanders remain in the thick of the title hunt and picked up three consecutive victories in the City League. Coronado still has two big games against La Jolla (Calif.) and La Costa Canyon (Calif.).

10. Park City (Utah), 8-0

The Miners enter the rankings after opening the season with eight consecutive victories in Utah league play. Park City has been stout defensively and has yet to allow more than nine goals in a game.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/girls/2012-13/news/042313_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_report

NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse (7-9) Travels To San Diego State (8-7) For Final Regular Season Game On April 27; Winner Gets Final Berth In MPSF Tournament At Pape Field (OR) On May 3-5

USC Women's Lacrosse vs San Diego State

The USC women’s lacrosse team will face San Diego State in its season finale with a berth in the MPSF tournament on the line, this Saturday (April 27). A win will give the Women of Troy sole possession of fourth place in the conference standings and secure the final spot in the four-team league tourney where the champion receives an automatic bid into the NCAA championships.
Scheduled for a 7 p.m. start, the Trojan-Aztec clash will take place under the lights in USC’s second night game of the year. The Trojans’ only other night game was a 6 p.m. start against UC Davis (March 6). USC won the road contest, 12-7, over the Aggies. If the Women of Troy are to make a run at a postseason appearance, they will need to win back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game winning streak that lasted from Feb. 15 to March 1.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Latest IWLCA Coaches Poll Ranks Maryland Women’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Florida, North Carolina, Northwestern And Syracuse


Maryland continues its dominance, earning unanimous No. 1 honors for the fourth straight week, as the season begins to enter conference tournament mode. Six leagues — the ACC, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big South, NEC and Patriot League, will decide champions this weekend and those six winners will have their tickets punched to the new 26-team NCAA tournament.
Who’s Hot?
Duke (+2): This is more a reflection of recent losses by Georgetown and Notre Dame, whom the Blue Devils jumped in the poll, but Duke nontheless has won two in a row entering the ACC tournament.
Who’s Not?
Virginia (-3): The Cavaliers continued to slide down the poll. A 10-5 win over Virginia Tech was not impressive in the minds of pollsters.


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MCLA Lacrosse: Latest Coaches Poll Ranks Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Colorado, Chapman, Arizona State And BYU

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In the match-up of the top two teams in the country, defending national champion Colorado State removed all doubt as to the best team in the land with an 8-3 victory over rival Colorado. The win was classic CSU, and one that harkened back to the Rams’ performance at the national tournament last year spring, when they ground down the opposition.
Colorado (rightfully) remains in the second slot, followed by Chapman and Arizona State. Brigham Young rounds out the Top 5.
Who’s Hot
Cal Poly (+4): Hmm. Cal Poly. Where I have heard that name before? Oh, right, last year’s national runner-up. Signs of life for the Mustangs.
Who’s Not
Stanford (-4): The Cardinal is hitting some turbulence late in the season. A loss to Cal will make them the WCLL No. 4 seed.
Oregon State (-4): The Beavers got put in their place by rival Oregon, snapping an 11-game winning streak.


National League Lacrosse: Toronto Rock’s Garrett Billings Demonstrates Lacrosse Skills (Video)

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