Daily Archives: March 25, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10 Features #1 Amador Valley Followed By Centaurus, Novato, Chatfield And Air Academy


March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 2-0
The Dons passed their first big test of the season with a 24-17 victory over The Menlo School (Calif.). Cambi Cukar finished with seven goals and an assist, while Evan Murphy scored three goals with six assists.

2. Centaurus (Colo.), 4-0
The Warriors picked up a signature 9-6 victory over rival Cherry Creek (Colo.). It was the first time Centaurus has ever defeated the Bruins. Sarah Brown (Colorado) led the way with six goals.

3. Novato (Calif.), 6-0
The Hornets enter the poll on the heals of six consecutive victories to open the season. Novato has outscored its opponents 111-29 in those games. The big test comes this week in a showdown with top-ranked Amador Valley.

4. Chatfield (Colo.), 3-0
The Chargers enter the poll this week by opening the season with three consecutive victories. Chatfield picked up one of the biggest wins in program history with a 14-9 victory over Cherry Creek. Rachel Walker finished with six goals.

5. Air Academy (Colo.), 4-0
The Kadets continued their early season surge with four wins, including over Kent Denver (Colo.) and Arapahoe (Colo.). Air Academy has a big out-of-state game against Los Alamitos this week.

6. Menlo School (Calif.), 6-1
The Knights suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 24-17 decision to top-ranked Amador Valley. Menlo was led by Sophia Donovan and Nikky Price, who each had six goals. Menlo bounced back with a key 11-10 victory over California High School with Parvathi Narayan leading the way with four goals.

7. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 2-0
The Knights enter the poll this week with two dominant victories over Aliso Niguel (Calif.) and Mater Dei (Calif.). Foothill has a touch match-up this week against Valencia, which improved to 5-1 last week.

8. Poway (Calif.), 2-0
The Titans picked up two victories to open the season, outscoring Ramona (Calif.) and La Jolla (Calif.) by a combined 31-10. Poway has two big tests on the horizon with games against Torrey Pines and Coronado.

9. Carondelet (Calif.), 3-1
The Cougars beat Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) 18-5 and the team continues to get better. Carondelet has put together one of the toughest schedules in the region and faces a tough out-of-state battle with Kent Denver this week.

10. California High School (Calif.) 3-1
The Grizzlies had their first setback of the season with a tough, 11-10 loss to No. 7 Menlo School. Shannon Geary led California with five goals. The Grizzlies look to bounce back this week with games against St. Francis (Calif.) and Granite Bay (Calif.).

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Torrey Pines Followed By Arapahoe, St. Ignatius Prep, La Costa Canyon And Bellevue


March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

1. Torrey Pines (Calif.) 5-0

One week after taking over the top spot, the Falcons continued to roll. Torrey Pines knocked off Palos Verdes (Calif.) 6-3 to wrap up the week. Next is a match-up against undefeated Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).

2. Arapahoe (Colo.), 6-0

The Warriors continued their early season surge, including a key out-of-state victory over Southlake (Texas). Arapahoe followed that up with victories over Littleton (Colo.), Eaglecrest (Colo.) and Cherokee Trail (Colo.).

3. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 3-1

The Wildcats bounced back from a loss to Torrey Pines with a dominant 19-8 victory over Coronado (Calif.). St. Ignatius begins West Catholic Athletic League play this week against Archbishop Mitty (5-2), which has won five consecutive games after opening the season with two losses.

4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 4-0

The Mavericks gave Westview (Calif.) its first loss of the season, 7-6, but the week only got better. La Costa Canyon also knocked off Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) and then toppled Fallbrook (Calif.). The Mavericks have put together a challenging schedule and have challenging out-of-state games with national implications against Georgetown Prep (Md.) and Salesianum (Del.).

5. Bellevue (Wash.), 4-0

The Wolverines have not allowed any more than six goals in any game so far this season. Bellevue crushed Roosevelt (Wash.) 20-1 to end the week. Hank Bethke and Chase Birkeland finished with four goals each.

6. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 5-0

The Bruins are right in the title mix again by dominating their early in-state schedule. Cherry Creek heads to the East Cost this week to take on a pair of tough, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association in Loyola Blakefield (2-2) and Severn (4-0).

7. St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.), 4-0

The Tartans rolled through their early in-state schedule and picked up a signature victory with a 14-13 victory over Mount St. Joseph (Md.). St. Margaret’s plays Marina before heading into another huge test against No. 3 St. Ignatius Prep on April 3.

8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 3-2

After a season-opening loss to No. 1 Torrey Pines, Cathedral Catholic picked up three consecutive victories before falling to No. 4 La Costa Canyon. Cathedral Catholic plays Patrick Henry (Calif.) before hosting Colorado powers, Air Academy and Denver East.

9. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 4-0

The Sea Kings had two impressive out-of-state victories over St. John’s (Texas) and Fort Collins United (Colo.). Corona del Mar then returned to in-state opponents and handed San Clemente (Calif.) its first setback of the season with a 4-3 victory.

10. J Serra Catholc, (Calif), 6-0

The Lions enter the poll on the heals of five consecutive victories, including a huge 11-9 win over the Bishop’s School (Calif.). Mitchell Kingsley (Hofstra) had four goals and three assists. J Serra Catholic followed that up with an impressive 15-10 victory over Coronado.

Latest MCLA Coaches Poll Features #1 Arizona State Men’s Lacrosse Followed By Colorado, BYU, Boston College And Michigan State


March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

MCLA Men's Lacrosse Poll March 25

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2-Game Road Trip Vs Cornell March 25; Notre Dame On March 29


For the second time this month, Stanford heads to the East Coast for a two-game road trip. The first was marked by a pair of overtime victories against ranked teams. This one should be difficult as well for the No. 13 Cardinal, which plays at Cornell on Tuesday at No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s NCAA first round contest. Notre Dame represents the highest ranked team on Stanford’s schedule this year. Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford opened with two home victories before failing to protect a five-goal lead in a 16-15 overtime loss to Vanderbilt. However, Stanford has since won four straight, including a pair of road overtime victories over No. 11 Towson and No. 14 Georgetown. * * * Tuesday’s Opponent, Cornell: The Big Red is 4-3 after winning four of its first five and then dropping its past two games. Cornell is coming off a 10-6 season in which the Big Red placed fourth in the Ivy League with a 4-3 record. Lindsay Toppe leads the team in goals with 22, and Emily Tripodi has 18 assists.  The Stanford-Cornell Series: Cornell leads the all-time series, 6-2. This is their first meeting since 2008 when visiting Stanford lost, 13-9. All the previous meetings took place between 1999-2008. This will be the first in the series for Amy Bokker, who took over as Stanford’s coach in 2009. Cornell is 3-0 against the Cardinal in Ithaca, but Stanford has won two of the past three meetings. * * * Saturday’s Opponent, Notre Dame: The Irish (8-3, 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) are led by freshman Cortney Fortunato, who has 28 goals and 10 assists. The team’s only losses are to teams ranked Nos. 1, 2, and 5 in the current IWLCA poll -- all members of Notre Dame’s new conference, the ACC. Senior Margaret Smith leads the ACC in caused turnovers, with 2.00 per game. The Stanford-Notre Dame  Series: Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 9-5. The teams met twice last year, including in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Evanston, Ill. Stanford won 8-7 on Hannah Farr’s free-position goal with four seconds left in frigid conditions. In the 2013 opener at Stanford, Notre Dame won 12-10. The teams have played four times in the past three years, with the teams splitting 2-2. Except for 2010, the teams have played annually since 2002. In games at Notre Dame, the Irish lead 3-2. Stanford most recent victory at Notre Dame was in 2005, by a 6-5 score.

For the second time this month, Stanford heads to the East Coast for a two-game road trip. The first was marked by a pair of overtime victories against ranked teams. This one should be difficult as well for the No. 13 Cardinal, which plays at Cornell on Tuesday at No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s NCAA first round contest. Notre Dame represents the highest ranked team on Stanford’s schedule this year.
Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford opened with two home victories before failing to protect a five-goal lead in a 16-15 overtime loss to Vanderbilt. However, Stanford has since won four straight, including a pair of road overtime victories over No. 11 Towson and No. 14 Georgetown.
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Tuesday’s Opponent, Cornell: The Big Red is 4-3 after winning four of its first five and then dropping its past two games. Cornell is coming off a 10-6 season in which the Big Red placed fourth in the Ivy League with a 4-3 record. Lindsay Toppe leads the team in goals with 22, and Emily Tripodi has 18 assists.
The Stanford-Cornell Series: Cornell leads the all-time series, 6-2. This is their first meeting since 2008 when visiting Stanford lost, 13-9. All the previous meetings took place between 1999-2008. This will be the first in the series for Amy Bokker, who took over as Stanford’s coach in 2009. Cornell is 3-0 against the Cardinal in Ithaca, but Stanford has won two of the past three meetings.
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Saturday’s Opponent, Notre Dame: The Irish (8-3, 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) are led by freshman Cortney Fortunato, who has 28 goals and 10 assists. The team’s only losses are to teams ranked Nos. 1, 2, and 5 in the current IWLCA poll — all members of Notre Dame’s new conference, the ACC. Senior Margaret Smith leads the ACC in caused turnovers, with 2.00 per game.
The Stanford-Notre Dame Series: Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 9-5. The teams met twice last year, including in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Evanston, Ill. Stanford won 8-7 on Hannah Farr’s free-position goal with four seconds left in frigid conditions. In the 2013 opener at Stanford, Notre Dame won 12-10. The teams have played four times in the past three years, with the teams splitting 2-2. Except for 2010, the teams have played annually since 2002. In games at Notre Dame, the Irish lead 3-2. Stanford most recent victory at Notre Dame was in 2005, by a 6-5 score.