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College Lacrosse: “Recruiting Advice For West Coast Players” From Denison Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Michael Caravana And ConnectLAX


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With an accelerated recruiting process young players feel more pressure to commit early rather than assess all their possible college options. The question on recruits’ minds is often where can I commit to play lacrosse? Instead young players should consider asking themselves where can I find the best balance between academics and lacrosse. The best ‘fit’ for a young player will be a school that allows them to develop into a well-rounded person who reaches their potential academically and athletically.

This week we caught up with Michael Caravana, the head coach of Denison University. Currently, the Big Red are 7-0 and are ranked 5th in the Division III USILA Top 20 Poll.

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Coach Caravana has been at the helm of the program for over 20 years and is one of the winningest coaches in college lacrosse. He draws his knowledge of the game from his playing experience at the University of Virginia, where he was a 4x All American, and from his coaching days as an assistant at Brown and an assistant for the U.S. Men’s National team.

Coach Caravana believes that good players become great players when they can compete at their best on a consistent basis.

This starts with preparation off the field and a strong desire to get better every day. What advice do you have for players interested in Division III schools?

It’s important for young players to realize that the level of competition at the top Division III programs is similar to the competition at mid-tier Division I schools.

Division III athletes may also find a greater life balance. In the offseason, there are less practices and players have time to do other things like study abroad. Ultimately, a player controls their commitment level and how much they will improve as a player in the offseason.

What is the best way for players to get on your radar?

Contacting a coach directly is always effective. Give the coach a highlight film so that the coaching staff can assess your game. Being a good student is important also. Coaches look at indicators like GPA and sometimes standardized test scores.

What type of players do you look for, raw athlete or refined lacrosse players?

It’s important to have a combination of athleticism and lacrosse skills. Being highly competitive and having the ability to play hard is great too. Most freshmen do not contribute to their teams as freshmen. But being able to compete and get better as a lacrosse player and an athlete ensures that a young player will develop into a contributing member.

What areas of development would you recommend players focus on to compete at the Division III level?

The ability to constantly get better is important. This starts with practice habits and preparation. Do not give your coaches mediocre effort. At the college level, lacrosse becomes AP lacrosse, not Honors lacrosse. Good students cannot expect to do well when they turn in B or B- work. Students need to turn in A or A+ work in order to truly succeed. The same goes for lacrosse.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

With top Division 1 programs picking their players earlier on we’re given another pool of lacrosse players. We have the ability to identify good recruits, but also find players who fit academically. It becomes less about lacrosse and more about where a student fits as a person and as a student-athlete.

ConnectLAX.com helps players maximize their recruiting exposure with mobile recruiting profiles linked to their team roster. Recruits can create their recruiting profile and target list of colleges for free. ConnectLAX team recruiting helps coaches manage and promote their players. Learn more about registering your team at Connectlax.com/recruiting. ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by the Denison University.

 

UC Davis Women’s (6-3) Lacrosse Rolls To A 13-2 Road Victory Over Detroit On March 27


 Junior midfielder Elizabeth Landry tallied five goals while freshman Melissa Kellan and Carly Voris each added hat tricks, helping UC Davis forge a 13-2 win over Detroit in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Titan Field Thursday afternoon.  The Aggies snap a three-game losing skid in improving to 6-3. The Titans slip to 1-8 overall.  Landry, who also had an assist and a game-high six draw controls, led her team's overall 13-for-23 shooting. Kellan shot a perfect 3-for-3 for the day while Voris added three caused turnovers to her three-goal output. Sophomore Ellie Delich accounted for the remaining two UC Davis scores. Junior Meghan Jordan and sophomore Courtney Neff each tallied two assists. Defensively, Voris' three steals matched that of senior Rachael Mack and junior Allie Lehner for the team lead.  Detroit suffered offensively with just 2-for-14 on shots. Sophomore Kylie Birney and senior Erin Campbell netted one apiece.  UC Davis never trailed in the contest, scoring five unanswered during the first 21:35 to seize control of the game. Landry assisted Kellan in the fourth minute for the game's first goal, Voris added a second just two minutes later, then Landry hit the first of her five scores in the seventh for the initial burst.   Annie Mendoza assisted Campbell to put the Titans on the board with 5:22 remaining in the first half, then her ensuing draw control set up Birney's eight-meter goal to cut the Aggie lead to 5-2 just 29 seconds later. However, that froze the Detroit side of the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, as the hosts shot 0-for-10 the rest of the way.  UC Davis won seven of the eight draws in the second half, pulling away from a 6-2 halftime lead en route to the victory. Neff assisted Voris and Kellan on goals within the first two minutes after the break. Landry had four of her goals in the second frame.  The two goals allowed stands as the lowest since April 23, 2010, when UC Davis took down Fresno State by a 17-1 final.

Junior midfielder Elizabeth Landry tallied five goals while freshman Melissa Kellan and Carly Voris each added hat tricks, helping UC Davis forge a 13-2 win over Detroit in non-conference women’s lacrosse action at Titan Field Thursday afternoon.
The Aggies snap a three-game losing skid in improving to 6-3. The Titans slip to 1-8 overall.
Landry, who also had an assist and a game-high six draw controls, led her team’s overall 13-for-23 shooting. Kellan shot a perfect 3-for-3 for the day while Voris added three caused turnovers to her three-goal output. Sophomore Ellie Delich accounted for the remaining two UC Davis scores. Junior Meghan Jordan and sophomore Courtney Neff each tallied two assists. Defensively, Voris’ three steals matched that of senior Rachael Mack and junior Allie Lehner for the team lead.
Detroit suffered offensively with just 2-for-14 on shots. Sophomore Kylie Birney and senior Erin Campbell netted one apiece.
UC Davis never trailed in the contest, scoring five unanswered during the first 21:35 to seize control of the game. Landry assisted Kellan in the fourth minute for the game’s first goal, Voris added a second just two minutes later, then Landry hit the first of her five scores in the seventh for the initial burst.
Annie Mendoza assisted Campbell to put the Titans on the board with 5:22 remaining in the first half, then her ensuing draw control set up Birney’s eight-meter goal to cut the Aggie lead to 5-2 just 29 seconds later. However, that froze the Detroit side of the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, as the hosts shot 0-for-10 the rest of the way.
UC Davis won seven of the eight draws in the second half, pulling away from a 6-2 halftime lead en route to the victory. Neff assisted Voris and Kellan on goals within the first two minutes after the break. Landry had four of her goals in the second frame.
The two goals allowed stands as the lowest since April 23, 2010, when UC Davis took down Fresno State by a 17-1 final.

Denver Women’s Lacrosse (7-1) Hosts George Washington On March 28 In Programs’ 7th Meeting


The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team continues its homestand when the Pioneers take on the George Washington Colonials at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. MT.   MEDIA INFORMATION Fans can follow play-by-play updates during the game through live stats by clicking here. HEAD COACH LIZA KELLY DU women’s lacrosse head coach Liza Kelly is entering her eighth season at the helm of the women’s program. The Pioneers are 96-40 overall and 41-4 in conference play under Kelly. The 2013 IWLCA West/Midwest Region Coach of the Year led DU to a perfect conference record in 2013 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. SERIES HISTORY This is seventh meeting between Denver and George Washington. The Pioneers beat the Colonials 17-6 last season. THE 2013 PIONEERS (7-1, 2-0 MPSF) Junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) leads the team with 35 points off 25 assists and 10 goals. Senior captain Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) has 34 points off 26 goals and eight assists, placing 79.5 percent of her shots on goal. Defensively, senior Sonorah Vinyard (Denver, Colo.) has led DU on the draw, securing the ball 24 times, while adding nine caused turnovers. Additionally, Vinyard has 15 groundballs. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) has made 64 saves in 457:16 minutes played this season, facing 156 shots. SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON (4-4, 0-0 ATLANTIC 10) The Colonials enter the game coming off a 10-8 loss against Delaware on March 22. George Washington is led offensively by Jamie Bumgardner’s 39 points off 15 goals and 24 assists. Bumgardner has placed 85.2 percent of her shots on goal. Defensively, the Colonials are led by Jenn Seitz’s 17 groundballs. Additionally, Seitz has 24 draw controls. Cara Dellavecchia has led the Colonials in caused turnovers with nine. Mackenzie Jones and Erin Long have split the time in the cage making a combined 83 saves on 182 shots faced. Jones is 3-3, while Long is 1-1. PIONEERS IN THE POLLS Denver is receiving votes in the Brine Women’s Media Poll.

The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team continues its homestand when the Pioneers take on the George Washington Colonials at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. MT.
HEAD COACH LIZA KELLY
DU women’s lacrosse head coach Liza Kelly is entering her eighth season at the helm of the women’s program. The Pioneers are 96-40 overall and 41-4 in conference play under Kelly. The 2013 IWLCA West/Midwest Region Coach of the Year led DU to a perfect conference record in 2013 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
SERIES HISTORY
This is seventh meeting between Denver and George Washington. The Pioneers beat the Colonials 17-6 last season.
THE 2013 PIONEERS (7-1, 2-0 MPSF)
Junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) leads the team with 35 points off 25 assists and 10 goals. Senior captain Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) has 34 points off 26 goals and eight assists, placing 79.5 percent of her shots on goal.
Defensively, senior Sonorah Vinyard (Denver, Colo.) has led DU on the draw, securing the ball 24 times, while adding nine caused turnovers. Additionally, Vinyard has 15 groundballs. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) has made 64 saves in 457:16 minutes played this season, facing 156 shots.
SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON (4-4, 0-0 ATLANTIC 10)
The Colonials enter the game coming off a 10-8 loss against Delaware on March 22. George Washington is led offensively by Jamie Bumgardner’s 39 points off 15 goals and 24 assists. Bumgardner has placed 85.2 percent of her shots on goal. Defensively, the Colonials are led by Jenn Seitz’s 17 groundballs. Additionally, Seitz has 24 draw controls. Cara Dellavecchia has led the Colonials in caused turnovers with nine. Mackenzie Jones and Erin Long have split the time in the cage making a combined 83 saves on 182 shots faced. Jones is 3-3, while Long is 1-1.
PIONEERS IN THE POLLS
Denver is receiving votes in the Brine Women’s Media Poll.

Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Saint Mary’s On March 28 In Inaugural MPSF Conference Opener


The University of Colorado lacrosse team looks to bounce back from a three-game losing skid as it hosts its first ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home game. The Buffaloes (4-5 overall, 1-1 MPSF) take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels on Friday, March 28 at Kittredge Field. First draw is at 3 p.m. SCOUTING THE SAINT MARY’S GAELS: The Gaels are still searching for their first win at 0-5 overall, 0-3 MPSF. Each of the Gaels’ defeats have been by six of more goals, with their closest match a 20-14 loss to conference opponent California to open the season. Last week, St. Mary’s fell 16-4 to No. 15 Stanford. St. Mary’s is last in the conference in shot percentage at .378, and ranks ninth in shots per game (22.20), goals per game (8.40), assists per game (3.20) and points per game (11.60). The Gaels do find success on the ground, ranking third in the MPSF in ground balls, averaging 17.20 per game. Though the Gaels turn the ball over a conference-high average of 23.20 times per game, they also cause a nation-leading 15.00 per game. The Gaels have scored just 42 goals this season, nine coming from free-position shots, with senior Allie DeBruhl leading the way with 12 goals. Eight other Gaels have scored, with four scoring four or more. Junior Jaclyn Biggers has taken a team-high 28 shots, netting eight goals and contributing three assists. Senior Rachel Minarovich soundly dominates the draw, winning 30 draw controls, which rank sixth-best in the nation. Freshman goalie Sydney Pinello (a Colorado Springs, Colo. native) has grabbed a nation-leading 11.00 saves per game, while allowing a conference-high 18.13 goals per game. LIVE STREAM: Can’t make it to the game? Watch the live stream at buffs.me/buffslive. LAST TIME OUT: Despite the Brown Bears outscoring the Buffs nine to zero in the first half (marking just the second time CU has had a scoreless half - the first was against then-No. 18 Denver), CU closed the game on an 8-1 run, but it wouldn’t be enough, falling 11-8 last Saturday. The Bears had a defense as cold as the below freezing weather conditions, holding CU to just two first half shots. The Bears took just 50 seconds to score their first and would overpower the Buffs for the first 30 minutes. Brown took 12 of its 17 shots in the first half, netting nine goals and holding Paige Soenksen to just two saves. Following the intermission, Brown looked primed to continue dominating the game, extending its lead to 10 with 25:30 remaining, but the Buffs refused to go down without a fight. Taking over goalkeeping duties at halftime, Sophia Gambitsky held Brown to just two second half goals. Marie Moore recorded a hat-trick and Johnna Fusco scored a career-high four goals to lead CU on an 8-1 run in the final 12:30, though Brown’s lead would be too much to overcome in the final minutes of regulation. CU dominated in ground balls, picking up an even 12 each half to Brown’s 13 total, but the Bears showed their strength on the draw. Averaging 15.83 draw controls per game, the eighth best in the nation, Brown won 13 draws to CU’s eight. Turnovers proved a problem for both teams, with Brown and CU turning it over 21 and 19 times, respectively. WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM: The Buffs are 2-1 at home this season, defeating Regis 13-10 at Folsom Field in their inaugural home game and taking down Temple 15-6 in their first ever home game at Kittredge Field. Last Saturday, CU suffered its first ever home loss, falling to Brown 11-8.

The University of Colorado lacrosse team looks to bounce back from a three-game losing skid as it hosts its first ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home game. The Buffaloes (4-5 overall, 1-1 MPSF) take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels on Friday, March 28 at Kittredge Field. First draw is at 3 p.m.
SCOUTING THE SAINT MARY’S GAELS: The Gaels are still searching for their first win at 0-5 overall, 0-3 MPSF. Each of the Gaels’ defeats have been by six of more goals, with their closest match a 20-14 loss to conference opponent California to open the season. Last week, St. Mary’s fell 16-4 to No. 15 Stanford. St. Mary’s is last in the conference in shot percentage at .378, and ranks ninth in shots per game (22.20), goals per game (8.40), assists per game (3.20) and points per game (11.60). The Gaels do find success on the ground, ranking third in the MPSF in ground balls, averaging 17.20 per game. Though the Gaels turn the ball over a conference-high average of 23.20 times per game, they also cause a nation-leading 15.00 per game. The Gaels have scored just 42 goals this season, nine coming from free-position shots, with senior Allie DeBruhl leading the way with 12 goals. Eight other Gaels have scored, with four scoring four or more. Junior Jaclyn Biggers has taken a team-high 28 shots, netting eight goals and contributing three assists. Senior Rachel Minarovich soundly dominates the draw, winning 30 draw controls, which rank sixth-best in the nation. Freshman goalie Sydney Pinello (a Colorado Springs, Colo. native) has grabbed a nation-leading 11.00 saves per game, while allowing a conference-high 18.13 goals per game.
LIVE STREAM: Can’t make it to the game? Watch the live stream at buffs.me/buffslive.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite the Brown Bears outscoring the Buffs nine to zero in the first half (marking just the second time CU has had a scoreless half – the first was against then-No. 18 Denver), CU closed the game on an 8-1 run, but it wouldn’t be enough, falling 11-8 last Saturday. The Bears had a defense as cold as the below freezing weather conditions, holding CU to just two first half shots. The Bears took just 50 seconds to score their first and would overpower the Buffs for the first 30 minutes. Brown took 12 of its 17 shots in the first half, netting nine goals and holding Paige Soenksen to just two saves. Following the intermission, Brown looked primed to continue dominating the game, extending its lead to 10 with 25:30 remaining, but the Buffs refused to go down without a fight. Taking over goalkeeping duties at halftime, Sophia Gambitsky held Brown to just two second half goals. Marie Moore recorded a hat-trick and Johnna Fusco scored a career-high four goals to lead CU on an 8-1 run in the final 12:30, though Brown’s lead would be too much to overcome in the final minutes of regulation. CU dominated in ground balls, picking up an even 12 each half to Brown’s 13 total, but the Bears showed their strength on the draw. Averaging 15.83 draw controls per game, the eighth best in the nation, Brown won 13 draws to CU’s eight. Turnovers proved a problem for both teams, with Brown and CU turning it over 21 and 19 times, respectively.
WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM: The Buffs are 2-1 at home this season, defeating Regis 13-10 at Folsom Field in their inaugural home game and taking down Temple 15-6 in their first ever home game at Kittredge Field. Last Saturday, CU suffered its first ever home loss, falling to Brown 11-8.

College Lacrosse: New NCAA Div I Eligibility Website “2.3 Or Take A KNEE” Shows High School Student-Athletes Minimum Academic Requirements


 

 CORE COURSES  NCAA member schools require incoming student-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses that will best prepare them for the academic expectations in college.  ◾To play Division I sports, you must earn 16 core courses.  ◾Ten of them must be completed prior to the seventh semester. Those ten courses are “locked in” and can’t be retaken to improve the grade-point average.  ◾Seven of those 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that fulfills the overall distribution requirements listed below.  ◾If you don’t earn 10 courses before your seventh semester, you are still eligible to practice and receive a scholarship, but you can’t compete.  ◾For a complete list of your high school’s NCAA core courses, visit www.eligibilitycenter.org. Division I Core Course Requirements: ◾4 years of English. ◾3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). ◾2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). ◾1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. ◾2 years of social science. ◾4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).

CORE COURSES NCAA member schools require incoming student-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses that will best prepare them for the academic expectations in college. ◾To play Division I sports, you must earn 16 core courses. ◾Ten of them must be completed prior to the seventh semester. Those ten courses are “locked in” and can’t be retaken to improve the grade-point average. ◾Seven of those 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that fulfills the overall distribution requirements listed below. ◾If you don’t earn 10 courses before your seventh semester, you are still eligible to practice and receive a scholarship, but you can’t compete. ◾For a complete list of your high school’s NCAA core courses, visit http://www.eligibilitycenter.org. Division I Core Course Requirements: ◾4 years of English. ◾3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). ◾2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). ◾1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. ◾2 years of social science. ◾4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).

Oregon Women’s Lacrosse Heads East For Two-Games Vs #17 Ohio State & Cincinnati March 26, 30


Winners of two-straight games, the Oregon women’s lacrosse team now puts its streak on the line in Columbus, Ohio, where they will face No. 17 Ohio State and Cincinnati before starting conference play. The Ducks open with the Buckeyes on Wednesday, March 26, at 1 p.m. (PT) and then follow with a 9 a.m. (PT) faceoff with the Bearcats on Sunday, March 30. BUCKEYE STATE The Ducks face their first ranked opponent in No. 17 Ohio State to start their four-game road swing on Wednesday, March 26. The Buckeyes are 6-4 on the year and 1-1 in conference play, but boasts an impressive 5-1 mark at home when playing at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Wednesday’s matchup between the two universities will be the first in program history. Ohio State enjoyed a four-game winning streak – that included an 11-10 upset of then-No. 4 Northwestern – before dropping its game to No. 4 Florida this past Saturday. Katie Chase leads Ohio State with 23 goals while Mary Kate Facchina and Kaila Gottlick each have 17 goals. Cian Dabrowski has 16 goals on the year while Jennifer Poretto has 14 goals and Kelsea Ayers with 11 goals. Tori DeScenza has started all 10 games for Ohio State in the crease, posting an 8.47 goals against average with 6.70 saves per game, good for third in the American Lacrosse Conference. FACING THE BEARCATS The Ducks wrap up their non-conference schedule four days later in Cincinnati, Ohio, when Oregon faces Cincinnati at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 30. The Bearcats, winners of five-straight matches, are 6-3 overall on the year and 3-0 when playing at Sheakley Athletics Center. Oregon leads the all-time series between the two schools, 4-0, with its last victory in Cincinnati coming in March 6, 2011. Cincinnati has five players with double-digit goals as well as double-digit points. Courtney Curtis leads that pack with 18 goals on seven assists for a total of 25 points while Ashley Helmrath leads the team with 27 points on 14 goals and 13 assists. Michelle Platz is third on the team with 13 goals while Taylor Young and Megan Bell has 12 goals each on the year. The Bearcats’ Meg Gulmi has started in all nine games and has allowed 78 goals while stopping 41 for a .345 saves percentage. Both UC and UO have won it’s matches against three similar opponents – Stetson, Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian – but the margin of victory between the two squads in those three games have been quite different. The Ducks outscored the three schools 66-9 while the Bearcats only outscored those squads 45-22.

Winners of two-straight games, the Oregon women’s lacrosse team now puts its streak on the line in Columbus, Ohio, where they will face No. 17 Ohio State and Cincinnati before starting conference play. The Ducks open with the Buckeyes on Wednesday, March 26, at 1 p.m. (PT) and then follow with a 9 a.m. (PT) faceoff with the Bearcats on Sunday, March 30.
BUCKEYE STATE
The Ducks face their first ranked opponent in No. 17 Ohio State to start their four-game road swing on Wednesday, March 26. The Buckeyes are 6-4 on the year and 1-1 in conference play, but boasts an impressive 5-1 mark at home when playing at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Wednesday’s matchup between the two universities will be the first in program history.
Ohio State enjoyed a four-game winning streak – that included an 11-10 upset of then-No. 4 Northwestern – before dropping its game to No. 4 Florida this past Saturday.
Katie Chase leads Ohio State with 23 goals while Mary Kate Facchina and Kaila Gottlick each have 17 goals. Cian Dabrowski has 16 goals on the year while Jennifer Poretto has 14 goals and Kelsea Ayers with 11 goals.
Tori DeScenza has started all 10 games for Ohio State in the crease, posting an 8.47 goals against average with 6.70 saves per game, good for third in the American Lacrosse Conference.
FACING THE BEARCATS
The Ducks wrap up their non-conference schedule four days later in Cincinnati, Ohio, when Oregon faces Cincinnati at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 30. The Bearcats, winners of five-straight matches, are 6-3 overall on the year and 3-0 when playing at Sheakley Athletics Center.
Oregon leads the all-time series between the two schools, 4-0, with its last victory in Cincinnati coming in March 6, 2011.
Cincinnati has five players with double-digit goals as well as double-digit points. Courtney Curtis leads that pack with 18 goals on seven assists for a total of 25 points while Ashley Helmrath leads the team with 27 points on 14 goals and 13 assists. Michelle Platz is third on the team with 13 goals while Taylor Young and Megan Bell has 12 goals each on the year.
The Bearcats’ Meg Gulmi has started in all nine games and has allowed 78 goals while stopping 41 for a .345 saves percentage.
Both UC and UO have won it’s matches against three similar opponents – Stetson, Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian – but the margin of victory between the two squads in those three games have been quite different. The Ducks outscored the three schools 66-9 while the Bearcats only outscored those squads 45-22.

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.).