Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 J Serra Catholic, Regis Jesuit, La Costa Canyon, Mercer Island And St. Ignatius Prep


April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014

1. J Serra Catholic (Calif.) 11-0
The Lions have remained undefeated and have been stellar defensively, earning a tie for the No. 24 spot in the national poll this week. J Serra racked up a big 17-4 victory over Mater Dei (Calif.) last week. J Serra Catholic has tough in-state games this week against St. Margarita Catholic (Calif.) and Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.) 9-0
The Raiders wowed with a decisive 16-8 victory over former No. 1 and the defending Colorado state champions Arapahoe (Colo.). Chet Dunstan (Air Force) led the way with four goals and two assists. Regis Jesuit also knocked off Mullen 13-5 and is in the driver’s seat for a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 7-1
The Mavericks are riding a three-game winning streak and beat a powerful Torrey Pines (Calif.) team 8-7. La Costa Canyon travels East this week to take on some of the strongest programs in the nation – Georgetown Prep (D.C.), Salesianum (Del.) and Haverford School (Pa.).

4. Mercer Island (Wash.) 10-0
The Islanders have dominated the early portion of their schedule with victories over teams in their home state and Oregon. Mercer Island has not allowed more than eight goals in a game this season. The Islanders face their toughest tests this week when they travel to Connecticut to take on Joel Barlow, Xavier and Wilton.

5. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) 8-2
The Wildcats have won four consecutive games, including a decisive 7-1 victory over Arizona power Brophy Prep. St. Ignatius plays one of the toughest schedules of any team in the West region. In late April, they travel East to take on two strong squads in St. Stephen & St. Agnes (D.C.) and Salesianum.

6. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 9-1
The Bells enter the poll with two straight wins, including an 11-5 victory over Brophy Prep and a 15-6 victory over Lakeridge (Ore.). Bellarmine’s only loss was a tight 9-6 setback to top-ranked Regis Jesuit. A showdown with St. Ignatius looms in the season finale May 7.

7. West Linn (Ore.) 4-0
The Lions have set the table in Oregon with four consecutive wins to open the season. West Linn has showed solid balance and will get a tough test this week when it hosts Jesuit Portland (5-1).

8. Arapahoe (Colo.), 7-1
The Warriors suffered their first loss against the new, top-ranked team Regis Jesuit. Zach Runberg (Delaware) had three goals in the 16-8 loss. Arapahoe looks to bounce back this week against out-of-state competition in San Clemente (Calif.) and Lincoln (Ore.)

9. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 5-1
The Bruins represented the state of Colorado well in games against two of the most powerful programs in Maryland. Cherry Creek dropped a 12-5 game to Loyola Blakefield and lost 8-4 to Severn. Cherry Creek gets back to league action against Cherokee Trail.

10. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 8-0
The Crusaders enter the poll with eight consecutive victories to open the season. Eastside Catholic has been stellar defensively and handed Jesuit-Portland (Ore.) its first loss of the season, 18-5. This week, the Crusaders battle Sehome-Bellinghome (Wash.), which is also undefeated.

Regis Jesuit showed there is a new order in Colorado with a dominant 16-8 victory over defending champion Arapahoe. Chet Dunstan (Air Force) paved the way with four goals and two assists, while Chase Kunkel (Mercer) added five goals. The Raiders have picked up some impressive wins this season, including a 9-8 double overtime victory over California power St. Ignatius. However, the victory over Arapahoe might have been the most gratifying because the Warriors are the two-time defending champions and knocked Regis Jesuit out of the playoffs last season. The Raiders are looking for their first state title since 2011 and certainly have the talent to win the crown this season. Colorado, however, is very deep in talent with boys lacrosse and a team, such as Cherry Creek (Colo.), could get hot heading into the playoffs. For now, though, Regis Jesuit has established itself as the class of the state and perhaps the entire West Region. Aaron Horvat also had six goals in two games last week for Regis Jesuit. Goalie Brett Quartuccio also came up big with a combined 20 saves.


Desert Vista coach Dan Lannon knows his team’s path to a title in Arizona will have to go trough perennial power Brophy Prep. His Thunder took a big step last week by knocking off the Broncos 8-7 in overtime to remain undefeated. Stephen Votto (Bellarmine) had the game-winner in overtime. Lance Pavlina (Essex CC) set the tone by going 11-4 on faceoffs, while Brad Hookum came up with 11 saves. With the victory, Desert Vista put itself in position to be the favorite for the title. However, Lannon knows a rematch against Brophy Prep is likely inevitable somewhere down the line.

2 responses to “Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 J Serra Catholic, Regis Jesuit, La Costa Canyon, Mercer Island And St. Ignatius Prep

  1. How can Eastside Catholic rank lower than Mercer when National polls have EC ranked #27 and Mercer #95? Mercer has historically been a strong team in WA but rumor is that they declined to play EC during regular season? Time to get these two teams on the field and see who comes out on top.

  2. educatedlaxfan

    Because you are referencing Laxpower ratings which are not national polls. Laxpower has a whole section explaining how their ratings work…. especially in the early season. Their ratings are all computer driven based on W/L record and point differential. A region is given a ceiling based on past performance (for example the WA state winner is typically a 98.5 rating). The top LP rating in a region goes up or down when top teams in region play highly rated teams out of region. For example, if MI were to play Boy’s Latin to a one goal win, it would likely lift WA’s top rating. EC has a favorable LP rating right now because given the W/L record and point differential, LP’s computer calculations have given them the top WA rating which is always around 98.5. The reality is someone in WA will finish with a 98.5 LP rating given all the success WA teams have had out of state against highly rated opponents, but if it is to be EC, they will need to beat MI, Issaquah, and Bellevue to do it…. and since none of them play EC in the regular season it will have to wait till playoffs. In the meantime, EC will likely hold a top LP rating given their schedule but MI and Bellevue will continue to climb in national polls given the strength of the out of state opponents they play.

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