1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights enter the poll with a hard-fought 13-12 victory over previously undefeated J Serra Catholic. Foothill-Santa Ana is now riding a five-game winning streak and faces another tough game this week against St Margaret’s Episcopal (7-2).
2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 11-0
The Raiders remain atop the rankings with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Colorado Academy (Colo.) and a 13-5 win over Fort Collins (Colo.). Regis Jesuit has an almost two-week break before taking on Kent Denver (Colo.) and Heritage (Colo.) in a span of three days.
3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 7- 4
The Mavericks had a respectable showing in a 13-7 loss to undefeated Georgetown Prep (Md.), ranked No. 3 in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Boys’ Top 25. La Costa Canyon also hung tough with nationally ranked Salesianum (Del.). In the final game of the week, La Costa Canyon fell to Haverford School (Pa.), 19-4.
4. Mercer Island (Wash.), 12-1
The Islanders showed they can play with the most elite teams in the entire nation, going 2-1 on their trip to Connecticut. Mercer Island beat Joel Barlow, 12-10 and Xavier, 13-5 before falling to Wilton. 15-12. The Islanders appear to be surging to the playoff stretch.
5. J Serra Catholic, (Calif), 12- 1
The Lions continued their impressive run with a 15-10 victory over Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.). J Serra Catholic then fell in a showdown with Foothill-Santa Ana, which entered the game with only one loss — a tough 14-13 setback to Torrey Pines.
6. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 10-2
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to six games with victories over Serra San-Mateo (Calif.) and Redwood (Calif.). St. Ignatius plays one more in-state game against De La Salle (Calif.) before traveling East to take on St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) and Salesianum.
7. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-1
The Bells won their third consecutive game with a dominant 18-2 victory over Archbishop Mitty (Calif.). Bellarmine takes on Foothill and St. Francis (Calif.) this week before another 10-day layoff.
8. West Linn (Ore.) 5-0
The Lions extended their winning steak to five games with a solid 9-7 victory over Jesuit Portland (Ore.). West Linn and Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) have established themselves as the class of the state. Unfortunately, the teams do not play in the regular season.
9. Arapahoe (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors bounced back from their loss to top-ranked Regis Jesuit with dominant victories over San Clemente (Colo.) and Lincoln (Colo.). Arapahoe faces another big test this week against No. 9 Cherry Creek (Colo.) as they head to the playoff stretch.
10. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 8-2
The Bruins returned from Maryland and took down Cherokee Trail (Colo.), San Clemente (Colo.) and Eaglecrest (Colo.). Cherry Creek faces off with Arapahoe this week in a game that will have huge playoff implications as far as seeding.
Teams from Washington State showed they can play with anyone in the nation last week. Mercer Island traveled to Connecticut and beat Joel Barlow, 12-10, Xavier, 13-5 before losing to Wilton, 15-12, in a shootout. Issaquah finished 2-1 on its long trip to Texas. The Eagles beat Vandegrift (Texas), 9-5, and then knocked off Westlake (Texas), 7-4. Issaquah suffered a loss in the final game, 10-9, to Austin (Texas). Issaquah is now 9-2 on the season with its only other loss to Faith Lutheran of Nevada. Along with Bellevue (10-1), the playoffs in Washington State should be an interesting affair. Eastside Catholic (Wash.) ran their unbeaten streak to nine with a dominant 17-2 victory over Emerald Ridge-Puyallup (Wash.). Eastside Catholic plays back-to-back games against Mount Si (Wash.) and Auburn-Riverside (Wash.) before getting a 13-day break.
West Linn (Ore.) knocked state rival Jesuit-Portland, 9-7, in the Fritz Hayes Classic, which honors a former longtime local, lacrosse official who was killed during a home invasion two years ago. All four of last year’s Oregon semifinalists – West Linn, Jesuit-Portland, Lakeside (Ore.) and Beaverton (Ore.) – all participated in the tournament. Colin Squires scored what proved to be the game-in winner with just over a minute left in regulation for West Linn, which improved to 5-0 on the season. Jack Sweitzer led Jesuit with two goals. West Linn also knocked off Portland Jesuit in the state semifinals last season. In the other game, Holden Catlett had three goals to lead defending state champion Lakeridge to a dominant 12-1 victory over Beaverton. The Pacers (7-3) beat West Linn, 15-7, in the finals last season.
Waterford (Utah) defenseman Jacob Mika might have scored the goal of the year in high school lacrosse. As time expired in the first quarter against Riverton (Utah), Mika picked a loose ball in front of his own goal and then heaved the ball their entire length of the field over the Riverton goalie’s head and into the goal. Waterford won the game 17-3 and is 6-1 on the season