Daily Archives: May 6, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10: #1 Centaurus Followed By Amador Valley, Chatfield, Lake Oswego And West Linn


May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014

1. Centaurus (Colo.), 14-1
The Warriors overcame a 9-4 halftime deficit against Arapahoe (Colo.) to pull out a 13-12 victory. Sarah Myers led the way with four goals, while Katherine Burns and Andrea Kim each recorded a hat trick. The Warriors closed out the regular season with a victory over Thunder Ridge (Colo.) and are the top seed for the playoffs.

2. Amador Valley (Calif.), 18-1
The Dons boosted their winning streak to eight games with a 10-9 victory over St. Ignatius (Calif.) and a 18-3 win over California High (Calif.). Amador Valley closes out the regular season May 9 against Foothill-Pleasanton (Calif.).

3. Chatfield (Colo.), 15-0
The Chargers completed the season undefeated with a 16-4 victory over Columbine (Colo.). Rachel Walker led the way with six goals and three assists, while Shelby Piper also had four goals. Chatfield now looks to keep the momentum heading into the playoffs.

4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 14-1
The Lakers continued their impressive run and handed Washington State rival Lake Sammamish (Wash.) its first loss of the season, 10-7. Lake Oswego followed that up with a 17-1 win over Canby (Ore.). The Lakers have just two regular season games left before the playoffs.

5. West Linn (Ore.), 12-1
The Lions bounced back from their loss to rival Lake Oswego with a solid, 16-5 victory over a tough Oregon City (Ore.) team. West Linn, the defending state champion, has two regular season game remaining before it begins the playoffs.

6. Carondelet (Calif.), 11-5
The Cougars returned to California action with a 19-5 victory over Foothill-Pleasanton. Mia Maloney, Katie Kuptz and Madison Castelein each scored three goals. Carondelet has a big showdown this week with No. 9 St. Ignatius.

7. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 18-2
The Wildcats bounced back from a 16-7 loss to No. 2 Amador Valley with a 16-2 victory over Cardinal Newman (Calif.). Marin Catholic won the MCAL regular-season championship and earned the top seed in the playoffs with a first-round bye

8. Air Academy (Colo.), 13-2
The Kadets closed out the season with victories over Pueblo West (Colo.), Regis Jesuit (Colo.) and Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.). Air Academy now heads to the playoffs with momentum and confidence. They reached the semifinals last season after winning the state title in 2012.

9. St. Ignatius (Calif.) 10-7
The Wildcats have put together another impressive season and three of its losses are to teams on the East Coast that hover around the national rankings. St. Ignatius closes out the regular season May 6 against Carondelet.

10. Boise (Idaho), 10-0
The Braves enter the Top 10 this week with 10 consecutive victories to open the season. Boise has yet to allow more than eight goals in a game and will be the post-season favorite.

NOTEBOOK

Centaurus closed out the regular season undefeated in the state of Colorado and are the top seed in the playoffs. But the Warriors have been battle tested by league foes, which should have them prepared for the postseason. Last week, Centaurus got a huge challenge from Arapahoe before prevailing 13-12. The Warriors trailed by five at the half, they regrouped at the break, put the ball in the sticks of their play makers and outscored Arapahoe 8-4 in the second half. Sarah Myers continued her spectacular season and finished with four goals. Katherine Burns and Andrea Kim also provided offensive support and they finished with three goals each.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Cherry Creek, Foothill-Santa Ana, Mercer Island, Regis Jesuit And La Costa Canyon


May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014

1. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-3
The Bruins surged up the rankings with a huge win over former No. 1 Regis Jesuit (Colo.). Cherry Creek not only handed the Raiders their first defeat of the season, the Bruins also put themselves in position to take over the No. 1 seed in the Colorado playoffs. Cherry Creek ended the regular season with a 10-9 overtime victory over Kent Denver.

2. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 16-1
The Knights ran their winning streak to 11 games with a 17-6 victory over Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) and a 17-10 win over Beckman (Calif.). Foothill-Santa Ana closes out the regular season May 6 against Trabuco Hills before the CIF playoffs.

3. Mercer Island (Wash.), 16-1
Three days after a dominant 17-2 victory over Liberty (Wash.), the Islanders took down rival Issaquah (Wash.) 10-9. Mercer Island is in first place in the KingCo division in Washington State and has not lost to an in-state foe.

4. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 14-1
The Raiders suffered their first loss of the season, 10-7, at the hands of state power Cherry Creek. Ben Bechter and Chet Dunston each had two goals in the setback. Regis Jesuit bounced back with a 17-2 victory over Smoky Hill (Colo.) and are a second seed in the state tournament.

5. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 12-5
The Mavericks took down Torrey Pines (Calif.), 7-6, in what is always one of the most anticipated lacrosse match-ups in Southern California. La Costa Canyon has three regular season games remaining, including another showdown with Coronado (10-4), before the playoffs.

6. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 15-1
The Bells continued to roll with a hard-fought 7-6 victory over a tough De La Salle (Calif.) squad. Belarimine followed that up with a 16-1 win over Serra San Mateo (Calif.). The big test comes this week with a matchup against perennial power St. Ignatius (Calif.).

7. Issaquah (Wash.), 13-3
The Eagles fell to Mercer Island, 10-9, in a battle for first place in the KingCo division in Washington State. Issaquah has two big games this week against Eastlake (Wash.) and Bainbridge Island (Wash.).

8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 15-2
The Dons have now won 12 straight games with convincing victories over La Jolla (Calif.) and Mira Mesa (Calif.). Cathedral Catholic has three regular season games remaining, including a tough matchup against Coronado (Calif.) in the finale.

9. Corona del Mar (Calif.) 13 -1
The Sea Kings knocked off Huntington Beach (Calif.), 7-2, for their seventh straight victory. Corona del Mar closes out the regular season against Newport Harbor (Calif.) before heading into the playoffs.

10. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 13-0
The Crusaders remained undefeated on the season with dominant victories over Kennedy Catholic (Wash.) and Overlake (Wash.). Eastside Catholic has just three regular season games remaining against only one team, Snohomish (9-4) that has a winning record.

NOTEBOOK

Cherry Creek has established itself as one of the premier lacrosse teams in the West region. The Bruins routinely play one of the toughest schedules and that has improved the program each year. However, Cherry Creek’s biggest win this season came against in-state rival Regis Jesuit. The Bruins came away with a 10-7 victory. Ryan Arthur had four goals, while Mikey McCauley and Austin Bridgeforth each scored twice. Cherry Creek had a 9-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter by Regis Jesuit made a run. But Creek held off the rally. Ryan Arthur and Chet Dunston had two goals for Regis Jesuit, which suffered its first loss of the season. With a 10-9 overtime victory over Kent Denver, the Bruins clinch the top seed in the Colorado playoffs.

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Acalanes (Calif.) beat Las Lomas (Calif.), 12-7, to win the Diablo Foothill Athletic League title. Robbie Stern led the way with six and three assists. The Dons defense held All-American attackkman Colin Rutan to two goals. Acalanes will look to defend its Northern California Championship on May 14th as the top seed.

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Issaquah (Wash.) beat rival Bellevue (Wash.) 6-5 last week. Issaquah shut out Bellevue in the second half thanks to the effort of the defense and goalie Jordan Dondoyano. Issaquah’s defense held All-American candidates, Hank Bethke (Ohio State) to two goals and Eric Haehl (Richmond) scoreless.

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Lake Washington (Wash.) got four goals from Connor Campbell in a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Eastlake (Wash.). The Kangaroos trailed 4-2 at the break, but rallied in the second half. Chase Barlow and Jeff Belleb each had two goals for Eastlake.

2014 WCLA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship First Round Games Begin On May 7


The 14th annual US Lacrosse Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, has a new home.  For the first time in its history, the event moves to the East Coast for the start of a two-year commitment at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex & Stadium in Virginia Beach.

The 14th annual US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, has a new home.
For the first time in its history, the event moves to the East Coast for the start of a two-year commitment at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex & Stadium in Virginia Beach.

WCLA Division I First Round Games – Wednesday, May 7
11 am – No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 16 Oregon State
11 am – No. 8 Michigan Club vs. No. 9 Towson Club
11 am – No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech Club
11 am – No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Texas
2 pm – No. 3 Ohio State Club vs. No. 14 Delaware Club
2 pm – No. 6 Santa Clara vs. No. 11 Colorado
2 pm – No. 7 Colorado State vs. No. 10 UC Santa Barbara
2 pm – No. 2 Florida Club vs. No. 15 Boston College Club

WCLA Division II First Round Groupings – Thursday, May 8
Pod A – No. 1 North Carolina Club, No. 8 Oakland, No. 12 SUNY Cortland Club
Pod B – No. 2 James Madison Club, No. 7 SMU, No. 11 St. Benedict
Pod C – No. 3 Utah, No. 6 Duke Club, No. 10 UD San Diego
Pod D – No. 4 Loyola Maryland Club, No. 5 Gonzaga, No. 9 Denver Club

The WCLA is comprised of approximately 200 college club teams from coast-to-coast that compete under the US Lacrosse umbrella. From these, the most deserving Division I and Division II teams qualify for the season-ending national championships, conducted by US Lacrosse each spring.

The 16-team Division I championship begins on Wednesday, while the 12-team Division II championship starts Thursday. The event concludes with championship games for both divisions on Saturday afternoon. Complete coverage of the event, including game blogs and updates, will be provided on http://www.laxmagazine.com.

For the first time, Pittsburgh is the No. 1 seed in the Division I championship. The Panthers, 17-1 overall, are making their eighth overall appearance in the championship and were a national quarterfinalist last year. Pitt will try to become the second straight No. 1 seed to claim the crown, following the path of last year’s top seed Colorado State. The defending champion Rams are the No. 7 seed in this year’s tournament.

Eight members of this year’s Division I field were also participants in last year’s championship in Colorado Springs. In addition to Pittsburgh and Colorado State, the list includes Florida, Georgia, Santa Clara, Michigan, UC Santa Barbara and Texas. Four-time champion Colorado State has the longest current streak for appearances, making its 11th straight showing in 2014. Third-seeded Ohio State and No. 16 seed Oregon State are the two teams making their first Division I championship appearances.

The longest drought between appearances in the championship field belongs to Delaware, which last participated in the 2005 championship. The Blue Hens are the No. 14 seed and compete as members of the Mid Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse League (MAWLL). They are one of three MAWLL teams in the Division I field, along with No. 9 seed Towson Club and No. 12 seed Virginia Tech Club.

In the Division II bracket, 2012 national champion North Carolina Club earned the top seed and brings an unblemished 11-0 overall record into the WCLA National Championship. The Tar Heels won the MAWLL’s Division II title this season with a 15-14 overtime win over James Madison, last year’s Division II national champion. James Madison Club is the number two seed in this year’s championship. The MAWLL also has two other teams represented in the Division II field in Loyola Maryland Club and Duke Club.

Six of the top eight seeds in this year’s Division II field were also participants in last year’s championship: No. 1 seed North Carolina, No. 2 seed James Madison, No. 3 seed Utah, No. 4 seed Loyola Maryland, No. 6 seed Duke and No. 8 seed Oakland. The expanded Division II field, which grew from eight teams to 12 teams this year, features three first timers: No. 5 seed Gonzaga, No. 10 seed UC San Diego and No. 12 seed SUNY Cortland.

No. 8 seed Oakland is the only school to appear in all five Division II championships, although the Golden Grizzlies are still seeking their first tournament victory. Two other members of this year’s expanded D-II line-up, North Carolina Club and Utah, are each making their fourth appearance in the championship.

Video Highlights Of Cal Berkeley Men’s Lacrosse 15-12 Win Over Stanford In “The Big Game”


Claude Lyneis cmlyneis@gmail.com

Claude Lyneis
cmlyneis@gmail.com

The CAL Bears host the Stanford Cardinal in the 50th Big Game. This rivalry goes back to 1964 the year CAL men’s lacrosse was founded. Stanford leads early in the game before Cal has a huge second quarter. In the third Stanford battles back and pulls to within 1 goal at 10-9. Cal dominates the fourth and wins 15-12.