1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 20-1
The Dons are the top seed in the North Coast Section playoffs and are prohibitive favorite to win the title. Amador Valley took another step toward that goal with 19-8 victory over Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) in the quarterfinals. The Dons play California (Calif.) in the next round.
2. Air Academy (Colo.), 16-2
The Kadets handed Chatfield (Colo.) its only loss of the season, 22-8, in the Colorado state semifinals. Kaley Holmes led the way with five goals. Air Academy takes on Cherry Creek (Colo.) for the title on May 21.
3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-6
The Bruins are the perennial power in Colorado and advanced to the title game by upsetting top-seeded Cenaturus (Colo.), 12-11 in the semifinals. Cherry Creek plays Air Academy in the final, which they beat in last year’s semifinal en route to the state title.
4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 16-1
The top-seeded Lakers play Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) in the Oregon state semifinals May 19 after an impressive run through the regular season. Lake Oswego’s only loss this season is to West Linn (Ore.), also a semifinalist. The Lakers won the rematch against West Linn 11-10.
5. West Linn (Ore.), 14-1
The second-seeded Lions are the defending Oregon champions and will play Sunset Metro (Ore.) on May 19 for a spot in the title game once again. West Linn beat Sunset 20-9 in their regular season matchup. The Oregon state title game is scheduled for May 21.
6. St. Ignatius (Calif.) 11-7
The Wildcats closed out the regular season with an 8-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.). St. Ignatius avenged an earlier 11-7 loss to the Cougars on April 2. All of the Wildcats’ losses were to ranked teams in the West region or out-of-state programs that hover around the national rankings.
7. Carondelet (Calif.), 13-4
The Cougars, the No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section playoffs, knocked off San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 8-4, in the quarterfinals. Carondelet now plays Marin Catholic (Calif.) for a spot in the title game.
8. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 21-2
The Wildcats opened the North Coast Section playoffs. with a 21-7 victory over Dougherty Valley (Calif.) as the third seed. Marin Catholic then escaped Granite Bay (Calif.), 13-12 in the quarterfinals. The Wildcats face Carondelet in the semis.
9. California (Calif.), 15-3
The Grizzlies advanced to the North Coast Section semifinals with a convincing 14-8 victory over Novato (Calif.). California now must contend with No. 1 Amador Valley for a spot in the title game.
10. Centaurus (Colo.), 16-1
The Warriors, the top seed in the Colorado state playoffs, dropped Colorado Academy (Colo.) in the quarterfinals with Ellie Meyer leading the way with five goals. Centaurus then fell to Cherry Creek 12-11 in the semifinals as Olivia Holmes potentially game-tying shot in the post in the final seconds.
News and Notes
Cherry Creek has won six of the past eight state titles in Colorado. So, even after having an up-and-down regular season, the fifth-seeded Bruins were the team no one wanted to face in the playoffs. Those fears were justified as Cherry Creek (12-6) eliminated fourth-seeded Arapahoe (Colo.) and top-seeded Centaurus, 12-11, to reach the title game against Air Academy. Blair Sisk scored the game-winner with just over a minute left in regulation in the Centaurus win. The Kadets have been equally impressive in the postseason as the No. 3 seed and handed No. 2 Chatfield its only loss of the season, 22-8 in the semifinals. Air Academy also has previous success in the state tournament, having won titles in 2009 and 2012. The teams did not play in the regular season. The Bruins have played in the state championship game every year since the league was started in 1998.