1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 20-1
As the top seed, the Dons rolled to the North Coast Section Division I title. Amador Valley dominated California (Calif.), 17-4, in the semifinals and then dropped Carondelet (Calif.) in the final, 8-6. It was the second time this season the Dons beat Carondelet this season, winning a 7-6, 5 OT thriller in April.
2. Air Academy (Colo.), 17-2
The Kadets won the Colorado state championship with an 11-10 victory over Cherry Creek (Colo.). McEllen McDonough had a hat trick, while Natalie Berg and Emily Trousil each finished with two goals. Jaycee Davis finished with 17 saves.
3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-7
Cherry Creek fell short of winning its 11th Colorado state title, falling 11-10 to Air Academy in the final. Still, it was an impressive run for the Bruins, who used their playoff experience to make another impressive run. Olivia List had a game-high four goals for the Bruins.
4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 20-1
The Lakers won their third Oregon state championship in the past four years with a dominant 11-5 victory over defending champion West Linn (Ore.). Madeline Reece led Lake Oswego with three goals, avenging a loss to the Lions in last year’s state final.
5. West Linn (Ore.), 17-2
The Lions fell short in their bid to defend their Oregon State title, falling to rival Lake Oswego in the final. West Linn defeated Lake Oswego, 19-13 in last year’s state final. The teams split their regular season games.
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 got by Marin Catholic (Calif.) in the North Coast Section semifinals, 9-6, setting up a second meeting with No. 1 Amador Valley, where they fell just short, 8-6. Still, the Cougars had another impressive season with two of their losses coming against out-of-state powers Bishop Ireton (D.C.) and Milton (Ga.).
8. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 22-3
The Wildcats had their season end in the North Coast section semifinals with a tough, 9-6 loss to Carondelet. Nonetheless, Marin Catholic had another solid campaign, suffering just three losses — falling twice to Carondelet and once to top-ranked Amador Valley.
9. Centaurus (Colo.), 16-2
The Warriors had another impressive campaign earning the top seed in the Colorado state playoffs. However, Centaurus had its season end in the semifinals with a 12-11 loss to perennial power Cherry Creek.
10. Acalanes (Calif.), 16-6
The Dons defended their North Coast section Division 2 title with a 21-9 victory over Piedmont (Calif.). Chloe Landry led Acalanes with seven goals, while Katie Fellner scored five. Acalanes was dominant throughout the playoffs, outscoring its opponents 62-15 in three games.
News and Notes
Air Academy quietly put together one of the most impressive seasons in the West region. Centaurus held the region’s top ranking for several weeks and Chatfield (Colo.) finished the regular season undefeated, but Air Academy simply got better every game. The Kadets were playing their best lacrosse in the playoffs and handed Chatfield its only loss of the season in the semifinals. Air Academy then passed its final test by winning the Colorado state championship with an 11-10 victory over Cherry Creek. McEllen McDonough had a hat trick, while Natalie Berg and Emily Trousil each finished with two goals. Jaycee Davis finished with 17 saves. It was the Kadets third title since 2009. What was even more impressive is that Air Academy lost its leading scorer, Natalie Berg, early in the game with a leg injury.
Amador Valley got over the hump this season, knocking off rival Carondelet, 8-6, to win its second North Coast Section Division I championship in California. The Dons fell to Carondelet in the final the past two seasons. Andrea Arden, Jackie Gilbert and Evan Murphy each had two goals for Amador Valley, which finished the season 22-1. Allie Decar had four saves for the Dons.