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“The Changing Climate Of College Recruiting” By Tom Kovic Of Victory Collegiate Consulting


The changing climate of college recruiting

By Tom Kovic

College athletics has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and coaches are under tremendous pressure to achieve two important goals: 1) Win and 2) Drive program revenue upward. The one directly affects the other. Alumni will enthusiastically support a winning team, but the opposite is also true. The changing climate of college athletics has had direct impact on the recruitment of prospective student-athletes and with that, a dramatic shift in organizing and managing student-athlete strategies in registering early and effectively on the radar of college coaches.

Recruitment is essential for college coaches to maximize future team advancement. This is achieved through active cultivation of strong relationships with high school and club coaches, prospects and their families. College coaches use many recruiting tools at their disposal, while abiding by strict NCAA rules and regulations.

Rewind
Twenty years ago, the majority of prospective student-athletes were simply “found” and the volume of identifiable athletes was very manageable. Nowadays and with the surge of private sport clubs, the college recruiting arena has grown to gothic proportions and with increased competitiveness.

Decades ago, college prospects could comfortably launch their recruiting effort during the junior year in high school. Now, and especially with the increased popularity of verbal offers of athletic scholarships and admission to select, non-scholarship college options, prospects need to kick start the recruiting process as early as the ninth grade.

Fast Forward
A good college coach will offer truthful and honest information regarding the university and the chances the prospect has as a potential team member and a scholarship athlete. He will work diligently to avoid gray areas, especially where it involves athletic scholarship and, in the case of non-scholarship schools, the prospects chances in Admissions. Through the use of skillful contacts, the college coach will attempt to cultivate a relationship that will hopefully result in matching a prospect with his or her institution in a mutually benefiting experience.

Likewise, a productive family effort will be well-planned and impeccably executed. It will involve a team approach that should consist of the following players: parents, prospect, high school/club coach, college advisor, guidance counselor and personal mentor. Each team player will have a specific role to play in order to ensure the prospect’s best chance in navigating the college search with success.

Advance goals should be set with clarity, purpose, and assist in the organizational structure of the recruiting process. The well-prepared approach will, in the end, have the best chance of achieving success.

The Verbal Offer
The verbal commitment is one where a Coach and a prospect agree there is a proper and mutual fit scholastically and athletically with the prospect and the institution. In many cases, there is an offer of athletic aid (scholarship), or in some cases, support by the Coach in admissions. The verbal commitment is a “gentleman’s agreement.” An old fashion handshake where both party’s offer their word to remain committed through either the signing of The National Letter of Intent or offer of admissions.

The verbal offer is “open ended” and a common question that prospects and parents have is “Can we back out of the agreement?” And the answer is yes. That said it is important to realize the flip side of the coin and although it is less likely, college coaches can back out of a verbal commitment, especially if the prospect shows a lack of progress on the field or in the classroom.

Tactical Approach
A knowledgeable consumer will have a clear edge over the general population in the pursuit of the attainment of any worthy product. I believe that the same holds true in the college search and that it is the obligation of the family to make every effort to make a commitment to accumulate pertinent information regarding this process and to execute well-designed plans.

Information is critical to the successful organization of any worthy project. Building a college recruiting information base can begin as early as the middle school years as a family hobby and increasingly grow into a highly organized, disciplined project by the beginning of the sophomore year in high school.

Begin by gathering information on potential college choices, including team and coach profiles, statistics, ranking, and academic standards. Continue to update and maintain selected e-files on your favorite college programs.

The college search for athletes has radically transformed during the past 20 years to a level where prospects need to maintain an accelerated pace with college coaches. It is a process that begins much earlier than most families realize and therefore a proactive approach to organizing early for the college search becomes essential in reaching your college goals.

College recruiting is both exciting and daunting. It requires a disciplined and yet flexible approach, especially when timelines get tight and situations become challenging. Active and regular communication is vital and the successful prospect will build mutually strong and respectful relationships with college coaches in an effort to identify and secure the ideal college match.

Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and the current director of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he provides individual advisement for families in navigating the college recruiting process. For further information visit:  www.victoryrecruiting.com.

College Lacrosse Recruiting: “5 Essential Steps For College Recruits” By Tom Kovic


5 Essential Steps for College Recruits

By Tom Kovic

If you’re an athlete being recruited by colleges, the process can be stressful and choosing the right school can be difficult. Not only do you have to like the school, but the school has to like you. It may sound simple, but finding the perfect situation can be elusive. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the stress and increase the ease of the recruiting process. Here are 5 essential recruiting steps to help you with your college search.

1. Determine Potential Fits

Everyone has an idea of his or her perfect college experience. Identifying what you’re looking for in a school should be one of your first steps. Self-awareness is a powerful tool, and determining what most appeals to you about the college experience is critically important. Meet with your family to list your criteria—e.g., academic strength, level of athleticism, geographic location, size of undergraduate population. This will help you create your initial college list.

Research a small but equal number of D-I, II and III colleges and their sports programs. Read about each team’s level of success and dig into a few player profiles to evaluate their level of skill and athleticism. Take into account the school’s conference and the strength of their schedule. Finding the right class of competition for your skill level will lead to a more fulfilling college experience.

2. Identify Your Position of Strength

Do you want to use your strength as an athlete to gain an athletic scholarship, or do you want to leverage your athletic ability to get accepted to an academically select institution?

Just over 25 percent of college athletes qualify for athletic scholarships, and the competition is fierce. College coaches use simple strategies when recruiting prospects, and scholarship athletes are typically immediate impact, blue-chip players.

Coaches from certain conferences or divisions (such as the Ivy League) use slightly different formulas for rating potential prospects. The evaluation begins in the classroom, not on the field. Those schools seek academic information (such as transcripts, high school profiles and standardized test scores) to help them compute a rough “admissions index.” Once prospects pass this hurdle, coaches aggressively begin their athletic evaluation.

RELATED: Increase Your Value as a College Recruit

3. Know the NCAA Rules and Procedures

Understand and embrace the NCAA’s recruiting rules. Visit the NCAA Resources page to preview the recruiting manuals for each division and devote time to the chapters on recruiting, eligibility and financial aid.

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Your high school athletic director can provide you with an easy-to-understand, scaled-down version of the NCAA rules. He or she should also have experience working with former high school athletes who went on to play in college, so feel free to lean on your AD as a resource for information and insight.

RELATED: 8 Ways NCAA Recruiting Rules Have Changed

4. See the Big Picture

Your athletic career is only one part of a broader collegiate experience. It’s important to look beyond athletics when assessing schools that can prepare you for your professional field of interest.

Some “non-athletic-scholarship schools” can, in many cases, still offer significant financial assistance. It’s important for you, your family and your high school advisors to clearly understand the role of the college coach in this process and make every effort to develop a sincere and strong working relationship with him or her.

5. Communicate

Once you identify the colleges you are interested in, make an effort to communicate with the right people as early as possible. College coaches have clear restrictions to when and where they may contact recruits and their families, but you and your family may call or email a coach early in the recruiting process, with very few exceptions.

Sending a letter of introduction accompanied by a profile is a great way to begin, but it’s important to follow up regularly with significant updates that have “grip,” such as competition results, statistics and academic updates. If you practice “proactive persistence” with respect, you can a grab a college coach’s attention.

Learn more about how to maximize your communication with college coaches.

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


June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 21-1

The Knights were Orange County champions and CIF-Southern Section champions. That capped one of the most dominant seasons in program history, finishing the year on a 16-game winning streak. Foothill will look to reload for next season.

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 18-1

The Raiders won the the Colorado Class 5A state championship. It was their second state title overall. Aaron Horvat (Dominican) led the team with 68 points followed by Chet Dunstan (Air Force) with 64 points.

3. Bellevue (Wash.), 20-2

The Wolverines knocked off undefeated Eastside Catholic (Wash.) 8-7 to reach the Washington state championship, Eric Haehl got the game-winner in the closing seconds. In the final, Bellevue blanked Issaquah (Wash.) 8-0 to win its fourth title in the past five years and 11th overall.

4. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-4

The Bruins fell short in their bid for a 12th state title, falling 14-7 against Regis Jesuit. Cherry Creek has depth and will be in the championship hunt once again next season.

5. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 16-6

The Mavericks were the top seed in the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship playoffs and beat rival Torrey Pines (Calif.) 7-6 to reach the finals, where the defeated Cathedral Catholic, 6-5 in the final with five players scoring in the win.

6. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 15-5

The Wildcats topped Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 12-1 and then beat Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-6, for the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament. St. Ignatius plated one of the toughest schedules in the region and will reload for next season.

7. Issaquah (Wash.), 19-4

The Eagles beat Tahoma (Wash.) 9-0 to earn its fifth trip to the state final in program history. However, Issaquah could not must any offense in an 8-0 loss to Bellevue. The Eagles handed Bellevue its only in-state loss this season.

8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 19-3

The Dons knocked off Coronado (Calif.), 11-9, in the semifinals of the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. In the final, Cathedral Catholic fell to La Costa Canyon, 6-5.

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 17-1

The Crusaders remarkable season came to end in the semifinals of the Washington state semifinals, where they lost 8-7 to Bellevue. Colin MacIlvennie had three second half goals to keep them within striking distance. Eastside Catholic, nonetheless, had a remarkable season and one of the best in program history.

10. Marin Catholic (Calif.), 16-7

The Wildcats beat top-seeded Acalanes (Calif.), 7-6, in overtime to win the Division II North Coast Section finals with Chris Hill getting the game-winner. Marin Catholic won the tourney as a five seed and toppled Novato (Calif.), 11-10 in overtime in the semifinals

News and Notes

Bellevue has been the dominant lacrosse program in Washington state for the past decade and its reign continued this season.

The Wolverines (20-2) defended their Division I championship with an 8-0 over Issaquah before announced 1,805 at Seattle Stadium. Bellevue has now won 11 Washington state titles, including four of the last five.

Wolverines goalie Cole Cansler got his third shutout of the season. It was also the first shutout in the state title game. Issaquah (19-4) had averaged more than 10 goals per game and handed Bellevue its only in-state loss this season.

Hank Bethke (Ohio State) led Bellevue with two goals, two assists and six ground balls. Eric Haehl also had two goals, one assists and six ground balls, while Joe Bathke also had two goals.

Riley Gulrajani, Chris Medziegian, Ryan Eskenazi and Jason Monohan were dominant on defense.

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Top-seeded La Costa Canyon got contributions from several players to win the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship with a 6-5 victory over Cathedral Catholic. The Mavericks got goals from five players with Cameron Ziegler leading the way by scoring twice. Cathedral Catholic outshot La Costa Canton (18-14) and won the ground ball battle (24-19). The Mavericks, though, dominated the face-offs 10-4, which helped with their possession.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, Cherry Creek, Issaquah And Cathedral Catholic


May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 20-1

The Knights were Orange County champions and CIF-Southern Section champions. That capped one of the most dominant seasons in program history. Foothill finished the year on a 16-game winning streak and looks to reload for next season.

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 16-1

The Raiders won the the Colorado Class 5A state championship. It was their second state title overall. Aaron Horvat (Dominican) led the team with 68 points followed by Chet Dunstan (Air Force) with 64 points.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-4

The Bruins fell short in their bid for a 12th state title, falling 14-7 against Regis Jesuit. Cherry Creek has depth and will be in the championship hunt once again next season. The Bruins had previously won state championships in 1975, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2010.

4. Issaquah (Wash.), 18-3

The Eagles had little trouble in the Washington State quarterfinals, knocking off Emerald Ridge-Puyallup 17-1. Issaquah advances to the semifinals against Tahoma (13-5). The winner of the game earns a spot in the final against Bellevue (Wash.)/Eastside Catholic (Wash.).

5. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 18-2

The Dons are riding a 15-game winning streak with a 18-7 victory over Westview (Calif.) in the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. Cathedral Catholic, the No. 2 seed, plays third-seeded Coronado in the CIF semifinals.

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 18-2

The Islanders beat Auburn-Riverside (Wash.), 7-3, in the quarterfinals of the Washington state playoffs. Hank Bethke (Ohio State) led the way with three goals and two assists. The victory sets up a showdown with undefeated Eastside Catholic in the semifinals.

7. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 14-5

The Wildcats topped Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 12-1 and then beat Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-6, for the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament. St. Ignatius plated one of the toughest schedules in the region and will reload for next season.

8. Coronado (Calif.), 13-4

The Islanders dropped Poway (Calif.), 11-10, in the quarterfinals of the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. Coronado earned a spot in the final against Cathedral Catholic (Calif.). Coronado entered the tournament as a No. 3 seed but have the depth and talent to make a run at the title.

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 17-0

The Crusaders remarkable unbeaten run continued with a dominant 19-11 victory in the quarterfinals of the Washington state tournament over Mercer Island (Wash.), last year’s state runner-up. Eastside Catholic faces its toughest test of the season in the semifinals against Bellevue, the two-time defending champion.

10. Marin Catholic (Calif.), 16-7

The Wildcats beat top-seeded Acalanes (Calif.), 7-6, in overtime to win the Division II North Coast Section finals with Chris Hill getting the game-winner. Marin Catholic won the tourney as a five seed and toppled Novato (Calif.), 11-10 in overtime in the semifinals.

News and Notes

Marin Catholic was battle-tested heading into the Division II North Coast Section finals. The Wildcats played one of the tougher schedules in California so the team remained confident heading into the postseason. Despite being a No. 5 seed, Marin Catholic was strong in the playoffs, beating University SF (Calif.), 14-9, and then Novato, 11-10 in overtime, to reach the finals against top-seeded and defending champion Acalanes. The two teams were old foes, meeting for the third time in the section finals. Marin Catholic trailed for much of the game and were down 6-3 midway through the fourth quarter before rallying. Austin Colvin scored twice, including the game-tying goal, and Jake Burnham added another to send the game into overtime. From there, Chris Hill needed just 21 seconds to get the game-winner. It was Marin Catholic’s second title since 2012.

 

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, Cherry Creek, Issaquah And Cathedral Catholic


May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 20-1

The Knights won the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division championship. Foothill has now won six of the past eight county titles. The Knights beat J Serra Catholic (Calif.), 12-8, and then Palos Verdes, 15-10, for the title.

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 18-1

Chet Dunstan scored five goals in the Raiders 10-7 win over Arapahoe (Colo.) in the Colorado Class 5A state semifinals. Regis Jesuit then dominated Cherry Creek (Colo.) 14-7 for the title. After trailing 1-0 early in the game, the Raiders cruised the rest of the way, opening a 9-4 lead at the half. Matt Soran had five goals in the championship.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-4

The Bruins fell short in their bid for a state title, falling 14-7 against Regis Jesuit. Nonetheless, Cherry Creek had another solid season and showed it can play with some of the strongest programs in the nation.

4. Issaquah (Wash.), 16-3

The Eagles knocked off Roosevelt to close out the regular season. Issaquah entered the Washington State playoffs as the favorite but will face formidable challenges against Bellevue (Wash.) and Mercer Island (Wash.).

5. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 16-2

The Dons closed out one of the best regular seasons in their history and are riding a 14-game winning streak. Cathederal Catholic next plays May 24 against Westview (Calif.) in the playoffs.

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 16-2

The Wolverines ended the regular season with a dominant 17-0 victory over Mount Si (Wash.). Belleuve’s only in-state loss is to Issaquah and the two could meet again in the playoffs.

7. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 14-5

The Wildcats topped Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 12-1 and then beat Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-6, for the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament. St. Ignatius plated one of the toughest schedules in the region and will reload for next season.

8. Coronado (Calif.), 12-4

The Islanders closed out the season with one of the toughest stretches of any team. Coronado beat rival La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 11-10 and then took down Torrey Pines (Calif.) Coronado takes on Poway on May 24.

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 15-0

The Crusaders closed out a perfect regular season with an 18-1 victory over Nathan Hale (Wash.). Eastside Catholic will now deal with even tougher competition in the playoffs.

10. Acalanes (Calif.), 18-3

The Dons dropped Bay School (Calif.) 18-1 and then St. Mary’s Stockton (Calif.), 13-5, in the North Coast Section playoffs. Acalanes plays in the semifinals May 21 against Pedmont (Calif.). The winner of that game plays either Marin Catholic (Calif.) or Novato (Calif.), who played in the other semifinal.

News and Notes

When Cherry Creek handed Regis Jesuit its only loss on the season, 10-7 on April 29, the Bruins established themselves as the team to beat in Colorado. However, Regis Jesuit rebounded and closed out the regular season with three wins and entered the state tournament as the No. 2 seed behind Cherry Creek. The Raiders then got a measure of revenge by dominating both ends of the field for a 14-7 victory over the Bruins to win their second state title in program history. Matt Soran led the way with five goals and an assist. Chet Dunstan also had four goals for the Raiders, who finished the season 18-1. Regis Jesuit scored six goals in the second quarter to open a 9-4 lead at the half and were never threatened the rest of the way.

 

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Cherry Creek, Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, Issaquah And Cathedral Catholic


May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

1. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-3

The Bruins entered the Colorado state playoffs as the top seed in Class 5A and beat Rock Canyon (Colo.) 12-5 in the quarterfinals. Cherry Creek advances to the semifinals against Kent Denver (Colo.), which beat Colorado Academy (Colo.) 6-5.

2. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 19-1

The Knights extended their winning streak to 14 games with a 18-11 victory over Temecula Great Oak (Calif.) and a 13-8 win over San Clemente (Calif.). Both of those opponents have 16 wins on the season. Foothill has another tough game May 14 against J Serra Catholic (Calif.), which is 17-4.

3. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 16-1

The Raiders are the second seed in the Colorado Class 5A state playoffs and beat Mullen (Colo.), 11-6, in the quarterfinals. After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Regis Jesuit scored five times and held a 5-2 lead at the break and then held Mullen scoreless in the final period. The Raiders advance to the semifinals against Arapahoe (Colo.), which beat Mountain Vista (Colo.) 12-11.

4. Issaquah (Wash.), 15-3

The Eagles knocked off Eastlake (Wash.) 16-2 an then Bainbridge Island (Wash.) 6-2. Issaquah finished up the regular season against Skyline (Wash.) and Roosevelt (Wash.) and will fight for one of the top seeds in the state tournament.

5. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 16-2

The Dons knocked off Scripps Ranch (Calif.), 8-2, extending their wining streak to 13 games. Cathedral Catholic finished up the regular season with a tough matchup against a 12-4 Coronado (Calif.) team.

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 16-2

The Wolverines handed Mercer Island (Wash.) its first loss in Washington State, 9-8. Goals by Augie Fratt and Hank Bethke gave Bellevue a 9-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter and the Islanders withstood a late rally to pull out the win. The Wolverines close out the regular season May 16 against Mount Si (Wash.).

7. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 13-5

The Wildcats closed out the season with a 9-5 victory over Bellarmine Prep (Calif.) to win the West Catholic Athletic League. St, Ignatius put together another tough schedule, which included three games against East Coast teams that have been nationally ranked. The Wildcats also defeated teams from Oregon and Arizona.

8. Coronado (Calif.), 12-4

The Islanders beat rival La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 11-10 and then took down Torrey Pines (Calif.), 14-10, in another key battle. Coronado has another tough battle this week against No. 5 Cathedral Catholic.

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 15-0

The Crusaders impressive campaign continued with a dominant 19-2 victory over Snohomish (Wash.). Eastside Catholic followed that up with 18-0 over Lakeside (Wash.). The Crusaders will try to close out a perfect regular season with a game against Nathan Hale (Wash.) on May 13.

10. J Serra Catholic (Calif.), 17-4

The Lions took on a 15-2 Corona del Mar (Calif.) team with a hard-fought 9-8 victory. That avenged an 8-5 loss to the Sea Kings earlier in the season. J Serra Catholic advances to play No. 2 Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).

NOTEBOOK

Cherry Creek flexed its muscle as the top team in Colorado in the regular season and Bruins have kept the swagger going in the post season Cherry Creek dropped Rock Canyon 12-4 in the Colorado 5A state quarterfinals and improved to 14-3 on the season. Ryan Arthur (Mercer) led the way with three goals and three assist. Mikey McCauley also added three goals, while Henry Adams and Max Tennant scored twice. The Bruins are the top seed in the tournament and play Rock Creek in the semifinals. Arapahoe plays Regis Jesuit in the other semifinal.

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Desert Vista won their first state championship with a 10-8 victory over Brophy Prep. Desert Vista became the first team since 2003 other than Brophy Prep and Chaparral (Ariz.) to win the state championship. Anthony Abbadessa led Desert Vita with five goals and two assists. Desert Vista, which won its previous title in 2000, finished the season 17-0.

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.