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High School Boys Lacrosse: “Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Top 10” For March 20 Ranks La Costa Canyon Boys Lacrosse (CA) #1 Followed By Arapahoe (CO), St. Ignatius Prep (CA), Corona Del Mar (CA) And Cherry Creek (CO)

Nike US Lacrosse West Region High School Lacrosse Top 10

1. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 3-0

The Mavericks opened the season with a 7-3 victory over St. Margaret’s Episcopal. La Costa Canyon held St. Margaret’s scoreless in the first half. The Mavericks, who are shooting for their sixth San Diego championship, also beat a tough Cathedral Catholic team 7-5 and surged past Fallbrook 15-5.

2. Arapahoe (Colo.), 3-0

The Warriors opened league play with a 14-6 victory over Heritage and then knocked off Brighton and Smoky Hill by an average of almost 10 goals. Arapahoe is looking for its fourth state title in six years.

3. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 5-0

The Wildcats have raced out to five consecutive victories in impressive style. St. Ignatius knocked off No. 6 Torrey Pines 12-7, avenging its only loss last season. Junior Jake Long led the way in the win with six goals.

4. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 4-0

The Sea Kings continued their early-season dominance with a 15-2 victory over Sage Hill. Jack Ortlieb led the way with five goals and Casey Mix added three. In its four games this season, Corona del Mar outscored opponents 60-13.

5. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 1-0

The Bruins cruised past Rock Canyon 12-2 in their first regular season game. Cherry Creek has an eight-day layoff before taking on Wheat Ridge. A trip to Maryland against MIAA powers St. Paul’s and Severn is scheduled for the end of the month. The Bruins defeated St. Paul’s last season.

6. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 2-1

The Falcons opened the season with back-to-back wins over Carlsbad and Jserra Catholic, 13-4 and 13-3 respectively. However, Torrey Pines fell to No. 3 St. Ignatius, 12-7. The Falcons have another big match-up against undefeated Poway (4-0) this week.

7. Palos Verdes (Calif.), 4-0

The Sea Kings are off to a strong start with four straight victories to open the season. Palos Verdes has averaged 17.3 goals per game and allowed a total of 14.

8. Bellevue (Wash.), 3-0

The Wolverines picked up a huge victory to open the season, 14-6 over Bainbridge Island. Cole Johnson led the way with six goals for Bellevue. The Wolverines followed that game with victories over Woodinville and Emerald Ridge-Puyallup, outscoring them 37-6.

9. Issaquah (Wash.), 2-0

The defending state champions made quick work of Liberty with a 15-1 victory to open the season. Issaquah was equally impressive in its next game by beating Bellarmine Prep, 17-1. The Eagles have tough non-conference game this week against Nevada powers Henderson Red and Palo Verde.

10. Brophy Prep (Ariz.), 6-0

The Broncos continued their surge to open the season and cracked this week’s top-10 with victories over Salpointe Catholic and Horizon. Brophy Prep has put together a tough non-conference schedule near the end of the month with games against Denver East (Colo.), West Linn (Ore.), Bellarmine Prep (Wash.), Lincoln (Ore.), Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) and St. Ignatius (Calif.).

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/boys/2012-13/news/032013_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_report

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Recruiting: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Freshman Attacker Ryan Mix (Corona Del Mar, CA) Brings “Tremendous IQ For The Game”

Ryan Mix – Attack – Newport Beach, Calif. /Corona del Mar

 A two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American … ranked as the 36th best attackman in the class of 2010 according to Inside Lacrosse … racked up 322 points on 202 goals and 120 assists during his high school career … as a senior, tallied 102 points on 80 goals and 22 assists en route to being named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Year and the Orange County Player of the Year … also copped first-team all-league (Pacific Coast League) and all-county (Orange County) honors … 2010 Orange County Register Player of the Year … voted team captain twice by his teammates … received the Gratzinger Scholarship Award, which is the team award for leadership … a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American … two-time Pacific Coast League champion and two-time CIF finalists at Corona del Mar … as a junior, registered 102 points on 66 goals and 36 assists … voted as the team’s most valuable attackman … received first-team all-league and all-county accolades as a junior … played in the 2009 Under Armour Underclassman games for the Midwest team … competed at 2008 Adrenaline High Rollers and the 2009 California Gold … played at the 2009 Champ Camp with the SoCal Surf Dawgs … son of G.W. and Mary Mix … father played and coached lacrosse at Penn … mother competed in volleyball at UC Santa Barbara … has two younger brothers, Casey and Kyle.

Corrigan on Mix … “Ryan has a tremendous IQ for the game. His father’s a coach and he plays like a coach’s kid. He knows where to be and what to do. Physically, I think he’s really going to benefit from being here with our facilities and everything else that we have. In the meantime, we’re going to count his skills and his IQ for the game.”

For more:  http://www.und.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/091310aad.html

Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse: Corona Del Mar Attacker Ryan Mix Awarded Player Of The Year Honors

Corona del Mar Attacker #10 Ryan Mix was the 2010 Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. Photo by LaxBuzz

Expectations for Corona del Mar’s boys lacrosse team weren’t as high going into this season because of the loss of some key players to graduation.

But that only served as inspiration for Ryan Mix, The Orange County Register’s 2010 boys lacrosse player of the year.

“The entire season, we defied expectations,” Mix said. “No one else would have really believed we could do what we did the year before. We came out with really low rankings and low expectations, even from people on the team, and we came out and surprised everyone.”

For more: http://www.ocvarsity.com/sports/mix-20829-year-going.html

Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse Championship Game Highlights: Foothill Boys Lacrosse Vs. Corona Del Mar On May 11, 2010 (Video-Part 2)

Foothill High School (2) and Corona Del Mar (1) faced off for the Orange County Championship game May 11, 2010. Foothill High School led by outstanding play from Goal Keeper Nathan Kleponis, defensemen Chance Cooper, Cole Sutliff, Connor Cummins and Sean Feeney, midfielders Cooper Pickell, Josh Peterman, Nick Kos, Dylan Primrose, Trevor Brown and Alex Keuilian and the outstanding face off work of Zach Handy and tremendous effort from attackmen Eric Adamson, Cameron Cole, Taylor DeBerry and Tucker Rowe led to an exciting match. Part 2 of 2.

Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse Championship Game Highlights: Foothill Knights Boys Lacrosse Vs. Corona Del Mar On May 11 (Video)

Foothill High School (2) and Corona Del Mar (1) faced off for the Orange County Championship game May 11, 2010. Foothill High School led by outstanding play from Goal Keeper Nathan Kleponis, defensemen Chance Cooper, Cole Sutliff, Connor Cummins and Sean Feeney, midfielders Cooper Pickell, Josh Peterman, Nick Kos, Dylan Primrose, Trevor Brown and Alex Keuilian and the outstanding face off work of Zach Handy and tremendous effort from attackmen Eric Adamson, Cameron Cole, Taylor DeBerry and Tucker Rowe led to an exciting match. Part 1 of 2 parts.

Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse Championship: Foothill Knights Boys Lacrosse Defeated Corona Del Mar 14-11 On May 11 To Earn Fourth Consecutive Championship

Foothill’s boys lacrosse team captured its fourth consecutive county title Tuesday night, but it wasn’t easy – far from it.

Top-seeded Corona del Mar made the Knights work until the final minutes, but Foothill prevailed, 14-11, in the U.S. Lacrosse Division I South finals in front of 2,633 Tuesday night at Laguna Hills.

No. 2 Foothill (17-4) moves on to face Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the the Southern California finals Friday at 8 p.m. at Valencia High.

The Foothill Knights were led by Jr. middie #33 Eric Adamson who totalled 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist), had his best game of the year as Foothill defeated Corona del Mar 14-11 in the Orange County Boys Lacrosse Championship game on May 11. Photo by LaxBuzz

“We got four more quarters to go,” Foothill coach Jon Fox said. “This is for Orange County. It feels great, these guys worked hard, it’s a new group of kids. It’s all about those guys, they worked hard and they earned it.

“We just hustled and I think we were able to win the battle in between the boxes this time and that made the difference.”

Foothill was led by Eric Adamson, who had his best game of the year scoring five goals.

“All the hard work paid off, all the practices and running,” Adamson said. “It wasn’t easy at all, this was probably our hardest victory, but we still need to work just as hard.”

Foothill's Sr. goalie #39 Nathan Kleponis totalled 7 saves as the Knights' defense slowed down a hard-charging Corona del Mar offense in the 4th quarter. Photo by LaxBuzz

Cameron Cole, Cooper Pickell and Taylor DeBerry added two goals each for the Knights. Goalie Nathan Kleponis had another big game with seven saves.


Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse: Corona Del Mar Boys Lacrosse (19-2) Defeated Los Alamitos 8-4 To Advance To The CIF-Southern Section South Division Finals Against Foothill

Corona del Mar High scored the final six goals to claim an 8-4 victory over Los Alamitos in the semifinals of the U.S. Lacrosse Orange County Southern Section Division I Championships Saturday at San Clemente High. Photo by LaxBuzz

Los Alamitos led Corona del Mar 4-2 in second quarter with 2 goals by attacker #18 Mike Marchand. Photo by LaxBuzz

Corona del Mar attacker #3 Randall Nelson (2 goals) and the Sea Kings offense tied the score at 4-4 at halftime. Photo by LaxBuzz.

Defensive middies Alex Swigert, Justin Tam and Blake Burkhart, as well as defenders Alex Mainthow, J.D. Abbott and Donald Dalton, combined with goalie Hugh Russell (nine saves), to blank the Griffins the final 2 1/2 periods. Photo by LaxBuzz

Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse: Corona Del Mar Boys Lacrosse Finishes Season With A Special Performance

Friday’s game didn’t appear to be meaningful. The Corona del Mar High boys’ lacrosse team had already locked up the Pacific Coast League title and a high seed in the playoffs. Plus the Sea Kings had previously beaten University by 18 points.

So, no, the game itself did not mean much. However, one player and his moment in the spotlight gave it more meaning than any league title or playoff championship possibly could.

With 16 seconds left in the first half, Sandon Griffin scooped up a groundball and ran straight for the goal drawing two defenders right at him, leaving senior Jarrett Logan wide open in front of the net. Griffin snapped a pass to Logan, who quickly whipped the ball into the back of the net.

The Sea Kings won, 15-0, but this was the only goal that had every player, coach and fan rise to their feet and cheer like they had just witnessed a game-winner. Logan scored his first varsity goal of his life. This goal carried plenty of meaning.

Logan was diagnosed with cancer as a freshman at CdM and stopped playing lacrosse. Doctors removed a brain tumor, but Logan also dealt with a cancer-related foot disease. He spent a good part of his sophomore and junior years trying to get back into playing shape.

Once chemotherapy had completed, his body was so weak he could barely walk and at one point he weighed only 95 pounds.

Well, on Thursday, he wore No. 16 in a varsity uniform and was floating on cloud nine.

“The whole time today Ryan Mix and Michael Ortlieb were trying to set me up, but I just couldn’t get it in,” Logan said about his goal. “Then Sandon [Griffin] got the ball to me and it was nice one-timer. It felt pretty good.”

‘Good’ would be an understatement. Excitement gushed with every word.

“It was really awesome,” Logan said. “I was so bummed out after I had to stop playing freshman year, but this year Coach [G.W.] Mix really helped me out and it just feels awesome. I came back and it’s the best I can ask for.”

Corona del Mar High senior Jarrett Logan, who was diagnosed with cancer his freshman year, scored his first varsity goal in a 15-0 win over University Thursday.

Logan spent this season on the junior varsity squad, but on CdM’s senior day, Coach Mix knew the importance of bringing him up to varsity and getting him a goal.

“We let the team know today that we have all been a part of something special,” Mix said. “It’s one of those things that down the road it will mean even more to them. Certainly, when [Logan] scored his first career goal, it was the most special moment of the day.”

When a coach that has led his team to an undefeated league season and its third straight PCL title talks about one goal being that important, an undercurrent starts to brew. As the Sea Kings (17-2, 10-0 in league) prepare for the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Orange County playoffs next week, it is not hard to imagine this group harnessing the strength of its friend and teammate and building from that in the postseason.

“It’s a special group of kids,” Mix said. “They are the first group of seniors that have played four years of CIF lacrosse and in those four years they have accomplished a lot. For [Logan] to have that moment made all of us really happy to be a part of it.”

The Sea Kings are ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section area and No. 4 in the state by laxpower.com. CdM will most likely receive a bye in the playoffs, but by no means are they taking anything lightly.

The team has adopted a motto of, “Why not us?” CdM lost last year in the title game to powerhouse Foothill and lost the previous year to St. Margaret’s in the semifinals. However, with the energy buzzing through the players after senior day — better known as Jarrett’s Day — the team is now saying it is time for CdM to win.

After Thursday’s game, that expectation just may be a reality.

The Sea Kings were able to fire off 31 shots, win 11 face-offs and grab 40 groundballs. University (4-11, 4-6) only got six shots off and nabbed just 13 groundballs.

Kyle Canale put home three goals and one assist, while Reid Wallace, Ortleib and Doug Watt had two goals each. Jordan Crone also had a goal and an assist.

And even though the story on Thursday was Logan’s wildly inspirational goal, the story today is what will it take for the Sea Kings to capture a championship.

“Even though we will be a one or two seed, it is still going to be a tough road,” Mix said. “For the last two weeks we have simply been trying to get physically prepared. I believe it comes down to sticking with what you do best.”

Depending on their seed, CdM will play Tuesday or receive a bye and play Thursday.


Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse: Corona Del Mar Boys Lacrosse Attacker Ryan Mix Has Led Sea Kings To A #1 Ranking In CIF-Southern Section

Like father, like son. That’s a phrase Ryan Mix is not really concerned with when it comes to lacrosse.

This season, the Notre Dame-bound Mix leads CdM in scoring with 52 goals and 11 assists.

The Corona del Mar High senior admires and respects his father, the Sea Kings’ coach and a renowned figure in lacrosse circles. But Mix said he wants to achieve success based on his own work, not because of his last name.

His determination to be more independent with regard to lacrosse has driven him to become a better player, he said. Certainly he has stepped up his game for the Sea Kings.

Mix doesn’t believe there’s pressure in being the son of G.W. Mix. Instead, the Sea Kings’ attackman calls it a standard he religiously attempts to meet daily.

“He definitely expects a lot,” Ryan Mix said of his father. “He has high standards for me. Me trying to live up to those standards has made me a great player.”

It helps that G.W. Mix never forced Ryan, as well as his two younger brothers, to play lacrosse. However, the sport has been prominent in the home.

G.W. Mix played whiled growing up in Baltimore, Md. He starred at Gillman High, a traditional powerhouse in lacrosse. He also played lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania, where he later became an assistant and, later, the head coach.

As a coach, he directed several camps on the East Coast.

Still, it wasn’t until little Ryan was in the fourth grade that he wanted to know more about lacrosse. Ryan says he struggled with soccer, basketball and baseball.

At least in lacrosse, Ryan could find help.

“I was unfortunate I had a good career in the Ivy League,” G.W. Mix said. “I certainly don’t need my son’s career to validate my own.”

“My wife is the same. She was a very talented player,” G.W. said of his wife, Mary (the former Allison) who played at Newport Harbor High and later UC Santa Barbara. “We try not to push them. Was I excited when he came to me, asking to play and learn about lacrosse? Sure. But it wasn’t something I pushed on him.”

Ryan’s mother, Mary, was a reason the Mixes left North Carolina and moved to Newport Coast. But who would’ve thought her kid would be playing so well at her alma mater’s rival school? He has improved each season and in this fourth varsity year. This season, the Notre Dame-bound Mix leads CdM in scoring with 52 goals and 11 assists.

Mix scored 10 goals in two wins last week, seven goals in a 9-4 win over Mount St. Joseph’s of Baltimore, Md. that tied his career best for a game. He’s helped the Sea Kings to a 11-1 record, 6-0 in the Pacific Coast League and he scored the game-winning goal in a 7-6 overtime win over Foothill March 21.

Last year, the Knights ended CdM’s postseason run in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Orange County title game. The Sea Kings hope they can return this season. Ryan believes CdM can attain greatness this season, though many believed it would be somewhat of a rebuilding year.

“I think it comes to down to who wants it more and I think this team wants it more,” Ryan said. “If we keep doing that we’ll keep winning and keep getting opportunities.”

It could be a special season for CdM, yet for the Mixes it already has been. That’s because Ryan is playing on the team with his brother Casey, a freshman. Ryan says he’s thrilled to play with his younger brother and enjoys working hard with him. Dad is also cherishing the season.

“It’s pretty special,” says G.W. Mix, who likes to joke that Mary is holding out hope for the youngest, Kyle, 8, to compete in volleyball. “To be fortunate enough that my career allows me to be with all the kids, not just around my own, is great. To help them with the good times and through the bad, that’s a blessing.”


Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse: Corona Del Mar Boys Lacrosse (9-1) Defeats Mount St. Joseph (MD) 9-4 As Ryan Mix Scores 7 Goals

Before the Corona del Mar High boys’ lacrosse team took on Mount St. Joseph of Baltimore, Md. Saturday, Sea Kings senior Ryan Mix scouted the Gaels.

Corona del Mar High's J.D. Abbott (30) in action against Mount St. Joseph of Baltimore, Md. Saturday at Peninsula Park.

He saw that Mount St. Joseph was playing its third game in as many days while on its visit to Southern California. He expected the Gaels to be a bit tired. He wanted to take attack that weakness.

Ryan Mix, the attackman bound for Notre Dame, didn’t hold back, scoring seven goals to lead CdM to a 9-4 nonleague win at Peninsula Park. His seven goals tied a career-high.

“I liked the matchup I had,” said Mix, who helped the Sea Kings improve to 9-1. “I knew they would be tired from playing so many games. And, when they didn’t slide over, I was able to put it in the net.”

The Gaels won at Rancho Bernardo of San Diego, 7-6, Thursday, and lost at St. Margaret’s, 8-5, Friday.

CdM Coach G.W. Mix said Mount St. Joseph makes the trip to this area every other year. He should know, he helped set up the games. Mike Warren, who’s involved with the St. Margaret’s lacrosse program, attended Mount St. Joseph. Bruce Seitz, the head coach at Rancho Bernardo, has a connection with G.W. Mix and Warren.

The three were lifeguards together while growing up on the East Coast, G.W. Mix said.

The CdM coach knew it would be an important week for his team, playing against the two teams Warren is affiliated with, as well as La Costa Canyon, ranked No. 1 in the state by laxpower.com.

The No. 4-ranked Sea Kings beat No. 9 St. Margaret’s, 7-5, Wednesday, but lost to La Costa Canyon, 16-4, April 3.

“To get out of these games 2-1 is great,” G.W. Mix said. “Considering what people expected out of this team, we are excited. We graduated so many kids from last year’s team. We lost Noah Molnar, who’s now playing for Lehigh, and we lost others … I think we lost about over 100 goals that graduated last year.”

Mix said the Sea Kings have replaced last year’s scorers with a committee effort. CdM has also played stellar defense.

The Sea Kings shut out the Gaels in the second half, as seniors Alex Mainthow and JD Abbott, and junior Donald Dalton weren’t thinking about giving the visitors a warm welcome. Senior goalie Hugh Russell was also a big part of that, recording five saves.

On offense, sophomore Michael Keasey and freshman Jack Ortleib scored one goal each. Sophomore Michael Ortleib and senior Daniel Noto both had two assists, while senior Randall Nelson added an assist.