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


April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

1 . Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 11-0
The Raiders have not played since bearing Fort Collins (Colo.) on April 12. Regis Jesuit will battle a 9-2 Kent Denver (Colo.) team this week in a game that will help determine playoff seedings in another deep Colorado league.

2. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 12-1
The Knights extended their winning streak to seven games with impressive victories over St. Margaret’s Episcopal and San Ramon Valley. Foothill has another tough test this week against No. 3 La Costa Canyon.

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 9-4
The Mavericks returned to California after a productive trip to the East Coast and beat San Ramon Valley (Calif.) 21-11 and St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.), 11-6. La Costa Canyon has two big showdowns on the horizon with games against J Serra Catholic (Calif.) and Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).

4. Mercer Island (Wash.), 13-1
The Islanders returned from their successful trip to the East Coast with a 17-6 victory over Bainbridge Island (Wash.). Mercer Island plays an in-state schedule the rest of the way and this week takes on Bothell-Inglemoor (Wash.).

5. Bellevue (Wash.), 12-1
After shutting out state foe Liberty (Wash.), Bellevue handed West Linn (Ore.) its first loss of the season, 13-4. Bellevue gets back to in-state action this week with a tough matchup against a 10-2 Issaquah (Wash.) team.

6. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 12-1
The Bells dropped Foothill (Calif.), 13-10, and St. Francis (Calif.), 15-9 in their games last week. Bellarmine faces a tough league matchup against Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), which is 9-3 on the season.

7. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 10-2
The Bruins flexed their muscle with a dominant 14-5 victory over defending state champion Arapahoe (Colo.). The victory is a huge boost for Cherry Creek’s playoff seedings. The Bruins could earn the top seed if they can knock off No. 1 Regis Jesuit on April 29.

8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 11-2
The Dons continued to roll with a 9-7 victory over The Bishop’s School (Calif.) and a 19-3 victory over Mira Mesa (Calif.). Cathedral Catholic is in store for a tough week with games against a 10-2 Marin Catholic (Calif.) and and a 12-2 J Serra Catholic (Calif.) squad.

9. Corona del Mar (Calif.) 10-1
The Sea Kings won their fourth consecutive game, including an 8-5 victory over a tough J Serra Catholic. Hoyt Crance came up huge with 12 saves. Corona del Mar has two hard contests looking this week against Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.) and St. Margaret’s Episcopal (9-5).

10. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 11-0
The Crusaders remained undefeated this season with victories over Mount Si (Wash.) and Auburn-Riverside (Wash.). Eastside Catholic has yet to allow more than eight goals in a game this year. They take on Kennedy Catholic (Wash.) this week.

Notes

De La Salle (Calif.) took down rival St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) this week in one of the biggest games in California. The teams traded goals for much of the game before heading into overtime where Brett Rideau got the game-winner for the Spartans. Cade Bailey (Bryant) had three goals and an assist, while Brett Inglesby and Andy Evans also had goals. Johnny Perlite finished with 13 saves. Peter Alimam led St. Ignatius with two goals and Cyrus Scott had 11 saves.

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Mountain Vista (Colo.) picked up its first-ever victory over rival Kent Denver (Colo.) last week. Bryan Hancock, Shane McKenna and Alec Womback each had three goals for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 10-2 on the season and are primed for a deep playoff run.

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


April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights enter the poll with a hard-fought 13-12 victory over previously undefeated J Serra Catholic. Foothill-Santa Ana is now riding a five-game winning streak and faces another tough game this week against St Margaret’s Episcopal (7-2).

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 11-0
The Raiders remain atop the rankings with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Colorado Academy (Colo.) and a 13-5 win over Fort Collins (Colo.). Regis Jesuit has an almost two-week break before taking on Kent Denver (Colo.) and Heritage (Colo.) in a span of three days.

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 7- 4
The Mavericks had a respectable showing in a 13-7 loss to undefeated Georgetown Prep (Md.), ranked No. 3 in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Boys’ Top 25. La Costa Canyon also hung tough with nationally ranked Salesianum (Del.). In the final game of the week, La Costa Canyon fell to Haverford School (Pa.), 19-4.

4. Mercer Island (Wash.), 12-1
The Islanders showed they can play with the most elite teams in the entire nation, going 2-1 on their trip to Connecticut. Mercer Island beat Joel Barlow, 12-10 and Xavier, 13-5 before falling to Wilton. 15-12. The Islanders appear to be surging to the playoff stretch.

5. J Serra Catholic, (Calif), 12- 1
The Lions continued their impressive run with a 15-10 victory over Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.). J Serra Catholic then fell in a showdown with Foothill-Santa Ana, which entered the game with only one loss — a tough 14-13 setback to Torrey Pines.

6. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 10-2
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to six games with victories over Serra San-Mateo (Calif.) and Redwood (Calif.). St. Ignatius plays one more in-state game against De La Salle (Calif.) before traveling East to take on St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) and Salesianum.

7. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-1
The Bells won their third consecutive game with a dominant 18-2 victory over Archbishop Mitty (Calif.). Bellarmine takes on Foothill and St. Francis (Calif.) this week before another 10-day layoff.

8. West Linn (Ore.) 5-0
The Lions extended their winning steak to five games with a solid 9-7 victory over Jesuit Portland (Ore.). West Linn and Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) have established themselves as the class of the state. Unfortunately, the teams do not play in the regular season.

9. Arapahoe (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors bounced back from their loss to top-ranked Regis Jesuit with dominant victories over San Clemente (Colo.) and Lincoln (Colo.). Arapahoe faces another big test this week against No. 9 Cherry Creek (Colo.) as they head to the playoff stretch.

10. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 8-2
The Bruins returned from Maryland and took down Cherokee Trail (Colo.), San Clemente (Colo.) and Eaglecrest (Colo.). Cherry Creek faces off with Arapahoe this week in a game that will have huge playoff implications as far as seeding.

Notes

Teams from Washington State showed they can play with anyone in the nation last week. Mercer Island traveled to Connecticut and beat Joel Barlow, 12-10, Xavier, 13-5 before losing to Wilton, 15-12, in a shootout. Issaquah finished 2-1 on its long trip to Texas. The Eagles beat Vandegrift (Texas), 9-5, and then knocked off Westlake (Texas), 7-4. Issaquah suffered a loss in the final game, 10-9, to Austin (Texas). Issaquah is now 9-2 on the season with its only other loss to Faith Lutheran of Nevada. Along with Bellevue (10-1), the playoffs in Washington State should be an interesting affair. Eastside Catholic (Wash.) ran their unbeaten streak to nine with a dominant 17-2 victory over Emerald Ridge-Puyallup (Wash.). Eastside Catholic plays back-to-back games against Mount Si (Wash.) and Auburn-Riverside (Wash.) before getting a 13-day break.

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West Linn (Ore.) knocked state rival Jesuit-Portland, 9-7, in the Fritz Hayes Classic, which honors a former longtime local, lacrosse official who was killed during a home invasion two years ago. All four of last year’s Oregon semifinalists – West Linn, Jesuit-Portland, Lakeside (Ore.) and Beaverton (Ore.) – all participated in the tournament. Colin Squires scored what proved to be the game-in winner with just over a minute left in regulation for West Linn, which improved to 5-0 on the season. Jack Sweitzer led Jesuit with two goals. West Linn also knocked off Portland Jesuit in the state semifinals last season. In the other game, Holden Catlett had three goals to lead defending state champion Lakeridge to a dominant 12-1 victory over Beaverton. The Pacers (7-3) beat West Linn, 15-7, in the finals last season.

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Waterford (Utah) defenseman Jacob Mika might have scored the goal of the year in high school lacrosse. As time expired in the first quarter against Riverton (Utah), Mika picked a loose ball in front of his own goal and then heaved the ball their entire length of the field over the Riverton goalie’s head and into the goal. Waterford won the game 17-3 and is 6-1 on the season

US Lacrosse Releases “2013 Lacrosse Participation Survey”; Record Total Of 746,000 Players Competed On Organized Teams, A 34% Increase Since 2008


2013 Participation Survey

A record total of 746,859 players competed on organized lacrosse teams in 2013, as reported in the annual US Lacrosse Participation Report released today. The growth rate from last year (722,205) was 3.4 percent and youth participation topped 400,000 for the first time ever. The 403,770 youth participants represent over half of the total playing population and youth participation grew 3.6 percent over 2012. Roughly two-thirds of the youth participants are boys (265,428) and more players came from New York (55,298) than any other state. Lacrosse continues to be the fastest-growing sport at the high school level, and a total of 290,046 players competed in 2013. According to data from the NFHS, from 2008 to 2013, a total of 621 schools added boys’ teams and 588 schools added girls’ teams. Those figures represent a 34 percent increase in the number of boys’ programs and a 36 percent increase in the number of girls’ programs, easily outdistancing other sports in terms of percentage growth. The second-fastest growing sports are water polo (13 percent for boys) and ice hockey (14 percent for girls). Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing NCAA sport, and more than 35,000 players competed on varsity, club or junior college teams in 2013. A staggering 60 new varsity programs were added in 2013, including eight new NCAA Division I programs. US Lacrosse has produced the Participation Report annually since 2001, and over that time span the number of players has grown 194 percent, from 253,901 to 746,859. This survey counts only play on organized teams, and does not count leisure-time play of the sport. The primary source of data for this report is provided by the 67 US Lacrosse regional chapters. Each chapter reports detailed participation at the youth level, and significant data is also obtained from US Lacrosse membership records, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Federation of State High School Associations and LaxPower.com.

2013 US Lacrosse Participation Survey

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 J Serra Catholic, Regis Jesuit, La Costa Canyon, Mercer Island And St. Ignatius Prep


 

April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014

1. J Serra Catholic (Calif.) 11-0
The Lions have remained undefeated and have been stellar defensively, earning a tie for the No. 24 spot in the national poll this week. J Serra racked up a big 17-4 victory over Mater Dei (Calif.) last week. J Serra Catholic has tough in-state games this week against St. Margarita Catholic (Calif.) and Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.) 9-0
The Raiders wowed with a decisive 16-8 victory over former No. 1 and the defending Colorado state champions Arapahoe (Colo.). Chet Dunstan (Air Force) led the way with four goals and two assists. Regis Jesuit also knocked off Mullen 13-5 and is in the driver’s seat for a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 7-1
The Mavericks are riding a three-game winning streak and beat a powerful Torrey Pines (Calif.) team 8-7. La Costa Canyon travels East this week to take on some of the strongest programs in the nation – Georgetown Prep (D.C.), Salesianum (Del.) and Haverford School (Pa.).

4. Mercer Island (Wash.) 10-0
The Islanders have dominated the early portion of their schedule with victories over teams in their home state and Oregon. Mercer Island has not allowed more than eight goals in a game this season. The Islanders face their toughest tests this week when they travel to Connecticut to take on Joel Barlow, Xavier and Wilton.

5. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) 8-2
The Wildcats have won four consecutive games, including a decisive 7-1 victory over Arizona power Brophy Prep. St. Ignatius plays one of the toughest schedules of any team in the West region. In late April, they travel East to take on two strong squads in St. Stephen & St. Agnes (D.C.) and Salesianum.

6. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 9-1
The Bells enter the poll with two straight wins, including an 11-5 victory over Brophy Prep and a 15-6 victory over Lakeridge (Ore.). Bellarmine’s only loss was a tight 9-6 setback to top-ranked Regis Jesuit. A showdown with St. Ignatius looms in the season finale May 7.

7. West Linn (Ore.) 4-0
The Lions have set the table in Oregon with four consecutive wins to open the season. West Linn has showed solid balance and will get a tough test this week when it hosts Jesuit Portland (5-1).

8. Arapahoe (Colo.), 7-1
The Warriors suffered their first loss against the new, top-ranked team Regis Jesuit. Zach Runberg (Delaware) had three goals in the 16-8 loss. Arapahoe looks to bounce back this week against out-of-state competition in San Clemente (Calif.) and Lincoln (Ore.)

9. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 5-1
The Bruins represented the state of Colorado well in games against two of the most powerful programs in Maryland. Cherry Creek dropped a 12-5 game to Loyola Blakefield and lost 8-4 to Severn. Cherry Creek gets back to league action against Cherokee Trail.

10. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 8-0
The Crusaders enter the poll with eight consecutive victories to open the season. Eastside Catholic has been stellar defensively and handed Jesuit-Portland (Ore.) its first loss of the season, 18-5. This week, the Crusaders battle Sehome-Bellinghome (Wash.), which is also undefeated.

Notes
Regis Jesuit showed there is a new order in Colorado with a dominant 16-8 victory over defending champion Arapahoe. Chet Dunstan (Air Force) paved the way with four goals and two assists, while Chase Kunkel (Mercer) added five goals. The Raiders have picked up some impressive wins this season, including a 9-8 double overtime victory over California power St. Ignatius. However, the victory over Arapahoe might have been the most gratifying because the Warriors are the two-time defending champions and knocked Regis Jesuit out of the playoffs last season. The Raiders are looking for their first state title since 2011 and certainly have the talent to win the crown this season. Colorado, however, is very deep in talent with boys lacrosse and a team, such as Cherry Creek (Colo.), could get hot heading into the playoffs. For now, though, Regis Jesuit has established itself as the class of the state and perhaps the entire West Region. Aaron Horvat also had six goals in two games last week for Regis Jesuit. Goalie Brett Quartuccio also came up big with a combined 20 saves.

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Desert Vista coach Dan Lannon knows his team’s path to a title in Arizona will have to go trough perennial power Brophy Prep. His Thunder took a big step last week by knocking off the Broncos 8-7 in overtime to remain undefeated. Stephen Votto (Bellarmine) had the game-winner in overtime. Lance Pavlina (Essex CC) set the tone by going 11-4 on faceoffs, while Brad Hookum came up with 11 saves. With the victory, Desert Vista put itself in position to be the favorite for the title. However, Lannon knows a rematch against Brophy Prep is likely inevitable somewhere down the line.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10 Features #1 Arapahoe, Regis Jesuit, Mercer Island, Bellevue, JSerra Catholic And Cherry Creek


April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014

1. Arapahoe (Colo.), 7-0
The Warriors take over the top spot as they continue to pile up impressive wins, including an 18-7 victory over Milton Academy (Mass.). The Warriors have a big showdown looming April 5 against Regis Jesuit to decide early season supremacy in Colorado.

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.) 7-0
The Raiders launched into the poll this week with a 9-8 double overtime victory over California power St. Ignatius. Chase Konkel had the game-winner and Brett Quartuccio was exceptional with 10 saves. Regis Jesuit followed that up by handing Bellarmine Prep (Calif.) its first defeat of the season.

3. Mercer Island (Wash.), 7-0
The Islanders enter the poll this week as the dominant team in the Pacific Northwest. Mercer Island has dominated teams defensively and has not allowed more than eight goals in a game. A road trip to Connecticut in early April will provide a solid test for the program.

4. Bellevue (Wash.), 5-1
The Wolverines picked up an 11-3 win over Eastlake (Wash.). Bellevue was led by Hank Bethke (Ohio State), who had four goals and four assists, and Cole Cansler, who finished with four saves. The Wolverines lost their first game of the season in the NW Invitation to British Columbia’s Claremont School, 9-8.

5. J Serra Catholic, (Calif), 9-0
The Lions remain unbeaten and picked up an impressive 7-6 victory over former No. 1 Torrey Pines (Calif.). J Serra Catholic has a big showdown with Mater Dei (8-1) on April 4.

6. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 5-1
The Bruins dropped a 12-5 decision to a battle-tested Loyola Blakefield (Md.). Cherry Creek wraps up the trip against another Maryland power, Severn.

8. St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.), 5-0
The Tartans cruised the early portion of their schedule, which included a signature victory over Mount St. Joseph of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. Their biggest test will come April 3 against No. 9 St. Ignatius.

9. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 5-0
The Sea Kings continued to roll and have been stellar defensively, having not allowed more than six goals in a game this season. Corona del Mar has three straight road games before hosting J Serra Catholic.

10. The Bishop’s School (Calif.), 2-1
After opening the season with a loss to No. 5 J Serra Catholic, the Knights have rebounded nicely. The Bishop’s School beat Tesoro (Calif.), 13-12, and then had another 13-12 victory over Colorado Academy (Colo.), which was coming off a big win over Torrey Pines. The Knights face a tough match-up April 9 against undefeated Pacific Ridge.

College Lacrosse: New NCAA Div I Eligibility Website “2.3 Or Take A KNEE” Shows High School Student-Athletes Minimum Academic Requirements


 

 CORE COURSES  NCAA member schools require incoming student-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses that will best prepare them for the academic expectations in college.  ◾To play Division I sports, you must earn 16 core courses.  ◾Ten of them must be completed prior to the seventh semester. Those ten courses are “locked in” and can’t be retaken to improve the grade-point average.  ◾Seven of those 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that fulfills the overall distribution requirements listed below.  ◾If you don’t earn 10 courses before your seventh semester, you are still eligible to practice and receive a scholarship, but you can’t compete.  ◾For a complete list of your high school’s NCAA core courses, visit www.eligibilitycenter.org. Division I Core Course Requirements: ◾4 years of English. ◾3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). ◾2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). ◾1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. ◾2 years of social science. ◾4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).

CORE COURSES NCAA member schools require incoming student-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses that will best prepare them for the academic expectations in college. ◾To play Division I sports, you must earn 16 core courses. ◾Ten of them must be completed prior to the seventh semester. Those ten courses are “locked in” and can’t be retaken to improve the grade-point average. ◾Seven of those 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that fulfills the overall distribution requirements listed below. ◾If you don’t earn 10 courses before your seventh semester, you are still eligible to practice and receive a scholarship, but you can’t compete. ◾For a complete list of your high school’s NCAA core courses, visit http://www.eligibilitycenter.org. Division I Core Course Requirements: ◾4 years of English. ◾3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). ◾2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). ◾1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. ◾2 years of social science. ◾4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Torrey Pines Followed By Arapahoe, St. Ignatius Prep, La Costa Canyon And Bellevue


March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

1. Torrey Pines (Calif.) 5-0

One week after taking over the top spot, the Falcons continued to roll. Torrey Pines knocked off Palos Verdes (Calif.) 6-3 to wrap up the week. Next is a match-up against undefeated Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).

2. Arapahoe (Colo.), 6-0

The Warriors continued their early season surge, including a key out-of-state victory over Southlake (Texas). Arapahoe followed that up with victories over Littleton (Colo.), Eaglecrest (Colo.) and Cherokee Trail (Colo.).

3. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 3-1

The Wildcats bounced back from a loss to Torrey Pines with a dominant 19-8 victory over Coronado (Calif.). St. Ignatius begins West Catholic Athletic League play this week against Archbishop Mitty (5-2), which has won five consecutive games after opening the season with two losses.

4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 4-0

The Mavericks gave Westview (Calif.) its first loss of the season, 7-6, but the week only got better. La Costa Canyon also knocked off Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) and then toppled Fallbrook (Calif.). The Mavericks have put together a challenging schedule and have challenging out-of-state games with national implications against Georgetown Prep (Md.) and Salesianum (Del.).

5. Bellevue (Wash.), 4-0

The Wolverines have not allowed any more than six goals in any game so far this season. Bellevue crushed Roosevelt (Wash.) 20-1 to end the week. Hank Bethke and Chase Birkeland finished with four goals each.

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

The Bruins are right in the title mix again by dominating their early in-state schedule. Cherry Creek heads to the East Cost this week to take on a pair of tough, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association in Loyola Blakefield (2-2) and Severn (4-0).

7. St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.), 4-0

The Tartans rolled through their early in-state schedule and picked up a signature victory with a 14-13 victory over Mount St. Joseph (Md.). St. Margaret’s plays Marina before heading into another huge test against No. 3 St. Ignatius Prep on April 3.

8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 3-2

After a season-opening loss to No. 1 Torrey Pines, Cathedral Catholic picked up three consecutive victories before falling to No. 4 La Costa Canyon. Cathedral Catholic plays Patrick Henry (Calif.) before hosting Colorado powers, Air Academy and Denver East.

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

The Sea Kings had two impressive out-of-state victories over St. John’s (Texas) and Fort Collins United (Colo.). Corona del Mar then returned to in-state opponents and handed San Clemente (Calif.) its first setback of the season with a 4-3 victory.

10. J Serra Catholc, (Calif), 6-0

The Lions enter the poll on the heals of five consecutive victories, including a huge 11-9 win over the Bishop’s School (Calif.). Mitchell Kingsley (Hofstra) had four goals and three assists. J Serra Catholic followed that up with an impressive 15-10 victory over Coronado.