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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.

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


March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

1. Torrey Pines (Calif.) 3-0 The Falcons already picked up three huge wins this season to take over the No. 1 spot. One week after knocking off Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) in overtime, Torrey Pines beat former No. 1 St. Ignatius (Calif.), The Falcons followed that up with another impressive, 10-6 victory over De LaSalle (Calif.).

2. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 3-1 The Wildcats fell to former No. 2 Torrey Pines in one of the early marquee matchups of the regular season. St. Ignatius rebounded with a 19-8 win over Coronado (Calif.).

3. Arapahoe (Colo.), 4-0 The Warriors took down Southlake (Texas) 9-6 and Littleton (Colo.) 17-2 this week.

4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 1-0 The Mavericks cruised to a 13-6 victory over Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) in their opener. La Costa Canyon takes on Westview (Calif.) this week before a big showdown with Cathedral Catholic (Calif.).

5. Bellevue (Wash.), 1-0 The Wolverines knocked off in-state foe Bainbridge Island (Wash.), 10-4 to open the season. Hank Bethke (Ohio State) had four goals and two assists. Bellevue faces its first road test this week against Woodinville (Wash.).

6. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 3-0 The Bruins are in solid early form, beating Rock Canyon (Colo.) and Overland (Colo.) to open the season, and handing Wheat Ridge (Colo.) a loss on Monday.

7. St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.), 2-0 The Tartans opened the season with a 7-3 victory over Yorba Linda (Calif.) and beat St. John’s (Texas) 17-4.

8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 2-1 The Dons bounced back from a heart-breaking 7-6 overtime loss to No. 1 Torrey Pines with a 13-7 victory over Poway (Calif.) and a 12-9 win over Palos Verdes (Calif.). Cathedral Catholic plays Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) on Tuesday.

9. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 2-0 The Sea Kings blew past University Irvine (Calif.) 19-0 in the season opener and beat St. John’s (Texas) 14-6. They play Fort Collins (Colo.) Unified on Wednesday.

10. The Bishop’s School (Calif.), 0-0 The Knights open the season with a tough test against J Serra Catholic (Calif.). Bishops has the depth and talent to make a deep playoff run this season.

Latest Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys National Top 25 Features #1 Boys Latin; West Region St. Ignatius Prep And Torrey Pines Debut Tied At #24


March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

A pair of teams from the west region make their debuts this week in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 poll, as California's Torrey Pines and St. Ignatius Prep came in knotted for the 24th spot in this week's rankings, while at the other end, Boys' Latin (Md.) continued its reign at the top with eight of nine first-place votes.  McDonogh (Md.) jumps from fifth a week ago to No. 2 after a 3-0 start, with Indiana's Culver Academy (2-0) slipping to third by a few votes. Georgetown Prep (Md.) stays at No. 3 with a 3-0 mark so far, while Malvern Prep (Pa.) moves up two spots to round out the Top 5.

A pair of teams from the west region make their debuts this week in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 poll, as California’s Torrey Pines and St. Ignatius Prep came in knotted for the 24th spot in this week’s rankings, while at the other end, Boys’ Latin (Md.) continued its reign at the top with eight of nine first-place votes.
McDonogh (Md.) jumps from fifth a week ago to No. 2 after a 3-0 start, with Indiana’s Culver Academy (2-0) slipping to third by a few votes. Georgetown Prep (Md.) stays at No. 3 with a 3-0 mark so far, while Malvern Prep (Pa.) moves up two spots to round out the Top 5.

“Lacrosse Magazine March 2014” Issue Released Featuring San Diego’s Jake Seau, Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview And US Men’s National Team


Lacrosse Magazine March 2014 Issue

COVER STORY – Jake Seau – No Regrets
Jake Seau, the son of late NFL legend Junior Seau, has carved out his own niche in lacrosse as one of the nation’s top high school players out of San Diego.
FEATURES
Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview
Lacrosse Magazine canvasses the country for the top stories, teams and players in the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview
Boys’ National Top 25
Girls’ National Top 25
Region Top 10/Player of the Year Watch Lists
Northeast: Boys | Girls
Midwest: Boys | Girls
South: Boys | Girls
Mid-Atlantic: Boys | Girls
West: Boys | Girls
American Hustle
On a U.S. training team featuring some of the biggest names in lacrosse, everybody’s talking about Matt Abbott. Find out why, and get starry-eyed with analysis of the 30 players to advance.
by Sean Burns and Corey McLaughlin
7-Point Check
As lacrosse explodes nationally, parents encounter more questions than answers. LM consulted some of the sport’s brightest minds and most respected leaders and came away with seven keys to a positive experience.
ACC Eclipse
Don’t avert your eyes, just enjoy the show, with the best lacrosse conference in history going at it this spring.
by Corey McLaughlin
COLUMNS
From the Editor: Don’t Be That Guy
His Space: Call Geppi-Aikens to the Hall
Boyle Point: Specialization’s False Logic
DEPARTMENTS
World Lacrosse 2014
Four years into its existence, the Israeli Lacrosse Association is thriving on a simple precept: “If you’re Jewish, you’re Israeli,” ILA founder Scott Neiss said.
The Scoop
Six years after surviving an explosion, Connor McKemy finds his calling at high point, and ageless wonder John Tavares remains as tenation as ever in the NLL.
Off the Field
Hang out with Albany’s Miles Thompson and learn a thing or two about Native American heritage – and why he trashed his Washington Redskins blanket.

Nike/US Lacrosse 2014 Preseason Western High School Boys’ Lacrosse Top 10 Features #1 St. Ignatius Prep Followed By Torrey Pines, Arapahoe, La Costa Canyon, Bellevue And Cherry Creek


Nike US Lacrosse West Region High School Lacrosse Top 10

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US Lacrosse Releases “2014 Rules For Boys Youth Lacrosse – Rule Interpretation” (Video)


Lacrosse Tournaments: “2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival” To Feature A Record 250 Boys And Girls Club Teams On January 18-19 In Indio, CA


Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival 2014

Organizers with Synapse Sports and Lax West have announced the seventh annual Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival, being held Jan. 18-19, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal., has been expanded to include competition on 40 fields.

A record 250 boys’ and girls’ teams – comprised of middle and high school players – are slated to compete in the 2014 event co-sponsored by Under Armour and Gatorade. 

“We knew when we started Sand Storm in 2008 that it had tremendous potential.  A warm weather location, state-of-the-art facility, top-notch competition and detailed organization are the ingredients for success,” said Cathy Samaras, found and CEO of Synapse Sports.

“Sand Storm lived up to its potential and exceeded expectations since the beginning.  Now it has become a destination event for club teams throughout the country as the premier winter tournament on the West Coast.”

Sand Storm began as a girls’ club tournament geared primarily towards clubs from Western States. It has since expanded its reach and now includes a significant number of teams from the Midwest, East Coast and even Canada.  The number of Division I, II and III collegiate coaches scouting talent at Sand Storm has also increased significantly in recent years as the talent pool expanded.

Sand Storm added a boys’ component in 2011 and it has grown exponentially under the guidance of Michael Watson of Lax West.  In just four years, the boys’ tournament has grown from 14 to 112 teams.  “It’s a testament to the overall quality of the event.

Every team that participated the past two years had a great experience and it has spread by word of mouth that Sand Storm is a top-notch tournament in terms of a spectacular venue, precise management and strong competition,” Watson said.  “A weekend in Palm Springs is very appealing to the out-of-town teams.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with how quickly this thing has taken off.”

For more information about the 2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival visit the event website:  http://www.laxtournaments.com

SYNAPSE SPORTS Synapse Sports is the premier provider of lacrosse playing opportunities and recruiting events in the U.S.  Founder and CEO Cathy Samaras has been a trailblazer in the sport of lacrosse, working tirelessly for over 25 years to promote the growth and development of the game – from grassroots to global.  To learn more about the exciting events organized by the company visit http://www.synapsesports.com or call 410-573-1414.

LAX WEST Founded by US Lacrosse Hall of Fame recipient and former UVA 4-time All American Michael Watson, Lax West is committed to helping its participants reach their full potential as competitive lacrosse players and coaches through a variety of platforms including instructional and competitive camps & clinics, as well as coaching clinics and seminars, invitational exhibitions, games and tournaments.

Visit http://www.laxwestlacrosse.com for more information.