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Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Chatfield, West Linn, Bishop’s School, Amador Valley And Centauraus


April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights remain atop the poll with some impressive victories. Foothill-Santa Ana had three convincing victories last week over Newport Harbor (Calif.), 14-4, Valencia (Calif.), 15-4, and Beckman (Calif.), 18-3. Defense has been the key for the Knights and they’ve continued to get better every game.

Editor’s Note: Foothill-Santa Ana lost its first game of the season on Tuesday, after this piece was written and submitted.

2. Chatfield (Colo.), 8-0
The Chargers remained undefeated by dominating Green Mountain (Colo.) and Mullen (Colo.). Chatfield is on its way to putting together one of the most impressive seasons in program history. The Chargers play three in-state games this week against Conifer (Colo.), Golden (Colo.) and Cherokee Trail (Colo.).

3. West Linn (Ore.), 7-0
The Lions passed their biggest test of the young season with a 15-11 victory over rival Lake Oswego (Ore.). Natalie Byrne led the way with nine goals. West Linn then followed that up with victories over Clackmas (Ore.) and Canby (Ore.), outscoring them by a combined 33-1. The Lions have a tough game this week against Oregon Episcopal (5-1).

4. The Bishop’s School (Calif.) 6-0
The Knights resumed play after a five-day break with a convincing 18-4 victory over La Jolla Country Day School (Calif.) in conference play. The Bishop’s School can continue to crate more separation in the league this week with a game against Pacific Ridge (Calif.), which is 3-5 on the season.

5. Amador Valley (Calif.), 10 -1
The Dons have won five consecutive games, including an impressive 13-11 victory over St. Ignatius (Calif.). Amador Valley followed that up with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.) in five overtimes.

6. Centaurus (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors won the showdown of the week in Colorado with a convincing 17-9 victory over previously undefeated Air Academy (Colo.). Centaurus pulled way by scoring nine of the game’s final 10 goals. Sarah Brown (Colorado) led the way with five goals. The Warriors followed that up with victories over St. Mary’s Academy (Colo.) and Kent Denver (Colo.).

7. Denver East (Colo.), 8-0
The Angels continued their impressive run to open the season. Denver East remained unbeaten with victories over Thomson Valley (Colo.), 8-7, Kennedy (Colo.), 21-1, and Dakota Ridge (Colo.), 25-6. The Angels have a tough test this week against Colorado Academy (Colo.), which is 7-1.

8. Air Academy (Colo.), 6-1
The Kadets suffered their first loss of the season, 17-9, to rival Centaurus. Air Academy actually took an 8-7 lead midway through the second half before the Warriors put together an impressive rally. Air Academy bounced back with a 16-6 victory over Palmer Ridge (Colo.).

9. Carondelet (Calif.), 7-3
The Cougars knocked off Menlo School (Calif.) 17-7. Maddie Castelein, Corinne Lafayette and Mia Maloney each had three goals. Carondelet then suffered a heart-breaking 7-6 loss to former No. 1 Amador Valley (Calif.). The Cougars look to bounce back with a tough game against Los Alamitos (8-3) this week before hitting the road for some out-of-state competition, including a game against Loyola Academy (Ill.).

10. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 8-3
The Griffins enter the poll on the heals of three-straight victories. Los Alamitos knocked off perennial power La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 12-10, and the picked up a 12-11 victory over Cherry Creek (Colo.). The Griffins got another signature win, 18-13, over Mater Dei (Calif.).

Notes

West Linn showed the balance of power has not shifted in Oregon this season. The defending state champions knocked off rival Lake Oswego, 15-11, in a battle of the area’s top programs. It was Lake Oswego’s first loss at home in three years.

Sophomore Natalie Byrne rose to the occasion again scoring nine goals on just 12 shots and adding two assists. She also had six goals in last season’s state championship 19-13 victory over Lake Oswego. Mariah Gatti and Hanna Morford each scored three goals for West Linn, which is 7-0 on the season. Lexi Cheetham and Lilly Newman, each had four goals for Lake Oswego.

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Eastside Catholic (Wash.) has one of the most balanced teams in Seattle and have created matchup problems for teams all season. In a 13-5 victory over Seattle Prep last week, Eastside Catholic over came four unanswered goals in the first half to pull away. The Crusaders held Prep scoreless in the second half, while scoring seven goals. Valerie Vachris finished with five goals, while Maddie Banks had four and Tristana Leist added three. Eastside Catholic is now 6-1-1 and will face a big test against undefeated Lakeside (5-0-1) this week.

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 Girls Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Air Academy, Chatfield, Lake Oswego And Bishop’s School


April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 7-0
The Knights continue to roll through their untarnished season, dominating on defense. Foothill-Santa Ana has not allowed more than nine goals per game and knocked off El Dorado (Calif.) and Westview (Calif.) last week, defeating them 16-0 and 19-7, respectively. The Knights face a tough test this week against Newport Harbor (Calif.), a 10-1 squad looking to hand Foothill-Santa Ana its first loss.

2. Air Academy (Colo.), 5-0
The Kadets remained undefeated going into their break and will play its first game in two weeks on April 8 against Centaurus (Colo.), which is 6-1 on the season. The Air Academy Kadets are gunning for a top spot in the Colorado playoffs.

3. Chatfield (Colo.), 3-0
The Chargers have been explosive on offense, trumping Wheat Ridge (Colo) 19-3 and Chapparal 26-16 last week. Chatfield has been eliminated in the second round of the state playoffs for three consecutive seasons, but the club appears ready to advance to the next step this season.

4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 5-0
The Lakers enter the poll with five-straight victories to open the season, notching two significant regional wins over California’s Torrey Pines and La Costa Canyon. Lake Oswego has its biggest regular season game this week against undefeated state rival West Linn (Ore.).

5. The Bishop’s School (Calif.) 5-0
This past week, the Knights continued their impressive run with an 18-3 victory over the Francis Parker School (Calif.). However, looking ahead, they have three consecutive league matchups against La Jolla Country Day School (Calif.), Sante Fe Christian (Calif.) and Pacific Ridge (Calif.), which should sort out the California Coastal Girls standings.

6. Amador Valley (Calif.), 5-1
The Dons were upset by La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 9-8, in overtime for their first loss of the season, yet were able to bounce back with victories over Coronado (Calif.), Torrey Pines (Calif.) and Poway (Calif.). Amador Valley has now set its eyes on this week’s game against St. Ignatius (Calif.), which also suffered its first loss last week.

7. Denver East (Colo.), 5-0
The Angels have been one of the most dominant teams in the region this season. After an approximate two-week break, Denver East is back in action against Thomson Valley (Colo.), hoping to secure a top spot in the Colorado playoffs.

8. Centaurus (Colo.), 6-1
The Warriors have reset and rebooted in Colorado after a trip to the East Coast, handing Colorado Academy (Colo.) its first loss of the season, 14-8. Centaurus will now turn to face No. 2 Air Academy, another undefeated team, making it the biggest matchup in Colorado this week.

9. Carondelet (Calif.), 5-2
The Cougars picked up their biggest win of the season, handing St. Ignatius (Calif.) its first loss in an 11-7 bout this past week. Carondelet has another challenge this week with a home matchup against Menlo School (Calif.).

10. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 6-0
The Wildcats had a solid 17-9 victory over the sixth-ranked Menlo School. Kate Mattimore led the way with four goals and two assists, while Alex Robertson finished with five goals. St. Ignatius then fell 11-7 to Carondelet, which entered the poll this week.

Notes

Lake Oswego (Ore.) has seven seniors who have been playing together since their freshman year. That experience could bode well for the Lakers in the playoffs this season, especially if they hope to knock off defending state champion, West Linn.

“They work really hard and are really motivated after a very sub-par performance in the state finals last year,” coach Lauren Anderson said. “The seniors won state titles in 2011 and 2012, so they would like to end their career by getting that cup back.”

Some of Lake Oswego’s top players include middies Lilly Newman, Madeline Reece and freshman goalie Riley Hertford, who have committed to Colorado, Oregon and USC, respectively. Other key players are Lexi Cheetham (Louisville) and Abby Bergevin, who is still being recruited by several Division I programs.

The level of play has improved in Oregon and college coaches are taking notice. Lake Oswego traveled to California this season and beat Coronado, 12-7, Torrey Pines 10-9 and La Costa Canyon 10-9.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10 Features #1 Amador Valley, St. Ignatius, Air Academy, Chatfield, Centaurus And Menlo School


April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014

1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 5-0
The Dons maintain the top spot with more impressive victories. Amador Valley handed Novato its first loss and also topped out-of-state foe Kent Denver (Colo.). Amador Valley faces three straight road tests against La Costa Canyon (Calif.), Coronado (Calif.) and Torrey Pines (Calif.).

2. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 6-0
The Wildcats enter the poll with an impressive start to the season. St. Ignatius picked up a solid, 8-7 victory over a tough Novato (Calif.) squad. St. Ignatius has another big game March 31 against The Menlo School (Calif.).

3. Air Academy (Colo.), 5-0
The Kadets have been dominant defensively and have yet to allow 10 goals in a game this season. Air Academy clashes with No. 2 Centaurus (Colo.) this week in Colorado’s biggest game this week.

4. Chatfield (Colo.), 3-0
The Chargers went into their break with some solid momentum. Chatfield returns to in-state action this week against Douglas Co.-Castle View (Colo.) and Wheat Ridge (Colo.).

5. Centaurus (Colo.), 5-1
The Warriors had a solid showing against East Coast teams last week, beating Poly Prep (N.Y.) 18-3 before dropping a close game to the Flint Hill School (D.C.), 9-5.

6. Menlo School (Calif.), 6-1
Menlo went into its break with only one loss – a 11-9 setback to Amador Valley. The Knights face a tough battle this against St. Ignatius, which is one of the key games in the state this week.

7. Novato (Calif.), 8-2
The Hornets suffered their first loss of the season against No. 1 Amador Valley, but bounced back with victories over Sir Francis Drake (Calif.) and Justin-Siena (Calif.). Novato had another tough setback against St. Ignatius but their tough schedule should benefit them in the playoffs.

8. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 3-0
The Knight have rolled through the early part of their schedule and have not allowed more than five goals in a game. Foothill-Santa Ana will likely provide matchup problems for its opposition for most of the season.

9. Poway (Calif.), 5-0
The Titans have shown solid balance in their victories this season and picked up a solid 13-10 victory over Torrey Pines this week. With seven seniors, including attacker Claire Amabile, Poway has the experience to make a deep run in the playoffs.

10. The Bishop’s School (Calif.) 3-0
The Knights enter the poll this week with a strong start to the season. The Bishop’s School picked up three victories last week over Carlsbad (Calif.), Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) and Cathedral Catholic (Calif.).

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 Girls Top 10 Features #1 Amador Valley Followed By Centaurus, Novato, Chatfield And Air Academy


March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 2-0
The Dons passed their first big test of the season with a 24-17 victory over The Menlo School (Calif.). Cambi Cukar finished with seven goals and an assist, while Evan Murphy scored three goals with six assists.

2. Centaurus (Colo.), 4-0
The Warriors picked up a signature 9-6 victory over rival Cherry Creek (Colo.). It was the first time Centaurus has ever defeated the Bruins. Sarah Brown (Colorado) led the way with six goals.

3. Novato (Calif.), 6-0
The Hornets enter the poll on the heals of six consecutive victories to open the season. Novato has outscored its opponents 111-29 in those games. The big test comes this week in a showdown with top-ranked Amador Valley.

4. Chatfield (Colo.), 3-0
The Chargers enter the poll this week by opening the season with three consecutive victories. Chatfield picked up one of the biggest wins in program history with a 14-9 victory over Cherry Creek. Rachel Walker finished with six goals.

5. Air Academy (Colo.), 4-0
The Kadets continued their early season surge with four wins, including over Kent Denver (Colo.) and Arapahoe (Colo.). Air Academy has a big out-of-state game against Los Alamitos this week.

6. Menlo School (Calif.), 6-1
The Knights suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 24-17 decision to top-ranked Amador Valley. Menlo was led by Sophia Donovan and Nikky Price, who each had six goals. Menlo bounced back with a key 11-10 victory over California High School with Parvathi Narayan leading the way with four goals.

7. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 2-0
The Knights enter the poll this week with two dominant victories over Aliso Niguel (Calif.) and Mater Dei (Calif.). Foothill has a touch match-up this week against Valencia, which improved to 5-1 last week.

8. Poway (Calif.), 2-0
The Titans picked up two victories to open the season, outscoring Ramona (Calif.) and La Jolla (Calif.) by a combined 31-10. Poway has two big tests on the horizon with games against Torrey Pines and Coronado.

9. Carondelet (Calif.), 3-1
The Cougars beat Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) 18-5 and the team continues to get better. Carondelet has put together one of the toughest schedules in the region and faces a tough out-of-state battle with Kent Denver this week.

10. California High School (Calif.) 3-1
The Grizzlies had their first setback of the season with a tough, 11-10 loss to No. 7 Menlo School. Shannon Geary led California with five goals. The Grizzlies look to bounce back this week with games against St. Francis (Calif.) and Granite Bay (Calif.).

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10 Features #1 Amador Valley Followed By Torrey Pines, Cherry Creek, And San Ramon Valley


Nike US Lacrosse West Region High School Lacrosse Top 10

1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 1-0 The Dons hosted Coppell (Texas) and ran away with a 20-1 victory. Amador Valley plays three-straight home games, including a showdown against Kent Denver (Colo.) on March 26, before embarking on a five-game road trip.

2. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 1-0 The Falcons knocked off Carlsbad (Calif.) 12-9 in their season-opener. Torrey Pines has two tough games this week against Canyon Crest Academy (which knocked off La Costa Canyon last week) and Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), before hosting Cherry Creek (Colo.) for a solid, regional matchup.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.) 2-0 The Bruins are off to another dominant start with three victories over Overland (Colo.), Grandview (Colo.) and Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.). Colby Goettelman had five goals and an assist against Cheyenne Mountain. Cherry Creek has a tough league matchup looming this week against Centaurus, which opened its season with two victories.

4. San Ramon Valley (Calif.) The Wolves reeled off four consecutive victories, including an 8-7 win over former No. 2 Carondelet (Calif.). The schedule does not get easier for San Ramon Valley with a big game against top-ranked Amador Valley on March 28.

5. Centaurus (Colo.), 2-0 The Warriors jumped out to a quick start with season-opening victories over Heritage-Littleton (Colo.) and Ralston Valley (Colo.). Centaurus has two tough tests this week against Chaparral (Colo.) and Cherry Creek.

6. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 4-0 The Griffins bolted out of the gate, reeling off four-straight victories over Temecula Valley (Calif.), Aliso Niguel (Calif.), Coronado (Calif.) and Scripps Ranch (Calif.). Los Alamitos gets tested when it travels to Texas this week to take on state power St. John’s, which is off to a 3-1 start.

7. Carondelet (Calif.), 2-1 After opening the season with victories over Marin Catholic (Calif.) and Acalanes (Calif.), the Cougars fell to San Ramon Valley 8-7. Carondelet travels to Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) before hosting Kent Denver (Colo.) for a solid regional matchup.

8. Air Academy (Colo.), 1-0 The Kadets opened the season with a hard-fought 9-6 victory over Kent Denver. Air Academy has another test this week against Arapahoe (Colo.), which was dominant against Eaglecrest (Colo.) in its season opener.

9. California High School (Calif.) 2-0 The Grizzlies dropped Campolindo (Calif.) and Foothill (Calif.), Pleasanton (Calif.) to open the season. California hosts Dublin (Calif.) and travels to St. Francis (Calif.) before a showdown with undefeated Menlo School (Calif.) on March 21.

10. Menlo School (Calif.), 4-0 The Knights opened the season with victories over Mercy (Calif.), Burlingame (Calif.), Cardinal Newman (Calif.), Gunn-Palo Alto (Calif.) and Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.). Freshman Sophia Donovan finished with three goals and an assist, along with five draw controls in a 12-5 victory over Gunn. Those victories should provide Menlo with some momentum heading into a huge game against No. 1 Amador Valley.