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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.

High School Lacrosse: Carondelet Girls Lacrosse Midfielder Kerianne Hunt Awarded “2013 Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Player Of The Year”


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West Player of the Year

Kerianne Hunt, Carondelet (Calif.)

Carondelet Girls Lacrosse Midfielder Kerianne Hunt

Carondelet Girls Lacrosse Midfielder Kerianne Hunt

Hunt was one of the main catalysts for the Cougars, who won the North Coast Section Division I girls lacrosse championship with a 9-7 overtime victory over Amador Valley (Calif.).

She finished the season with 50 goals and 46 assists. She also had 50 ground balls and won 85 draws.

She was one of seven senior leaders on the team who entered the season committed to Division I lacrosse programs (she is headed to Brown) and was part one of the most talented squad in the history of the program. The Cougars finished the season 17-3, with two of its losses coming at the hands of out-of-state teams Radnor (Pa.) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.).

In addition, Hunt was named the Player of the Year in the East Bay Athletic League and was US Lacrosse High School All-American for the third consecutive season.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/girls/2012-13/news/061813_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_girls_season_rewind

High School Lacrosse: McDonogh Girls Lacrosse (MD) Finishes Season As “2013 Nike/US Lacrosse #1 Ranked Team In Nation” With 22-0 Record


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Unbeaten McDonogh (Md.), which concluded its 2013 season by winning its fifth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship and by extending its winning streak to 91 games, earned all 10 first-place votes to finish No. 1 in the final Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls' Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, released Tuesday by US Lacrosse.The Eagles finished 22-0 to beat out No. 2 St. Anthony's (N.Y.), which suffered just one loss during its Catholic High School Athletic Association title-winning season. St. Stephen's and St. Agnes (Va.) went 27-1 en route to capturing two league championships and finishing at No. 3. Independent Schools League runner-up Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner Moorestown round out the top five.Voters in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 polls include Lacrosse Magazine writers, who determine the regional report rankings, and US Lacrosse area representives in the field. This is the final girls' poll of the 2013 season.

Unbeaten McDonogh (Md.), which concluded its 2013 season by winning its fifth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship and by extending its winning streak to 91 games, earned all 10 first-place votes to finish No. 1 in the final Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls’ Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, released Tuesday by US Lacrosse.
The Eagles finished 22-0 to beat out No. 2 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), which suffered just one loss during its Catholic High School Athletic Association title-winning season. St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (Va.) went 27-1 en route to capturing two league championships and finishing at No. 3. Independent Schools League runner-up Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner Moorestown round out the top five.
Voters in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 polls include Lacrosse Magazine writers, who determine the regional report rankings, and US Lacrosse area representives in the field. This is the final girls’ poll of the 2013 season.

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High School Lacrosse: Torrey Pines Boys Lacrosse Attacker Lucas Gradinger Awarded “Nike/US Lacrosse 2013 West Region Player Of The Year”


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Lucas Gradinger, Torrey Pines (Calif.)

Torrey Pines Boys Lacrosse Attacker Lucas Gradinger. Photo by Robert Benson for Lacrosse Magazine

Torrey Pines Boys Lacrosse Attacker Lucas Gradinger. Photo by Robert Benson for Lacrosse Magazine

Gradinger has established himself as one of the top players on the West Coast and one of the most highly-touted recruits to come out of California.

He capped his stellar career by winning the San Diego Section Open Division championship, finishing with a goal and three assists in a 7-5 victory over La Costa Canyon (Calif.). Torrey Pines has won six section titles in the past 12 years.

Gradinger finished the season with 42 assists and 37 goals in addition to grabbing 72 ground balls. He was named the San Diego CIF Player of the Year and US Lacrosse All-American. Gradinger also captured the Torrey Pines High School Most Outstanding Athlete Award.

Gradinger has also been a long-time player of the Adrenaline lacrosse program and has played for the West Coast Starz and Adrenaline Tropics.

He was recruited by numerous Division I programs and ultimately decided to sign with Maryland.

torrey pines lacrosse 1For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/boys/2012-13/news/061113_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_boys_season_rewind

High School Lacrosse: “Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Boys Top 10” Poll Ranks St. Ignatius Prep Boys Lacrosse #1 Followed By Corona Del Mar, La Costa Canyon, Torrey Pines And Cherry Creek


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1. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 12-0

The Wildcats have established themselves as one of the top programs in all of the U.S. and are loaded with Division I talent. In perhaps its toughest game of the season against Redwood (Calif.), Peter Aliman scored with four seconds remaining to tie the game, and then Joe Lang (Harvard) scored the winner in overtime to keep the Wildcats undefeated. St. Ignatius followed that up with dominant non-conference wins over Lincoln (Ore.) and Brophy Prep (Ariz.).

2. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 12-0

The Sea Kings knocked off a talented Mullen (Colo.) team, 15-7 for another non-conference win. Corona del Mar then beat two tough California teams, Los Alamitos (13-2), and Huntington Beach (10-7). Corona del Mar’s winning streak is now at 36 games.

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 9-2

The Mavericks are putting together another solid season and are proving to be good ambassadors for California lacrosse. La Costa Canyon picked up a quality non-conference victory against Colorado power Regis Jesuit 5-4 in double overtime. The Mavericks dropped a game to Salesianum (Del.), but then beat St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) and Penn Charter (Pa.).

4. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 9-2

The Falcons bounced back from a loss to No. 1 Cherry Creek with six consecutive victories. Torrey Pines traveled to Colorado to play some of the areas toughest teams and knocked off Cherry Creek and Columbine, but lost to Kent Denver.

5. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 5-4

The Bruins play one the toughest non-conference schedules in the West Coast. Cherry Creek traveled East on spring break and took on St. Paul’s (Md.), Severn (Md.) and Penn Charter (Pa.), before heading back West and playing a tough Torrey Pines (Calif.) team. The Bruins came up short in those games, but returned to league play and knocked off Cherokee Trail (Colo.) and Eaglecrest (Colo.).

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 9-2

The Wolverines established their dominance in the Pacific Northwest by winning nine consecutive games against their league opponents and non-conference foes from Oregon and Nevada. Bellevue then traveled to New York and represented themselves well in tight losses to Long Beach (10-5) and Wantagh (8-6).

7. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 12-4

The Knights had a quality East Coast trip to Massachusetts. After losing to Noble & Greenough 8-5, Foothill bounced back with a 13-2 victory over Wellesley. The Knights finished the trip with a tough 8-6 loss to undefeated Medfield.

8. JSerra Catholic (Calif.), 11-2

The Lions break into the poll this week by handing Palos Verdes (Calif.) its first loss of the season, 8-7. JSerra followed that up with a dominant 16-2 victory over Anaheim Servite (Calif.). The Lions only losses this season are to No. 4 Torrey Pines (Calif.) and No. 7 Foothill-Santa Ana.

9. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 10-2

The Dons enter the poll for the first time on the heals of a six-game winning streak against tough, in-state competition, including a 13-11 victory over Poway (Calif.). Cathedral’s only losses this season are against No. 3 La Costa Canyon and No. 4 Torrey Pines.

10. Columbine (Colo.), 5-4

The Rebels played dropped three difficult non-conference games against New York powers John Jay Cross River, Fordham Prep and Yorktown. Columbine remains undefeated in Colorado, including a 10-6 victory over Ft. Collins in its first game back from the East Coast trip.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/boys/2012-13/news/041613_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_report

High School Lacrosse: Latest “Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Top 10” Features #1 St. Ignatius Prep Boys Lacrosse Followed By Cherry Creek, Torrey Pines, Arapahoe And Corona Del Mar


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Top Game of the Week: Brophy Prep (Ariz.) at St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) on April 6. This is a pivotal non-conference match-up featuring the top team in Arizona against one of California’s elite programs. Both teams have numerous players with Division I talent and could enter the game undefeated. Brophy Prep has yet to allow more than 10 goals in a game all season, while St. Ignatius is scoring more than 15.

1. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 8-0

The Wildcats have established themselves as the top team in California with a dominant performance in each game, including a 15-3 demolition of local rival De LaSalle. St. Ignatius further established its dominance with a 13-7 victory over former No. 1 Torrey Pines. Joe Lang led the way with six goals and Chad Bell finished scored four times.

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

The Bruins opened the season with three strong victories in Colorado before traveling East. Cherry Creek dropped its first game of the season 12-6 to Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association power, St. Paul’s, which is 8-0 and ranked 5th in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School poll. The Bruins have two more tough games against Severn (Md.) and Penn Charter (Pa.).

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

The Falcons bounced back from a 13-7 loss to this week’s new No. 1, St. Ignatius with four consecutive victories. Torrey Pines has two, huge out-of-state games looming against Colorado’s Cherry Creek, Columbine and Kent Denver.

4. Arapahoe (Colo.), 6-0

The Warriors remain undefeated in what is shaping up to be an incredibly tough Colorado schedule this season. Arapahoe also picked up a big, non-conference victory over St. Mark’s of Texas 6-3.

5. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 8-0

The Sea Kings continue to dominate, extending their unbeaten streak to 31 games dating back to last season. Corona del Mar knocked off previously undefeated Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) 13-5 as goalie Hoyt Crance came up with 12 big stops and helped hold Danville scoreless for almost 22 minutes.

6. Columbine (Colo.) 4-3

The Rebels opened their season with four-in state wins that put them in a state title hunt. The Rebels then traveled to New York and dropped three close games to Yorktown (8-5), Fordham Prep (10-6) and John Jay-Cross River (13-12).

7. Bellevue (Wash.), 7-0

The Wolverines established themselves as the top team in Washington. Bellevue picked up a pair of quality wins against top-tier out-of-state opponents, Lincoln (Ore.) and Palo Verde (Nev.) A stern test looms this week as the Wolverines travel to New York to take on Port Washington, Long Beach and Wantagh.

8. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) 9-2

The Knights picked up some key victories this season and handed Torrey Pines its first loss of the season with a 5-4 overtime victory. Santa Ana has been especially stellar defensively, allowing less than 10 goals per game.

9. Palos Verdes (Calif.), 8-0

The Sea Kings have managed to stay undefeated despite facing a couple of tough tests and one-goal victories, remaining in first place in the Bay League. Palos Verdes went through the opening portion of its schedule undefeated and have all the talent to run the table.

10. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 5-1

The Mavericks suffered their first loss of the season in a 5-4 overtime setback to Foothill-Santa Ana. La Costa Canyon bounced back with two consecutive victories over San Ramon Valley (Calif.) and a big non-conference victory over Colorado’s Wheat Ridge.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/boys/2012-13/news/040213_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_report

High School Girls Lacrosse: Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Top Ten Features #1 La Costa Canyon (CA) Followed By Air Academy (CO), Coronado (CA), Carondolet (CA) And Cherry Creek (CO)


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1. La Costa Canyon (Calif.)

The Mavericks are looking for their sixth San Diego Section Division I championship after topping Poway last year. They enter the season on a 20-game winning streak, led by All-American attacker Kiki Gibson (Oregon).

2. Air Academy (Colo.)

Aiming for their third state title in five years, the Kadets have pushed past Cherry Creek and Kent Denver in the Colorado hierarchy. Air Academy avenged its regular season loss to Cherry Creek in the championship game.

3. Coronado (Calif.)

The Islanders have won two straight San Diego Section Division II championships, beating Canyon Crest 15-3 in last year’s title game. Kate Pederson (USC), a US Lacrosse All-American midfielder, will lead a talented returning squad.

4. Carondelet (Calif.)

The Cougars won the Northern California Section Division I championship with a 21-12 victory over Amador Valley. All-Americans Kerianne Hunt (Brown) and Erin Jeffery (Hofstra) will lead an explosive attack.

5. Cherry Creek (Colo.)

The Bruins fell short of winning a third straight state title after falling to Air Academy. Cherry Creek has appeared in every championship game since Colorado started sanctioning girls’ lacrosse in 1998.

6. Kent Denver (Colo.)

The Sun Devils will look to build on last season’s run so the state semifinals, where they suffered a heartbreaking 13-12 loss to eventual champion Air Academy. All-American attacker Catherine Ellis will keep Kent Denver in the hunt once again.

7. Los Alamitos (Calif.)

The Griffins have won four straight Southern Section titles after knocking off Palos Verdes in the 2012 final. Two All-Americans — attacker Julie Crowell (Cal) and midfielder Haley Fessenden (Navy) — will lead the charge for a fifth.

8. Centaurus (Colo.)

The Warriors fell in the state semifinals for the second consecutive year when Cherry Creek bounced them. Junior Sarah Brown (Colorado) leads a talented attack.

9. Menlo School (Calif.)

The Knights ended the season on a 13-game winning streak en route to their fourth consecutive West Bay Athletic League title with a 21-6 victory over Burlingame. Alexandra Kim, a US Lacrosse All-American, anchors the midfield.

10. Marin Catholic (Calif.)

The Wildcats won the NorCal Section Division II title after falling short in the final in 2011. Junior KC Hill (UC Davis) has emerged as one of the region’s top offensive players.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/girls/2012-13/news/022813_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_preseason_top_10