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Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10: #1 Centaurus Followed By Amador Valley, Chatfield, Lake Oswego And West Linn

May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014

1. Centaurus (Colo.), 14-1
The Warriors overcame a 9-4 halftime deficit against Arapahoe (Colo.) to pull out a 13-12 victory. Sarah Myers led the way with four goals, while Katherine Burns and Andrea Kim each recorded a hat trick. The Warriors closed out the regular season with a victory over Thunder Ridge (Colo.) and are the top seed for the playoffs.

2. Amador Valley (Calif.), 18-1
The Dons boosted their winning streak to eight games with a 10-9 victory over St. Ignatius (Calif.) and a 18-3 win over California High (Calif.). Amador Valley closes out the regular season May 9 against Foothill-Pleasanton (Calif.).

3. Chatfield (Colo.), 15-0
The Chargers completed the season undefeated with a 16-4 victory over Columbine (Colo.). Rachel Walker led the way with six goals and three assists, while Shelby Piper also had four goals. Chatfield now looks to keep the momentum heading into the playoffs.

4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 14-1
The Lakers continued their impressive run and handed Washington State rival Lake Sammamish (Wash.) its first loss of the season, 10-7. Lake Oswego followed that up with a 17-1 win over Canby (Ore.). The Lakers have just two regular season games left before the playoffs.

5. West Linn (Ore.), 12-1
The Lions bounced back from their loss to rival Lake Oswego with a solid, 16-5 victory over a tough Oregon City (Ore.) team. West Linn, the defending state champion, has two regular season game remaining before it begins the playoffs.

6. Carondelet (Calif.), 11-5
The Cougars returned to California action with a 19-5 victory over Foothill-Pleasanton. Mia Maloney, Katie Kuptz and Madison Castelein each scored three goals. Carondelet has a big showdown this week with No. 9 St. Ignatius.

7. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 18-2
The Wildcats bounced back from a 16-7 loss to No. 2 Amador Valley with a 16-2 victory over Cardinal Newman (Calif.). Marin Catholic won the MCAL regular-season championship and earned the top seed in the playoffs with a first-round bye

8. Air Academy (Colo.), 13-2
The Kadets closed out the season with victories over Pueblo West (Colo.), Regis Jesuit (Colo.) and Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.). Air Academy now heads to the playoffs with momentum and confidence. They reached the semifinals last season after winning the state title in 2012.

9. St. Ignatius (Calif.) 10-7
The Wildcats have put together another impressive season and three of its losses are to teams on the East Coast that hover around the national rankings. St. Ignatius closes out the regular season May 6 against Carondelet.

10. Boise (Idaho), 10-0
The Braves enter the Top 10 this week with 10 consecutive victories to open the season. Boise has yet to allow more than eight goals in a game and will be the post-season favorite.


Centaurus closed out the regular season undefeated in the state of Colorado and are the top seed in the playoffs. But the Warriors have been battle tested by league foes, which should have them prepared for the postseason. Last week, Centaurus got a huge challenge from Arapahoe before prevailing 13-12. The Warriors trailed by five at the half, they regrouped at the break, put the ball in the sticks of their play makers and outscored Arapahoe 8-4 in the second half. Sarah Myers continued her spectacular season and finished with four goals. Katherine Burns and Andrea Kim also provided offensive support and they finished with three goals each.

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.


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.


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.


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

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.).


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.


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.

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.

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.).

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.

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.