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


June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 21-1

The Knights were Orange County champions and CIF-Southern Section champions. That capped one of the most dominant seasons in program history, finishing the year on a 16-game winning streak. Foothill will look to reload for next season.

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 18-1

The Raiders won the the Colorado Class 5A state championship. It was their second state title overall. Aaron Horvat (Dominican) led the team with 68 points followed by Chet Dunstan (Air Force) with 64 points.

3. Bellevue (Wash.), 20-2

The Wolverines knocked off undefeated Eastside Catholic (Wash.) 8-7 to reach the Washington state championship, Eric Haehl got the game-winner in the closing seconds. In the final, Bellevue blanked Issaquah (Wash.) 8-0 to win its fourth title in the past five years and 11th overall.

4. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-4

The Bruins fell short in their bid for a 12th state title, falling 14-7 against Regis Jesuit. Cherry Creek has depth and will be in the championship hunt once again next season.

5. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 16-6

The Mavericks were the top seed in the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship playoffs and beat rival Torrey Pines (Calif.) 7-6 to reach the finals, where the defeated Cathedral Catholic, 6-5 in the final with five players scoring in the win.

6. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 15-5

The Wildcats topped Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 12-1 and then beat Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-6, for the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament. St. Ignatius plated one of the toughest schedules in the region and will reload for next season.

7. Issaquah (Wash.), 19-4

The Eagles beat Tahoma (Wash.) 9-0 to earn its fifth trip to the state final in program history. However, Issaquah could not must any offense in an 8-0 loss to Bellevue. The Eagles handed Bellevue its only in-state loss this season.

8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 19-3

The Dons knocked off Coronado (Calif.), 11-9, in the semifinals of the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. In the final, Cathedral Catholic fell to La Costa Canyon, 6-5.

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 17-1

The Crusaders remarkable season came to end in the semifinals of the Washington state semifinals, where they lost 8-7 to Bellevue. Colin MacIlvennie had three second half goals to keep them within striking distance. Eastside Catholic, nonetheless, had a remarkable season and one of the best in program history.

10. Marin Catholic (Calif.), 16-7

The Wildcats beat top-seeded Acalanes (Calif.), 7-6, in overtime to win the Division II North Coast Section finals with Chris Hill getting the game-winner. Marin Catholic won the tourney as a five seed and toppled Novato (Calif.), 11-10 in overtime in the semifinals

News and Notes

Bellevue has been the dominant lacrosse program in Washington state for the past decade and its reign continued this season.

The Wolverines (20-2) defended their Division I championship with an 8-0 over Issaquah before announced 1,805 at Seattle Stadium. Bellevue has now won 11 Washington state titles, including four of the last five.

Wolverines goalie Cole Cansler got his third shutout of the season. It was also the first shutout in the state title game. Issaquah (19-4) had averaged more than 10 goals per game and handed Bellevue its only in-state loss this season.

Hank Bethke (Ohio State) led Bellevue with two goals, two assists and six ground balls. Eric Haehl also had two goals, one assists and six ground balls, while Joe Bathke also had two goals.

Riley Gulrajani, Chris Medziegian, Ryan Eskenazi and Jason Monohan were dominant on defense.

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Top-seeded La Costa Canyon got contributions from several players to win the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship with a 6-5 victory over Cathedral Catholic. The Mavericks got goals from five players with Cameron Ziegler leading the way by scoring twice. Cathedral Catholic outshot La Costa Canton (18-14) and won the ground ball battle (24-19). The Mavericks, though, dominated the face-offs 10-4, which helped with their possession.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, Cherry Creek, Issaquah And Cathedral Catholic


May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 20-1

The Knights were Orange County champions and CIF-Southern Section champions. That capped one of the most dominant seasons in program history. Foothill finished the year on a 16-game winning streak and looks to reload for next season.

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 16-1

The Raiders won the the Colorado Class 5A state championship. It was their second state title overall. Aaron Horvat (Dominican) led the team with 68 points followed by Chet Dunstan (Air Force) with 64 points.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-4

The Bruins fell short in their bid for a 12th state title, falling 14-7 against Regis Jesuit. Cherry Creek has depth and will be in the championship hunt once again next season. The Bruins had previously won state championships in 1975, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2010.

4. Issaquah (Wash.), 18-3

The Eagles had little trouble in the Washington State quarterfinals, knocking off Emerald Ridge-Puyallup 17-1. Issaquah advances to the semifinals against Tahoma (13-5). The winner of the game earns a spot in the final against Bellevue (Wash.)/Eastside Catholic (Wash.).

5. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 18-2

The Dons are riding a 15-game winning streak with a 18-7 victory over Westview (Calif.) in the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. Cathedral Catholic, the No. 2 seed, plays third-seeded Coronado in the CIF semifinals.

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 18-2

The Islanders beat Auburn-Riverside (Wash.), 7-3, in the quarterfinals of the Washington state playoffs. Hank Bethke (Ohio State) led the way with three goals and two assists. The victory sets up a showdown with undefeated Eastside Catholic in the semifinals.

7. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 14-5

The Wildcats topped Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 12-1 and then beat Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-6, for the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament. St. Ignatius plated one of the toughest schedules in the region and will reload for next season.

8. Coronado (Calif.), 13-4

The Islanders dropped Poway (Calif.), 11-10, in the quarterfinals of the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. Coronado earned a spot in the final against Cathedral Catholic (Calif.). Coronado entered the tournament as a No. 3 seed but have the depth and talent to make a run at the title.

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 17-0

The Crusaders remarkable unbeaten run continued with a dominant 19-11 victory in the quarterfinals of the Washington state tournament over Mercer Island (Wash.), last year’s state runner-up. Eastside Catholic faces its toughest test of the season in the semifinals against Bellevue, the two-time defending champion.

10. Marin Catholic (Calif.), 16-7

The Wildcats beat top-seeded Acalanes (Calif.), 7-6, in overtime to win the Division II North Coast Section finals with Chris Hill getting the game-winner. Marin Catholic won the tourney as a five seed and toppled Novato (Calif.), 11-10 in overtime in the semifinals.

News and Notes

Marin Catholic was battle-tested heading into the Division II North Coast Section finals. The Wildcats played one of the tougher schedules in California so the team remained confident heading into the postseason. Despite being a No. 5 seed, Marin Catholic was strong in the playoffs, beating University SF (Calif.), 14-9, and then Novato, 11-10 in overtime, to reach the finals against top-seeded and defending champion Acalanes. The two teams were old foes, meeting for the third time in the section finals. Marin Catholic trailed for much of the game and were down 6-3 midway through the fourth quarter before rallying. Austin Colvin scored twice, including the game-tying goal, and Jake Burnham added another to send the game into overtime. From there, Chris Hill needed just 21 seconds to get the game-winner. It was Marin Catholic’s second title since 2012.

 

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10: #1 Amador Valley, Air Academy, Cherry Creek, Lake Oswego And West Linn


May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014

1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 20-1

As the top seed, the Dons rolled to the North Coast Section Division I title. Amador Valley dominated California (Calif.), 17-4, in the semifinals and then dropped Carondelet (Calif.) in the final, 8-6. It was the second time this season the Dons beat Carondelet this season, winning a 7-6, 5 OT thriller in April.

2. Air Academy (Colo.), 17-2

The Kadets won the Colorado state championship with an 11-10 victory over Cherry Creek (Colo.). McEllen McDonough had a hat trick, while Natalie Berg and Emily Trousil each finished with two goals. Jaycee Davis finished with 17 saves.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-7

Cherry Creek fell short of winning its 11th Colorado state title, falling 11-10 to Air Academy in the final. Still, it was an impressive run for the Bruins, who used their playoff experience to make another impressive run. Olivia List had a game-high four goals for the Bruins.

4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 20-1

The Lakers won their third Oregon state championship in the past four years with a dominant 11-5 victory over defending champion West Linn (Ore.). Madeline Reece led Lake Oswego with three goals, avenging a loss to the Lions in last year’s state final.

5. West Linn (Ore.), 17-2

The Lions fell short in their bid to defend their Oregon State title, falling to rival Lake Oswego in the final. West Linn defeated Lake Oswego, 19-13 in last year’s state final. The teams split their regular season games.

6. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 11-7

The Wildcats closed out the regular season with an 8-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.). St. Ignatius avenged an earlier 11-7 loss to the Cougars on April 2. All of the Wildcats’ losses were to ranked teams in the West region or out-of-state programs that hover around the national rankings.

7. Carondelet (Calif.), 13-4

The Cougars got by Marin Catholic (Calif.) in the North Coast Section semifinals, 9-6, setting up a second meeting with No. 1 Amador Valley, where they fell just short, 8-6. Still, the Cougars had another impressive season with two of their losses coming against out-of-state powers Bishop Ireton (D.C.) and Milton (Ga.).

8. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 22-3

The Wildcats had their season end in the North Coast section semifinals with a tough, 9-6 loss to Carondelet. Nonetheless, Marin Catholic had another solid campaign, suffering just three losses — falling twice to Carondelet and once to top-ranked Amador Valley.

9. Centaurus (Colo.), 16-2

The Warriors had another impressive campaign earning the top seed in the Colorado state playoffs. However, Centaurus had its season end in the semifinals with a 12-11 loss to perennial power Cherry Creek.

10. Acalanes (Calif.), 16-6

The Dons defended their North Coast section Division 2 title with a 21-9 victory over Piedmont (Calif.). Chloe Landry led Acalanes with seven goals, while Katie Fellner scored five. Acalanes was dominant throughout the playoffs, outscoring its opponents 62-15 in three games.

News and Notes

Air Academy quietly put together one of the most impressive seasons in the West region. Centaurus held the region’s top ranking for several weeks and Chatfield (Colo.) finished the regular season undefeated, but Air Academy simply got better every game. The Kadets were playing their best lacrosse in the playoffs and handed Chatfield its only loss of the season in the semifinals. Air Academy then passed its final test by winning the Colorado state championship with an 11-10 victory over Cherry Creek. McEllen McDonough had a hat trick, while Natalie Berg and Emily Trousil each finished with two goals. Jaycee Davis finished with 17 saves. It was the Kadets third title since 2009. What was even more impressive is that Air Academy lost its leading scorer, Natalie Berg, early in the game with a leg injury.

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Amador Valley got over the hump this season, knocking off rival Carondelet, 8-6, to win its second North Coast Section Division I championship in California. The Dons fell to Carondelet in the final the past two seasons. Andrea Arden, Jackie Gilbert and Evan Murphy each had two goals for Amador Valley, which finished the season 22-1. Allie Decar had four saves for the Dons.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, Cherry Creek, Issaquah And Cathedral Catholic


May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 20-1

The Knights won the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division championship. Foothill has now won six of the past eight county titles. The Knights beat J Serra Catholic (Calif.), 12-8, and then Palos Verdes, 15-10, for the title.

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 18-1

Chet Dunstan scored five goals in the Raiders 10-7 win over Arapahoe (Colo.) in the Colorado Class 5A state semifinals. Regis Jesuit then dominated Cherry Creek (Colo.) 14-7 for the title. After trailing 1-0 early in the game, the Raiders cruised the rest of the way, opening a 9-4 lead at the half. Matt Soran had five goals in the championship.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-4

The Bruins fell short in their bid for a state title, falling 14-7 against Regis Jesuit. Nonetheless, Cherry Creek had another solid season and showed it can play with some of the strongest programs in the nation.

4. Issaquah (Wash.), 16-3

The Eagles knocked off Roosevelt to close out the regular season. Issaquah entered the Washington State playoffs as the favorite but will face formidable challenges against Bellevue (Wash.) and Mercer Island (Wash.).

5. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 16-2

The Dons closed out one of the best regular seasons in their history and are riding a 14-game winning streak. Cathederal Catholic next plays May 24 against Westview (Calif.) in the playoffs.

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 16-2

The Wolverines ended the regular season with a dominant 17-0 victory over Mount Si (Wash.). Belleuve’s only in-state loss is to Issaquah and the two could meet again in the playoffs.

7. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 14-5

The Wildcats topped Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 12-1 and then beat Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-6, for the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament. St. Ignatius plated one of the toughest schedules in the region and will reload for next season.

8. Coronado (Calif.), 12-4

The Islanders closed out the season with one of the toughest stretches of any team. Coronado beat rival La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 11-10 and then took down Torrey Pines (Calif.) Coronado takes on Poway on May 24.

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 15-0

The Crusaders closed out a perfect regular season with an 18-1 victory over Nathan Hale (Wash.). Eastside Catholic will now deal with even tougher competition in the playoffs.

10. Acalanes (Calif.), 18-3

The Dons dropped Bay School (Calif.) 18-1 and then St. Mary’s Stockton (Calif.), 13-5, in the North Coast Section playoffs. Acalanes plays in the semifinals May 21 against Pedmont (Calif.). The winner of that game plays either Marin Catholic (Calif.) or Novato (Calif.), who played in the other semifinal.

News and Notes

When Cherry Creek handed Regis Jesuit its only loss on the season, 10-7 on April 29, the Bruins established themselves as the team to beat in Colorado. However, Regis Jesuit rebounded and closed out the regular season with three wins and entered the state tournament as the No. 2 seed behind Cherry Creek. The Raiders then got a measure of revenge by dominating both ends of the field for a 14-7 victory over the Bruins to win their second state title in program history. Matt Soran led the way with five goals and an assist. Chet Dunstan also had four goals for the Raiders, who finished the season 18-1. Regis Jesuit scored six goals in the second quarter to open a 9-4 lead at the half and were never threatened the rest of the way.

 

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10: #1 Amador Valley, Air Academy, Cherry Creek, Lake Oswego And West Linn


May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014

1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 20-1

The Dons are the top seed in the North Coast Section playoffs and are prohibitive favorite to win the title. Amador Valley took another step toward that goal with 19-8 victory over Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) in the quarterfinals. The Dons play California (Calif.) in the next round.

2. Air Academy (Colo.), 16-2

The Kadets handed Chatfield (Colo.) its only loss of the season, 22-8, in the Colorado state semifinals. Kaley Holmes led the way with five goals. Air Academy takes on Cherry Creek (Colo.) for the title on May 21.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-6

The Bruins are the perennial power in Colorado and advanced to the title game by upsetting top-seeded Cenaturus (Colo.), 12-11 in the semifinals. Cherry Creek plays Air Academy in the final, which they beat in last year’s semifinal en route to the state title.

4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 16-1

The top-seeded Lakers play Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) in the Oregon state semifinals May 19 after an impressive run through the regular season. Lake Oswego’s only loss this season is to West Linn (Ore.), also a semifinalist. The Lakers won the rematch against West Linn 11-10.

5. West Linn (Ore.), 14-1

The second-seeded Lions are the defending Oregon champions and will play Sunset Metro (Ore.) on May 19 for a spot in the title game once again. West Linn beat Sunset 20-9 in their regular season matchup. The Oregon state title game is scheduled for May 21.

6. St. Ignatius (Calif.) 11-7

The Wildcats closed out the regular season with an 8-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.). St. Ignatius avenged an earlier 11-7 loss to the Cougars on April 2. All of the Wildcats’ losses were to ranked teams in the West region or out-of-state programs that hover around the national rankings.

7. Carondelet (Calif.), 13-4

The Cougars, the No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section playoffs, knocked off San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 8-4, in the quarterfinals. Carondelet now plays Marin Catholic (Calif.) for a spot in the title game.

8. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 21-2

The Wildcats opened the North Coast Section playoffs. with a 21-7 victory over Dougherty Valley (Calif.) as the third seed. Marin Catholic then escaped Granite Bay (Calif.), 13-12 in the quarterfinals. The Wildcats face Carondelet in the semis.

9. California (Calif.), 15-3

The Grizzlies advanced to the North Coast Section semifinals with a convincing 14-8 victory over Novato (Calif.). California now must contend with No. 1 Amador Valley for a spot in the title game.

10. Centaurus (Colo.), 16-1

The Warriors, the top seed in the Colorado state playoffs, dropped Colorado Academy (Colo.) in the quarterfinals with Ellie Meyer leading the way with five goals. Centaurus then fell to Cherry Creek 12-11 in the semifinals as Olivia Holmes potentially game-tying shot in the post in the final seconds.

News and Notes

Cherry Creek has won six of the past eight state titles in Colorado. So, even after having an up-and-down regular season, the fifth-seeded Bruins were the team no one wanted to face in the playoffs. Those fears were justified as Cherry Creek (12-6) eliminated fourth-seeded Arapahoe (Colo.) and top-seeded Centaurus, 12-11, to reach the title game against Air Academy. Blair Sisk scored the game-winner with just over a minute left in regulation in the Centaurus win. The Kadets have been equally impressive in the postseason as the No. 3 seed and handed No. 2 Chatfield its only loss of the season, 22-8 in the semifinals. Air Academy also has previous success in the state tournament, having won titles in 2009 and 2012. The teams did not play in the regular season. The Bruins have played in the state championship game every year since the league was started in 1998.

 

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Cherry Creek, Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, Issaquah And Cathedral Catholic


May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

1. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-3

The Bruins entered the Colorado state playoffs as the top seed in Class 5A and beat Rock Canyon (Colo.) 12-5 in the quarterfinals. Cherry Creek advances to the semifinals against Kent Denver (Colo.), which beat Colorado Academy (Colo.) 6-5.

2. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 19-1

The Knights extended their winning streak to 14 games with a 18-11 victory over Temecula Great Oak (Calif.) and a 13-8 win over San Clemente (Calif.). Both of those opponents have 16 wins on the season. Foothill has another tough game May 14 against J Serra Catholic (Calif.), which is 17-4.

3. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 16-1

The Raiders are the second seed in the Colorado Class 5A state playoffs and beat Mullen (Colo.), 11-6, in the quarterfinals. After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Regis Jesuit scored five times and held a 5-2 lead at the break and then held Mullen scoreless in the final period. The Raiders advance to the semifinals against Arapahoe (Colo.), which beat Mountain Vista (Colo.) 12-11.

4. Issaquah (Wash.), 15-3

The Eagles knocked off Eastlake (Wash.) 16-2 an then Bainbridge Island (Wash.) 6-2. Issaquah finished up the regular season against Skyline (Wash.) and Roosevelt (Wash.) and will fight for one of the top seeds in the state tournament.

5. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 16-2

The Dons knocked off Scripps Ranch (Calif.), 8-2, extending their wining streak to 13 games. Cathedral Catholic finished up the regular season with a tough matchup against a 12-4 Coronado (Calif.) team.

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 16-2

The Wolverines handed Mercer Island (Wash.) its first loss in Washington State, 9-8. Goals by Augie Fratt and Hank Bethke gave Bellevue a 9-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter and the Islanders withstood a late rally to pull out the win. The Wolverines close out the regular season May 16 against Mount Si (Wash.).

7. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 13-5

The Wildcats closed out the season with a 9-5 victory over Bellarmine Prep (Calif.) to win the West Catholic Athletic League. St, Ignatius put together another tough schedule, which included three games against East Coast teams that have been nationally ranked. The Wildcats also defeated teams from Oregon and Arizona.

8. Coronado (Calif.), 12-4

The Islanders beat rival La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 11-10 and then took down Torrey Pines (Calif.), 14-10, in another key battle. Coronado has another tough battle this week against No. 5 Cathedral Catholic.

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 15-0

The Crusaders impressive campaign continued with a dominant 19-2 victory over Snohomish (Wash.). Eastside Catholic followed that up with 18-0 over Lakeside (Wash.). The Crusaders will try to close out a perfect regular season with a game against Nathan Hale (Wash.) on May 13.

10. J Serra Catholic (Calif.), 17-4

The Lions took on a 15-2 Corona del Mar (Calif.) team with a hard-fought 9-8 victory. That avenged an 8-5 loss to the Sea Kings earlier in the season. J Serra Catholic advances to play No. 2 Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).

NOTEBOOK

Cherry Creek flexed its muscle as the top team in Colorado in the regular season and Bruins have kept the swagger going in the post season Cherry Creek dropped Rock Canyon 12-4 in the Colorado 5A state quarterfinals and improved to 14-3 on the season. Ryan Arthur (Mercer) led the way with three goals and three assist. Mikey McCauley also added three goals, while Henry Adams and Max Tennant scored twice. The Bruins are the top seed in the tournament and play Rock Creek in the semifinals. Arapahoe plays Regis Jesuit in the other semifinal.

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Desert Vista won their first state championship with a 10-8 victory over Brophy Prep. Desert Vista became the first team since 2003 other than Brophy Prep and Chaparral (Ariz.) to win the state championship. Anthony Abbadessa led Desert Vita with five goals and two assists. Desert Vista, which won its previous title in 2000, finished the season 17-0.

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


May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

1. Centaurus (Colo.), 14-1

The Warriors are the No. 1 seed in the Colorado playoffs and beat Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 17-5, in the second round. Centaurus now takes on Colorado Academy (Colo.) in the quarterfinals as it seeks a second straight trip to the state title game.

2. Amador Valley (Calif.), 19-1

The Dons won their 18th straight victory by knocking off Foothill-Pleasanton (Calif.), 20-4, to win the EBAL. Amador Valley now enters the North Coast Section playoffs as a prohibitive favorite to win a state title as the top seed.

3. Chatfield (Colo.), 15-0

After getting a first-round by as a No. 2 seed in the playoffs, the Chargers ran by Rampart (Colo.), 14-12 in the second round. Chatfield now plays a 13-2 Denver East (Colo.) team in the quarterfinals as it seeks to continue its spectacular run.

4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 16-1

The Lakers knocked off Oregon City (Ore.), 17-3, to maintain their impressive run. Lake Oswego then closed out the regular season with a 15-0 victory over Lakeridge (Ore.) and appear to be on a collision course for a third meeting with West Linn (Ore.) after splitting the regular season series.

5. West Linn (Ore.), 14-1

The Lions closed out the regular season with an 18-0 victory over St. Mary’s (Ore.). West Linn gears up for the playoffs as it seeks to defend its state championship.

6. St. Ignatius (Calif.) 11-7

The Wildcats closed out the regular season with an 8-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.). St. Ignatius avenged an earlier 11-7 loss to the Cougars on April 2. All of the Wildcats’ losses were to ranked teams in the West region or out-of-state programs that hover around the national rankings.

7. Carondelet (Calif.), 13-4

After dropping a tight, 8-6 decision to No. 6 St. Ignatius, the Cougars closed out the regular season with a 12-8 victory over a solid California High School (Calif.) team, which entered the game 13-3. Carondelet is the No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section playoffs.

8. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 20-2

The Wildcats opened the week with a 16-6 victory over University High School (Calif.) and was the top seed in the MCAL. Marin Catholic then beat second-seeded Novato (Calif.) 13-6 for the championship. Marin Catholic only losses on the season were to No. 2 Amador Valley and No. 7 Carondelet.

9. Air Academy (Colo.), 13-2

The Kadets are the No. 3 seeds in the Colorado state tournament and earned a first round bye. Air Academy used the time off well by dominating Heritage/Littleton (Colo.), 19-2, in the second round. The Kadets take on a tough No. 6 seed Kent Denver (Colo.) in the quarterfinals, which they beat 9-6 in the regular season opener.

10. Arapahoe (Colo.), 12-3

The Warriors are the fourth seed in the Colorado state playoffs and beat Mullen (Colo.) 14-6 in the second round. Arapahoe advanced to play perennial power and defending champion Cherry Creek (Colo.) in the quarterfinals.

NOTEBOOK

The Colorado playoffs got underway last week and all of the traditional powers advanced to the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Centaurus rolled by Regis Jesuit (Colo.) 17-5 and play Colorado Academy in the quarterfinals. Should Centaurus advance, it would play the winner of Arapahoe/Cherry Creek in the semifinals. Cherry Creek is the defending state champion and appears to be playing its best lacrosse. On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Chatfield remained undefeated with a hard-fought, 14-12 victory over Rampart. They take on Denver East in the quarterfinals. The winner of that game advances to the semifinals against the winner of No. 3 Air Academy and No. 6 Kent Denver. This is one of the deepest fields in the history of the tournament.

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The brackets for the North Coast section playoffs were unveiled and Amador Valley, which is 19-1 on the season, got the top seed in Division I. The Dons got a first round bye and play the winner of Monte Vista (Calif.) and Davis (Calif.) in the second round May 16 or 17. Carondelet got the second seed and will play the winner of San Ramon Valley (Calif.) and Northgate (Calif.) also over the weekend. In Division II, Acalanes (Calif.) (13-6) earned the top seed and plays the winner of Sir Francis Drake (Calif.) and Cardinal Newman (Calif.) in the second round. Piedmont (Calif.) (15-1) is the second seed and will play Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) (9-9) in the second round.