Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Region Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Jack Boliaux, Lake Zurich (Ill.)
So far, so good for Lake Zurich (Ill.) in A-Class. Having just made the transition from B-Class to A-Class, the Bears are 1-0 following a convincing victory over Conant (Ill.). Boliaux bears plenty of the credit for Lake Zurich's upgrade, having won 22 of 22 faceoffs in last year's B-Class state final. After just one game this season, Boliaux is in the books with four goals, 16 groundballs and an 18 out of 21 clip on faceoffs.
Notable: Aidan Crowe, Evanston (Ill.); Charlie Cunningham, Evanston (Ill.)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Mason (Ohio) at Liberty-Olentangy (Ohio), April 4
Liberty-Olentangy isn't among the traditional powers in the state of Ohio, which is part of what makes this such a fun game to watch. Mason, a team that reeled off four-straight Buckeye State road wins against Cincinnati St. Xavier, Hudson, Upper Arlington and Mariemont (combined record of 68-15) last year, will be favored. But the Patriots, coming off a stunning rout of Hudson (Ohio), could pull the upset.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 4-0
The Eagles' defense has been downright stingy to start, holding its first four opponents to seven combined goals. That gritty style may pay off when Culver Academy takes on a slew of teams from Maryland.
2. Brother Rice (Mich.), 0-0
The Warriors will be expected to win each of their first four games, but their first four opponents did win approximately three quarters of their games last year (60 out of 81) and both their opener against New Trier (Ill.) and their home opener against St. Ignatius (Ohio) are intriguing.
3. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 0-0
A slate against Calvert Hall (Md.) and Boys' Latin (Md.), a combined 9-1 at the moment, should get Loyola ready for in-state play.
4. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 0-0
Dublin Jerome is a tough open. Otherwise, the Golden Bears have a solid shot at starting 7-0, including a five-game home stand, before embarking on a late April trip through Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) and Mason (Ohio).
5. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 0-0
The Celtics waste little time getting back into the flow of things with a rematch of last year's state title loss to Upper Arlington and a contest against New Trier (Ill.) to start out April.
6. New Trier (Ill.), 1-0
After an easy season-opening win over Stevenson (Ill.), New Trier gets a strong, early test in Brother Rice (Mich.), as the Warriors pay a visit to Northfield.
7. Glenbrook North (Ill.), 1-0
The defense, which limited opponents to single-digit scoring in 20 of 21 games last year, looked sharp in an easy win over Fremd (Ill.).
8. Saint Viator (Ill.), 4-0
After a 15-4 campaign in 2013, the Lions are off to a 4-0 start with just five goals surrendered. They are outscoring their opponents by a margin of 68-5. A trip through Missouri powers MICDS and Christian Brothers, a combined 7-0 at this point, will tell us how good they really are.
9. Cathedral (Ind.), 3-1
The Irish are hard to gauge right now. Their sole loss came to a solid Louisville St. Xavier (Ky.) squad, and they won their next three games by a combined 36-6 — albeit against three teams with losing records.
10. Liberty-Olentangy (Ohio), 1-0
Last season, the Patriots dug themselves a hole by losing four of their first five before winning 11 of their last 14. Already, they were able to reverse a four-point loss to Hudson in last year's opener to a dominant 9-2 win over Hudson.
Hudson (Ohio) wasn't expected to have much trouble putting the ball in the cage given the return of Bo Lori (73 goals, 48 assists) and Zach Nye (41 goals, 23 assists), but the Explorers managed just two goals in their opener. They finished in double digits in all but one game last season, never tallying fewer than seven scores. The Patriots scored five of their nine goals against the Explorers in the first quarter to take an early decisive lead... Grayslake North (Ill.) is in rebound mode after tough one-goal losses to Glenbrook South (Ill.) and Warren Township (Ill.). That's not an easy way to head into a Florida trip that features contests against Pope John Paul II (Fla.) and Boca Raton (Fla.). Last year, the Knights were unfazed by a sluggish start, winning 13 straight at one point.
2014 Midwest Region Report Archive
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