Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Region Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Jack Bergmann, Detroit Country Day (Mich.)
It's not every day you get to snap a 12-year streak with a single score, but when Bergmann notched an overtime goal against Brother Rice (Mich.), he helped Detroit Country Day become the first Michigan team to beat Brother Rice since 2002. Not to mention, his goal puts the Yellowjackets' record at 8-1, well-positioned to make a strong playoff push.
Also Notable: Josh Happ, Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio); Matthew Gilman, John Burroughs (Mo.); Parker Cordova, Christian Brothers (Mo.); Sean Murphy, Olentangy Liberty (Ohio); Cameron Corona, Christian Brothers (Mo.); Alex Bean, MICDS (Mo.)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Brother Rice (Mich.) at Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), April 22
Brother Rice coach Ajay Chawla told local press after his team's stunning loss to Detroit Country Day (Mich.) that he was focused on Brother Rice's poor start, falling behind 3-0 after a quarter, but confidence could be a concern as well for a team that isn't used to losing. Meanwhile, the Shamrocks are off to a 5-0 start with 20-plus goals in three of those performances. Despite impressive wins over Clarkston (Mich.) and Brighton (Mich.), they have yet to face a foe of this caliber.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 14-0
Since returning from Maryland, the Eagles have doubled up on seven straight opponents, including Brother Rice (Mich.). Their last two victories — over decent squads — entered the absurd variety: 23-3 over Kiski Prep (Pa.) and 27-3 over Glenbrook North (Ill.).
2. Detroit Country Day (Mich.), 8-1
The Yellowjackets' sole loss came to Culver Academy (Ind.) and they just picked up a stunning overtime victory over Brother Rice (Mich.). The spotlight will follow them onto the road, where they will play their next four.
3. Brother Rice (Mich.), 6-2
The Warriors now face probably their sharpest challenge with Ajay Chawla as their coach. A blowout loss against Culver Academy and their first in-state loss in 12 seasons has taken some of the luster off a magnificent start.
4. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 7-0
The Golden Bears ravaged through a five-game home-stand, doubling up on every team they faced. Now, they hit the road, including a premier mid-week contest against fellow undefeated squad Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio).
5. Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio), 9-0
The Wolves' defense has been stout, keeping every opponent in the single digits and surrendering just 4.5 goals per game over their last six. That will be tested by their next three foes, all Buckeye State elite: Upper Arlington, Dublin Jerome (Ohio) and Olentangy (Ohio).
6. Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), 5-0
The Shamrocks enter the most imposing part of the their schedule, with back-to-back games against Brother Rice (Mich.) and Culver Academy (Ind.), undefeated and averaging 18 goals a game.
7. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 7-2
There will not be many easy wins the rest of the way for the Ramblers, with West Genesee (N.Y.), Saint Viator (Ill.), Culver Academy (Ind.) and Forest Hills Central (Mich.) among their upcoming opponents. This team showed grit last week with an overtime road win over Lake Forest (Ill.) and a tight victory over New Trier (Ill.).
8. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 6-1
Since a 10-6 loss to Upper Arlington (Ohio), Dublin Jerome has won five straight, including an overtime victory over New Trier (Ill.) and a four-goal win at Olentangy (Ohio).
9. New Trier (Ill.), 5-5
The Trevians challenged themselves with a grueling schedule and have paid the price at times. But make no mistake, this team is a couple close overtime contests from being 7-3. Their five losses are by a combined nine goals to teams with a combined 35-9 record.
10: Solon (Ohio), 7-1
The Comets skated through a three-game road trip, crushing Shaker Heights (Ohio) and earning closer wins against 6-2 Cleveland St. Ignatius (Ohio) and 4-3 Hudson (Ohio). Their last three games were all decided by a single score.
Brother Rice (Mich) has lost consecutive games for only the second time this decade.
Glenbrook North had surrendered a measly 6.1 goals per game before yielding 27 to Culver Academy (Ind.).
Many teams have been beaten up by Culver Academy this season. Most have come back just fine, with teams posting a 7-5 record in the game following their loss to Culver.
Last year's Evanston (Ill.) team started out 3-0 before losing eight of their final 14. Included in those were a 14-2 loss to Glenbrook North (Ill.) and a 20-1 loss to New Trier (Ill.). Thus far, the Wildkits played to a much better result against the Spartans. Can they at least give the Trevians a fight on May 1? Can they avenge an overtime loss to Glenbard West (Ill.) two days later? That will tell us a lot about where this 6-1 program is heading.
Christian Brothers (Mo.) may be approaching a spot in the Top 10. The Cadets are 11-1 with a road win at state powerhouse MICDS. They won despite allowing 10-plus goals for the fourth time this season. Seven goals in the second half, as well as seven goals from a pair of juniors in Parker Cordova and Cameron Corona, led the way. A very young Christian Brothers team can be expected to contend in 2015 as well as 2014.
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