Nike/US Lacrosse West Boys' Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Ryan Arthur, Cherry Creek (Colo.)
The senior scored four goals in the Bruins' 10-7 victory over former No. 1 Regis Jesuit. With the victory, Cherry Creek is in the drivers's seat for the top seed in the state tournament. He was an All-Conference pick last season. He then scored the game-winner in a 10-9 overtime victory over Kent Denver (Colo.). Arthur has committed to Mercer.
Also Notable: Vinny Gladden, Acalanes (Calif.); Jordan Dondoyano, Issaquah (Wash.); Connor Campbell, Lake Washington (Wash.)
Game of the Week
Coronado (Nev.) at Palo Verde (Nev.)
The Red Cougars have put together a stellar season with a 14-3 record, including victories over teams from Arizona, Oregon and Utah. Palo Verde is a traditional state power and is 14-5 on the season with victories over teams from Idaho, Arizona, Oregon and Utah.
West Region Top 10
1. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-3
The Bruins surged up the rankings with a huge win over former No. 1 Regis Jesuit (Colo.). Cherry Creek not only handed the Raiders their first defeat of the season, the Bruins also put themselves in position to take over the No. 1 seed in the Colorado playoffs. Cherry Creek ended the regular season with a 10-9 overtime victory over Kent Denver.
2. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 16-1
The Knights ran their winning streak to 11 games with a 17-6 victory over Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) and a 17-10 win over Beckman (Calif.). Foothill-Santa Ana closes out the regular season May 6 against Trabuco Hills before the CIF playoffs.
3. Mercer Island (Wash.), 16-1
Three days after a dominant 17-2 victory over Liberty (Wash.), the Islanders took down rival Issaquah (Wash.) 10-9. Mercer Island is in first place in the KingCo division in Washington State and has not lost to an in-state foe.
4. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 14-1
The Raiders suffered their first loss of the season, 10-7, at the hands of state power Cherry Creek. Ben Bechter and Chet Dunston each had two goals in the setback. Regis Jesuit bounced back with a 17-2 victory over Smoky Hill (Colo.) and are a second seed in the state tournament.
5. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 12-5
The Mavericks took down Torrey Pines (Calif.), 7-6, in what is always one of the most anticipated lacrosse match-ups in Southern California. La Costa Canyon has three regular season games remaining, including another showdown with Coronado (10-4), before the playoffs.
6. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 15-1
The Bells continued to roll with a hard-fought 7-6 victory over a tough De La Salle (Calif.) squad. Belarimine followed that up with a 16-1 win over Serra San Mateo (Calif.). The big test comes this week with a matchup against perennial power St. Ignatius (Calif.).
7. Issaquah (Wash.), 13-3
The Eagles fell to Mercer Island, 10-9, in a battle for first place in the KingCo division in Washington State. Issaquah has two big games this week against Eastlake (Wash.) and Bainbridge Island (Wash.).
8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 15-2
The Dons have now won 12 straight games with convincing victories over La Jolla (Calif.) and Mira Mesa (Calif.). Cathedral Catholic has three regular season games remaining, including a tough matchup against Coronado (Calif.) in the finale.
9. Corona del Mar (Calif.) 13 -1
The Sea Kings knocked off Huntington Beach (Calif.), 7-2, for their seventh straight victory. Corona del Mar closes out the regular season against Newport Harbor (Calif.) before heading into the playoffs.
10. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 13-0
The Crusaders remained undefeated on the season with dominant victories over Kennedy Catholic (Wash.) and Overlake (Wash.). Eastside Catholic has just three regular season games remaining against only one team, Snohomish (9-4) that has a winning record.
Cherry Creek has established itself as one of the premier lacrosse teams in the West region. The Bruins routinely play one of the toughest schedules and that has improved the program each year. However, Cherry Creek's biggest win this season came against in-state rival Regis Jesuit. The Bruins came away with a 10-7 victory. Ryan Arthur had four goals, while Mikey McCauley and Austin Bridgeforth each scored twice. Cherry Creek had a 9-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter by Regis Jesuit made a run. But Creek held off the rally. Ryan Arthur and Chet Dunston had two goals for Regis Jesuit, which suffered its first loss of the season. With a 10-9 overtime victory over Kent Denver, the Bruins clinch the top seed in the Colorado playoffs.
Acalanes (Calif.) beat Las Lomas (Calif.), 12-7, to win the Diablo Foothill Athletic League title. Robbie Stern led the way with six and three assists. The Dons defense held All-American attackkman Colin Rutan to two goals. Acalanes will look to defend its Northern California Championship on May 14th as the top seed.
Issaquah (Wash.) beat rival Bellevue (Wash.) 6-5 last week. Issaquah shut out Bellevue in the second half thanks to the effort of the defense and goalie Jordan Dondoyano. Issaquah's defense held All-American candidates, Hank Bethke (Ohio State) to two goals and Eric Haehl (Richmond) scoreless.
Lake Washington (Wash.) got four goals from Connor Campbell in a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Eastlake (Wash.). The Kangaroos trailed 4-2 at the break, but rallied in the second half. Chase Barlow and Jeff Belleb each had two goals for Eastlake.
The playoffs for the CIF Southern Section takes place next week. There is a 32 team single-elimination championship tournament. The north and south divisions both have 16 team seeded playoffs and winners of north (Los Angeles) and south (Orange County) meet in championship final. The southern section is the largest section in California representing just over 580 member schools.
2014 West Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 18
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
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