Nike/US Lacrosse West Boys' Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Matt Soran Regis Jesuit (Colo.)
The junior led the Raiders to their second state title with a 14-7 victory over Cherry Creek. Soran finished with five goals and an assist. Regis Jesuit finished the season 18-1. Soran was picked last season to play for the National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association in the 2nd annual Adrenaline Black Card Showcase at Franklin & Marshall.
Also Notable: Ashton Pieris, Kennedy Catholic (Wash.); Nate Marano, Foothill, Santa Ana (Calif.); Dylan Meyer, Palos Verdes (Calif.); Chet Dunstan, Regis Jesuit (Colo.)
Game of the Week
De La Salle (Calif.) at Redwood (Calif.), May 21
The two California North Coast Section powers meet in the semifinals this week. Redwood is 18-6 and knocked off Amador Valley (Calif.) in the quarterfinals. De La Salle is 12-6 with a big victory over St. Ignatius this season. De La Salle also beat Redwood, 10-7, in the regular season. San Ramon Valley (Calif.) and Monte Vista (Calif.) play in the other semifinal.
West Region Top 10
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.), 16-1
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.
Nate Marano led Foothill-Santa Ana to the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division championship with a 15-10 victory over Palos Verdes. Marano finished with five goals, including three in a decisive third quarter when the Knights finally pulled away with an 8-4 lead. Foothill extended its lead to 14-6 midway through the fourth quarter and cruised the rest of the way. It was also an impressive run for Palos Verdes, which opened the season with six straight losses. Dylan Meyer led the Sea Kings with three goals in the title game.
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
- May 6
- May 13
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