Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Region Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Sean Stanners, Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.)
Trailing 5-2 in the final seconds of the first quarter, Stanners scored his second goal, ultimately sparking a 9-0 run that would put the regional championship in Catholic Central's hands. Stanners would finish with five goals.
Also Notable: Luke Malec, Forest Hills Northern (Mich.); Pat Flanagan, Loyola Academy (Ill.)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Upper Arlington (Ohio) vs. Hudson (Ohio), June 4
After a dreadful start that included a 9-2 loss to Olentangy Liberty (Ohio), the Explorers have bounced back with 12 wins in their last 13 games. Can Bo Lori, who pinned six goals on Solon in the state quarterfinals, stay hot against a Golden Bears squad that is traditionally tough as dirt on defense in the postseason? Upper Arlington has not sweated much thus far this postseason. Kyle Roberts scored five in the quarterfinals against North Canton Hoover. The Golden Bears never trailed. Are they prepared for potential hardship against Hudson?
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 23-0
Following a perfect season, the Eagles have now won an astounding 36 straight against Midwest opposition.
2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 19-2
The going only gets tougher for the Golden Bears as their state semifinal foe, Hudson (Ohio), is coming off a deeply impressive six-goal victory over a talented Solon (Ohio) squad.
3. New Trier (Ill.), 18-7
Chicago native Kanye West sang, "That which don't kill you can only make you stronger." New Trier can relate. The Trevians had five losses by three goals or fewer by mid-April. After eight straight wins, they're now state champions.
4. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 17-5
The Ramblers have been dethroned as state champions after scoring in the single digits in seven of their final 14.
5. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 16-4
The Celtics' defense has clamped down again, allowing 11 goals in the first three games of the 2014 postseason. Dublin Jerome has held the opposition to single digits in 16 of its last 17.
6. Brother Rice (Mich.), 17-4
Come postseason time, the Warriors are always the team to beat in Michigan. Sure enough, they've plowed through Brighton (Mich.) and Troy (Mich.), both with 15-plus wins, with ease.
7. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 13-2
Momentum from a perfect road trip that even saw the Eagles pick up a 6-5 win over Blake (Minn.) has clearly followed them home, where they've won the first five of a six-game home stand.
8. MICDS (Mo.), 18-2
The Rams have not lost by more than three goals since March 2013. They are competitive and ready to play every time out.
9. Carmel (Ind.), 17-3
Perhaps the most impressive stat the Greyhounds put up, and there were many, is a one-goal win at Cathedral (Ind.) in late April turned into a 13-goal victory come postseason time.
10. Champlin Park (Minn.), 13-0
The Rebels appear a lock to pick up a perfect regular season. Though their schedule was not the most daunting, they did recently edge a double-digit victory Wayzata (Minn.) squad at home.
News and Notes
Don't forget about the Bombers. St. Xavier's (Ohio) has worked with a boom or bust offense at times this season. At one point, the Bombers posted single-digit scoring totals in five of six games, including a paltry four-goal effort against Mason (Ohio). Well, revenge is sweet, as the Bombers more than tripled that total in a 14-10 victory over the Comets in this past week's Southwest Division I regional final.
Meanwhile, in the state of Illinois, the field is looking as competitive as ever, with Lake Forest (Ill.) and Benet Academy (Ill.) both posting 20-win seasons and giving both of the state's traditional top dogs a challenge in the state semifinals. Loyola and New Trier pushed through the state semifinals and quarter finals by a combined 12 goals this season. That total was 18 in 2013. Even .500 Saint Viator (Ill.) gave Loyola Academy a challenge.
In Michigan, they're wondering if Cinderella can make it until midnight. After starting its 2014 campaign with a 1-14 record, University Detroit Jesuit (Mich.) has won four straight. Can the Cubs keep up the magic at the big ball though, as they see a Brother Rice team that smashed them 16-1 earlier this season? In a second matchup, they at least gave the Warriors a fight. A win would be as magical as it would be unlikely.
2014 Midwest Region Report Archive
- February 26 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
- May 6
- May 13
- May 20
- May 27
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