Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Region Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the WeekJD Spielmann, Eden Prairie (Minn.)
Our final player of the week nod is going to another sophomore, JD Spielmann, who is making a name for himself as Mr. Clutch. He scored four goals to lift Eden Prairie over Wayzata (Minn.) in the state semifinals, including the game-winner. He also notched the game-winner in Eden Prairie's first victory over Wayzata this season and to clinch the Eagles' state title in 2013.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 23-0
The Eagles' results against the teams just below them in the rankings: they doubled up on No. 2 Upper Arlington (Ohio), did the same to No. 3 New Trier (Ill.), tripled up on No. 4 Loyola Academy (Ill.) and closed their season with a 16-3 victory over No. 5 Brother Rice (Mich.), the second time they routed their Michigan rivals this season.
2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 21-2
The Golden Bears can score on pretty much everyone, tallying 11 in the state final against a Dublin Jerome (Ohio) team that held St. Xavier (Ohio) to just two goals in the semifinal.
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 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. Brother Rice (Mich.), 19-4
The Warriors exploded in the final, tripling up on Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) with an astonishing 23-goal effort. It's hard to believe that a team that scored just three times less than a month earlier against Culver Academy (Ind.) could be capable of such an outburst.
6. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 17-5
The Celtics didn't have enough scoring punch to make it all the way. While their three-goal effort was enough to hold off St. Xavier's, it wasn't enough in the state final.
7. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 16-2
The Eagles won their 11th and 12th straight, both against tough opposition by an 8-7 margin. They are 4-1 on the season in one-goal games. They toppled Rosemount in today's state finals for a second straight crown.
8. Rosemount (Minn.), 16-1
The Irish have scored nine-plus goals in every single game this season. As a result of their reliable offense, they're in every game. They advanced all the way to the state finals against Eden Prarie.
9. MICDS (Mo.), 18-2
The Rams beat pretty much anyone who's anyone in Missouri and easily downed Indiana power Cathedral. What's next? How about New Trier (Ill.) or Loyola (Ill.) or a trip east to the Buckeye State, where the depth is at a different level.
10. Carmel (Ind.), 17-3
A 4-1 record against Buckeye State foes and a one-goal loss to Brother Rice (Mich.) proves that the Greyhounds are truly making strides, for themselves and the rest of Hoosier State lacrosse.
News and Notes
Asked to reflect on a season that saw Culver Academy go 23-0 and turn into a national power, coach Jon Posner could only spout out a few words.
Any regrets? Posner wishes his team could have seen Canadian power Hill Academy in the North American Lacrosse Invitational. Culver split last year's season series with Hill Academy, downing Hill for the North American title.
Same with Boys' Latin (Md.), which Culver did not play on its trip to the East Coast and which stands ahead of Culver for the top spot in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25. Posner wishes his team had a chance to go for that No. 1 ranking.
But that would be nitpicking. To suggest that this season was anything but perfect would defy the record, deny a 23-0 mark and ignore the fact that Culver Academy played pretty much everyone and anyone - and won - every single time.
"This was our best team that we've ever had," Posner said. "I knew we had a special team. I knew this was our year to do something really, really special. I was a bit surprised though, even myself, to come out of this season perfect."
Because Culver in no way made it easy on itself. It played five games in six days out East. It took on the best of Michigan (Brother Rice), the best of Illinois (New Trier) and the best of Ohio (Upper Arlington) - and for the most part it wasn't even close.
"It's pretty unbelievable," Posner said. "We had goals in mind when the season started and they were I think everything that teams dream about: to have an undefeated record, to go on our spring trip and be undefeated, to win the two championship tournaments we played in. It looks unbelievable on paper. To actually live up to those goals is pretty amazing."
Prior Lake (Minn.) will not be playing championship lacrosse this season, but one could easily imagine a different story. They beat finalist Rosemount (Minn.) by two goals early in the season before falling to Rosemount by a single tally in the postseason.
This is the final week of Nike/US Lacrosse Region Reports on LaxMagazine.com. Next week will feature the Region Rewind, with a final Top 10 and Player of the Year for each region in boys' and girls' high school lacrosse for 2014.
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
- June 3
- June 10
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