West Girls' Regional Report (May 16)
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Kacie Madeira, Menlo School (Calif.)
Amanda Shoemaker, Poway (Calif.)
Emma Lazaroff, Centaurus (Colo.)
Centaurus coach Genny Horning called Lazaroff a rare athlete and student, positively influencing everyone around her. Lazaroff has a 4.4 GPA and will play collegiately at Duke.
"Emma works hard at being a better team player and making those around her better players," Horning said. "She does this by example ... she's working her hardest at every practice, every minute and in every drill. She sets the tone of practice and the standard of play. And she also encourages and inspires others to do the same. She offers advice, encouragement and support to all her teammates; wanting them to be and helping make them better players."
Lazaroff had four assists in the playoff game against Golden (Colo.), and leads Centaurus into the next round of the playoffs against Regis Jesuit (Colo.).
"Emma is a natural leader and is the heart and soul of our team." Horning said. "She leads by example, working hard and striving to improve daily. She's committed to the sport. She's coachable and extremely motivated. Her example inspires her teammates and coaches to be better. She's also kind and humble. She's selfless and puts the team and the needs of the team before herself."
Games to Watch
Denver East (Colo.) at Cherry Creek (Colo.) – May
18, 6 p.m.
Arapahoe (Colo.) at Kent Denver (Colo.) – May 18,
Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) at Davis (Calif.) –
May 19, 5 p.m.
1. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 17-1
The Mavericks avenged their only loss of the regular season to Coronado (Calif.) with an 8-7 victory. La Costa Canyon knocked off Mount Carmel (Calif.), 16-1, to extend its winning streak to 16 games. Kiki Gibson had three goals and three assists in that game. The Mavericks advance to the semifinals against Torrey Pines (Calif.) — a team they beat twice already this season — in a game slated for Wednesday.
2. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 16-1
The Bruins topped Mullen (Colo.), 17-9, in the second round of the Colorado playoffs. Anya Gersoff (Princeton) led the way with four goals and two assists, while Mara Bandt-Law also had four goals. That victory came on the heals of handing Regis Jesuit (Colo.) only its second loss of the season, 11-8. Cherry Creek beat Denver East (Colo.), 21-8, in the quarterfinals.
3. Coronado (Calif.), 17-2
The Islanders bounced back from a hear-breaking loss to La Costa Canyon (Calif.) with victories over Scripps Ranch (Calif.), 15-5, to win the City Conference championship. Coronado then beat Bishop's School (Calif.), 17-5, in the CIF San Diego Section Division I playoffs. The Islanders are gunning for a second straight CIF championship.
4. Carondelet (Calif.), 17-2
The Islanders have gotten healthy and increased their winning streak to eight games. Carondelet beat Foothill-Pleasanton (Calif.) 18-7 and California (Calif.) 16-8. Erin Jeffery leads the league with 97 goals and 132 points.
5. Kent Denver (Colo.), 15-2
The Sun Devils overwhelmed 15th-seeded Chatfield (Colo.), 21-8, in the second round of the Colorado playoffs. Lucy Dikeou continued her dominance by scoring eight goals with four assists, while Lizzie Strazza also had four goals and four assists and Abby Godfrey and Lucy Mower had two goals each. Catherine Ellis leads the team with 63 goals. Kent Denver topped Arapahoe (Colo.), 17-8, in the quarterfinals.
6. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 18-2
The Griffins beat Mission Viejo (Calif.), 19-9 to win their fourth straight US Lacrosse Southern Section championship. Bailey Brannon scored two goals 23 seconds apart to set an early tone. Los Alamitos finishes the season as the No. 1 team in the Southern Section.
7. Air Academy (Colo.), 15-2
The Kadets continued their impressive run by beating Columbine (Colo.) 20-1 in the Class 4A state playoffs. Erin Todd (Regis) led the way with seven goals, while Miranda Beal (Navy) had a goal and six assists and Kayley Holmes finished with two goals and three assists.
8. Centaurus (Colo.), 12-4
The Warriors advanced to the quarterfinals of the Colorado state playoffs with a 20-8 victory over Thompson Valley (Colo.). Emma Lazaroff had a game-high seven goals and three assists. She now leads all scorers in the state with 130 goals.
9. Menlo School (Calif.), 16-4
The Knights won their eighth West Bay Athletic League title since 2004 with a 21-6 victory over Burlingame (Calif.). Nine different Menlo players scored goals. Michaela Michael, Ali Kim, Brooke Bullington, Kaitlin Frangione, Hannah Rubin and Alyssa Sherman were picked to represent the NorCal Chapter of US Lacrosse at the National Tournament in New York over Memorial Day weekend.
10. Marin Catholic (Calif.), 19-3
The Wildcats won the MCAL title with a 16-8 victory over Novato (Calif.). Megan McCullough finished with three goals. Marin Catholic now moved onto the NCS playoffs as the top seed and a game against Justin-Siena (Calif.). Novato is the second seed so the teams could meet again for another title.
News and Notes
Beating a team three times in a season is no easy accomplishment. Top-ranked La Costa Canyon (Calif.) will be faced with that task it takes on Torrey Pines (Calif.) in the CIF semifinals this week. The winner advances to the championship Saturday. Mavericks coach Casey Rector knows her team will be ready because of the storied rivalry between the two programs. "It is hard to beat your rival any time you play them," Rector said "No matter what the rankings are, or the previous games outcomes, every time you play your ultimate rival team, it will be a battle until the end. Both teams want to play on Saturday, so you can expect both teams to come out and play like they like it's their last on Wednesday." La Costa Canyon beat Torrey Pines, 11-4 and 10-5, during the regular season.
Poway (Calif.) managed to beat rival Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) for the third time this season. The latest victory came in the CIF San Diego Section Division I quarterfinals. After falling behind 12-6, Rancho Bernardo rallied for five consecutive goals in the final 15 minutes to pull within one. However, Poway goalie Erin Akins came away with several point-blank saves in the final minutes to preserve the victory. Amanda Shoemaker led Poway with four goals, while Claire Amabile and Vickie Porter each finished with three. Poway plays Scripps Ranch (Calif.) in Wednesday's semifinal. The Titans beat Rancho Bernardo (12-7), 13-7 and 13-18, in the regular season. Poway also won the Palomar League's regular season by going 14-0.
Carondelet (Calif.) is surging to the playoffs with eight consecutive victories and has its sights set on defending its North Coast Section Division I championship. Carondelet will start the playoffs Friday as the No. 1 seed, playing the winner of Berkeley (Calif.) and Redwood (Calif.). Erin Jeffery leads the league in goals with 97 and points with 132. "Katie Merritt has been playing great in goal with 115 saves on the year," coach Rick Jeffery said. "Kerianne Hunt has been very consistent as well with 47 goals, 46 assists and 67 draw controls. She is the top midfielder in the league."
Lakeside (Wash.) knocked off Seattle Prep (Wash.), 17-5, to advance to the semifinals of the Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship tournament. Lakeside's Rebecca Long had five goals and two assists, while Natalie Fox scored four goals and Kaylee Best finished with three. Fox and Best also combined for 11 ground balls. Lakeside, which has won its last four, is now 12-2-0. Second-seeded Lakeside hosts third-seeded Lake Sammamish in the semifinals Thursday. The championship is set for Saturday.
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