Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersCatherine Ellis, Kent Denver (Colo.)
The senior was superb against Arapahoe, finishing with five goals and four assists in the 15-14 victory. She will play at Cornell next season.
Camille Sullivan, Bellevue East (Wash.)
Sullivan scored four goals to lead the Bellevue East to a 12-2 victory over Lake Trapps. She also helped her team improve to 4-3 on the season with a big game looming against Mercer Island (Wash.) on April 16.
Caroline Carlson, Coronado (Calif.)
Carlson scored seven goals in a 14-8 victory over Carlsbad. She will play lacrosse at Fresno State.
Games to Watch
Carondelet (Calif.) at Amador Valley (Calif.) – April 10
One of the fiercest rivalries in Northern California is rekindled. Both teams are loaded with Division-I talent and the winning team will be in the driver's seat in the title race. Last season, Amador Valley won the first meeting 9-8. However, Carondelet bounced back and beat the Dons 20-10 in the next meeting and then again 20-12 in the CIF-North Coast Section Division I Girls championship.
St. Ignatius (Calif.) at Palo Alto (Calif.) – April 10
St. Ignatius makes the short trip to Palo Alto, looking to hand the Vikings their fist loss of the season. Both of St. Ignatius' losses have come to out-of-state teams, St. John's of Texas and St. Stephen's and St. Agnes (Va.).
1. Carondelet (Calif.), 8-2
The Cougars faced a tough test with two, out-of-state games against Radnor (Pa.) and St. Stephen's and St. Agnes (Va.). Carondelet lost 11-10 to Radnor (Pa.), which was ranked 23rd in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Girls' Top 25. The Cougars also dropped a 19-7 game to St. Stephen's and St. Agnes, ranked second in the national Top 25 poll.
2. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 4-1
The Bruins picked up a non-conference victory over Hinsdale Central (Ill.) then traveled East and beat Germantown Friends (Pa.) 11-6, but then dropped a game to Moorestown (N.J.) 14-5.
3. Amador Valley (Calif.), 8-1
The Dons suffered their first loss of the season against the nation's No. 2 team, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes. The experience, however, was valuable as Amador Valley won its next three games by a 49-19 margin.
4. Air Academy (Colo.), 6-1
The Kadets bounced back from an early season loss to Kent Denver with three consecutive victories. Air Academy picked up an impressive 13-12 victory over Los Alamitos (Calif.), which resulted in a boost in the rankings.
5. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 9-1
The Griffins continued their hot streak to start the California season with their seventh consecutive victory – 18-4 over Palos Verdes. Los Alamitos then traveled to Colorado with impressive results. The Griffins handed Regis Jesuit its first loss and then fell to Air Academy by a goal. In the final game, Los Alamitos beat the state's No. 1 team, Kent Denver.
6. Kent Denver (Colo.), 4-1
The Sun Devils emerged from a more than two week break with a huge 15-14 victory over Arapahoe. Kent Denver was able to withstand a late rally to remain undefeated and in the top spot in the Denver Post state rankings. The Sun Devils suffered their first loss of the season in a tight, 16-15 loss to Los Alamitos (Calif.).
7. Coronado (Calif.), 7-2
The Islanders picked up a signature non-conference victory over Holy Child (Md.) 14-7. Coronado has been stout defensively, allowing more than 10 goals just once all season.
8. Centaurus (Colo.), 6-1
The Warriors remain in the thick of the title race in Colorado and picked up a key non-conference 21-8 victory over Palos Verdes of California. Centaurus can now focus on its remaining league schedule with an eye on a deep playoff run.
9. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 6-2
The Mavericks bounced back from a loss to Los Alamitos with consecutive victories before falling to No. 3 Amador Valley 10-7. La Costa Canyon faces several tough games the rest of the way, but has the depth to remain in the hunt for a championship.
10. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 5-2
The Wildcats only two losses are to out-of-state teams. St. Ignatius faced its toughest test all season in a game against St. Stephens & Agnes. The Wildcats fell 15-3, but will remain tough in the conference play.
News and Notes
Cougars prove they have bite
Top-ranked Carondelet showed how West Coast teams are closing the gap on some of the top teams from traditionally lacrosse-rich areas on the East Coast.
The Cougars led Radnor (Pa.) by a goal at the break and extended the margin to two early in the second half. However, Radnor, which is ranked No. 20 in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Girls' Top 25, made a run and escaped with an 11-10 victory.
"Their goalie was outstanding and we just made some mistakes," Carondelet coach Rick Jeffery said. "It would have been a great victory for the school. We did real well. The Radnor team was really good. We played them tough."
Carondelet faced its toughest challenge to date against national No. 2 St. Stephen's and St. Agnes. The Saints were simply too tough and won 19-7, however, only Notre Dame Prep (Md.) was the only other team to score as many as seven goal against SSSA at that time.
"They are just an outstanding team," Jeffery said. "You could tell [they had a lot of talent] as soon as they took the field for pre-game. My girls played them tough. But all of their passes were so precise and they did a nice job cutting back to the ball. They just play a great brand of lacrosse."
On its California trip, SSSA also beat St.Ignatius 15-3, Amador Valley 15-2 and Menlo School 19-5.
Lakeside remains in the hunt
Lakeside (Wash.) remained in the thick of the Washington State title hunt with several key victories led by midfielder Natalie Fox, who will attend Brown in the fall.
In a 15-5 victory over Overlake (Wash.), Fox finished with seven goals and picked up six ground balls. She followed that up with two goals, one assist and two ground balls in a 19-4 victory over Nathan Hale (Wash.). Lakeside then put on another dominant performance with an 18-2 victory over Mukilteo (Wash.). In that game, Fox had four goals, three assists and two ground balls.
Two days after falling 9-7 to Lake Sammamish (Wash.), the Lions bounced back with a thrilling 12-9 victory over Issaquah (Wash.). Lakeside trailed 8-7 at the half, but rallied and outscored Issaquah 5-2 over the final 25 minutes. Lakeside sits at 7-1 with four games left in the regular season, including games against undefeated Bainbridge Island (Wash.) and Snohomish (Wash.).
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