Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Allie DaCar, Amador Valley (Calif.)
DaCar finished with 10 saves to lead the Dons past former No. 1 Carondelet 10-9. DaCar is regarded as one of the best goalies in California and will attend Stanford.
Brooke Bullington, Menlo School (Calif.)
Bullington had three goals and three assists in a 14-5 victory over Palo Alto in a battle of teams that entered the game undefeated in the Central Coast Section. Menlo also beat previously undefeated Sacred Heart Prep. Bullington will attend Bowdoin.
Hanna Dalrymple, Snohomish (Wash.)
The junior scored six goals in an 18-16 victory over Issaquah. She was an All-State pick last season.
Games to Watch
La Costa Canyon (Calif.) at Coronado (Calif.) – April 29
Two of the state's perennial powers will meet in one of the area's biggest games of the season, Each team has just two losses, including tight games to No. 5 Los Alamitos.
Park City (Utah) at Skyline (Utah) – May 2
The Miners remain undefeated and appear to be marching to a title. However, Skyline only has one loss and will try to derail Park City in the last regular season game.
1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 13-1
The Dons picked up a huge 10-9 victory over top-ranked Carondelet (Calif.). Amador Valley followed that up with dominant victories over Grenada (Calif.), Livermore (Calif.) and Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) to take over the No. 1 ranking.
2. Carondelet (Calif.), 9-3
The Cougars dropped their first game in California, 10-9, to a surging Amador Valley team. Carondelet then bounced back with a 22-7 victory over Monte Vista-Danville. The Cougars will still be a force in the title race and could face Amador Valley in the NCS playoffs.
3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 8-1
The Bruins returned from a successful trip to the East with a victory over Germantown Friends (Pa.) and a loss to Moorestown (N.J.), now ranked fifth in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Girls' Top 25 poll. Cherry Creek also won its games in Colorado over Cherokee Trail (Colo.) and No. 7 Centaurus (Colo.).
4. Kent Denver (Colo.), 5-3
The Sun Devils remain in the thick of the championship race and remain undefeated in Colorado league play. Kent Denver boosted its schedule with tough non-conference games against Los Alamitos (Calif.), Milton (Ga.) and Good Counsel (Md.), which account for its only losses on the season.
5. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 13-1
The Griffins are riding a four-game winning streak and picked up a key, non-confrence victory over Air Academy (Colo.). Los Alamitos has two regular season games remaining, including a tough match up against Beckman (Calif.).
6. Air Academy (Colo.), 10-1
The Kadets are riding a seven-game winning streak in Colorado league play. Air Academy ends its regular season with perhaps its two toughest games against Centaurus (8-1) and Cheyenne Mountain (8-0).
7. Centaurus (Colo.), 8-2
The Warriors continued to roll in Colorado with seven consecutive victories. Centaurus picked up a signature 13-11 victory over Regis Jesuit, but lost a tight game to Cherry Creek 13-12 with both games having big implications in playoff seedings.
8. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 9-2
Since a 12-9 setback to No. 1 Amador Valley on March 22, the Mavericks have won four consecutive games. La Costa Canyon picked up a big victory over Mission Hills and is carrying more momentum toward the playoffs.
9. Cornonado (Calif.), 10-2
The Islanders remain in the thick of the title hunt and picked up three consecutive victories in the City League. Coronado still has two big games against La Jolla (Calif.) and La Costa Canyon (Calif.).
10. Park City (Utah), 8-0
The Miners enter the rankings after opening the season with eight consecutive victories in Utah league play. Park City has been stout defensively and has yet to allow more than nine goals in a game.
News and Notes
Amador Valley picked up a huge victory over Carondelet, putting itself in position for a league championship.
The Dons trailed by as many as five goals before pulling out a tough 10-9 victory. Amador Valley coach Bob Mezeul credits goalie Allie DaCar as the catalyst for the victory. She finished with 10 saves. Justine Chinn had three goals and Evan Murphy added two goals and one assist for the Dons.
"[DaCar] had 10 saves —many that were super-human and any of which could have been game-changing had Carondelet scored," Mezeul said. "She also came out of goal to get two ground balls and in the second half made a 60-yard quick clear pass on a rope that led to a fast break transition goal. Highlight reel stuff."
Jackie Gilbert also came up big for Amador Valley by dominating the draw controls which gave the Dons the opportunity to control the pace of the game. The Dons were down 7-2 early in first half, but cut the margin to 7-4 at the break. Amador Valley then dominated the second half and outscored Carondelet 6-2 in the second half.
The East Bay Athletic League Championship is based on records against league opponents and there is no title game. The teams used to play two regular season games against each league member and with eight teams in EBAL league, which took up 16 of the allotted 20 games.
Mezeul said that format did not leave much room for playing out-of-conference teams teams — either locally in Northern California, Southern California or out-of-state. Therefore, the coaches petitioned the school principals and then the EBAL Commission to allow schools to run single round robin this year rather than play each other twice.
"That gives us the opportunity to open the schedule to more competitive play," Mezeul said.
This also means Amador Valley and Carondelet play one time this regular season. If Amador Valley beats the rest of the teams in EBAL, then it would win the league title.
However, after the regular season, Amador Valley will will move to the NCS playoffs, which now has two divisions with two 16-team brackets. Amador Valley and Carondelet could be the top two seeds in Division I and could meet once again in the finals on May 24 for a highly-anticipated rematch.
Bainbridge Island still sailing
Bainbridge Island (Wash.), the defending Washington state champions, remains undefeated this season at 7-0-1, holding onto first place in the Alki Conference.
The Spartans knocked off Kennedy, 18-6, as freshman Sonia Olson had a game-high four points, while senior Regan Wortley, junior Sallie Marx and sophomore Truman Flynn each had three goals each. Kyra Wortley and Amy Willerford also scored twice.
In a 17-10 victory over Snohomish, the Spartans got four goals from Sallie Marx, while Paige Brigham and Willerford each had three. Bainbridge goalie Maddie Stevenson had seven saves. Hanna Dalrymple led Snohomish with six goals and Daryla Tagg had five saves,
Sacred Heart wins 11 straight
Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) is having one of its most successful seasons. The Gators are 13-1 after opening the season with 11 consecutive victories.
"The strong start has come from the players," coach Nicole Marris said. "They work really hard both in and out of season with lacrosse. They have a lot of commitment and dedication. We have had an offensive strategy all season with six of our offensive players being top scorers, and four of them averaging five-plus goals a game. We really work on the re-defend to keep the ball from going back on defense."
The team's top players are in the midfield and include junior Caroline Cummings, sophomore Brigid White and freshmen Libby Muir and Ally Mayle. Cummings has received offers from several Division I schools.
"We are very excited about how the season is going," Marris said.
Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors. LM contributors compile the regional rankings.
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