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.), 16-1
The Dons have won 11 consecutive games since losing to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.). Amador Valley has two regular season games remaining against Palo Alto and Foothill, Pleasanton.
2. Carondelet (Calif.), 11-3
The Cougars bounced back from a loss to top-ranked Amador Valley with four consecutive victories. Carondelet has two regular season games remaining before the playoffs.
3. Air Academy (Colo.), 13-1
The Kadets have allowed 10 or more goals just twice the entire season. Air Academy closed out the regular season with 12 consecutive victories. The Kadets also handed Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.) its first loss of the season with a 19-8 victory.
4. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 18-1
The Griffins completed the regular season on a seven-game winning streak. Los Alamitos closed out the regular season with a dominant 24-11 victory Mater Dei (Calif.) and will be a force in the state playoffs.
5. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 14-2
The Mavericks have put together nine consecutive victories to finish another stellar regular season. La Costa Canyon also picked up a huge 10-6 victory over Coronado.
6. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 13-2
The Raiders remain in the state title hunt and finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak. Regis Jesuit picked up major momentum heading into the state playoffs with a huge 13-10 victory over Cherry Creek (Colo.) in the final regular season game. Courtney Gielow (California) scored three goals for the Raiders, who handed Cherry Creek its only in-state loss.
7. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-2
Since a loss last month to Moorestown (N.J.), ranked No. 5 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 poll, the Bruins have established themselves as one of the favorites for a state title. Cherry Creek dropped its final regular season game to Regis Jesuit, but are battle-tested for the playoffs.
8. Centaurus (Colo.), 10-2
The Warriors rebounded from a loss to No. 3 Cherry Creek with victories over Thomson Valley and Kennedy. Centaurus has the depth and balance to make a deep run in the postseason.
9. Coronado (Calif.), 15-3
After falling to La Costa Canyon, the Islanders got victories over Serra (Calif.) and La Jolla (Calif.). Coronado closes out the regular season against Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) before regrouping for the playoffs.
10. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), 17-1
The Gators closed out one of its most successful regular seasons in the program's history. Sacred Heart handed Menlo (Calif.) its first league loss since 2007 and was named co-champs of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division.
News and notes
West Linn is the team to beat
West Linn (Ore.) has established itself as the team to beat in Oregon and boasts one of the most talented squads in the Northwest.
The defense has allowed the fewest goals in the state and is led by Genna Hughes, Caitlin Bernert and Mary Richardson. Tara Sonnemaker has established herself as one of the top goalies in Oregon after earning First-Team All-State last season as a junior
West Linn, which is 10-1, also returned a solid group of midfielders, including Megan Longtain, Annie Longtain and Mariah Gatti.
"Our league, the Three Rivers League is very competitive, with three of the top five teams in the state – based on power rankings," Coach Meg Elston said. "By midseason, we beat Oregon City, they beat Lake Oswego, and Lake Oswego beat us. It's been a great season in that regard with no one team dominating the league."
West Linn still has three league games before the playoffs, including a highly-anticipated match-up against Oregon City (Ore.) on May 9.
"We take it one game at a time through playoffs," Elston said. "We are confident that we should be one of the two teams in the state final game, but it's always a test once playoffs begin."
Sacred Heart prepares for playoffs
Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) closed out a successful regular season by capturing a share of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division title with Menlo by beating the Knights in the last game of the regular season.
It was the first regular season game Menlo has lost since 2007 and first-ever loss to Sacred Heart. Caroline Cummings led Sacred Heart with four goals, while freshmen Libby Muir and Ally Mayle each scored three times.
Menlo beat Sacred Heart Prep in the first, regular season meeting, so the rubber match could happen in the WBAL tournament. Both teams earned first-round byes.
Colorado title up for grabs
The state playoffs in Colorado will be one of the most intriguing in several years. All of the traditional powers have the depth to make a run at a state championship, but there are also several other programs that could play spoiler.
Defending champion Air Academy has put together another stellar season, losing just one game – 21-20 to Kent Denver on March 13. Cherry Creek, which had only one league loss to Regis Jesuit, will be looking for its 10th state title and played one of the state's toughest non-conference schedules.
Kent Denver (Colo.), which has three state titles, is another playoff savvy team that knows how to pick up the intensity in the post-season. In addition, Regis Jesuit enters the playoffs as one of the state's hottest teams. Centaurus lost only two regular season games. Cheyenne Mountain did not lose until the last game of the regular season and has the talent to make a run at the title.
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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