Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersBridget Grubb, La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
The senior scored three goals to lead the Mavericks to an 11-6 victory over Torrey Pines (Calif.) in the San Diego Section Open Division semifinals. She then scored three more goals in a 12-5 victory over Coronado in the San Diego Section Open Division championship.
Sarah Myers, Centaurus (Colo.)
The sophomore scored four goals, including the game-winner in the closing seconds, for a 16-15 victory over Regis Jesuit in the Colorado state semifinals. Centaurus is gunning for its first state championship against perennial power Cherry Creek.
Livvy List, Cherry Creek (Colo.)
The junior led the Bruins into their 16th consecutive title game with four goals in a 13-9 victory over Air Academy. She also had two assists.
Games to watch
Cherry Creek (Colo.) vs. Centaurus (Colo.) – May 25 at the University of Denver
Cherry Creek is one of the most successful lacrosse programs with 10 state titles. Centaurus will try to win its first championship.
Carondelet (Calif.) vs. Marin Catholic (Calif.) – May 22 at Diablo Vista Middle School
Carondelet (20-4) is looking to get another shot at the title, while Marin Catholic (20-4), which is the only non-EBAL team to advance to the semifinals. looks to continue its impressive run. Top-ranked Amador Valley hosts California in the other semifinal.
1. Carondelet (Calif.), 17-3
Season Complete: The Cougars avenged an earlier season loss to former No. 1 Amador Valley by knocking off the Dons 9-7 in overtime for the North Coast Section Division I girls' lacrosse championship. Carondelet loses some top players to graduation but the program has enough depth to make another run next season.
2. Amador Valley (Calif.), 21-2
Season Complete: The Dons fell short in their bid for the North Coast Section Division I girls' lacrosse championship by losing to top-ranked Carondelet 9-7 in overtime. Coach Bob Mezeul developed one of the top programs on the entire West Coast and will reload for another run next season.
3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 16-2
Season Complete: The Bruins won their 10th Colorado state championship with a 20-10 victory over Centaurus (Colo.). Cherry Creek has advanced to all 16 state championship games since the sport was sanctioned in Colorado.
4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 18-2
Season Complete: The Mavericks had another impressive season with 12 consecutive victories. La Costa Canyon ended the year by winning the San Diego Section Open Division championship with a 12-5 victory over Coronado (Calif.).
5. Centaurus (Colo.), 15-3
Season Complete: The Warriors ended the most successful run in program history with a 20-10 loss to reigning power Cherry Creek in the Colorado state championship game. Still, Centaurus has established itself in the top echelon of West Coast lacrosse.
6. Air Academy (Colo.), 15-2
Season Complete: The Kadets beat Chaparral 15-11 to advance to the state semifinals. However, Air Academy lost to eventual champion Cherry Creek in the state semifinals.
7. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 19-2
Season Complete: The Griffins finished the season unbeaten in California, and suffered their only loss to 2012 Colorado state champion Air Academy (Colo.). Los Alamitos continued its dominance in the post-season and won its fifth consecutive US Lacrosse Southern Section South Division title with a 15-12 victory over Beckham and then beat Agoura in the Southern Section finals.
8. Coronado (Calif.), 17-4
Season Complete: The Islanders ended another solid season. Coronado advanced to the San Diego Section Open Division finals where it fell to a tough La Costa Canyon team, ending a four-game winning streak.
9. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 15-3
Season Complete: The Raiders' successful season came to an end with a 16-15 loss to Centaurus in the state semifinals. However, Regis Jesuit remains one of the top teams in the region and handed Cherry Creek its only in-state loss in the regular season.
10. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), 19-1
Season Complete: The Gators closed out one of their best seasons in program history. Sacred Heart Prep was co-champs of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division and handed Menlo (Calif.) its first league loss since 2007.
News and notes
Winning on the road
Carondelet coach Rick Jeffery knew he had to make some adjustments against Amador Valley in the North Coast Section Division I girls lacrosse championship.
The Dons beat his team 10-9 in the regular season and Jeffery's challenge was to find a way to contain Amador Valley's draw specialist Jackie Gilbert. This time, Carondelet focused on trapping Gilbert to force turnovers and create 50-50 balls off the draw.
The Cougars also had to make sure they had the right balance to counter Amador Valley's depth. The game plan worked as Cali Castagnola scored with 34 seconds remaining in the first overtime period and Carondelet won 9-7 for its third consecutive North Coast Section Division I championship.
The victory was even sweeter as it came on Amador Valley's home field.
"It's a great rivalry and that really motivated my girls," Jeffery said. "There was a change of venue at the last minute and we had to play at their place. That gave the girls some extra motivation. They wanted to win it in their field."
Castagnola finished with four goals and Jeffery said goodbye to one of his most successful senior classes in program history. His daughter, Erin, graduates and will attend Hofstra next season.
"I coached those kids for a long time, also my daughter," Jeffery said. "It was just a great way for the seniors to end their careers. We played some really good defense. My seven seniors really stepped it up."
Cherry Creek wins No. 10
Cherry Creek coach Brianne Tierney spent her first year as head coach of the Bruins adding even more prestige to the storied history of the program.
The top seeded Bruins won their 10th state championship with a convincing 20-10 victory over Centaurus, which was making its first appearance in the title game. Cherry Creek has advanced to all 16 state championship games since the sport was sanctioned in Colorado and won three of the past four titles.
Blair Sisk was the most dominant player on the field, leading the Bruins with seven goals and two assists. Cherry Creek set a state record with 20 goals in the title game.
Sarah Brown led Centaurus with four goals.
After the Warriors pulled to within 5-4 late in the first half, Caroline Perry and Livvy List quickly answered for Cherry Creek. The Bruins then outscored Centaurus 12-5 in the second half.
Cherry Creek also beat the Warriors 13-12 during the regular season.
Lakeside wins No. 9
Lakeside (Wash.) won its ninth state Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship with a 13-7 victory over Lake Sammamish (Wash.).
Amanda Roper led the way with five goals and was named co-MVP, along with Lions goalie Amerra Sheckles, who finished with seven saves. Lakeside trailed 6-5 at the half, but outscored Lake Sammamish 8-1 after the break.
Natalie Fox and Rebecca Long also scored twice for Lakeside (15-1), which avenged an 8-7 loss to Lake Sammamish in the regular season.
Alexandra Johnson led Lake Sammamish (14-3) with four goals and Emily Sokol scored twice. Lakeside won 15 of 23 draws.
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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