Nike/US Lacrosse West Girls' Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Sarah Brown, Centuraus (Colo.)
Brown starred in the Warriors' milestone 9-6 victory over Cherry Creek, finishing with six goals. She has played a huge role in keeping Centaurus undefeated this season and in the hunt for a state title. Brown is committed to Colorado.
Notable: Anabel Bench, Lakeside (Wash.); Cambi Cukar, Amador Valley (Calif.); Nikky Price, Menlo School (Calif); Sophia Stuart, Drake (Calif.); Rachel Walker, Chatfield (Colo.).
Game of the Week
Lake Oswego (Ore.) at La Costa Canyon (Calif.), March 25
This is an intriguing match-up between two traditional powers from their respective states. Lake Oswego was a a two-time defending state champion before getting beat in the final last season by West Linn. The Lakers play a tough non-conference schedule each year. La Costa Canyon is led by midfielder Genesis Lucero (Stanford) and has the talent and depth to compete for its league title.
West Region Top 10
1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 2-0
The Dons passed their first big test of the season with a 24-17 victory over The Menlo School (Calif.). Cambi Cukar finished with seven goals and an assist, while Evan Murphy scored three goals with six assists.
2. Centaurus (Colo.), 4-0
The Warriors picked up a signature 9-6 victory over rival Cherry Creek (Colo.). It was the first time Centaurus has ever defeated the Bruins. Sarah Brown (Colorado) led the way with six goals.
3. Novato (Calif.), 6-0
The Hornets enter the poll on the heals of six consecutive victories to open the season. Novato has outscored its opponents 111-29 in those games. The big test comes this week in a showdown with top-ranked Amador Valley.
4. Chatfield (Colo.), 3-0
The Chargers enter the poll this week by opening the season with three consecutive victories. Chatfield picked up one of the biggest wins in program history with a 14-9 victory over Cherry Creek. Rachel Walker finished with six goals.
5. Air Academy (Colo.), 4-0
The Kadets continued their early season surge with four wins, including over Kent Denver (Colo.) and Arapahoe (Colo.). Air Academy has a big out-of-state game against Los Alamitos this week.
6. Menlo School (Calif.), 6-1
The Knights suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 24-17 decision to top-ranked Amador Valley. Menlo was led by Sophia Donovan and Nikky Price, who each had six goals. Menlo bounced back with a key 11-10 victory over California High School with Parvathi Narayan leading the way with four goals.
7. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 2-0
The Knights enter the poll this week with two dominant victories over Aliso Niguel (Calif.) and Mater Dei (Calif.). Foothill has a touch match-up this week against Valencia, which improved to 5-1 last week.
8. Poway (Calif.), 2-0
The Titans picked up two victories to open the season, outscoring Ramona (Calif.) and La Jolla (Calif.) by a combined 31-10. Poway has two big tests on the horizon with games against Torrey Pines and Coronado.
9. Carondelet (Calif.), 3-1
The Cougars beat Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) 18-5 and the team continues to get better. Carondelet has put together one of the toughest schedules in the region and faces a tough out-of-state battle with Kent Denver this week.
10. California High School (Calif.) 3-1
The Grizzlies had their first setback of the season with a tough, 11-10 loss to No. 7 Menlo School. Shannon Geary led California with five goals. The Grizzlies look to bounce back this week with games against St. Francis (Calif.) and Granite Bay (Calif.).
The euphoria of knocking off rival Cherry Creek for the first time ever stayed with the players and coaches of Centarus for much of the week. "It feels good to have finally beaten Creek. I'm so proud of my girls," coach Genny Horning said. Sarah Brown was the difference maker on offense and finished with six goals in the 9-6 victory. Horning said her physical and mental toughness gave her teammates confidence throughout the game. "Sarah is a very smart player," Horning said. "She's quick and confident and has great field sense. But, it's her composure and consistency that helps her be successful and execute during high-pressure situations." Centaurus led 6-3 at the half, but Cherry Creek fought back and a goal by Colby Goettelman cut the margin to 7-6 midway through the second half. However, Brown scored twice more and Warriors defense dominated the rest of the way to pull out the victory. Centaurus goalie Kayli Weiss finished with seven saves. Olivia List, Blair Sisk and Goettelman each had two goals for the Bruins.
Amador Valley has shown some early season firepower that will likely create matchup problems for any of its opponents this season. In a 24-17 victory over Menlo School, Evan Murphy finished three goals and six assists and Cambi Cukar had seven goals and one assist. Jackie Gilbert scored six goals and has been a force so far this season with draw controls. Allie Dacar (Stanford), had another solid day in goal with five saves.
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