Nike/US Lacrosse West Girls' Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Kate Mattimore, St. Ignatius (Calif.)
Mattimore had five goals and an assist in the Wildcats 9-3 win over Scripps Ranch (Calif.). She followed that with another five goals in a 20-9 victory over Foothill. She will play women's lacrosse for Cal.
Also notable: Maddie Marston, Coronado (Calif.); Nick Watkins, Marin Academy (Calif.); Wendy Donier, Holy Names Academy (Wash.); Ella van Cleve, Northwest School (Wash.)
Game of the Week
Centaurus (Colo.) at Air Academy (Colo.), April 3
Air Academy enters this big Colorado match-up undefeated and has been one of the most balanced teams in the West region. Centaurus is the Kadets toughest test so far this season. A trip to the East Coast should have the Warriors battle-tested for this game.
West Region Top 10
1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 5-0
The Dons maintain the top spot with more impressive victories. Amador Valley handed Novato its first loss and also topped out-of-state foe Kent Denver (Colo.). Amador Valley faces three straight road tests against La Costa Canyon (Calif.), Coronado (Calif.) and Torrey Pines (Calif.).
2. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 6-0
The Wildcats enter the poll with an impressive start to the season. St. Ignatius picked up a solid, 8-7 victory over a tough Novato (Calif.) squad. St. Ignatius has another big game March 31 against The Menlo School (Calif.).
3. Air Academy (Colo.), 5-0
The Kadets have been dominant defensively and have yet to allow 10 goals in a game this season. Air Academy clashes with No. 2 Centaurus (Colo.) this week in Colorado's biggest game this week.
4. Chatfield (Colo.), 3-0
The Chargers went into their break with some solid momentum. Chatfield returns to in-state action this week against Douglas Co.-Castle View (Colo.) and Wheat Ridge (Colo.).
5. Centaurus (Colo.), 5-1
The Warriors had a solid showing against East Coast teams last week, beating Poly Prep (N.Y.) 18-3 before dropping a close game to the Flint Hill School (D.C.), 9-5.
6. Menlo School (Calif.), 6-1
Menlo went into its break with only one loss – a 11-9 setback to Amador Valley. The Knights face a tough battle this against St. Ignatius, which is one of the key games in the state this week.
7. Novato (Calif.), 8-2
The Hornets suffered their first loss of the season against No. 1 Amador Valley, but bounced back with victories over Sir Francis Drake (Calif.) and Justin-Siena (Calif.). Novato had another tough setback against St. Ignatius but their tough schedule should benefit them in the playoffs.
8. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 3-0
The Knight have rolled through the early part of their schedule and have not allowed more than five goals in a game. Foothill-Santa Ana will likely provide matchup problems for its opposition for most of the season.
9. Poway (Calif.), 5-0
The Titans have shown solid balance in their victories this season and picked up a solid 13-10 victory over Torrey Pines this week. With seven seniors, including attacker Claire Amabile, Poway has the experience to make a deep run in the playoffs.
10. The Bishop's School (Calif.) 3-0
The Knights enter the poll this week with a strong start to the season. The Bishop's School picked up three victories last week over Carlsbad (Calif.), Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) and Cathedral Catholic (Calif.).
Foothill Santa-Ana (Calif.) spent much of the preseason working on almost every nuance of the game to get ready for the tough competition in Southern California. The hard work has paid off as the Knights opened the season with three straight wins and have not allowed more than five goals in a game. Coach Kaylee Navarrete likes what she has seen so far from her team.
"The girls are focused this year," Navarrete said. "We have been working hard on key dynamics such as a fast transition, draw control, and a strong redefend. We have a fast team which helps us tremendously."
College coaches are noticing the program's talent level. Some of Santa-Ana's top recruits are Claire Healy (Saint Mary's College), Julia Taylor (verbal to Oregon), Hannah Upshaw (verbal to USC). For now, the players and coaches are focused on having a solid season. "The competition is definitely even this year in Southern California," Navarrete said. "Between the top five teams in Southern Section, it is really anyone's game."
Emily Sokol has helped keep Lake Sammamish (Wash.) undefeated this season and in the hunt for a state title. In a 14-4 victory over Mercer Island, Sokol had five goals and the Hailstorms improved to 6-0. Lake Sammamish faces its biggest test so far this season April 3 against Eastside Catholic, which is also undefeated at 4-0. Bainbridge Island is also 3-0 in the league.
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