Nike/US Lacrosse West Girls' Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Natalie Byrne, West Linn (Ore.)
The sophomore scored nine goals and had two assists in a 15-11 victory over Lake Oswego in a battle of last season's state championship. The sophomore also had six goals against Lake Oswego in last season's 19-13 victory in the state title game. Byrne will likely be one of the most highly recruited players in the region.
Also Notable: Ally Mayle, Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.); Maddie Castelein, Carondelet (Calif.); Valerie Vachris, Eastside Catholic (Wash.); Sarah Brown, Centaurus (Colo.).
Game of the Week
Los Alamitos (Calif.) at Amador Valley (Calif.), April 14
Los Alamitos is on an impressive run and has established itself as one of the top teams in the region. Amador Valley is a traditional power with just one loss this season. This should be a highly entertaining matchup between two teams that have the firepower to score many goals and are deep on the defensive end.
West Region Top 10
1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights remain atop the poll with some impressive victories. Foothill-Santa Ana had three convincing victories last week over Newport Harbor (Calif.), 14-4, Valencia (Calif.), 15-4, and Beckman (Calif.), 18-3. Defense has been the key for the Knights and they've continued to get better every game.
Editor's Note: Foothill-Santa Ana lost its first game of the season on Tuesday, after this piece was written and submitted.
2. Chatfield (Colo.), 8-0
The Chargers remained undefeated by dominating Green Mountain (Colo.) and Mullen (Colo.). Chatfield is on its way to putting together one of the most impressive seasons in program history. The Chargers play three in-state games this week against Conifer (Colo.), Golden (Colo.) and Cherokee Trail (Colo.).
3. West Linn (Ore.), 7-0
The Lions passed their biggest test of the young season with a 15-11 victory over rival Lake Oswego (Ore.). Natalie Byrne led the way with nine goals. West Linn then followed that up with victories over Clackmas (Ore.) and Canby (Ore.), outscoring them by a combined 33-1. The Lions have a tough game this week against Oregon Episcopal (5-1).
4. The Bishop's School (Calif.) 6-0
The Knights resumed play after a five-day break with a convincing 18-4 victory over La Jolla Country Day School (Calif.) in conference play. The Bishop's School can continue to crate more separation in the league this week with a game against Pacific Ridge (Calif.), which is 3-5 on the season.
5. Amador Valley (Calif.), 10 -1
The Dons have won five consecutive games, including an impressive 13-11 victory over St. Ignatius (Calif.). Amador Valley followed that up with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.) in five overtimes.
6. Centaurus (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors won the showdown of the week in Colorado with a convincing 17-9 victory over previously undefeated Air Academy (Colo.). Centaurus pulled way by scoring nine of the game's final 10 goals. Sarah Brown (Colorado) led the way with five goals. The Warriors followed that up with victories over St. Mary's Academy (Colo.) and Kent Denver (Colo.).
7. Denver East (Colo.), 8-0
The Angels continued their impressive run to open the season. Denver East remained unbeaten with victories over Thomson Valley (Colo.), 8-7, Kennedy (Colo.), 21-1, and Dakota Ridge (Colo.), 25-6. The Angels have a tough test this week against Colorado Academy (Colo.), which is 7-1.
8. Air Academy (Colo.), 6-1
The Kadets suffered their first loss of the season, 17-9, to rival Centaurus. Air Academy actually took an 8-7 lead midway through the second half before the Warriors put together an impressive rally. Air Academy bounced back with a 16-6 victory over Palmer Ridge (Colo.).
9. Carondelet (Calif.), 7-3
The Cougars knocked off Menlo School (Calif.) 17-7. Maddie Castelein, Corinne Lafayette and Mia Maloney each had three goals. Carondelet then suffered a heart-breaking 7-6 loss to former No. 1 Amador Valley (Calif.). The Cougars look to bounce back with a tough game against Los Alamitos (8-3) this week before hitting the road for some out-of-state competition, including a game against Loyola Academy (Ill.).
10. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 8-3
The Griffins enter the poll on the heals of three-straight victories. Los Alamitos knocked off perennial power La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 12-10, and the picked up a 12-11 victory over Cherry Creek (Colo.). The Griffins got another signature win, 18-13, over Mater Dei (Calif.).
West Linn showed the balance of power has not shifted in Oregon this season. The defending state champions knocked off rival Lake Oswego, 15-11, in a battle of the area's top programs. It was Lake Oswego's first loss at home in three years.
Sophomore Natalie Byrne rose to the occasion again scoring nine goals on just 12 shots and adding two assists. She also had six goals in last season's state championship 19-13 victory over Lake Oswego. Mariah Gatti and Hanna Morford each scored three goals for West Linn, which is 7-0 on the season. Lexi Cheetham and Lilly Newman, each had four goals for Lake Oswego.
Eastside Catholic (Wash.) has one of the most balanced teams in Seattle and have created matchup problems for teams all season. In a 13-5 victory over Seattle Prep last week, Eastside Catholic over came four unanswered goals in the first half to pull away. The Crusaders held Prep scoreless in the second half, while scoring seven goals. Valerie Vachris finished with five goals, while Maddie Banks had four and Tristana Leist added three. Eastside Catholic is now 6-1-1 and will face a big test against undefeated Lakeside (5-0-1) this week.