LM West Region Report: April 19, 2011
by Mark Medina | LaxMagazine.com
Cherry Creek (Colo.) standout Bailey Zerr showed no ill effects of an in-game collision suffered when she scored a game-winning goal two weeks ago, scoring six goals against Mullen to notch her second straight Lacrosse Magazine West Region Player of the Week honor.
Player of the Week
Bailey Zerr, Cherry Creek (Colo.)
Zerr was last week's player of the week, but there were some doubts about how much the senior attacker's collision with against a pair of Kent Denver players nearly two weeks ago would limit her. Apparently not. In the Bruins' 21-6 victory Friday over Mullen, Zerr scored six goals.
West Region Top 10
1. Cherry Creek (Colo.) - 11-0 - There's never been debate about the Bruins' dominance in the West. They've proved it with their second victory against a No. 2 state-ranked team in less than two weeks, including a rout of Mullen. Cherry Creek opened that game scoring eight unanswered goals and then began the second half with four consecutive goals.
2. Coronado (Calif.) - 10-0 - The Islanders' 12-10 victory March 29 over Torrey Pines may be a preview in rectifying last season's CIF finals loss.
3. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) - 12-1 - The Wildcats' 14-4 win over La Jolla on Monday was their seventh straight since suffering their only loss of the season to West Region No. 1 Cherry Creek. They overcame inconsistent performances against Menlo and Monte Vista. SI's 17-16 victory over Menlo required nine unanswered goals after giving up a 4-0 lead, allowing six consecutive goals for an 11-11 tie with 8:03 remaining, forcing overtime with a goal with 14 seconds left and securing the win in double overtime. The Wildcats' 11-7 victory Saturday over Monte Vista consisted of SI starting the game with a 3-1 deficit, scoring three unanswered goals and then holding the Mustangs scoreless for the final eight minutes.
4. Mullen (Colo.) - 7-2 - The Mustangs' flat performance against Cherry Creek shows they have plenty of work to do before being serious contenders for a state championship.
5. Bainbridge Island (Wash.) - 5-0 - The Spartans outscored their opponents, 33-11, last week. Junior midfielder Bea Sheffer was largely responsible for that by scoring 18 goals.
6. Foothill-Orange County (Calif.) - 10-0 - The Knights' seven-game winning streak has consisted of both blowouts and close victories. They enjoyed a 13-12 nailbiter Friday over Beckman and a 12-10 upset March 25 over Los Alamitos, breaking the latter's 46-game winning streak. And Foothill-Orange County also finished with a 15-8 victory March 30 over Denver East and a 16-0 drubbing April 4 of Yorba Linda.
7. Carondelet (Colo.) - 10-2 - For the first time in 10 games, the Cougars allowed an opponent to score in double digits. Fortunately for Carondelet, it maintained its high-octane offense with a 22-13 victory Friday over Amador Valley.
8. Alta (Utah) - 10-0 - The Hawks' undefeated record extends to last season, when it won a state championship over Riverton. It's a good chance Alta will be back there again.
9. Oregon City (Ore.) - 9-0 - In a rematch of last year's title game, the Pioneers secured a 10-9 victory over Wilson April 4 thanks to scoring the game winner with 28 seconds remaining. Oregon City followed that up last week with a 14-11 overtime win over Lake Oswego, the No. 3 team in the state.
10. Torrey Pines (Calif.) - 6-2 - TP just came off a close, nail-biting loss Coronado, but still remain one of the area's best schools after winning last year's CIF title.
Game of the Week
No. 2 Coronado at No. 3 St. Ignatius Prep, Tuesday
The Islanders will have the opportunity to secure a victory against a ranked team in the West region three weeks after doing so against Torrey Pines.
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