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LM West Region Report: April 26, 2011

by Mark Medina | LaxMagazine.com

St. Mary's-bound Jaclyn Biggers, Bainbridge Island's (Wash.) first All-American in 2010, has led the Spartans to a 7-0 start in 2011.

© Sue Larkin

Player of the Week

Jaclyn Biggers, Bainbridge Island (Wash.)
Biggers led the Spartans with 17 points last week, including 12 goals, four assists and five groundballs in victories over defending state champion Lakeside and Seattle Prep. Biggers, who's committed to play at St. Mary's next year, became the first junior last season from Bainbridge Island to earn All-America honors and also set a state record for draw controls (102).

West Region Top 10

1. Cherry Creek (Colo.) - 12-0 - No one seems close to upsetting the Bruins. Opponents have found it easier to score on them however. Cherry Creek's defense has taken a slight dip in goals allowed per game from March (7.71) to April (9).

2. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) - 13-1 - The Wildcats solidified their state standing with an 11-8 victory last Tuesday over Coronado.

3. Coronado (Calif.) - 10-1 - Its loss to St. Ignatius Prep featured a rare outing where the Islanders struggled in scoring. Prior to that game, the Islanders posted 16.75 goals per game in their previous four contests in April.

4. Mullen (Colo.) - 8-3 - The Mustangs have played inconsistently on defense all week. Their 19-0 shutout Wednesday over Overland was in between losses to Cherry Creek and ThunderRidge where they yielded 21 and 15 goals, respectively.

5. Bainbridge Island (Wash.) - 7-0 - In four of their seven games, the Spartans have scored 18 goals.

6. Foothill-Orange County (Calif.) -12-2 - The Knights' haven't lacked an offensive punch whatsoever, averaging 13.78 goals per game. But they've also shown improvement on defense. After allowing only 6.66 goals per game in March, the Knights have improved that mark to 5.6 goals per contest in April.

7. Carondelet (Colo.) - 12-2 - A pair of back-to-backs proved the Cougars have the energy and athleticism to duplicate their fast-paced offense, with a 20-9 victory Wednesday over California High School and a 17-7 win Thursday over Monte Vista.

8. Alta (Utah) - 10-0 - The Hawks have enjoyed a nearly two-week stint where they haven't played a game. Before that stretch, Alta was averaging 18.1 goals and giving up 4.2 goals per game.

9. Oregon City (Ore.) - 12-0 - With exception to their 14-11 overtime victory April 14 over Lake Oswego, the Pioneers' average margin of victory is 10.9 goals per game.

10. Torrey Pines (Calif.) - 8-2 - If last week serves as any indication, a set of back-to-backs Tuesday and Wednesday against Holy Cross (Md.) and Carlsbad shouldn't be a problem. The Falcons' scored a 12-8 victory over La Costa Canyon and 13-3 win over San Dieguito Academy in a back-to-back.

Game of the Week

Columbine (Colo.) vs. Mullen (Colo.), Thursday
After a 2010 season that entailed a 17-1 record and a final four appearance, Columbine had started off 8-1 overall 6-0 in conference play by scoring double-digit goals in all nine games. But the Cougars' two consecutive losses to Cherry Creek and Centaurus rest questions on whether they match up with Colorado's elite. Mullen should provide a good test, considering the Mustangs picked up signature wins against Arapahoe, Golden, and Denver East, while also falling to Cherry Creek.

News and Notes

Because of budget cuts, Torrey Pines lacks enough resources for adequate grounds crew maintenance. So the Falcons lacrosse team has occasionally helped out removing trash, clearing drains and sweeping the stands at Falcon Stadium ... Arapahoe beat two top-10 Colorado teams this past week, including Air Academy (No. 6) and Kent Denver (No. 4).

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