LM West Region Report: May 18, 2011
by Mark Medina | LaxMagazine.com
Paige Amme sparked Columbine's big win over Mullen and now sets her sights on top-ranked Cherry Creek in the Colorado state playoffs.
Player of the Week
Paige Amme, Columbine (Colo.)
She led the Rebels' comeback effort against Mullen with six goals to secure a 15-11 victory Thursday in the second round of the Colorado girls' lacrosse playoffs.
West Region Top 10
1. Cherry Creek (Colo.) - 15-1 - The top-seeded Bruins have yet to be tested. They coasted to a 26-4 victory Friday over Golden in the second round of the Colorado girls lacrosse playoffs.
2. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) - 17-1 - The Wildcats closed out the month of April with 11 consecutive victories, two double-overtime wins and a 13.55 goals per game average.
3. Coronado (Calif.) - 20-2 - Coronado's eight-game winning streak has entailed a 15.13 points per game average and a defense that's conceded only five goals per contest.
4. Bainbridge Island (Wash.) - 12-0 - Jaclyn Biggers, has led both the team in scoring (47 goals) and the league in points (7.86) despite playing in only seven games. The Spartans face Issaquah in the state tournament semifinal game.
5. Carondelet (Calif.) - 18-2 - The Cougars' lost an eight-member senior class that led the team last season to the North Coast Section semifinals, but Carondelet simply reloaded. Sophomore attack Erin Jeffery – daughter of Coach Rick Jeffery – leads the team in goals (75) and assists (28), a good sign for a team looking to reach the championship game after falling short the past two seasons.
6. Kent Denver (Colo.) - 12-4 - The Sun Devils closed out the regular season with a four-game winning streak averaging 18.5 points per game average. Kent Denver carried that same high-powered offense into the playoffs, defeating Chatfield, 24-9, Thursday in the second round of the Colorado girls lacrosse playoffs.
7. Alta (Utah) - 14-0 - The defending champions have won 42 consecutive games.
8. Oregon City (Ore.) - 18-0 - The Pioneers capped an undefeated season by beating Lake Oswego High, 11-9, last week to win the Three Rivers League title. They have a good chance at winning their third consecutive state title.
9. Torrey Pines (Calif.) - 16-2 - The Falcons advanced past Grossmont, 18-5, in the CIF-San Diego Section quarterfinals thanks to a balanced effort, featuring nine different players that scored at least a goal. Senior midfielder Anna Knowles led the way with a hat trick.
10. Los Alamitos (Calif.) - 17-2 - The Griffins' earned their third consecutive Division 1 Southern Section championship with a 19-5 victory Saturday over Redondo Union, a result Los Alamitos determined in the opening minutes. The Griffins stormed out to a 13-1 haftime lead and coasted the rest of the second half. Los Alamitos featured three players scoring hat tricks, including sophomore attacker Julie Crowell (four goals), senior attacker Torrey Bailey (four goals) and junior midfielder Lauren Actkinson (three goals).
Game of the Week
No. 1 Cherry Creek vs. No. 8 Columbine -- Colorado
girls' lacrosse state playoffs, Wednesday
The Bruins have yet to hit much adversity. Meanwhile, Columbine is coming off an emotional come-from-behind second-round victory over Mullen. It's a good chance Cherry Creek will need to dial up its intensity to stave off Columbine's energy.
News and Notes
Chaparral secured a back-to-back Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association championships with 14-13 overtime victory over Horizon ... Foothill's 11-7 victory over Amador Valley in the CIF-North Coast section game earned the Falcons a second-place finish in the East Bay Athletic League and a possible No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
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