LM West Region Report: May 25, 2011
by Mark Medina | LaxMagazine.com
Kelsey Mackin and Bainbridge Island unseated five-time defending Washington state champion Lakeside with a 16-8 victory in the Division I championship game.
Player of the Week
Dana Kilsby, Lake Oswego (Ore.)
She proved largely instrumental in the Lakers 20-9 semifinal victory against West Linn, posting nine goals.
LM West Region Top 10
1. Cherry Creek (Colo.): 17-1 - The Bruins have showed little sign of vulnerability. Their 23-10 semifinal win over Centaurus featured Cherry Creek scoring with seven different players, including seven each from junior Anya Gersoff and senior Kiki Boone. The Bruins have outscored their opponents, 70-24, in the 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.): 22-2 - Coronado secured the Division II CIF San Diego Section Lacrosse Championship with a 13-3 victory over Cathedral Catholic. The victory marked the Islanders' second consecutive section title, an effort that featured them scoring seven times on their first eight shots.
4. Bainbridge Island (Wash.): 14-0 - The Spartans unseated five-time defending champion Lakeside with a 16-8 victory in the girls' Division I state high school lacrosse championship. The win capped off an undefeated season and rectified Bainbridge Island's three state title game losses to the Lions the past three seasons, including a 15-10 loss in 2010, 14-13 double overtime loss in 2009 and a 9-8 defeated in 2008.
5. Carondelet (Calif.): 19-2 - The top-seeded Cougars play in the girls lacrosse North Coast Section Division I semifinals Wednesday against fourth-seeded Davis after unseating Sam Ramon Valley, 18-6, in a quarterfinal matchup.
6. Air Academy (Colo.): 15-3 - The Kadets will meet Cherry Creek in the state final Wednesday after already dismantling a few state powerhouses in the playoffs. That included a 20-18 quarterfinal win over No. 2 Denver East and a 15-14 semifinal victory over No. 3 Kent Denver. The Kadets didn't appear overwhelmed, responding to Kent Denver's 3-1 lead with a six-goal burst and then later holding the Sun Devils scoreless in the final minute.
7. Kent Denver (Colo.): 13-5 - The Sun Devils didn't allow Air Academy to upset them so easily. After trailing, 10-6, at halftime, Kent Denver held the Kadets scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second half. Sun Devils sophomore attacker Catherine Schlegel then scored three goals to bring the game within one, but Kent Denver couldn't score in the final minute.
8. Alta (Utah): 16-0 - The Hawks won their third consecutive state championship with a 12-6 victory over Bingham in the Utah Division I state title game. Though Alta has gone undefeated in each of those three championship seasons, Alta Coach Megan Gorringe told various outlets that the team has had to absorb numerous unspecified injuries and illnesses this year.
9. Oregon City (Ore.): 20-0 - The Pioneers will play for their third consecutive championship against Lake Oswego Thursday at 7 p.m. in Hillsboro Stadium after posting an 11-10 semifinal win over Wilson. Oregon City featured seven different players scoring and four scoring two goals.
10. Torrey Pines (Calif.): 18-2 - The Falcons secured the CIF-San Diego Section Division I championship with a 18-5 victory over Rancho Bernardo. According to published reports, many of the Rancho Bernardo fans booed Torrey Pines senior midfielder Katie Trees during pre-game introductions, when she picked up a yellow card and when she was hit in the face with an opposing stick in the final minute, signs she's unpopular in the area for her aggressive play. Trees, who will attend Duke in the fall to play lacrosse and soccer, answered back with four consecutive goals.
Game of the Week
No. 1 Cherry Creek vs. No. 7 Air Academy - Colorado
state championship game at Peter Barton Stadium, Wednesday, 7:30
The game was moved back a half hour because of the University of Denver's continued success in the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament. DU will squeeze a practice in before the state final championship, featuring the eight-time champion Bruins and the Kadets, which won the state title in 2009. Cherry Creek treated Air Academy in the regular season much like it did with all its other opponents, with a dominating double-digit victory.
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