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March 18, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse West Boys' Region Report

by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

Owen Weselak, Torrey Pines (Calif.)

Weselak was a force last week from the faceoff X. In a 7-6 overtime victory over Cathedral Catholic, he had a goal, won 13 of 15 faceoffs and grabbed 18 ground balls. Then, in a 7-6 victory over former No. 1 St. Ignatius, he helped dictate the run of play by winning 12 of 17 faceoffs with 20 ground balls. He will play in college for Marquette.

Also notable: Ryan Arthur, Cherry Creek, (Colo.); Hank Bethke, Bellevue (Wash.); Mason Brady, Menlo School (Calif.); Austin Garwood, Camas (Wash.)

GAME OF THE WEEK

The Bishop's School (Calif.) at J Serra Catholic (Calif.), March 19

The Bishop's School opens the season with a tough test against J Serra Catholic. The Lions are already 4-0 with victories over Beckman (Calif.), Palos Verdes (Calif.), Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) and Agoura (Calif.). J Serra Catholic could crack the top-10 with a victory over the Knights, who are led by Jake Seau (Duke).

West Region Top 10

1. Torrey Pines (Calif.) 3-0
The Falcons already picked up three huge wins this season to take over the No. 1 spot. One week after knocking off Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) in overtime, Torrey Pines beat former No. 1 St. Ignatius (Calif.), The Falcons followed that up with another impressive, 10-6 victory over De LaSalle (Calif.).

2. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 3-1
The Wildcats fell to former No. 2 Torrey Pines in one of the early marquee matchups of the regular season. St. Ignatius rebounded with a 19-8 win over Coronado (Calif.).

3. Arapahoe (Colo.), 4-0
The Warriors took down Southlake (Texas) 9-6 and Littleton (Colo.) 17-2 this week.

4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 1-0
The Mavericks cruised to a 13-6 victory over Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) in their opener. La Costa Canyon takes on Westview (Calif.) this week before a big showdown with Cathedral Catholic (Calif.).

5. Bellevue (Wash.), 1-0
The Wolverines knocked off in-state foe Bainbridge Island (Wash.), 10-4 to open the season. Hank Bethke (Ohio State) had four goals and two assists. Bellevue faces its first road test this week against Woodinville (Wash.).

6. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 3-0
The Bruins are in solid early form, beating Rock Canyon (Colo.) and Overland (Colo.) to open the season, and handing Wheat Ridge (Colo.) a loss on Monday.

7. St. Margaret's Episcopal (Calif.), 2-0
The Tartans opened the season with a 7-3 victory over Yorba Linda (Calif.) and beat St. John's (Texas) 17-4.

8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 2-1
The Dons bounced back from a heart-breaking 7-6 overtime loss to No. 1 Torrey Pines with a 13-7 victory over Poway (Calif.) and a 12-9 win over Palos Verdes (Calif.). Cathedral Catholic plays Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) on Tuesday.

9. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 2-0
The Sea Kings blew past University Irvine (Calif.) 19-0 in the season opener and beat St. John's (Texas) 14-6. They play Fort Collins (Colo.) Unified on Wednesday.

10. The Bishop's School (Calif.), 0-0
The Knights open the season with a tough test against J Serra Catholic (Calif.). Bishops has the depth and talent to make a deep playoff run this season.

Notes

Torrey Pines coach Jono Zissi said the prior to the season there could be some major shakeups in California because of the amount of talent lost to graduation at the end of last season. His prediction has already taken shape as his Falcons have taken over the No. 1 spot in the West Coast region with three impressive victories to start the season, including a win over St. Ignatius. Bryce Cady (Bryant) came up huge in goal, stopping seven shots against Cathedral Catholic and making 11 saves against St. Ignatius. Eli Suhadolnik also had three goals against St. Ignatius. Torrey Pines won the San Diego Section Open Division championship last season. Even though they lost 19 seniors, it appears the Falcons have all the depth to successfully defend that title.

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Bellevue won the Washington State title last season without losing to an in-state team. The Wolverines kept that streak going by knocking off another in-state rival Bainbridge Island (Wash.). Ohio State-bound Hank Bethke continued to shine as one the top players on the West Coast and finished with four goals and two assists in the opener. "Hank is a player and should do well at the next level," Bellevue coach John Baumann said. Lacrosse continues to grow in Washington State and the state is producing numerous Division-I recruits.

Check back to LaxMagazine.com every Tuesday throughout the high school season for updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse Regional Boys' Top 10 rankings and the Nike/US Lacrosse National Boys' Top 25.

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