Nike/US Lacrosse West Boys' Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Will Snider, Nathan Hale (Wash.)
Snider had a remarkable game in a 15-14 victory over Klahowya (Wash.), finishing with 10 goals and three assists for 13 points, which is believed to be a school record. Snider also had the game-winner with 2:08 remaining in the overtime. He will attend Salisbury School in Connecticut next year before officially signing with a college program.
Notable: Michael Drucker, Lakeside (Wash.); Mitchell Kingsley, J Serra Catholic (Calif.); Harry Dillman, Stadium (Wash.); Tyler Knott, Wheat Ride (Colo.)
Game of the Week
Cherry Creek (Colo.) at Loyola Blakefield (Md.), March 29
The Bruins travel to the East Coast to take on the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champions. Loyola is ranked in the latest Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Boys' Top 25. Cherry Creek will also take on Severn, another MIAA school. The Bruins have traditionally played tough on this annual trip, knocking off St. Paul's of the MIAA, 8-7 in overtime, in 2012.
West Region Top 10
1. Torrey Pines (Calif.) 5-0
One week after taking over the top spot, the Falcons continued to roll. Torrey Pines knocked off Palos Verdes (Calif.) 6-3 to wrap up the week. Next is a match-up against undefeated Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).
2. Arapahoe (Colo.), 6-0
The Warriors continued their early season surge, including a key out-of-state victory over Southlake (Texas). Arapahoe followed that up with victories over Littleton (Colo.), Eaglecrest (Colo.) and Cherokee Trail (Colo.).
3. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 3-1
The Wildcats bounced back from a loss to Torrey Pines with a dominant 19-8 victory over Coronado (Calif.). St. Ignatius begins West Catholic Athletic League play this week against Archbishop Mitty (5-2), which has won five consecutive games after opening the season with two losses.
4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 4-0
The Mavericks gave Westview (Calif.) its first loss of the season, 7-6, but the week only got better. La Costa Canyon also knocked off Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) and then toppled Fallbrook (Calif.). The Mavericks have put together a challenging schedule and have challenging out-of-state games with national implications against Georgetown Prep (Md.) and Salesianum (Del.).
5. Bellevue (Wash.), 4-0
The Wolverines have not allowed any more than six goals in any game so far this season. Bellevue crushed Roosevelt (Wash.) 20-1 to end the week. Hank Bethke and Chase Birkeland finished with four goals each.
6. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 5-0
The Bruins are right in the title mix again by dominating their early in-state schedule. Cherry Creek heads to the East Cost this week to take on a pair of tough, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association in Loyola Blakefield (2-2) and Severn (4-0).
7. St. Margaret's Episcopal (Calif.), 4-0
The Tartans rolled through their early in-state schedule and picked up a signature victory with a 14-13 victory over Mount St. Joseph (Md.). St. Margaret's plays Marina before heading into another huge test against No. 3 St. Ignatius Prep on April 3.
8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 3-2
After a season-opening loss to No. 1 Torrey Pines, Cathedral Catholic picked up three consecutive victories before falling to No. 4 La Costa Canyon. Cathedral Catholic plays Patrick Henry (Calif.) before hosting Colorado powers, Air Academy and Denver East.
9. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 4-0
The Sea Kings had two impressive out-of-state victories over St. John's (Texas) and Fort Collins United (Colo.). Corona del Mar then returned to in-state opponents and handed San Clemente (Calif.) its first setback of the season with a 4-3 victory.
10. J Serra Catholc, (Calif), 6-0
The Lions enter the poll on the heals of five consecutive victories, including a huge 11-9 win over the Bishop's School (Calif.). Mitchell Kingsley (Hofstra) had four goals and three assists. J Serra Catholic followed that up with an impressive 15-10 victory over Coronado.
J Serra Catholic has been impressive right out of the gate this season. The Lions have reeled off six consecutive victories to open the season, including a huge 11-9 win over The Bishop's School. Mitchell Kingsley (Hofstra) continues to dominate this season and finished with four goals and three assists against the Knights. "He's the captain of our team, our best player," coach Kyle Harrison said. James Yanes, Brenden Lynch and Logan Olmsted each had two goals against The Bishop's School. Jake Henigman finished with nine saves... A pair of Idaho schools picked up some key victories over their rivals in Washington State over the past week. Sandypoint beat U-High-Central Valley, 8-7, in Spokane Valley, Wash. Paul Carson led Sandpoint with three goals. Devon Johnson led the U-High with four goals. In the other game, Idaho's Lake City beat Southridge in Kennewick, Wash.
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