Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Region Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
David Finney, Lake Zurich (Ill.)
Finney notched five goals to turn a competitive game against Mundelein (Ill.) into a blowout, including a third-quarter hat trick, as reported by the Pioneer Press.
Also Notable: Ryan Posipanka, Mentor (Ohio); Sam LaPierre, Brecksville (Ohio); Shane Riddle, Stow (Ohio).
GAME OF THE WEEK
Christian Brothers (Mo.) at MICDS (Mo.), April 10
The best match in terms of talent on the field is clearly Culver and Brother Rice, but this Show-Me State matchup has plenty of talent and promises to be tight, if history is any indication. In 2012, a MICDS team that finished 17-3 beat a sub-.500 Christian Bros. team by three. In 2013, Christian Bros. got revenge with victories in both meetings. All eyes should be on this matchup to see what happens next.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 8-0
Coach Jon Posner wasn't kidding about this being the best Eagles team yet. They're 8-0, have scored 11-plus goals in every game and have beat the likes of Gilman (Md.) and McDonogh (Md.).
2. Brother Rice (Mich.), 4-0
The Warriors have been dominant of late, winning their last three games by a 44-7 margin. They'll need to keep up the high level of play going into an April 13 matchup against Culver Academy (Ind.).
3. Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio), 4-0
The Wolves' impressive 3-0 road trip included a win over previously undefeated Liberty-Olentangy (Ohio) and an 8-6 win over New Trier (Ill.).
4. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 4-2
Like a mild spring breeze following a brutal winter, the Ramblers' recent run of in-state competition must feel rather pleasant compared to their opening slate against Calvert Hall (Md.) and Boys' Latin (Md.). They've won four straight by the decisive margin of 62-14.
5. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 2-0
The Golden Bears have rattled off two straight wins to start their season, including an impressive 10-6 victory over Dublin Jerome (Ohio) on the road. They now get five straight home games to pad their record before packing their sticks for a swing through Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) and Mason (Ohio).
6. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 2-1
A 12-11 victory over New Trier (Ill.) was Dublin Jerome's fourth out of its last five against out-of-state competition.
7. New Trier (Ill.), 2-3
Don't turn on the Trevians due to their sub-.500 record. They lost by a combined eight goals to regional threats Brother Rice (Mich.), Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) and Dublin Jerome (Ohio).
8. MICDS (Mo.), 5-1
With a stingy defense, MICDS has burst out to a strong start, including a big 12-7 victory over fellow Show-Me State power St. Louis University Jesuit, who downed MICDS in the 2012 state final.
9. Hinsdale Central (Ill.), 1-0
The Red Devils started off with a solid win over a respectable Eureka (Mo.) team. They'll need the confidence heading into games against Lyons Township (Ill.) and York (Ill.), who are a combined 14-2.
10. York (Ill.), 6-0
The Dukes added a quality win to their ledger with a 9-3 victory over Glenbrook South (Ill.). They've gotten by on a gritty defense, allowing six goals or fewer in all six matches thus far, and a knack for the clutch with four one-goal wins.
After giving up 16 goals in its season finale last year, Columbus DeSales (Ohio) is back on track, having surrendered 16 through six games this season. But can a team that has scored six goals or fewer in half of its games really be a serious contender?
Sometimes height is a special skill set in its own right. Indiana powerhouse Lake Forest might be the beneficiary in this case. As Bryan Bonato writes for Pioneer Press, the 6-foot-7 Danny Lowe is capable of bullying through traffic, scoring two goals against Grayslake North (Ill.). As coach Dan Magler was quoted as saying in Bonato's article, "He's unbelievable. His coordination is out of this world for somebody as big as he is."
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