Nike/US Lacrosse West Boys' Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Cade Bailey, De La Salle (Calif.)
Bailey had three goals and an assist in a 6-5 overtime victory over powerhouse St. Ignatius (Calif.). De La Salle improved to 7-4 on the season with the signature win. Bailey has signed with Bryant.
Also Notable: Bryan Hancock, Mountain Vista (Colo.); Hoyt Crance, Corona del Mar (Calif.) ; Jarett Polivema, Mead-Mt. Spokane (Wash.)
Game of the Week
La Costa Canyon (Calif.) at Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), April 26
La Costa Canyon routinely puts together one of the toughest schedules on West Coast. The Mavericks travel to Foothill-Santa Ana this week in a battle of two of the region's toughest teams. La Costa Canyon is battle-tested after playing three nationally ranked teams during a trip to the East Coast. Foothill-Santa Ana has only one loss this season – a 14-13 setback to Torrey Pines.
West Region Top 10
1 . Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 11-0
The Raiders have not played since bearing Fort Collins (Colo.) on April 12. Regis Jesuit will battle a 9-2 Kent Denver (Colo.) team this week in a game that will help determine playoff seedings in another deep Colorado league.
2. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 12-1
The Knights extended their winning streak to seven games with impressive victories over St. Margaret's Episcopal and San Ramon Valley. Foothill has another tough test this week against No. 3 La Costa Canyon.
3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 9-4
The Mavericks returned to California after a productive trip to the East Coast and beat San Ramon Valley (Calif.) 21-11 and St. Margaret's Episcopal (Calif.), 11-6. La Costa Canyon has two big showdowns on the horizon with games against J Serra Catholic (Calif.) and Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).
4. Mercer Island (Wash.), 13-1
The Islanders returned from their successful trip to the East Coast with a 17-6 victory over Bainbridge Island (Wash.). Mercer Island plays an in-state schedule the rest of the way and this week takes on Bothell-Inglemoor (Wash.).
5. Bellevue (Wash.), 12-1
After shutting out state foe Liberty (Wash.), Bellevue handed West Linn (Ore.) its first loss of the season, 13-4. Bellevue gets back to in-state action this week with a tough matchup against a 10-2 Issaquah (Wash.) team.
6. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 12-1
The Bells dropped Foothill (Calif.), 13-10, and St. Francis (Calif.), 15-9 in their games last week. Bellarmine faces a tough league matchup against Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), which is 9-3 on the season.
7. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 10-2
The Bruins flexed their muscle with a dominant 14-5 victory over defending state champion Arapahoe (Colo.). The victory is a huge boost for Cherry Creek's playoff seedings. The Bruins could earn the top seed if they can knock off No. 1 Regis Jesuit on April 29.
8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 11-2
The Dons continued to roll with a 9-7 victory over The Bishop's School (Calif.) and a 19-3 victory over Mira Mesa (Calif.). Cathedral Catholic is in store for a tough week with games against a 10-2 Marin Catholic (Calif.) and and a 12-2 J Serra Catholic (Calif.) squad.
9. Corona del Mar (Calif.) 10-1
The Sea Kings won their fourth consecutive game, including an 8-5 victory over a tough J Serra Catholic. Hoyt Crance came up huge with 12 saves. Corona del Mar has two hard contests looking this week against Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.) and St. Margaret's Episcopal (9-5).
10. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 11-0
The Crusaders remained undefeated this season with victories over Mount Si (Wash.) and Auburn-Riverside (Wash.). Eastside Catholic has yet to allow more than eight goals in a game this year. They take on Kennedy Catholic (Wash.) this week.
De La Salle (Calif.) took down rival St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) this week in one of the biggest games in California. The teams traded goals for much of the game before heading into overtime where Brett Rideau got the game-winner for the Spartans. Cade Bailey (Bryant) had three goals and an assist, while Brett Inglesby and Andy Evans also had goals. Johnny Perlite finished with 13 saves. Peter Alimam led St. Ignatius with two goals and Cyrus Scott had 11 saves.
Mountain Vista (Colo.) picked up its first-ever victory over rival Kent Denver (Colo.) last week. Bryan Hancock, Shane McKenna and Alec Womback each had three goals for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 10-2 on the season and are primed for a deep playoff run.
Freshman Bryce Lesher made a big contribution for University-Central Valley (Wash.) last week, scoring the game-winner in overtime against Gonzaga Prep (Wash.). With the 6-5 victory, Central Valley remains in the thick of the playoff hunt. Lesher's goal came just 53 seconds into the extra period.
"Beating (Gonzaga Prep) means the difference between a potential playoff berth or going home. It's a big deal," said U-High-Central Valley head coach Chris Lesher following the game.
2014 West Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 18
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
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