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Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Region Report

by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com

Related: National Top 25 | Northeast | Mid-Atlantic | Midwest | West | South

Player of the Week 

Matthew Henson, Holland West Ottawa (Mich.)

Henson helped push Holland West Ottawa to a 7-2 start with five goals in a 10-5 win over Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Mich.). As coach Rick Becker pointed out, this wasn't Henson's first explosive performance. He had four goals and four assists in an earlier rout of Kalamazoo United (Mich.).

Also Notable: Logan Soule, Caledonia (Mich.); Mitch Parsons, Grandville (Mich.); Carter Hall, Zeeland (Mich.); Mario Caito, Solon (Ohio); Bryan Karn, Solon (Ohio)

GAME OF THE WEEK

Evanston (Ill.) at New Trier (Ill.), May 1

The Wildkits are 8-1 and looking to finally enter the state's upper echelon. The Trevians are, contrary to their rich tradition, stuck at the .500 mark — though against a far tougher schedule. Can Evanston riding a balanced offense, with Charlie Cunningham, Aidan Crowe and Jake Casati all between 19 and 20 goals, score the upset?

Midwest Region Top 10

1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 17-0
For those who thought the Eagles would be emboldened by their perfect trip east, they were right. No team has come within 10 goals of Culver since.

2. Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio), 10-0
If the Wolves can make it through a difficult stretch of in-state play undefeated, with contests against Upper Arlington (Ohio), Dublin Jerome (Ohio) and Olentangy (Ohio), they'll have earned their place in the region's top two.

3. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 8-2
After a far from perfect trip east (when compared to Culver, anyway), the Ramblers have rebounded with eight straight wins. They showed poise recently, winning their last three by a combined four goals.

4. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 8-1
The Celtics have won seven in a row, five in dominant fashion. Now comes their hardest test, a battle against Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio).

5. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 8-1
The Golden Bears' offense has been a little shaky this season, scoring 10 goals or fewer in six of nine games.

6. Brother Rice (Mich.), 7-3
A defense that gave up 24 goals over its first six games has yielded 49 over its last four. The Warriors hope a series of tests against some of Detroit's best (Country Day and Catholic Central) and some of the continent's best (Culver and Hill Academy) pays off come postseason time.

7. New Trier (Ill.), 6-6
The Trevians are not off to the same start they were last year, when they won eight of their first nine and 15 of 17. They have plenty of time though, with chances to prove themselves in-state (Evanston (Ill.), Lake Forest (Ill.) and Saint Viator (Ill.) are a combined 26-7) and against the region's foremost team, Culver (Ind.).

8. Lake Forest (Ill.), 10-2
Keep an eye out on a traditional powerhouse here, particularly following an impressive victory at Lyons Township (Ill.). The Scouts' sole losses are to Loyola and Columbus Catholic (Fla.) in their fourth game in four days.

9. Clarkston (Mich.), 9-1
Despite a defense that has statistically struggled at times, allowing 7.9 goals per game, the Wolves are off to a powerful start, including two overtime victories in their last four games. St. Michael's College (Ohio) on Sunday might have been their best win yet.

10. MICDS (Mo.), 11-2
The Rams have won five in a row, including a 10-3 victory over the same Cathedral (Ind.) team that was able to defeat in-state rival Christian Brothers (Mo.).

Notes

Sam Knepper scored twice on just three shots on goal in a 12-5 Evanston (Ill.) victory over Oak Park (Ill.) and River Forest (Ill.). The Wildkits are now 8-1.

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The Cadets of Missouri's Christian Brothers proved The Show Me State's worth early, winning their first three out-of-state contests, but a not-all-that-close loss to Cathedral (Ind.) Sunday doesn't sit well.

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MICDS (Mo.) has allowed just four goals per game over its current five-game winning streak.

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Three of Detroit Country Day's (Mich.) last four games have been decided by a single goal.

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Chagrin Falls (Ohio) in on the verge of making the Top 10. A victory over Hudson (Ohio) would push the Tigers to 9-0 and likely onto the list.

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The Buckeye State continues to try to figure out Solon (Ohio) junior phenom Mario Caito (Canisius), who has recent hat tricks against Hudson (Ohio), St. Ignatius (Ohio) and Walsh Jesuit (Ohio).

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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