Nike/US Lacrosse West Boys' Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Nate Marano, Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.)
The junior has shown he should be regarded as one of the top players in the region. He finished with eight goals on 13 shots in the Knights 14-9 victory over La Costa Canyon. He has committed to Denver.
Also Notable: Parker Loyd, Eaglecrest (Colo.); Cam Bosshardt. Acalanes (Calif.); Mikey Giannopulus, Issaquah (Wash.)
Game of the Week
Regis Jesuit (Colo.) at Cherry Creek (Colo.), April 29
Both teams enter the game undefeated in the league. The winning team will likely earn the top seed in the Colorado state playoffs. Regis Jesuit enters the game 13-0 and lost to Cherry Creek, 9-5, in their only meeting last season.
West Region Top 10
1. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 13-0
After a 12-day layoff, the Raiders took down a tough Kent Denver (Colo.) squad, 13-8. The following day Regis Jesuit dropped Heritage (Colo.), 13-6. This week, the Raiders face a big game against Cherry Creek (Colo.), which is also undefeated in the league.
2. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 13-1
The Knights took down El Toro (Calif.), 16-5, before the showdown with La Costa Canyon (Calif.). In that game, Foothill dropped the Mavericks 14-9 with Nate Marano scoring eight goals. Foothill closes out the regular season against Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) and Beckman (Calif.).
3. Mercer Island (Wash.), 14-1
The Islanders shook off a seven-day layoff with a 10-9 victory over Bothell-Inglemoor (Wash.). Mercer Island, which suffered its only loss to Wilton (Conn.), travel this week to Liberty (Wash.) and Issaquah (Wash.), which is 13-2 on the season and just defeated Bellevue (Wash.).
4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 10-5
The Mavericks took down J Serra Catholic (Calif.), 10-9, in the first of a tough four-game stretch. La Costa Canyon then lost Foothill-Santa Ana 14-9. The Mavericks still have big games this week against Carlsbad (9-3) and former No. 1 Torrey Pines (11-4), which is a big rivalry game.
5. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 13-1
The Bells showed no rust following a 10-day break with a 12-11 victory over Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), which entered that game 10-3. Bellarmine has a tough game this week against De LaSalle (Calif.), which knocked off perennial power St. Ignatius (Calif.) earlier in the season.
6. Issaquah (Wash.), 13-2
The Eagles enter the poll on the heals of a four-game winning streak, including a 6-5 victory over Bellevue (Wash.). Issaquah got goals from Ryan Egland, Jake Collins, Josh Bean, Mikey Giannopulus, Matt Thomas and Zach Fritz. The Eagles then followed that up with a 17-0 victory over Liberty (Wash.). Issaquah does not play again until May 2 when It takes on No. 3 Mercer Island.
7. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 10-3
The Bruins represented Colorado well in a hard-fought, 10-9 overtime loss to New Jersey power Bergen Catholic, which has gotten votes in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Boys' Top 25. Cherry Creek gets a seven-day break before the state's biggest showdown of the regular season with Regis Jesuit.
8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 12-2
The Dons extended their winning streak to nine games with a dominant 16-4 victory over Marin Catholic (Calif.) in its only action last week. Cathedral Catholic next takes on La Jolla (Calif.) on April 29.
9. Corona del Mar (Calif.) 12-1
The Sea Kings stayed hot, extending their winning streak to six games with a 10-4 victory over Santa Margarita (Calif.) and a 12-3 win over St. Margarets Episcopal (Calif.). Corona del Mar closes out the regular season with games at Huntington Beach (Calif.) and then a marquee matchup against Coronado (Calif.).
10. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 11-0
The Crusaders are still on a 13-day break and return to action April 29 against Kennedy Catholic (Wash.). Eastside then plays three games in nine days as they continue their quest to finish out the regular season undefeated.
Acalanes (Calif.) has continued its stellar season with a 6-4 victory over a tough Redwood (Calif.) squad. The Dons are one of the top teams in Northern California this season. Adrian Jeffries led the way with two goals, while Robbie Stern (Colorado College), Nathan Brickman, Chris Lane and Jack Mariani also scored. Acalanes goalie Cam Bosshardt finished with 13 saves. The DFAL will be decided Thursday night when Acalanes hosts Las Lomas at Acalanes, which junior attackman Colin Rutan (Denver) and senior goalie Sam Tomei (Drexel).
Parker Loyd, of Eaglecrest (Colo.), had one of the biggest games of any player in the state this season. Only a sophomore, Loyd scored nine goals and had five assists in a 19-4 victory over Gateway. Isaac Towner also five goals and four assists in the victory. Eaglecrest has two regular season games remaining.
Cherry Creek gave Bergen Catholic (N.J.) all it could handle this week in key non-conference game last week. A goal by Matthew Maemmerle in overtime gave Bergen Catholic, the 10-9 overtime victory. Despite the loss, Cherry Creek has shown it can play with some of the top teams in the nation and will play rival Regis Jesuit this week for a potential top seed in the Colorado state playoffs.
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
- April 22
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