Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Region Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Charlie Kidder, Lyons Township (Ill.)
With 51 goals in 16 games, it would be inappropriate to reduce Kidder's remarkable freshman season to one goal, but it's hard to ignore his game-winning score against a traditional lacrosse powerhouse in Hinsdale Central (Ill.).
Also Notable: Michael Beckham, Christian Brothers (Mo.); Cameron Corona, Christian Brothers (Mo.); Connor Ward, Clarkston (Mich.); Conner Dziewit, Clarkston (Mich.)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Lake Forest (Ill.) vs. Glenbrook North (Ill.), May 27
The Spartans challenged themselves early, playing numerous out-of-state foes, including two of the Buckeye State's elite in Olentangy and Columbus DeSales (Ohio) and possibly the best team in the nation in Culver Academy. It has seemingly paid off with wins in nine of 10, with an overtime loss to Loyola Academy (Ill.) serving as its only blemish. Will the Spartans' early tough sledding serve them well when it matters most? Will James McFarland, the state's second leading scorer with 103 points, have one final hurrah? The Scouts, having won 13 of 14, are a tall test.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 23-0
The Eagles' 2013 campaign will go down as one of the most impressive in recent memory, having doubled up on every opponent since the beginning of April.
2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 17-2
The Golden Bears are on an eight-game winning streak and have surrendered 37 goals over their last seven games (5.3 goals per game).
3. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 15-4
The Ramblers have moved easily through the state postseason thus far, topping their first two opponents by a combined margin of 38-9.
4. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 14-4
If the Celtics can down the Olentangy Orange (Ohio), they will either see Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) for a rare fourth matchup of the season or seek revenge for a 4-3 defensive stalemate to Olentangy (Ohio). Either way, it should make for an interesting quarterfinals matchup.
5. Brother Rice (Mich.), 15-4
The Warriors' defense has been a little suspect at times, surrendering 49 goals over their last five games (9.8 goals per game).
6. MICDS (Mo.), 18-2
The Rams toughed out a few tight wins to get their hands on another state championship trophy. Their defense in particular tightened up, allowing 37 goals over their last eight games.
7. Carmel (17-3)
The Greyhounds staked out a nice claim to the Hoosier State's No. 2 spot, capping their season off with wins over Culver Academy's "B" squad and Cathedral by a 28-8 margin and scoring 17-plus in five of their last six, all against Indiana squads.
8. Champlin Lake (Minn.), 12-0
It's never easy to go undefeated. The Rebels certainly had their challenges - needing four overtimes to fend off Bloom Jefferson (Minn.) and scoring just five goals in their finale against Wayzata (Minn.) - but a remarkable defense carried them through.
9. New Trier (Ill.), 15-7
The Trevians have rebounded from a 2-4 start with wins in nine of 10, including doubling up on Forest Hills Central (Mich.) and Archbishop Moeller (Ohio).
10. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 11-2
The Eagles won seven in a row to finish their season, including a perfect trip through in-state foes Edina, Blake and Hopkins and a high-scoring thriller over Eagan (Minn.).
News and Notes
Forest Hills Northern (Mich.) has piled on the goals en route to a 17-1 record. The Huskies have averaged more than 14 goals per game since scoring seven in their only loss of the season to Detroit County Day (Mich.).
Give credit to MICDS (Mo.), which edged Christian Brothers (Mo.) for another state title. Don't think of this as a one-time deal either. Of their five all-state players, only one was a senior. Keep an eye out for Harry Wellford (freshman midfielder), Will Cella (junior midfielder), Jake Burmiester (sophomore defender) and Alex Bean (sophomore face off specialist).
2014 Midwest Region Report Archive
- February 26 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
- May 6
- May 13
- May 20
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