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May 27, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse West Boys' Region Report

by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

Colin MacIlvennie, Eastside Catholic (Wash.)

A 2013 All-American, MacIlvennie had six goals and an assist in the Crusaders' 19-11 victory over the Mercer Island in the Washington state quarterfinals. The victory extended Eastside Catholic's unbeaten streak to 17 games. MacIlvennie has signed with NCAA Division I powerhouse Maryland.

Also Notable: Hudson Taylor, Tahoma (Wash.); Chris Hill, Marin Catholic (Calif.); Hank Bethke, Bellevue (Wash.)

Game of the Week

Coronado (Calf.) at Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), May 28

The two teams were supposed to play one another in the regular season final, but the game was cancelled due to wildfires. Instead, the two powerhouses face-off for a spot in the semifinals of the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. Cathedral Catholic is the No. 2 seed and beat Westview (Calif.) 18-7 in the quarterfinals. Coronado entered the tournament as a No. 3 seed despite knocking off top-seeded La Costa Canyon (Calif.) in the regular season. The Islanders beat Poway, 11-10, to reach the semifinals.

West Region Top 10

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 20-1

The Knights were Orange County champions and CIF-Southern Section champions. That capped one of the most dominant seasons in program history. Foothill finished the year on a 16-game winning streak and looks to reload for next season.

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 16-1

The Raiders won the the Colorado Class 5A state championship. It was their second state title overall. Aaron Horvat (Dominican) led the team with 68 points followed by Chet Dunstan (Air Force) with 64 points.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-4

The Bruins fell short in their bid for a 12th state title, falling 14-7 against Regis Jesuit. Cherry Creek has depth and will be in the championship hunt once again next season. The Bruins had previously won state championships in 1975, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2010.

4. Issaquah (Wash.), 18-3

The Eagles had little trouble in the Washington State quarterfinals, knocking off Emerald Ridge-Puyallup 17-1. Issaquah advances to the semifinals against Tahoma (13-5). The winner of the game earns a spot in the final against Bellevue (Wash.)/Eastside Catholic (Wash.).

5. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 18-2

The Dons are riding a 15-game winning streak with a 18-7 victory over Westview (Calif.) in the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. Cathedral Catholic, the No. 2 seed, plays third-seeded Coronado in the CIF semifinals.

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 18-2

The Islanders beat Auburn-Riverside (Wash.), 7-3, in the quarterfinals of the Washington state playoffs. Hank Bethke (Ohio State) led the way with three goals and two assists. The victory sets up a showdown with undefeated Eastside Catholic in the semifinals.

7. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 14-5

The Wildcats topped Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 12-1 and then beat Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-6, for the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament. St. Ignatius plated one of the toughest schedules in the region and will reload for next season.

8. Coronado (Calif.), 13-4

The Islanders dropped Poway (Calif.), 11-10, in the quarterfinals of the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. Coronado earned a spot in the final against Cathedral Catholic (Calif.). Coronado entered the tournament as a No. 3 seed but have the depth and talent to make a run at the title.

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 17-0

The Crusaders remarkable unbeaten run continued with a dominant 19-11 victory in the quarterfinals of the Washington state tournament over Mercer Island (Wash.), last year's state runner-up. Eastside Catholic faces its toughest test of the season in the semifinals against Bellevue, the two-time defending champion.

10. Marin Catholic (Calif.), 16-7

The Wildcats beat top-seeded Acalanes (Calif.), 7-6, in overtime to win the Division II North Coast Section finals with Chris Hill getting the game-winner. Marin Catholic won the tourney as a five seed and toppled Novato (Calif.), 11-10 in overtime in the semifinals.

News and Notes

Marin Catholic was battle-tested heading into the Division II North Coast Section finals. The Wildcats played one of the tougher schedules in California so the team remained confident heading into the postseason. Despite being a No. 5 seed, Marin Catholic was strong in the playoffs, beating University SF (Calif.), 14-9, and then Novato, 11-10 in overtime, to reach the finals against top-seeded and defending champion Acalanes. The two teams were old foes, meeting for the third time in the section finals. Marin Catholic trailed for much of the game and were down 6-3 midway through the fourth quarter before rallying. Austin Colvin scored twice, including the game-tying goal, and Jake Burnham added another to send the game into overtime. From there, Chris Hill needed just 21 seconds to get the game-winner. It was Marin Catholic's second title since 2012.

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Bellevue continued its march for a third consecutive Washington state championship with a 7-3 victory over Auburn Riverside in the quarterfinals. Hank Bethke (Ohio State) was the difference with three goals and two assists. The victory sets up a showdown with undefeated Eastside Catholic, which easily took down 2013 state runner-up Mercer island, 19-11. Colin MacIlvennie led the way with six goals and an assist, while Blake Lee added five goals. In the other quarterfinals, Issaquah easily handled Emerald Ridge-Puyallup, 17-1. Zach Fritz was dominant with four goals, while 11 other Eagles also scored. Mikey Giannopulos grabbed 14 ground balls. Tahoma (Wash.) also advanced with an 8-7 victory over Bainbridge Island (Wash.). Hudson Taylor got the game-winner with 32 seconds remaining in the game. Ben LaRoche had tied the game for Bainbridge Island with just over four minutes to play.

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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