Nike/US Lacrosse West Boys' Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Cole Cansler, Bellevue (Wash.)
The senior held Issaquah scoreless in the Washington State championship game as Bellevue cruised to an 8-0 victory. It was his third shutout of the season.
Also Notable: Hank Bethke, Bellevue (Wash.); Colin MacIlvennie, Eastside Catholic (Wash.)
West Region Top 10
1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 21-1
The Knights were Orange County champions and CIF-Southern Section champions. That capped one of the most dominant seasons in program history, finishing the year on a 16-game winning streak. Foothill will look to reload for next season.
2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 18-1
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. Bellevue (Wash.), 20-2
The Wolverines knocked off undefeated Eastside Catholic (Wash.) 8-7 to reach the Washington state championship, Eric Haehl got the game-winner in the closing seconds. In the final, Bellevue blanked Issaquah (Wash.) 8-0 to win its fourth title in the past five years and 11th overall.
4. 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.
5. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 16-6
The Mavericks were the top seed in the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship playoffs and beat rival Torrey Pines (Calif.) 7-6 to reach the finals, where the defeated Cathedral Catholic, 6-5 in the final with five players scoring in the win.
6. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 15-5
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.
7. Issaquah (Wash.), 19-4
The Eagles beat Tahoma (Wash.) 9-0 to earn its fifth trip to the state final in program history. However, Issaquah could not must any offense in an 8-0 loss to Bellevue. The Eagles handed Bellevue its only in-state loss this season.
8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 19-3
The Dons knocked off Coronado (Calif.), 11-9, in the semifinals of the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. In the final, Cathedral Catholic fell to La Costa Canyon, 6-5.
9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 17-1
The Crusaders remarkable season came to end in the semifinals of the Washington state semifinals, where they lost 8-7 to Bellevue. Colin MacIlvennie had three second half goals to keep them within striking distance. Eastside Catholic, nonetheless, had a remarkable season and one of the best in program history.
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
Bellevue has been the dominant lacrosse program in Washington state for the past decade and its reign continued this season.
The Wolverines (20-2) defended their Division I championship with an 8-0 over Issaquah before announced 1,805 at Seattle Stadium. Bellevue has now won 11 Washington state titles, including four of the last five.
Wolverines goalie Cole Cansler got his third shutout of the season. It was also the first shutout in the state title game. Issaquah (19-4) had averaged more than 10 goals per game and handed Bellevue its only in-state loss this season.
Hank Bethke (Ohio State) led Bellevue with two goals, two assists and six ground balls. Eric Haehl also had two goals, one assists and six ground balls, while Joe Bathke also had two goals.
Riley Gulrajani, Chris Medziegian, Ryan Eskenazi and Jason Monohan were dominant on defense.
Top-seeded La Costa Canyon got contributions from several players to win the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship with a 6-5 victory over Cathedral Catholic. The Mavericks got goals from five players with Cameron Ziegler leading the way by scoring twice. Cathedral Catholic outshot La Costa Canton (18-14) and won the ground ball battle (24-19). The Mavericks, though, dominated the face-offs 10-4, which helped with their possession.
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
- April 29
- May 6
- May 13
- May 20
- May 27
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