Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Region Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the WeekMorgan Macko, Brother Rice (Mich.)
So much for being awed by the moment. You can understand Brother Rice's composure. They're there every year. Macko, on the other hand, has not been. He's a sophomore. But he didn't waste any time learning, notching six goals to lead Brother Rice to a championship victory over Detroit Catholic Central. He also tallied a pair of assists.
Also Notable: Jason Alessi, Brother Rice (Mich.); Jack Van Acker, Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.)
Game of the WeekEden Prairie (Minn.) vs. White Bear Lake (Minn.), June 10
With five one-goal contests thus far, and eight decided by three or less, White Bear Lake has been toughened heading into perhaps its toughest challenge of the season, a meeting with traditional power Eden Prairie. Last year, the Bears were doubled up on in the postseason by the Eagles. Can they avoid a similar fate in 2014?
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 23-0
The Eagles' results against the teams just below them in the rankings: they doubled up on No. 2 Upper Arlington, did the same to No. 3 New Trier, tripled up on No. 4 Loyola Academy and closed their season with a 16-3 victory over No. 5 Brother Rice, the second time they routed their Michigan rivals this season.
2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 21-2
The Golden Bears can score on pretty much everyone, tallying 11 in the state final against a Dublin Jerome (Ohio) team that held St. Xavier (Ohio) to two in the semifinal.
3. New Trier (Ill.), 18-7
Chicago native Kanye West sang, "That which don't kill you can only make you stronger." New Trier can relate. The Trevians had five losses by three goals or fewer by mid-April. After eight straight wins, they are state champions.
4. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 17-5
The Ramblers have been dethroned as state champions after scoring in the single digits in seven of their final 14.
5. Brother Rice (Mich.), 19-4
The Warriors exploded in the final, tripling up on Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) with an astonishing 23-goal effort. It's hard to believe that a team that scored just three times less than a month earlier against Culver Academy (Ind.) could be capable of such an outburst.
6. Champlin Park (Minn.), 14-0
The defense has been good all season, yielding four goals per game. It has been especially good recently, allowing 17 over its last seven. What better time for a big-time matchup against 12-4 Wayzata (Minn.), whose offense has been of the boom or bust variety this season.
7. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 17-5
The Celtics did not have enough scoring punch to make it all the way. While their three-goal effort was enough to hold off St. Xavier's, it wasn't enough in the state final.
8. Eden Prairie (Minn.), 14-2
The Eagles picked up their 10th straight win over formidable Edina (Minn.) and now face another strong challenge in 14-1 White Bear Lake (Minn.). Their offense has been reliable, scoring 12-18 goals in six straight.
9. MICDS (Mo.), 18-2
The Rams beat pretty much anyone who's anyone in Missouri and easily downed Indiana power Cathedral. What's next? How about New Trier (Ill.) or Loyola (Ill.) or a trip east to the Buckeye State.
10. Carmel (Ind.), 17-3
A 4-1 record against Buckeye State foes and a one-goal loss to Brother Rice (Mich.) proves that the Greyhounds are truly making strides, for themselves and the rest of Hoosier State lacrosse.
News and Notes
Don't forget about the Bombers. St. Xavier's (Ohio) has worked with a boom or bust offense at times this season. At one point, the Bombers posted single-digit scoring totals in five of six games, including a paltry four-goal effort against Mason (Ohio). Well, revenge is sweet, as the Bombers more than tripled that total in a 14-10 victory over the Comets in this past week's Southwest Division I regional final.
Meanwhile, in the state of Illinois, the field is looking as competitive as ever, with Lake Forest (Ill.) and Benet Academy (Ill.) both posting 20-win seasons and giving both of the state's traditional top dogs a challenge in the state semifinals. Loyola and New Trier pushed through the state semifinals and quarter finals by a combined 12 goals this season. That total was 18 in 2013. Even .500 Saint Viator (Ill.) gave Loyola Academy a challenge.
In Michigan, they're wondering if Cinderella can make it until midnight. After starting its 2014 campaign with a 1-14 record, University Detroit Jesuit (Mich.) has won four straight. Can the Cubs keep up the magic at the big ball though, as they see a Brother Rice team that smashed them 16-1 earlier this season? In a second matchup, they at least gave the Warriors a fight. A win would be as magical as it would be unlikely.
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
- May 27
- June 3
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