Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersBridget Grubb, La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
The senior scored three goals to lead the Mavericks to an 11-6 victory over Torrey Pines (Calif.) in the San Diego Section Open Division semifinals. She then scored three more goals in a 12-5 victory over Coronado in the San Diego Section Open Division championship.
Sarah Myers, Centaurus (Colo.)
The sophomore scored four goals, including the game-winner in the closing seconds, for a 16-15 victory over Regis Jesuit in the Colorado state semifinals. Centaurus is gunning for its first state championship against perennial power Cherry Creek.
Livvy List, Cherry Creek (Colo.)
The junior led the Bruins into their 16th consecutive title game with four goals in a 13-9 victory over Air Academy. She also had two assists.
Games to watch
Cherry Creek (Colo.) vs. Centaurus (Colo.) – May 25 at the University of Denver
Cherry Creek is one of the most successful lacrosse programs with 10 state titles. Centaurus will try to win its first championship.
Carondelet (Calif.) vs. Marin Catholic (Calif.) – May 22 at Diablo Vista Middle School
Carondelet (20-4) is looking to get another shot at the title, while Marin Catholic (20-4), which is the only non-EBAL team to advance to the semifinals. looks to continue its impressive run. Top-ranked Amador Valley hosts California in the other semifinal.
1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 20-1
The Dons wrapped up the regular season without losing a game to any in-state teams and earned the top seed in the playoffs. Amador Valley kept the momentum rolling into the post-season by knocking off San Ramon Valley 20-6 in the second round of the North Coast section playoffs.
2. Carondelet (Calif.), 15-3
The Cougars closed out the regular season with six consecutive victories after a 10-9 loss to Amador Valley. Carondelet entered the North Coast section as a No. 2 seed and beat Dublin (Calif.) and Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) to advance to the quarterfinals.
3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-2
The Bruins continue to be one of the top programs on in the West. Cherry Creek has advanced to the state title game since the sport was sanctioned in 1998 and did so again this year with a 13-9 victory over defending state champion Air Academy (Colo.).
4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 17-2
Season Complete: The Mavericks had another impressive season with 12 consecutive victories. La Costa Canyon ended the year by winning the San Diego Section Open Division championship with a 12-5 victory over Coronado (Calif.).
5. Centaurus (Colo.), 15-2
The Warriors have put together their most successful season in program history. Centaurus advanced to its first-ever state championship game with a 16-15 victory over Regis Jesuit (Colo.) in the semifinals.
6. Air Academy (Colo.), 15-2
Season Complete: The Kadets beat Chaparral 15-11 to advance to the state semifinals. However, Air Academy will not defend its state title after being knocked out of the playoffs by perennial power Cherry Creek.
7. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 19-1
Season Complete: The Griffins finished the season unbeaten in California, and suffered their only loss to 2012 Colorado state champion Air Academy (Colo.). Los Alamitos continued its dominance in the post-season and won its fifth consecutive US Lacrosse Southern Section South Division title with a 15-12 victory over Beckham and then beat Agoura in the Southern Section finals.
8. Coronado (Calif.), 17-4
Season Complete: The Islanders ended another solid season. Coronado advanced to the the San Diego Section Open Division finals where it fell to a tough La Costa Canyon team, ending a four-game winning streak.
9. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 15-3
Season Complete: The Raiders' successful season came to an end with a 16-15 loss to Centaurus in the state semifinals. However, Regis Jesuit remains one of the top teams in the region and handed Cherry Creek its only in-state loss in the regular season.
10. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), 19-1
Season Complete: The Gators closed out one of their best seasons in program history. Sacred Heart Prep was co-champs of of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division and handed Menlo (Calif.) its first league loss since 2007.
News and notes
Cherry Creek looking for 11th state championship
As the most dominant program in Colorado girls' lacrosse, Cherry Creek opens each season with a huge bulls-eye on its back.
And each season, the players respond in a dominant way.
The Bruins advanced to their 16th consecutive state title game by knocking off defending champion Air Academy. Cherry Creek, which has also played in every state championship game since the sport was sanctioned in 1998, is looking for its 10th overall title.
"The best part of the Cherry Creek players is that there's not much that fazes them," coach Brianne Tierney said. "If you watch these athletes play, especially in the big rivalry games, it's as if they don't feel pressure. They play the same when they have two yellow cards and are losing by four as they do when they're up by five."
The Bruins avenged a 14-8 loss to Air Academy in the last year's championship game. Cherry Creek plays Centaurus, which beat Regis Jesuit 16-15 to advance to its first state championship game. Sophomore Sarah Myers got the game-winner in the closing seconds for Centaurus.
Cherry Creek edged Centaurus 13-12 in the regular season.
"Being other teams' biggest game all season is just the way it is and they know that they have to bring their 'A' game all the time," Tierney said. "I'm convinced that being such a strong program for so long has created this 'going to win' attitude that is like speed or height – it's not something that anybody can teach but it's certainly that special something in champions."
Los Alamitos picks up two titles
Los Alamitos captured the US Lacrosse Southern Section South Division championship for the fifth consecutive season.
The Griffins knocked off a tough Beckham (Calif.) team 15-12. Breezy Hastie scored five goals, while Caitlin Derry and Grace Schmidt-Beck each scored four times.
Los Alamitos followed that up with a 19-4 victory over Agoura (Calif.) in the US Lacrosse Southern Section finals. The Griffins handed the Chargers (18-1) their first loss of the season.
Agoura also won its first Los Angeles County championship this season.
Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors. LM contributors compile the regional rankings.
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