Nike/US Lacrosse Girls' West Season Rewind
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Year-End Top 10
1. Carondelet (Calif.), 17-3
2. Amador Valley (Calif.), 21-2
3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 16-2
4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 18-2
5. Centaurus (Colo.), 15-3
6. Air Academy (Colo.), 15-2
7. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 19-2
8. Coronado (Calif.), 17-4
9. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 15-3
10. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), 19-1
West Player of the Year
Kerianne Hunt, Carondelet (Calif.)
Hunt was one of the main catalysts for the Cougars, who won the North Coast Section Division I girls lacrosse championship with a 9-7 overtime victory over Amador Valley (Calif.).
She finished the season with 50 goals and 46 assists. She also had 50 ground balls and won 85 draws.
She was one of seven senior leaders on the team who entered the season committed to Division I lacrosse programs (she is headed to Brown) and was part one of the most talented squad in the history of the program. The Cougars finished the season 17-3, with two of its losses coming at the hands of out-of-state teams Radnor (Pa.) and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.).
In addition, Hunt was named the Player of the Year in the East Bay Athletic League and was US Lacrosse High School All-American for the third consecutive season.
Cherry Creek (Colo.)
Cherry Creek (Colo.) enters each season with a target on its back and the Bruins have responded to the challenge every time.
Cherry Creek entered the state playoffs as the third-seeded team behind Regis Jesuit (Colo.) and Air Academy (Colo.). The Bruins knocked off Denver East (Colo.), Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.) and Air Academy in the playoffs to advance to the title game against Centaurus (Colo.).
After a tight first half, Cherry Creek pulled away and went on to win their 10th state championship with a convincing 20-10 victory. Blair Sisk led the Bruins with seven goals and two assists.
Cherry Creek has advanced to all 16 state championship games since the sport was sanctioned in Colorado and won three of the past four titles.
"The best part of the Cherry Creek players is that there's not much that fazes them," Bruins' coach 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."