Nike/US Lacrosse West Girls' Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Evan Murphy, Amador Valley (Calif.)
The midfielder had five assists and three goals in a 20-1 victory over Coppell (Texas) in Pleasanton, Calif. "Evan is also one of our captains, and the primary leader of our team," Amador Valley coach Richard Murphy said. Murphy has led the Dons to consecutive North Coast Section championship games and was an All-American Honorable Mention and an All-East Bay Athletic League selection last season. Murphy, who plays club ball for Bearlax Lacrosse Club, is committed to Oregon.
Also notable: Sophia Donovan, Menlo School (Calif.); Libby Muir, Sacred Heart Prep, (Calif.); Blair Sisk, Cherry Creek (Colo.); Jaycee Davis, Air Academy, (Colo.)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Menlo School (Calif.) at Amador Valley (Calif), March 18
Top-ranked Amador Valley will be tested when its hosts Menlo School. The Dons opened the season with a dominant win over Coppell (Texas) and are led by senior midfielder Evan Murphy. Menlo already has four victories under its belt and has shown depth and balance in each of those victories.
West Region Top 10
1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 1-0
The Dons hosted Coppell (Texas) and ran away with a 20-1 victory. Amador Valley plays three-straight home games, including a showdown against Kent Denver (Colo.) on March 26, before embarking on a five-game road trip.
2. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 1-0
The Falcons knocked off Carlsbad (Calif.) 12-9 in their season-opener. Torrey Pines has two tough games this week against Canyon Crest Academy (which knocked off La Costa Canyon last week) and Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), before hosting Cherry Creek (Colo.) for a solid, regional matchup.
3. Cherry Creek (Colo.) 2-0
The Bruins are off to another dominant start with three victories over Overland (Colo.), Grandview (Colo.) and Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.). Colby Goettelman had five goals and an assist against Cheyenne Mountain. Cherry Creek has a tough league matchup looming this week against Centaurus, which opened its season with two victories.
4. San Ramon Valley (Calif.)
The Wolves reeled off four consecutive victories, including an 8-7 win over former No. 2 Carondelet (Calif.). The schedule does not get easier for San Ramon Valley with a big game against top-ranked Amador Valley on March 28.
5. Centaurus (Colo.), 2-0
The Warriors jumped out to a quick start with season-opening victories over Heritage-Littleton (Colo.) and Ralston Valley (Colo.). Centaurus has two tough tests this week against Chaparral (Colo.) and Cherry Creek.
6. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 4-0
The Griffins bolted out of the gate, reeling off four-straight victories over Temecula Valley (Calif.), Aliso Niguel (Calif.), Coronado (Calif.) and Scripps Ranch (Calif.). Los Alamitos gets tested when it travels to Texas this week to take on state power St. John's, which is off to a 3-1 start.
7. Carondelet (Calif.), 2-1
After opening the season with victories over Marin Catholic (Calif.) and Acalanes (Calif.), the Cougars fell to San Ramon Valley 8-7. Carondelet travels to Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) before hosting Kent Denver (Colo.) for a solid regional matchup.
8. Air Academy (Colo.), 1-0
The Kadets opened the season with a hard-fought 9-6 victory over Kent Denver. Air Academy has another test this week against Arapahoe (Colo.), which was dominant against Eaglecrest (Colo.) in its season opener.
9. California High School (Calif.) 2-0
The Grizzlies dropped Campolindo (Calif.) and Foothill (Calif.), Pleasanton (Calif.) to open the season. California hosts Dublin (Calif.) and travels to St. Francis (Calif.) before a showdown with undefeated Menlo School (Calif.) on March 21.
10. Menlo School (Calif.), 4-0
The Knights opened the season with victories over Mercy (Calif.), Burlingame (Calif.), Cardinal Newman (Calif.), Gunn-Palo Alto (Calif.) and Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.). Freshman Sophia Donovan finished with three goals and an assist, along with five draw controls in a 12-5 victory over Gunn. Those victories should provide Menlo with some momentum heading into a huge game against No. 1 Amador Valley.
Valerie Vachris had a strong start for Eastside Catholic (Wash.), picking up nine points in a 20-5 victory over Bellevue (Wash.). The junior finished with seven goals and two assists, while fellow attacker Madeline Banks had six goals and two assists for the Crusaders, who scored 14 times in the first half. Eastside Catholic's defense also came up big, holding Bellevue scoreless in the second half. Senior Justice Gilbert and sophomore Courtney Huston split time in goal and finished with a combined five saves for Eastside Catholic.
Menlo freshman Sophia Donovan is already making an impact for her team. The young midfielder had a breakout game against Gunn-Palo Alto, finishing with five draw controls, and leading the team in scoring with four points (three goals and one assist) in the 12-5 victory. "Speed, finesse, power, and control were evident in her play, and the team worked together," Menlo coach Jen Lee said. Alyssa Sherman (Haverford) was dominant on the defensive end finishing with six contested ground balls and winning three of Menlo's seven forced turnovers. Gunn sophomore goalie Liz Cromarty finished with five saves. "As a team, Gunn was fast, organized and compelling. Definitely will be a team to watch in the girls' SCVAL race," Lee said.
Air Academy goalie Jaycee Davis came up big with 15 saves in the Kadets 9-6 victory over state rival Kent Denver. Maddie Jahelka (California) controlled the offense with four goals. Air Academy appears to have the talent and depth to compete for a Class 4A state title in Colorado after advancing to the semifinals last season.
2014 West Region Report Archive
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