Nike/US Lacrosse West Girls' Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Kendra Lanuza, Chatfield (Colo.)
The junior had seven goals and two assists in the Chargers' 19-12 victory over Arapahoe. Lanuza now has 84 goals and 34 assists on the season. She was a First-Team All Conference pick last season. Lanuza has committed to Denver.
Also Notable: Shannon Fender, Lake Oswego (Ore.); Claire Healy, Foothill, Santa Ana (Calif.); Kristina Sewell, Cherry Creek (Colo.); Suzy Emerson, Issaquah (Wash.)
Game of the Week
Marin Catholic (Calif.) at Amador Valley (Calif), April 29
The two California powers meet in one of the marquee out-of-conference games of the entire season. The Dons have won 10 consecutive games since a 9-8 overtime loss to La Costa Canyon (Calif.) on April 1. Marin Catholic dropped its season-opener to state power Carondelet and has since gone on a 17-game winning streak.
West Region Top 10
1 . Centaurus (Colo.), 12-1
The Warriors rolled over Thomson Valley (Colo.) and Kennedy (Colo.) by a combined score of 28-1. Centaurus has now won seven consecutive game since its only setback of the season – a 9-5 loss to Flint School (D.C.). The Warriors have a big showdown this week with Arapahoe (Colo.), which has only one loss on the season to No. 9 Air Academy (Colo.).
2. Chatfield (Colo.), 14-0
The Chargers have increased their winning streak to 14 games with victories over Cherokee Trail (Colo.) and Dakota Ridge (Colo.). Chatfield then took down traditional power Arapahoe, 19-12, sending the Warriors to just their second loss of the season. The Chargers finish out the regular season April 29 against Columbine.
3. Amador Valley (Calif.), 15-1
The Dons are surging toward the post-season and have extended their winning streak to nine consecutive with wins last week over Livermore (Calif.) and Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) by a combined score of 44-8. The schedule, however, gets tougher this week with games against Monte Vista (Calif.), Danville (8-4) and Marin Catholic (17-1).
4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 11-1
The Lakers topped West Linn (Ore.) 11-10 to even the season series at one. Shannon Fender scored the game-winner with 15 seconds remaining. The Lakers have a big out-of-conference game this week against Lake Sammamish (Wash.), which is undefeated.
5. West Linn (Ore.), 11-1
After dropping Lake Oswego 15-11 in their first matchup this season, the Lakers knotted the season series with an 11-10 victory, which snapped West Linn's 27-game winning streak. The two Oregon powers appear headed for a rubber match in the postseason.
6. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 12-1
The Knights knocked off Esperanza (Calif.) and Yorba Linda (Calif.) by a combined score of 37-8. Foothill has two big games this week against Los Alamitos and El Dorado before closing out the regular season May 1 against Newport Harbor (Calif.).
7. The Bishop's School (Calif.), 11-0
The Knight kept their undefeated season going with dominant victories over La Jolla (Calif.), Francis Parker School (Calif.) and La Jolla Christian Day School (Calif.). The Bishop's School will try to keep the streak going this week with games against Santa Fe Christian (Calif.) and Del Norte (Calif.).
8. Marin Catholic (Calif. ) 17-1
With decisive victories over Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) and Coronado (Calif.), the Wildcats have now reeled off 17-straight wins since a season-opening loss to Carondelet. A big showdown with No. 3 Amador Valley looms this week before Main Catholic finishes out the regular season with a game against Cardinal Newman (Calif.).
9. Air Academy (Colo.), 10-2
The Kadets continued to remain in the hunt for a high seed in the Colorado playoffs with a victory over Rampart (Colo.). Air Academy fell 12-10 in an out-of-conference game to Sacred Heart Academy (N.Y.), but that game will prove valuable for the playoffs as far as being battle-tested.
10. Carondelet (Calif.), 8-3
The Cougars emerged from a 10-day layoff with three games against some of the nation's top teams. Carondelet dropped close games to Loyola Academy (Ill.), 8-2, and Milton (Ga.) in 9-8 in overtime, before falling 18-7 to D.C.-area power Bishop Ireton (Va.). The Cougars return to in-state action this week against Foothill (Calif.), Pleasanton (Calif.).
Chatfield has continued to put together one of the most impressive seasons of any team on the West Coast. In one of its signature wins, the Chargers took down traditional power Arapahoe last week with Kendra Lanuza leading the way with seven goals and two assists, while Rachael Walker had five goals and five assists. The Chargers are 14-0 and can finish the regular season undefeated if they can beat Columbine (Colo.) on April 29.
Lake Oswego snapped archival West Linn's 27-game winning streak with an 11-10 victory last week. The victory also avenged a 15-11 loss to the Lions earlier in the season. Shannon Fender got the game-winner with 15 seconds left in regulation. Lake Oswego's defense came up big by holding West Linn's top attacker Natalie Byrne to three goals after she scored nine in the previous matchup. Six players scored goals for the Lakers.
"It was an awesome game," Lake Oswego coach Lauren Anderson said.
The two teams appear headed for another showdown in the playoffs.
Suzy Emerson of Issaquah (Wash.) has put together another impressive campaign. The junior leads the state in scoring with 46 goals and six assists. The Eagles are 7-2-1 and take on Overlake School (Wash.) this week.
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
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