Nike/US Lacrosse West Girls' Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Rachael Walker, Chatfield (Colo.)
The senior attacker had four goals and five assists in a victory against Dakota Ridge (Colo.). She followed that up with six goals and three assists in a win over Columbine that secured an undefeated regular season for the Chargers (15-0). She has committed to play in college for Oregon.
Also Notable: Natalie Berg, Air Academy (Colo.); Mia Maloney, Carondelet (Calif.); Sarah Myers, Centaurus (Colo.); Hailey Nyquist. Snohomish (Wash.)
Game of the Week
Carondelet (Calif.), at St. Ignatius (Calif.), May 6
Two of the state's most talented lacrosse powers face-off in this big non-conference showdown. Both teams have big victories against out-of-state foes and the game will make each of them even more battle-tested for the final stretch of the season.
West Region Top 10
1. Centaurus (Colo.), 14-1
The Warriors overcame a 9-4 halftime deficit against Arapahoe (Colo.) to pull out a 13-12 victory. Sarah Myers led the way with four goals, while Katherine Burns and Andrea Kim each recorded a hat trick. The Warriors closed out the regular season with a victory over Thunder Ridge (Colo.) and are the top seed for the playoffs.
2. Amador Valley (Calif.), 18-1
The Dons boosted their winning streak to eight games with a 10-9 victory over St. Ignatius (Calif.) and a 18-3 win over California High (Calif.). Amador Valley closes out the regular season May 9 against Foothill-Pleasanton (Calif.).
3. Chatfield (Colo.), 15-0
The Chargers completed the season undefeated with a 16-4 victory over Columbine (Colo.). Rachel Walker led the way with six goals and three assists, while Shelby Piper also had four goals. Chatfield now looks to keep the momentum heading into the playoffs.
4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 14-1
The Lakers continued their impressive run and handed Washington State rival Lake Sammamish (Wash.) its first loss of the season, 10-7. Lake Oswego followed that up with a 17-1 win over Canby (Ore.). The Lakers have just two regular season games left before the playoffs.
5. West Linn (Ore.), 12-1
The Lions bounced back from their loss to rival Lake Oswego with a solid, 16-5 victory over a tough Oregon City (Ore.) team. West Linn, the defending state champion, has two regular season game remaining before it begins the playoffs.
6. Carondelet (Calif.), 11-5
The Cougars returned to California action with a 19-5 victory over Foothill-Pleasanton. Mia Maloney, Katie Kuptz and Madison Castelein each scored three goals. Carondelet has a big showdown this week with No. 9 St. Ignatius.
7. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 18-2
The Wildcats bounced back from a 16-7 loss to No. 2 Amador Valley with a 16-2 victory over Cardinal Newman (Calif.). Marin Catholic won the MCAL regular-season championship and earned the top seed in the playoffs with a first-round bye
8. Air Academy (Colo.), 13-2
The Kadets closed out the season with victories over Pueblo West (Colo.), Regis Jesuit (Colo.) and Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.). Air Academy now heads to the playoffs with momentum and confidence. They reached the semifinals last season after winning the state title in 2012.
9. St. Ignatius (Calif.) 10-7
The Wildcats have put together another impressive season and three of its losses are to teams on the East Coast that hover around the national rankings. St. Ignatius closes out the regular season May 6 against Carondelet.
10. Boise (Idaho), 10-0
The Braves enter the Top 10 this week with 10 consecutive victories to open the season. Boise has yet to allow more than eight goals in a game and will be the post-season favorite.
Centaurus closed out the regular season undefeated in the state of Colorado and are the top seed in the playoffs. But the Warriors have been battle tested by league foes, which should have them prepared for the postseason. Last week, Centaurus got a huge challenge from Arapahoe before prevailing 13-12. The Warriors trailed by five at the half, they regrouped at the break, put the ball in the sticks of their play makers and outscored Arapahoe 8-4 in the second half. Sarah Myers continued her spectacular season and finished with four goals. Katherine Burns and Andrea Kim also provided offensive support and they finished with three goals each.
Hailey Nyquist scored with just 11 seconds left in regulation to lead Snohomish (Wash.) to a 13-12 victory over Eastside Catholic (Wash.). Hannah Graves dodged a couple of defenders before making a deft pass to Nyquist, who will play at Regis University next season. Hannah Dalrymple led Snohomish with five goals, while Graves had three and Nyquist had two. The Crusaders got three goals from Tristana Leist and Valarie Vachris.
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
- April 29
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