Nike/US Lacrosse West Girls' Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Sarah Cromer, Cherry Creek (Colo.)
Cromer had six goals and three assists in a 24-10 victory over Chaparral (Colo.) in the second round of the Colorado state playoffs. She has 28 goals on the season. Cromer will attend Lindenwood University.
Also Notable: Camille Sullivan, Bellevue East (Wash.); Sarah Myres Centaurus (Colo.); Allison Liddle, Menlo School (Calif.); Ella van Cleve. Seattle Prep (Wash.)
Game of the Week
Arapahoe (Colo.) vs Cherry Creek (Colo.), May 17
The two Colorado powers meet in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Cherry Creek (9-6) is the defending champion and entered the tournament as the fifth seed. Arapahoe is the fourth seed and beat the Bruins 12-11 in their regular season meeting. Arapahoe (12-3) has scored 223 goals this season, compared to 219 for Cherry Creek.
West Region Top 10
1. Centaurus (Colo.), 14-1
The Warriors are the No. 1 seed in the Colorado playoffs and beat Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 17-5, in the second round. Centaurus now takes on Colorado Academy (Colo.) in the quarterfinals as it seeks a second straight trip to the state title game.
2. Amador Valley (Calif.), 19-1
The Dons won their 18th straight victory by knocking off Foothill-Pleasanton (Calif.), 20-4, to win the EBAL. Amador Valley now enters the North Coast Section playoffs as a prohibitive favorite to win a state title as the top seed.
3. Chatfield (Colo.), 15-0
After getting a first-round by as a No. 2 seed in the playoffs, the Chargers ran by Rampart (Colo.), 14-12 in the second round. Chatfield now plays a 13-2 Denver East (Colo.) team in the quarterfinals as it seeks to continue its spectacular run.
4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 16-1
The Lakers knocked off Oregon City (Ore.), 17-3, to maintain their impressive run. Lake Oswego then closed out the regular season with a 15-0 victory over Lakeridge (Ore.) and appear to be on a collision course for a third meeting with West Linn (Ore.) after splitting the regular season series.
5. West Linn (Ore.), 14-1
The Lions closed out the regular season with an 18-0 victory over St. Mary's (Ore.). West Linn gears up for the playoffs as it seeks to defend its state championship.
6. St. Ignatius (Calif.) 11-7
The Wildcats closed out the regular season with an 8-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.). St. Ignatius avenged an earlier 11-7 loss to the Cougars on April 2. All of the Wildcats' losses were to ranked teams in the West region or out-of-state programs that hover around the national rankings.
7. Carondelet (Calif.), 13-4
After dropping a tight, 8-6 decision to No. 6 St. Ignatius, the Cougars closed out the regular season with a 12-8 victory over a solid California High School (Calif.) team, which entered the game 13-3. Carondelet is the No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section playoffs.
8. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 20-2
The Wildcats opened the week with a 16-6 victory over University High School (Calif.) and was the top seed in the MCAL. Marin Catholic then beat second-seeded Novato (Calif.) 13-6 for the championship. Marin Catholic only losses on the season were to No. 2 Amador Valley and No. 7 Carondelet.
9. Air Academy (Colo.), 13-2
The Kadets are the No. 3 seeds in the Colorado state tournament and earned a first round bye. Air Academy used the time off well by dominating Heritage/Littleton (Colo.), 19-2, in the second round. The Kadets take on a tough No. 6 seed Kent Denver (Colo.) in the quarterfinals, which they beat 9-6 in the regular season opener.
10. Arapahoe (Colo.), 12-3
The Warriors are the fourth seed in the Colorado state playoffs and beat Mullen (Colo.) 14-6 in the second round. Arapahoe advanced to play perennial power and defending champion Cherry Creek (Colo.) in the quarterfinals.
The Colorado playoffs got underway last week and all of the traditional powers advanced to the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Centaurus rolled by Regis Jesuit (Colo.) 17-5 and play Colorado Academy in the quarterfinals. Should Centaurus advance, it would play the winner of Arapahoe/Cherry Creek in the semifinals. Cherry Creek is the defending state champion and appears to be playing its best lacrosse. On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Chatfield remained undefeated with a hard-fought, 14-12 victory over Rampart. They take on Denver East in the quarterfinals. The winner of that game advances to the semifinals against the winner of No. 3 Air Academy and No. 6 Kent Denver. This is one of the deepest fields in the history of the tournament.
The brackets for the North Coast section playoffs were unveiled and Amador Valley, which is 19-1 on the season, got the top seed in Division I. The Dons got a first round bye and play the winner of Monte Vista (Calif.) and Davis (Calif.) in the second round May 16 or 17. Carondelet got the second seed and will play the winner of San Ramon Valley (Calif.) and Northgate (Calif.) also over the weekend. In Division II, Acalanes (Calif.) (13-6) earned the top seed and plays the winner of Sir Francis Drake (Calif.) and Cardinal Newman (Calif.) in the second round. Piedmont (Calif.) (15-1) is the second seed and will play Bishop O'Dowd (Calif.) (9-9) in the second round.
Pinnacle (Ariz.) won its third consecutive Arizona state championship with an 11-8 victory over Horzion (Ariz.). Katarina Johnston led the way with four goals and one assist, while Madison Wood and Hannah Kolesar each scored three goals. Nicole Cosmany had four draw controls. "After winning state the past two seasons, it's a lot of pressure to do it again," Pinnacle coach Jenn McDonald said. "There's a target on your back because everyone wants to be the one to beat you. Throughout the preseason I kept being told 'just take it in stride' or 'focus on rebuilding this year' because we have such a young team, with only four seniors and 11 girls brand new to varsity. But the girls never thought that way." Pinnacle finished the season 14-1. Maddie Beeler led Horizon (11-5) with five goals and one assist, while Celine Sanchez and Sydney Duke each scored twice.
2014 West Region Report Archive
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- April 1
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