Nike/US Lacrosse West Boys' Region Report
by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Stephen Votto, Desert Vista (Ariz.)
The junior had four goals, including the game-winner in 1:15 into overtime, in an 8-7 victory over defending champion Brophy Prep (Ariz.). The victory established Desert Vista as the top team in Arizona at this point of the season. Votto has committed to Bellermine.
Also Notable: Chet Dunstan, Regis Jesuit (Colo.); Anthony Abbadessa, Desert Vista (Ariz.); Brett Bottomley, Mercer Island (Wash.)
Game of the Week
Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) at J Serra Catholic (Calif.), April 10
This out-of-conference game features two of California's strongest teams this season. J Serra Catholic has rolled through the early part of its schedule and remains undefeated. Mitch Kingsley and Brenden Lynch, a pair of Hofstra recruits, lead the offense. Foothill-Santa Ana's only loss is a 14-13 setback to Torrey Pines and could enter the Top 10 with a victory over the Lions.
West Region Top 10
1. J Serra Catholic (Calif.) 11-0
The Lions have remained undefeated and have been stellar defensively, earning a tie for the No. 24 spot in the national poll this week. J Serra racked up a big 17-4 victory over Mater Dei (Calif.) last week. J Serra Catholic has tough in-state games this week against St. Margarita Catholic (Calif.) and Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).
2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.) 9-0
The Raiders wowed with a decisive 16-8 victory over former No. 1 and the defending Colorado state champions Arapahoe (Colo.). Chet Dunstan (Air Force) led the way with four goals and two assists. Regis Jesuit also knocked off Mullen 13-5 and is in the driver's seat for a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 7-1
The Mavericks are riding a three-game winning streak and beat a powerful Torrey Pines (Calif.) team 8-7. La Costa Canyon travels East this week to take on some of the strongest programs in the nation – Georgetown Prep (D.C.), Salesianum (Del.) and Haverford School (Pa.).
4. Mercer Island (Wash.) 10-0
The Islanders have dominated the early portion of their schedule with victories over teams in their home state and Oregon. Mercer Island has not allowed more than eight goals in a game this season. The Islanders face their toughest tests this week when they travel to Connecticut to take on Joel Barlow, Xavier and Wilton.
5. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) 8-2
The Wildcats have won four consecutive games, including a decisive 7-1 victory over Arizona power Brophy Prep. St. Ignatius plays one of the toughest schedules of any team in the West region. In late April, they travel East to take on two strong squads in St. Stephen & St. Agnes (D.C.) and Salesianum.
6. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 9-1
The Bells enter the poll with two straight wins, including an 11-5 victory over Brophy Prep and a 15-6 victory over Lakeridge (Ore.). Bellarmine's only loss was a tight 9-6 setback to top-ranked Regis Jesuit. A showdown with St. Ignatius looms in the season finale May 7.
7. West Linn (Ore.) 4-0
The Lions have set the table in Oregon with four consecutive wins to open the season. West Linn has showed solid balance and will get a tough test this week when it hosts Jesuit Portland (5-1).
8. Arapahoe (Colo.), 7-1
The Warriors suffered their first loss against region No. 2 Regis Jesuit. Zach Runberg (Delaware) had three goals in the 16-8 loss. Arapahoe looks to bounce back this week against out-of-state competition in San Clemente (Calif.) and Lincoln (Ore.)
9. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 5-1
The Bruins represented the state of Colorado well in games against two of the most powerful programs in Maryland. Cherry Creek dropped a 12-5 game to Loyola Blakefield and lost 8-4 to Severn. Cherry Creek gets back to league action against Cherokee Trail.
10. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 8-0
The Crusaders enter the poll with eight consecutive victories to open the season. Eastside Catholic has been stellar defensively and handed Jesuit-Portland (Ore.) its first loss of the season, 18-5. This week, the Crusaders battle Sehome-Bellinghome (Wash.), which is also undefeated.
Regis Jesuit showed there is a new order in Colorado with a dominant 16-8 victory over defending champion Arapahoe. Chet Dunstan (Air Force) paved the way with four goals and two assists, while Chase Kunkel (Mercer) added five goals. The Raiders have picked up some impressive wins this season, including a 9-8 double overtime victory over California power St. Ignatius. However, the victory over Arapahoe might have been the most gratifying because the Warriors are the two-time defending champions and knocked Regis Jesuit out of the playoffs last season. The Raiders are looking for their first state title since 2011 and certainly have the talent to win the crown this season. Colorado, however, is very deep in talent with boys lacrosse and a team, such as Cherry Creek (Colo.), could get hot heading into the playoffs. For now, though, Regis Jesuit has established itself as the class of the state and perhaps the entire West Region. Aaron Horvat also had six goals in two games last week for Regis Jesuit. Goalie Brett Quartuccio also came up big with a combined 20 saves.
Desert Vista coach Dan Lannon knows his team's path to a title in Arizona will have to go trough perennial power Brophy Prep. His Thunder took a big step last week by knocking off the Broncos 8-7 in overtime to remain undefeated. Stephen Votto (Bellarmine) had the game-winner in overtime. Lance Pavlina (Essex CC) set the tone by going 11-4 on faceoffs, while Brad Hookum came up with 11 saves. With the victory, Desert Vista put itself in position to be the favorite for the title. However, Lannon knows a rematch against Brophy Prep is likely inevitable somewhere down the line.
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