Nike/LM HS West Report: Corner Canyon Staking Claim
The Corner Canyon (Utah) boys' lacrosse team is only in its second season but the program already is establishing itself as a power in the West region.
The Chargers enter the top 10 on the strength of seven consecutive wins to open the season, including a 9-5 victory over former No. 8 Eastside Catholic (Washington).
"Currently, in our second season, we have a bevy of returning players, having only graduated five last year," coach Mark Davis said. "With an impressive first season, ultimately ending in a championship game loss, we enter this year with a big chip and likewise a big target."
The Chargers also beat Fort Collins (Colo.), 17-7, and Nevada power Palo Verde, 12-8.
Zack Franckowiak (Drexel) went 70 percent on faceoffs and tallied six goals and six assists over those three aforementioned games.
NIKE/LM WEST BOYS' TOP 10
1. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 6-0
Cherry Creek (Colo.) opened the season with three straight victory in Class 5A. The Bruins' defense has been stout, allowing five goals or less in each of those games. They are the top team in the state this week as voted by the coaches and media ... Torrey Pines (Calif.) has shaken off an early setback to St. Ignatius (Calif.) with three straight impressive wins and have not allowed any more than nine goals in a game.
Eastside Catholic (Wash.) lost just its second game in two seasons with a 9-5 setback to emerging Utah power Corner Canyon. The Crusaders play a tough in-state schedule and will have a chance to play themselves back into the poll.
"Our weekend opened with Eastside Catholic, and they proved to be every bit of a challenge as we thought they would be," Davis said. "We stayed strong on our game plan and fought to capitalize on every opportunity. The game went back and forth until we managed to pull away in the second quarter. Our offense truly clicked, and we saw a bevy of players have goals and assists. Our defense played physical and managed to keep a very disciplined team to few goals."
Several players already have committed to college lacrosse programs, including long-stick middie Garrett Bullett (Rutgers), defenseman Garrett Michaeli (Rutgers), attackmen Matt Graney (Mesa State) Harry Waddoups (Brigham Young) and Cole Parkinson (Utah) and goalie Quinton Mathie (Utah).
Boys' West Player of the Week
Henry Hollen, Torrey Pines (Calif.)
The senior was big in a three wins last week for the Falcons. Hollen, who will play at Tufts next year, scored three goals against De LaSalle (Calif.) and added four more goals in wins over San Marcos (Calif.) and Carlsbad (Calif.). He also went 88 percent from the faceoff and tallied seven assists over those three games.
Also notable: ZacK Franckowiak (Corner Canyon, Utah), Parker Loyd (Eaglecrest, Colo.), Sean Joyce (Bend, Ore.), Hunter Olsen (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Jake Hammon (Davis, Calif.), Chris Castle (Overlake, Wash.)
Boys' West Games to Watch
Issaquah (Wash.) vs. Coronado Red (Nev.), March 24
The Washington state power takes on one of the most talented programs in Nevada at Mercer Island High School. Issaquah opened its season with a pair of victories, while Coronado is 4-0.
Torrey Pines (Calif.) at Colorado Academy (Colo.), March 27
This is another intriguing out-of-state matchup between two of the upper echelon teams in their respective home states. Torrey Pines is back in the rankings on the strength of three straight wins. Colorado Academy (2-1) is looking to make a deep playoff run in its tough league.
Desert Vista (Ariz.) at Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.), March 28
Desert Vista is one of the top programs in the region and faces a solid in-state foe in Salpointe Catholic. Desert Vista is led by defenseman Cade van Raaphorst, who has committed to Duke and was named to the inaugural American Family Insurance All-USA Preseason Boys Lacrosse Team.
NIKE/LM WEST GIRLS' TOP 10
Senior midfielder Taylor Cuenin (UC Davis) has helped San Ramon Valley take over the top spot in the region.
Girls' West Player of the Week
Rina Rosnow, Overlake (Wash.)
Rosnow scored seven goals and had three assists in a 16-7 victory over in-state rival Bellevue. Rosnow also forced five turnovers as the Owls evened their record to 1-1 on the season.
Also notable: Cameron Geiger (San Ramon Valley, Calif.), Kate Graham (Marin Catholic, Calif.), Brigid White (Monte Vista-Danville, Calif.), Nikky Price (Menlo, Calif.), Ella van Cleve (Garfield, Wash.)
1. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 9-0
2. Colorado Academy (Colo.), 3-0
3. Air Academy (Colo.), 3-0
4. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 4-0
5. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 1-0
6. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 2-0,
7. West Linn (Ore.), 1-0,
8. Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 6-0
9. Novato (Calif.), 8-1
10. Centaurus (Colo.), 4-1
San Ramon Valley (Calif.) moves to the top of the poll with nine straight victories and a pair of losses by former No. 1 Amador Valley. The Wolves' attack continues to dominate opponents. ... Colorado Academy also climbed up the poll with four consecutive victories, including a 10-6 victory over Columbine (Colo.).
Amador Valley (Calif.) fell out of the top 10 with a pair of losses to South-region ranked St. John's (Texas) and the Menlo School (Calif.). The Dons still have several matchups against top 10 teams to reclaim a spot back in the poll.
Girls' West Games to Watch
St. Stephen's & Agnes (D.C.) at Carondelet (Calif.), March 24
The East Coast power travels West to take on some of the top teams in California. Carondelet should prove to be a worthy opponent and can improve its stock with a solid performance against the nationally-ranked St. Stephen's & Agnes.
Mater Dei (Calif.) at St. Margaret's (Calif.), March 24
Both teams enter this big league matchup at 6-1. This game could go along in helping decide how the Trinity League shakes out.
Lake Sammamish (Wash.) at Issaquah (Wash.), March 30
These two Washington state programs are off to a solid start and enter the week undefeated. Both teams should be formidable throughout the year and will look to make a deep run in the state playoffs.
Boys' West Notebook
Joe Bethke, Chris Callison, Paul Johnson and Cameron McMahon each had a hat trick in Bellevue's 19-7 victory over O'Dea (Wash.).
Girls' West Notebook
The Menlo School (Calif.) girls' team had one of the biggest victories in the history of its program by taking down former No. 1 Amador Valley (Calif.) last week.
The Dons were playing without their best player, Jackie Gilbert, in the 15-4 loss. Sophia Donovan, last week's West region Player of the Week, led Menlo with three goals, two assists, four draws and six caused turnovers. Junior captain and midfielder Nikky Price (William & Mary commit), scored five goals in the win.
Coach Jen Lee also credited sophomore goalie, Alena Stern, for her stellar play.
"Alena Stern continues to come up big, against the finest and toughest competition Menlo can find," Lee said. "She recorded seven saves against the defending, undisputed NCS & EBAL champion."
Wheat Ridge (Colo.) goalie Nolan Hector scored a goal to help his team break an 8-8 tie against Boulder in the closing minutes of the third quarter. What made the feat even more impressive was that Hector scored from about 77 yards away on a last-ditch attempt to generate some offense. Mission accomplished. The Farmers went on to win the game 15-11, and Hector's goal drew national attention as a video clip circulated on social media. Read more and see the video at: http://dailycaller.com/2015/03/20/high-school-lacrosse-goalie-scores-incredible-goal-video/
On the girls' scene in Washington, Ella van Cleve scored seven goals in Garfield's 16-15 loss to Kennedy Catholic. She also had five ground balls and eight draw controls.
The San Ramon Valley girls have continued to roll, stretching their winning streak to nine games to start the season. Senior midfielders Taylo r Cuenin and Rachael Shaw, and sophomore attacker Cassidy Nichols have sparked the offense. Junior goalie Cameron Geiger has also come big this season.
West Region Report Archive
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- March 10: Starting Strong Out West
- Preseason Rankings and Players to Watch
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