Nike/LM HS West Report: Bellevue Chasing Another Crown
The Bellevue boys' lacrosse team put together an impressive week in the KingCo Division I conference in Washington state.
The Wolverines knocked off a tough Issaquah team 8-7 in overtime with Justin Angelel netting the game-winner. Two days later, Bellevue handed Mercer Island its first loss of the season, 13-9.
At 15-4, the Wolverines will go into the playoffs gunning for its fourth state championship as the top seed in KingCo.
"We've held a lot of good teams to minimal goals this season," coach John Baumann told the Washington State Lacrosse website. "We're playing loose. That's important to our success."
Bellevue's young attack has continued to progress throughout the season. Against Mercer Island, freshman Matt Marino and sophomore Augie Fratt led with three goals and one assist apiece.
The Wolverines' experienced defense has allowed 10 goals or more in just three games this season.
Still, the playoffs are wide open, and there should be plenty of more drama before the book is closed on the 2015 season.
Mercer Island (18-1) bounced back from the loss to Bellevue with a 9-6 victory over Issaquah and is the second seen in KingCo. Issaquah is the third seed in that tournament. Bellevue lost over the weekend to Tahoma, which is the top seed in the SPSL.
Eastside Catholic earned the top seed in the Metro league by beating Seattle Academy.
Nike/LM West Boys' Top 10
Boys' West Player of the Week
Christian Barker, Mountain Vista (Colo.)
The senior attackman had a hat trick in the Golden Eagles' 9-5 victory over Arapahoe (Colo.) in the quarterfinals of the in the Class 5A quarterfinals. Barker will attend Wesleyan University.
Also notable: Ryan Bergner (Kent Denver, Colo.), Cole Flinders (Park City, Utah), Maxwell Tennant (Cherry Creek, Colo.), Matt Marino (Bellevue, Wash.), Matt Soran (Regis Jesuit, Colo.), Nick Shanks (St. Margaret's Episcopal, Calif.)
1. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 16-1
2. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 16-1
3. Mountain Vista (Colo.), 16-1
4. Coronado Red (Nev.), 16-1
5. Park City (Utah), 20-1
6. J Serra Catholic (Calif.), 15-4
7. St. Margaret's Episcopal (Calif.), 19-3
8. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 15-2
9. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 20-2
10. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 18-1
St. Margaret's Episcopal (Calif.) enters the rankings with an 8-6 victory over Corona del Mar in the U.S. Lacrosse Orange County Championships semifinals. The Tartans put together a tough schedule throughout the season. ... St. Ignatius (Calif.) closed out the season as the No. 1 team in the region and is the favorite in the WCAL playoffs that begin May 13.
Corona del Mar (Calif.) had another solid season, but it came to a grinding halt with the loss to St. Margaret's Episcopal. It was the Sea Kings' only loss of the year.
Boys' Games to Watch
Corner Canyon (Utah) vs. Brighton (Utah), May 13
The seeds held in the Utah Class A playoffs as No. 2 Corner Canyon (19-1) and No. 3 Brighton (15-2) advanced to meet in the semifinals. Corner Canyon defeated Brighton 10-9 in the regular season on April 24. Top-seeded Park City handed the Chargers their only loss of the season.
Regis Jesuit (Colo,) vs. Mountain Vista (Colo.), May 13
This is an intriguing matchup in the Colorado Class 5A semifinals. Regis Jesuit (15-2) entered the postseason as the second seed, while Mountain Vista (16-1) was seeded third. Both teams have shined in the playoffs. Regis Jesuit beat Mountain Vista 10-9 in the regular season.
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May 13, 2015
High School Highlights: Mountain Vista (Colo.) 13, Arapahoe (Colo.) 7
Nike/LM West Girls' Top 10
Girls' West Player of the Week
Allison Popelar, Rampart (Colo.)
The senior had four goals and two assists in a 16-6 victory over Columbine (Colo.). She has 46 goals and 24 assists on the season. Popelar was named Southern Conference Player of the Year and her school's class valedictorian. She is heading to the University of Tampa to play next year.
Also notable: Sarah Nick (Denver East, Colo.), Maile Moll (Cathedral Catholic, Calif.), Meridian Lee (Foothill-Santa Ana, Calif.), Kelli Warmouth (Rampart, Colo.)
1. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 17-3
2. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 17-1
3. Novato (Calif.), 18-3
4. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 15-5
5. Granite Bay (Calif.), 17-1
6. Denver East (Colo.), 11-4
7. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 13-2
8. Park City (Utah), 13-0
9. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 18-3
10. Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 18-2
San Ramon Valley (Calif.) shook off its loss to Amador Valley (Calif.) with a big 11-8 victory over Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.). ... Torrey Pines (Calif.) is in the rankings with a dominant 9-1 victory over rival La Costa Canyon (Calif.).
Mater Dei (Calif.) fell out of the Top 10 after being upset -- as the top seed in the Orange County playoffs -- by Beckman (Calif.).
Girls' Games to Watch
Cherry Creek (Colo.) vs Rampart (Colo.), May 13
In the Colorado playoffs, the top-seeded Bruins look to continue their march to a state title with a tough matchup against No. 8-seeded Rampart. The teams did not meet in the regular season. Cherry Creek has won 10 state championships with the most recent in 2011.
Beckman (Calif.) vs. Foothill (Calif.), May 13
Beckman advanced to the Orange County Championships by stunning top-seeded Mater Dei in the semifinals. No. 2-seeded Foothill advanced with a 15-7 victory over Los Alamitos.
Boys' West Notebook
The postseason has begun in Utah, and Park City looks primed to defend its state title.
Cole Flinders scored four goals to lead Park City to a 14-5 victory over Jordan in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Beau Pederson finished with a hat trick, while Chad Merrick scored twice for the Miners (20-1).
In the quarterfinals, Park City then took down Spanish Fork 13-4 with Pederson and JJ Pickard leading the way with three goals each.
The semifinals are scheduled for May 13 at Judge High School. No. 1-seeded Park City will take on No. 4 Skyline. In the other matchup, No. 2 Corner Canyon faces No. 3 Brighton.
In Colorado, third-seeded Mountain Vista (16-1) took down Arapahoe, 9-5, in the Class 5A quarterfinals. Christian Barker had a hat trick to lead the Golden Eagles. Mountain Vista advanced to the semifinals against defending champions and No. 2 Regis Jesuit (15-2), which beat Monarch 11-9. In that game, Matt Soran led the Raiders with four goals. Regis Jesuit beat Mountain Vista 10-9 in the regular season.
In the other quarterfinal, top-seeded Cherry Creek dismantled Rock Creek 11-1. The Bruins scored 11 straight goals after allowing the game's opening goal. Maxwell Tennant had four goals for Cherry Creek.
No. 4 Kent Denver advanced to take on the Bruins with an 18-16 victory over Caste View. Ryan Bergner scored late in the fourth quarter to give the Sun Devils some cushion. Cherry Creek beat Kent Denver 16-7 during the regular season.
St. Margaret's Episcopal (Calif.) beat Corona del Mar (Calif.) 8-6 in the U.S. Lacrosse Orange County Championships semifinals. It was the Sea Kings' only loss of the season. Nick Shanks led the Tartans (19-3) with three goals and two assists. St Margaret's plays JSerra Catholic (15-4) for the championship on May 13.
Girls' West Notebook
Denver East knocked out defending state champion Air Academy in the Colorado playoffs.
Sarah Nick, last week's West Region Player of the Week, led the Angels with five goals in the 21-14 victory. Denver East (12-4), the fourth seed in the tournament, will play 12th-seeded Thunder Ridge in the quarterfinals. The Grizzlies took down No. 5 Arapahoe to advance.
Top-seeded Cherry Creek (13-2) edged No. 16 Regis Jesuit, 13-11, and the Bruins now take on No. 8 Rampart in the quarterfinals. The Rams (11-4) beat No. 9 Columbine, 16-6, behind Kelli Warmouth's five goals. Allison Popelar added four goals and two assists and held one of Columbine's top scorers, Kenzie Burns, to one shot on goal.
"She dominates on the draw and has a presence and field sense that noticeably raises her above everyone else," Rampart coach Melissa Rausch said about Popelar. "She is a defensive star and leader."
At the other end of the bracket, third-seed Colorado Academy plays sixth-seeded Kent Denver. No. 2 seed Mullen plays the winner of No. 7 Centaurus/No. 10 Palmer Ridge.
Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), the sixth seed, upset No. 3 Coronado (Calif.), 9-6, in the San Diego Section Open Division quarterfinals. Sophomore Maile Moll led Cathedral Catholic with three goals. Junior Bridget Knowles and sophomore Mac Hall each scored twice for the Dons, which avenged an 11-6 loss to Coronado on April 28.
No. 4-seeded Beckman (Calif.) upset top-seeded Mater Dei, 15-14, in the U.S. Lacrosse Orange County Championships semifinals. Kylie Filipek, Lauren Nguyen and Janice Shih each had a hat trick for the Patriots (14-5). Beckman will face second-seeded Foothill in the final of the Orange County Championships at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tustin High. Meridian Lee scored four goals in Foothill's 15-7 semifinal victory over Los Alamitos.
Lake Oswego earned the top seed in the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association playoffs, while rival West Linn is the No. 2 seed. Lake Oswego, the defending state champion, handed West Linn its only loss of the season, 11-8, on April 21. The two teams have met in the final for the past three years.
Nike/LM West Region Report Archive
- May 5: Amador Valley's Roller-Coaster
- April 28: Mountain Vista Sees Shake-up
- April 21: West Lynn Prepped for Rematch
- April 14: St. Ignatius' Reverse Manifest Destiny
- April 7: Productive Trip East for West No. 1
- March 31: St. I's Big Week
- March 24: Corner Canyon Staking Claim
- March 17: Spencer Back to Sidelines in California
- March 10: Starting Strong Out West
- Preseason Rankings and Players to Watch
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