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1 – Arizona State (SLC Champ)
2 – Colorado (RMLC Champ)
3 – Michigan State (CCLA Champ)
4 – BYU (At-large)
5 – Simon Fraser (PNCLL Champ)
6 – Colorado State (At-large)
7 – Chapman (At-large)
8 – Grand Canyon (At-large)
9 – Boston College (PCLL Champ)
10 – Sonoma State (WCLL Champ)
11 – At-large (UCSB, Arizona, Westminster)
12 – At-large (UCSB, Arizona, Westminster)
13 – Texas State (LSA Champ)
14 – Florida State (SELC Champ)
15 – Minn-Duluth (UMLC Champ)
16 – Illinois State (GRLC Champ)
Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, La Costa Canyon, Mercer Island And J Serra Catholic
1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights enter the poll with a hard-fought 13-12 victory over previously undefeated J Serra Catholic. Foothill-Santa Ana is now riding a five-game winning streak and faces another tough game this week against St Margaret’s Episcopal (7-2).
2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 11-0
The Raiders remain atop the rankings with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Colorado Academy (Colo.) and a 13-5 win over Fort Collins (Colo.). Regis Jesuit has an almost two-week break before taking on Kent Denver (Colo.) and Heritage (Colo.) in a span of three days.
3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 7- 4
The Mavericks had a respectable showing in a 13-7 loss to undefeated Georgetown Prep (Md.), ranked No. 3 in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Boys’ Top 25. La Costa Canyon also hung tough with nationally ranked Salesianum (Del.). In the final game of the week, La Costa Canyon fell to Haverford School (Pa.), 19-4.
4. Mercer Island (Wash.), 12-1
The Islanders showed they can play with the most elite teams in the entire nation, going 2-1 on their trip to Connecticut. Mercer Island beat Joel Barlow, 12-10 and Xavier, 13-5 before falling to Wilton. 15-12. The Islanders appear to be surging to the playoff stretch.
5. J Serra Catholic, (Calif), 12- 1
The Lions continued their impressive run with a 15-10 victory over Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.). J Serra Catholic then fell in a showdown with Foothill-Santa Ana, which entered the game with only one loss — a tough 14-13 setback to Torrey Pines.
6. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 10-2
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to six games with victories over Serra San-Mateo (Calif.) and Redwood (Calif.). St. Ignatius plays one more in-state game against De La Salle (Calif.) before traveling East to take on St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) and Salesianum.
7. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-1
The Bells won their third consecutive game with a dominant 18-2 victory over Archbishop Mitty (Calif.). Bellarmine takes on Foothill and St. Francis (Calif.) this week before another 10-day layoff.
8. West Linn (Ore.) 5-0
The Lions extended their winning steak to five games with a solid 9-7 victory over Jesuit Portland (Ore.). West Linn and Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) have established themselves as the class of the state. Unfortunately, the teams do not play in the regular season.
9. Arapahoe (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors bounced back from their loss to top-ranked Regis Jesuit with dominant victories over San Clemente (Colo.) and Lincoln (Colo.). Arapahoe faces another big test this week against No. 9 Cherry Creek (Colo.) as they head to the playoff stretch.
10. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 8-2
The Bruins returned from Maryland and took down Cherokee Trail (Colo.), San Clemente (Colo.) and Eaglecrest (Colo.). Cherry Creek faces off with Arapahoe this week in a game that will have huge playoff implications as far as seeding.
Teams from Washington State showed they can play with anyone in the nation last week. Mercer Island traveled to Connecticut and beat Joel Barlow, 12-10, Xavier, 13-5 before losing to Wilton, 15-12, in a shootout. Issaquah finished 2-1 on its long trip to Texas. The Eagles beat Vandegrift (Texas), 9-5, and then knocked off Westlake (Texas), 7-4. Issaquah suffered a loss in the final game, 10-9, to Austin (Texas). Issaquah is now 9-2 on the season with its only other loss to Faith Lutheran of Nevada. Along with Bellevue (10-1), the playoffs in Washington State should be an interesting affair. Eastside Catholic (Wash.) ran their unbeaten streak to nine with a dominant 17-2 victory over Emerald Ridge-Puyallup (Wash.). Eastside Catholic plays back-to-back games against Mount Si (Wash.) and Auburn-Riverside (Wash.) before getting a 13-day break.
West Linn (Ore.) knocked state rival Jesuit-Portland, 9-7, in the Fritz Hayes Classic, which honors a former longtime local, lacrosse official who was killed during a home invasion two years ago. All four of last year’s Oregon semifinalists – West Linn, Jesuit-Portland, Lakeside (Ore.) and Beaverton (Ore.) – all participated in the tournament. Colin Squires scored what proved to be the game-in winner with just over a minute left in regulation for West Linn, which improved to 5-0 on the season. Jack Sweitzer led Jesuit with two goals. West Linn also knocked off Portland Jesuit in the state semifinals last season. In the other game, Holden Catlett had three goals to lead defending state champion Lakeridge to a dominant 12-1 victory over Beaverton. The Pacers (7-3) beat West Linn, 15-7, in the finals last season.
Waterford (Utah) defenseman Jacob Mika might have scored the goal of the year in high school lacrosse. As time expired in the first quarter against Riverton (Utah), Mika picked a loose ball in front of his own goal and then heaved the ball their entire length of the field over the Riverton goalie’s head and into the goal. Waterford won the game 17-3 and is 6-1 on the season
Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Chatfield, West Linn, Bishop’s School, Amador Valley And Centauraus
1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights remain atop the poll with some impressive victories. Foothill-Santa Ana had three convincing victories last week over Newport Harbor (Calif.), 14-4, Valencia (Calif.), 15-4, and Beckman (Calif.), 18-3. Defense has been the key for the Knights and they’ve continued to get better every game.
Editor’s Note: Foothill-Santa Ana lost its first game of the season on Tuesday, after this piece was written and submitted.
2. Chatfield (Colo.), 8-0
The Chargers remained undefeated by dominating Green Mountain (Colo.) and Mullen (Colo.). Chatfield is on its way to putting together one of the most impressive seasons in program history. The Chargers play three in-state games this week against Conifer (Colo.), Golden (Colo.) and Cherokee Trail (Colo.).
3. West Linn (Ore.), 7-0
The Lions passed their biggest test of the young season with a 15-11 victory over rival Lake Oswego (Ore.). Natalie Byrne led the way with nine goals. West Linn then followed that up with victories over Clackmas (Ore.) and Canby (Ore.), outscoring them by a combined 33-1. The Lions have a tough game this week against Oregon Episcopal (5-1).
4. The Bishop’s School (Calif.) 6-0
The Knights resumed play after a five-day break with a convincing 18-4 victory over La Jolla Country Day School (Calif.) in conference play. The Bishop’s School can continue to crate more separation in the league this week with a game against Pacific Ridge (Calif.), which is 3-5 on the season.
5. Amador Valley (Calif.), 10 -1
The Dons have won five consecutive games, including an impressive 13-11 victory over St. Ignatius (Calif.). Amador Valley followed that up with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.) in five overtimes.
6. Centaurus (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors won the showdown of the week in Colorado with a convincing 17-9 victory over previously undefeated Air Academy (Colo.). Centaurus pulled way by scoring nine of the game’s final 10 goals. Sarah Brown (Colorado) led the way with five goals. The Warriors followed that up with victories over St. Mary’s Academy (Colo.) and Kent Denver (Colo.).
7. Denver East (Colo.), 8-0
The Angels continued their impressive run to open the season. Denver East remained unbeaten with victories over Thomson Valley (Colo.), 8-7, Kennedy (Colo.), 21-1, and Dakota Ridge (Colo.), 25-6. The Angels have a tough test this week against Colorado Academy (Colo.), which is 7-1.
8. Air Academy (Colo.), 6-1
The Kadets suffered their first loss of the season, 17-9, to rival Centaurus. Air Academy actually took an 8-7 lead midway through the second half before the Warriors put together an impressive rally. Air Academy bounced back with a 16-6 victory over Palmer Ridge (Colo.).
9. Carondelet (Calif.), 7-3
The Cougars knocked off Menlo School (Calif.) 17-7. Maddie Castelein, Corinne Lafayette and Mia Maloney each had three goals. Carondelet then suffered a heart-breaking 7-6 loss to former No. 1 Amador Valley (Calif.). The Cougars look to bounce back with a tough game against Los Alamitos (8-3) this week before hitting the road for some out-of-state competition, including a game against Loyola Academy (Ill.).
10. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 8-3
The Griffins enter the poll on the heals of three-straight victories. Los Alamitos knocked off perennial power La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 12-10, and the picked up a 12-11 victory over Cherry Creek (Colo.). The Griffins got another signature win, 18-13, over Mater Dei (Calif.).
West Linn showed the balance of power has not shifted in Oregon this season. The defending state champions knocked off rival Lake Oswego, 15-11, in a battle of the area’s top programs. It was Lake Oswego’s first loss at home in three years.
Sophomore Natalie Byrne rose to the occasion again scoring nine goals on just 12 shots and adding two assists. She also had six goals in last season’s state championship 19-13 victory over Lake Oswego. Mariah Gatti and Hanna Morford each scored three goals for West Linn, which is 7-0 on the season. Lexi Cheetham and Lilly Newman, each had four goals for Lake Oswego.
Eastside Catholic (Wash.) has one of the most balanced teams in Seattle and have created matchup problems for teams all season. In a 13-5 victory over Seattle Prep last week, Eastside Catholic over came four unanswered goals in the first half to pull away. The Crusaders held Prep scoreless in the second half, while scoring seven goals. Valerie Vachris finished with five goals, while Maddie Banks had four and Tristana Leist added three. Eastside Catholic is now 6-1-1 and will face a big test against undefeated Lakeside (5-0-1) this week.