1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 13-1
Amador Valley picked up a huge victory over Carondelet, putting itself in position for a league championship.
The Dons trailed by as many as five goals before pulling out a tough 10-9 victory. Amador Valley coach Bob Mezeul credits goalie Allie DaCar as the catalyst for the victory. She finished with 10 saves. Justine Chinn had three goals and Evan Murphy added two goals and one assist for the Dons.
“[DaCar] had 10 saves —many that were super-human and any of which could have been game-changing had Carondelet scored,” Mezeul said. “She also came out of goal to get two ground balls and in the second half made a 60-yard quick clear pass on a rope that led to a fast break transition goal. Highlight reel stuff.”
Jackie Gilbert also came up big for Amador Valley by dominating the draw controls which gave the Dons the opportunity to control the pace of the game. The Dons were down 7-2 early in first half, but cut the margin to 7-4 at the break. Amador Valley then dominated the second half and outscored Carondelet 6-2 in the second half.
The Dons picked up a huge 10-9 victory over top-ranked Carondelet (Calif.). Amador Valley followed that up with dominant victories over Grenada (Calif.), Livermore (Calif.) and Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) to take over the No. 1 ranking.
2. Carondelet (Calif.), 9-3
The Cougars dropped their first game in California, 10-9, to a surging Amador Valley team. Carondelet then bounced back with a 22-7 victory over Monte Vista-Danville. The Cougars will still be a force in the title race and could face Amador Valley in the NCS playoffs.
3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 8-1
The Bruins returned from a successful trip to the East with a victory over Germantown Friends (Pa.) and a loss to Moorestown (N.J.), now ranked fifth in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Girls’ Top 25 poll. Cherry Creek also won its games in Colorado over Cherokee Trail (Colo.) and No. 7 Centaurus (Colo.).
4. Kent Denver (Colo.), 5-3
The Sun Devils remain in the thick of the championship race and remain undefeated in Colorado league play. Kent Denver boosted its schedule with tough non-conference games against Los Alamitos (Calif.), Milton (Ga.) and Good Counsel (Md.), which account for its only losses on the season.
5. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 13-1
The Griffins are riding a four-game winning streak and picked up a key, non-confrence victory over Air Academy (Colo.). Los Alamitos has two regular season games remaining, including a tough match up against Beckman (Calif.).
6. Air Academy (Colo.), 10-1
The Kadets are riding a seven-game winning streak in Colorado league play. Air Academy ends its regular season with perhaps its two toughest games against Centaurus (8-1) and Cheyenne Mountain (8-0).
7. Centaurus (Colo.), 8-2
The Warriors continued to roll in Colorado with seven consecutive victories. Centaurus picked up a signature 13-11 victory over Regis Jesuit, but lost a tight game to Cherry Creek 13-12 with both games having big implications in playoff seedings.
8. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 9-2
Since a 12-9 setback to No. 1 Amador Valley on March 22, the Mavericks have won four consecutive games. La Costa Canyon picked up a big victory over Mission Hills and is carrying more momentum toward the playoffs.
9. Cornonado (Calif.), 10-2
The Islanders remain in the thick of the title hunt and picked up three consecutive victories in the City League. Coronado still has two big games against La Jolla (Calif.) and La Costa Canyon (Calif.).
10. Park City (Utah), 8-0
The Miners enter the rankings after opening the season with eight consecutive victories in Utah league play. Park City has been stout defensively and has yet to allow more than nine goals in a game.
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