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Colorado High School Lacrosse: Cherry Creek Girls Lacrosse Tops Kent Denver 18-17 On April 20 In Battle Of State’s Top Two Teams
Western High School Lacrosse: “Lacrosse Magazine” Ranks Kent Denver (CO) Boys Lacrosse #1 Followed By St. Ignatius Prep (CA), Palos Verdes (CA), Issaquah (WA) And Arapahoe (CO)
1. Kent Denver (Colo.), 4-0 The Sun Devils are getting ready to tackle the toughest portion of their schedule with one of the most talented teams in the history of their program. Matt Florence (Virginia, U.S U19 team) continues to lead the offense and had two goals in a 12-2 victory over rival Denver East.
2. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 12-0 The Wildcats have continued to pile up wins with a starting lineup filled with NCAA Division I talent. Joe Lang had six goals and JW McGovern (Yale) scored five in a 17-6 victory over Rancho Bernardo, before knocking off rival De La Salle, 14-5, on Thursday.
3. Palos Verdes (Calif.), 10-1 The Sea Kings remain undefeated against all West Coast competition. Coach Jimmy Borell recently took the team on a trip to his native Virginia, where he starred at Lake Braddock High. Palos Verdes was a goal short in games against Westfield and Langley.
4. Issaquah (Wash.), 7-0 The Eagles have managed to stay unbeaten despite missing up to six players for various reasons. However, coach Brandon Fortier said the recent impressive run — three quality wins over Mercer Island, Bellevue and Skyline — has been due to three factors: finally having everyone healthy and eligible has allowed the team to be at full strength and gel; great senior leadership from Ben Director, Kole Lindor and Austin Richert; and, the team’s conditioning.
5. Arapahoe (Colo.), 5-0 The Warriors have served notice as being not only one of the teams to beat in Colorado, but in the entire West Coast. Coach Guy Cerasoli has his team fully-prepared for each game and he thinks his team’s experience will keep them ready for the brunt of a tough league schedule. “Overall, this senior class and the level of competition across all schools in Colorado is among the best over the years,” Cerasoli said. “However it all shakes out, it will be truly entertaining to watch.”
6. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 10-0 The Mavericks put themselves in the driver’s seat for a CIF San Diego Section title with a huge 9-7 victory over archrival Torrey Pines — a team that beat them in last year’s semifinals. That loss ended La Costa Canyon’s eight-year streak of reaching the conference championship. Sophomore Cameron Ziegler delivered the decisive goal in the final seconds, but the two teams will likely meet again in the post-season.
7. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 9-1 The Falcons opened the season with nine victories before losing to La Costa Canyon in a rivalry game. Torrey Pines will continue to be a force in the post-season as long as Sean Doyle (Cornell) and Lucas Gradinger (Maryland) continue to dominate on offense.
8. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 7-2 The Bruins had an impressive trip to Baltimore to take on some of the top teams in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A conference. Cherry Creek fell to powerhouse Loyola, 8-3, lost to Severn, 5-3, but then knocked off St. Paul’s, 8-7, in overtime. Coach Bryan Perry said prior to the St. Paul’s game the biggest challenge facing his team was to find some extra scoring punch and his players responded.
9. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 7-1 The Wolves have endured a tough stretch of their schedule while battling some injuries, including one to one of their top attackman, Patrick Worstell, who is headed to Syracuse. Michael Tagliaferri (US U19 team) has been dominant with several multi-goal games to keep San Ramon Valley in the hunt for a conference title.
10. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 10-0 The Sea Kings won their seventh consecutive “Battle of the Bay” with a 10-4 victory over Newport Harbor. Corona del Mar will have a serious challenge with upcoming games against Menlo, Marin Catholic and Bellarmine Prep. “We have a string of five big games in a row,” coach G.W. Mix said.
Colorado High School Lacrosse: Regis Jesuit Boys Lacrosse Defeated Kent Denver 11-10 To Win 2011 Colorado Boys Lacrosse State Championship
Coach Jim Soran’s team dispatched of Kent Denver 11-10 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — the same Sun Devils team that handed the Raiders their only loss of the season in April.
“We’ve always been in the realm of the top couple of teams, but have never brought it home,” said Regis Jesuit defender Tanner Ottenbreit — who snapped a personal three-game championship drought with the victory before continuing his career, along with goalie Rhody Heller, at the University of Virginia. “Feels good this year, especially going out on top as a senior.”
In a game in which momentum was hard to come by, the Raiders (18-1) seized it when the time was right. Ryan Ball’s goal with one-tenth of a second showing on the third-quarter clock gave Regis an 8-7 lead, one it would never relinquish.
Regis’ lead grew to 10-7 in the first six minutes of the final quarter, with Ball assisting on Luke Leathers’ lone tally of the game and then netting his fifth past Sun Devils goalie Sam Van Hook with 4:41 to play on a sweet give-and-go from Sean Offner.
“We finally started to get in a rhythm in the second quarter and everyone could feel it,” Ball said to the chants of “MVP” from the Raiders’ massive following. “We’ve played against these guys since we were in middle school, and we knew some of their weaknesses and were able to pick at them.”
Colorado High School Lacrosse: Kent Denver Boys Lacrosse Upsets Defending Champion Cherry Creek 9-5 On May 18 And Will Meet #1 Regis Jesuit In State Lacrosse Championship Game On May 21
After almost losing possession on a pass behind the goal, James Rassenfoss settled the ball into his basket and made a bold, diving move to score and secure the Sun Devils’ 9-5 victory over the defending state champion Bruins in the semifinals at Englewood High School on another wet, cold night.
Rassenfoss’ acrobatic goal came with 5:29 to play and eventually sent Kent Denver (12-3) into Saturday’s championship match against the Regis Jesuit Raiders at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
”I sort of went under some pressure and almost lost it there,” Rassenfoss said. “So I went around (the goal) and I had it top side, so I leaned into it and sort of did a fadeaway thing. Their goalie didn’t know it was coming.”
Nor, unusually, did Cherry Creek realize this kind of effort was coming from one of its fiercest rivals. The Bruins, who finished 17-3, were outplayed throughout — the Sun Devils were superior in faceoffs, rounding up groundballs and maintaining defense on the perimeter around their goal, where senior Sam Van Hook was large. He made 10 saves, including two from point-blank range, in addition to snaring a couple of the Bruins’ passes near the goal.
Western High School Boys Lacrosse: “Lacrosse Magazine” West Region Top 10 Features #1 Regis Jesuit (CO) Followed By Cherry Creek (CO), Kent Denver (CO), Bainbridge Island (WA) And Coronado (CA)
1. Regis Jesuit (Colo.) – 12-1 – The Raiders climbed up the rankings after their signature 7-6 win Monday over Cherry Creek, an effort that entailed seven different players scoring.
2. Cherry Creek (Colo.) – 13-2 – The Bruins have proved their supremacy with signature wins against Kent Denver and Mullen, but fell to Regis Jesuit.
3. Kent Denver (Colo.) – 8-3 – The Sun Devils had held opponents to single digits in 11 of their first 12 games. But in its 12-9 loss Monday to Araphoe, Kent Denver allowed six unanswered goals before halftime.
4. Bainbridge Island (Wash.) –10-0 – After missing the state championship game for the past two seasons, the Spartans are providing plenty of signs they can get there May 28 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. Bainbridge Island has a stifling defense in allowing only 4.9 goals per game. The Spartans’ high-octane offense scored more than 20 goals in three of their contests. And their 7-6 victory Friday over Bellevue came against the defending state champions.
5. Coronado (Calif.) – 11-2 – The Islanders’ game Friday against La Jolla High School marks their first game in nine days, a stretch that could either result in Coronado playing with better energy or a lack of rhythm.
6. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) – 16-3 – Ever since their 10-9 overtime loss April 15 to Torrey Pines, the Wildcats showed a few signs they’re moving on from the upset loss. After allowing five unanswered goals, the Wildcats have allowed that same total in their next three games. St. Ignatius Prep has also averaged 14.66 goals per contest in the ensuing three games.
7. De La Salle (Calif.) – 12-2 – The Spartans’ five-game winning streak has featured a quick-strike offense averaging 11.4 goals per game and conceding only 2.8 goals per contest.
8. Mercer Island (Wash.) – 13-2 – The Islanders have won five consecutive games since suffering a 9-5 loss April 8 to Concord-Carlisle.
9. Foothill-Orange County (Calif.) – 12-4 – The Knights’ have lost two consecutive games thanks to stagnant offense (4.5 goals per game) and undisciplined defense (allowing 13.5 goals per contest).
10. La Costa Canyon (Calif.) – 10-3 – The Mavericks have been consistent in winning by double digits and by losing in close games. La Costa Canyon is 2-5 in games decided by one goal.
Game of the Week
No. 5 Coronado at No. 6 St. Ignatius Prep, Saturday
This matchup will likely determine state supremacy in California. It was only two years ago when the Islanders handed Wildcats their first in-state loss in three years.
Western College Men’s Lacrosse: #11 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Faces #3 Simon Fraser In March 5 In “Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Classic”, Also Featuring Kent Denver Boys Lacrosse Vs. Mountain Vista
“We have a nice history with SFU, even though we haven’t played them in several years,” Head Coach Alex Smith said. “Way back in 1999, we beat them for our first national championship. They have really improved over the past several seasons and become a dominant team, especially on offense. We will need a focused team effort to stop some of their better players,” he said.
CSU has had a powerful beginning to its season. The team’s overall record this season is 3-0, and they recently swept back to back games against Lindenwood University and Texas. This game will provide a challenge for the Rams, as Simon Fraser is the best team they have seen this year, according to Smith.
“They are legitimate contenders for the national title, and for us to be in the conversation about playing for a championship, this is the type of team we need to be competitive with,” Smith said.
SFU is ranked # 3 in the MCLA LaxMag Adidas Top 23 Poll and # 4 in the CollegeLax.us Prodigy Network Top 25 Poll. The polls were released on Monday, February 22 and Thursday, February 25 respectively. They have recently begun their season, winning their first game against Western Washington. CSU will be their second opponents this season.
The game is being deemed the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Classic, and will be held at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch at 7:30, after a game between Mountain Vista and Kent Denver high schools. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate. For more information on events and door prizes, visit www.csulacrosse.com.