Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Region Report
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Zach Mandry, Solon (Ohio)
Feeding off the shiftiness of Steven Slagle, Mandry took advantage of the chances he was given on an afternoon marked by menacing clouds against University School (Ohio). Early in the fourth quarter, Slagle found him by the back post, from which Mandry quickly uncorked a roller into the net. His rolling howitzer from 20 yards out minutes later may have been even more impressive.
Also Notable: Chris David, Evanston (Ill.); Jake Casati, Evanston (Ill.); James McFarland, Glenbrook North (Ill.); Connor Ward, Clarkston (Mich.); Jake Kalkman, Holland Christian (Mich.); Eric Barroso, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Prior Lake (Minn.) at Bloom Jefferson (Minn.), May 6
The undefeated Lakers put perfection on the line with a rough tilt against Bloom Jefferson (Minn.) on Tuesday. A win would mark their third against a team that defeated them in 2013. Even more impressive, it would mark their sixth road win of the season. They've played just two home games thus far.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 19-0
The Eagles put up another big weekend, with a pair of double-digit victories over Upper Arlington (Ohio) and Dublin Jerome (Ohio). Culver Academy has scored 16-plus goals in 12 straight games.
2. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 9-2
The Ramblers play one last road game, a tough trip to Northbrook, Ill., and then end with a three-game home-stand. Their final four opponents have a combined 51-12 record.
3. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 10-2
The Golden Bears may be playing their best lacrosse of the season, earning a tough low-scoring victory at Mason (Ohio), then easily downing Olentangy (Ohio), before scoring seven goals on a Culver Academy (Ind.) squad that has blitzed through the region this year and finally getting revenge on Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio).
4. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 10-2
The Celtics' defense has generally been very good, surrendering 41 goals over nine games. The problem is in the other three, against Upper Arlington (Ohio), New Trier (Ill.) and Culver Academy (Ind.), Dublin Jerome gave up 39.
5. New Trier (Ill.), 9-6
The Trevians have won three straight and seven of nine. After a difficult start against stout out-of-state competition, New Trier has established itself as one of the state's top teams, with wins against Lake Forest (Ill.) and Evanston Township (Ill.).
6. Brother Rice (Mich.), 10-3
The Warriors will carry some positive momentum into the postseason, likely entering on a four-game winning streak. They've had to eek out a few, with tight wins over Carmel (Ind.) and Detroit Country Day (Mich.).
7. Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio), 10-3
The Wolves' tough schedule, with six of seven games against 10-win teams, seems to have finally gotten to them. Worthington Kilbourne has lost three straight, but all by competitive margins against top-line teams.
8. MICDS (Mo.), 13-2
The Rams have allowed 26 goals over their last seven games, an average of just 3.7 per game. A seven-game win streak should turn into nine games as the season rounds out.
9. Clarkston (Mich.), 11-1
The Wolves haven't lost since Opening Day and are averaging 15.2 goals per game over their last six.
10. Carmel (Ind.), 11-3
The Greyhounds have galloped onto the list with wins in eight of their last nine, and their only loss coming by a single goal to longtime regional power Brother Rice (Mich.). Most recently, they tripled up on a Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio) squad that beat them earlier this season.
The Solon Comets made an impressive stand this past week, with a 19-11 win over then-undefeated University School (Ohio) to move to 10-1 on the season. After the Preppers drew within three with 8:45 remaining in the third quarter, the Comets came up with a huge save on the fast break and then scored an excruciatingly soft goal, as a misfired pass to the center squirted through the keeper's five hole. From then on out, the Comets were unstoppable, leading 18-9 just a quarter later. University School essentially came unglued, both with the soft goal on defense and plenty of dropped and fumbled passes on the offensive end.
2014 Midwest Region Report Archive
- February 26 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
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