LM Midwest Region Report: May 18, 2011
by Matt Forman | LaxMagazine.com
LM Midwest Region Player of the Week Meghan Bauer powers Blake's prolific offense. The Bears (9-0) meet Eden Prairie (8-0) on Thursday in a highlight anticipated showdown of Minnesota's top two girls' lacrosse teams.
Player of the Week
Meghan Bauer, Blake School, Minn.
Matching Cleveland Heights Meg Lentz's seven-score game earlier this year, Bauer tickled the twine seven times last Wednesday against Lakeville North (Minn.), propelling Blake to a 19-8 victory. Bauer tacked on four assists to round out the 11-point performance. The junior midfielder led Minnesota in scoring a season ago with 114 points, and she had already lit the lamp 40 times in 2011 through the game against Lakeville. Along with freshman attacker Lydia Sutton, Bauer powers Blake's offense, which is one of the most prolific in the Midwest and averages more than 16 goals per game.
Midwest Region Top 10
1. Loyola Academy (Ill.) – (16-2) – Loyola capped off its regular season with a 22-6 victory over St. Ignatius (Ill.), and the Ramblers have held the top spot in the rankings since February.
2. New Trier (Ill.) – (18-2) – There was no hangover following New Trier's one-goal loss to Loyola earlier this month, as it has strung together three straight dominating wins.
3. Medina (Ohio) – (11-2) – Medina withstood a surge by New Albany (Ohio) to pull out a hard-fought 13-12 victory and maintain the No. 3 spot behind the two Illinois schools.
4. Eden Prairie (Minn.) – (8-0) – Just one game last week for Eden Prairie, which found itself in a close game with Edina (Minn.) before pulling away, 14-12.
5. Blake School (Minn.) – (9-0) – Another three W's for Blake last week, and the Bears have a tune-up against Minnehaha Academy (Minn.) before the long-awaited content with Eden Prairie.
6. Hudson (Ohio) – (12-2) – The Explorers' unbeaten streak stretched to 10 games before they fell in overtime to Chagrin Falls (Ohio), which drops them a few spots in the top-10.
7. Cleveland Heights (Ohio) – (8-6) – Inclement weather didn't allow the Tigers to play last week, and they have one game remaining on their regular season schedule before the state tournament.
8. Okemos (Mich.) – (14-1) – Okemos' 62-game winning streak halted two weeks ago, and now the Chieftains are working on another streak; they've won their last four games, including two last week against Michigan schools.
9. New Albany (Ohio) – (11-3) – With a 13-12 defeat at the hands of Medina, the Eagles have lost three of their last four, yet New Albany still has an impressive body of work.
10. Upper Arlington (Ohio) – (12-4) – The regular season is in the books for the Golden Bears, who will head into postseason play coming off an 11-7 win over Thomas Worthington (Ohio).
Game of the Week
No. 4 Eden Prairie (Minn.) at No. 5 Blake School (Minn.)
– Thursday, 6 p.m.
We've been looking forward to this one since the season started, as the top two teams in Minnesota get set to square off. As Eden Prairie coach Judy Baxter told Lacrosse Magazine before the season, "Our long-time archrival provides our top competition within the state." Historically, Eden Prairie has the upper hand in the meetings between the two squads, which are about 20 miles apart from each other. Since 2001 when the sport was sanctioned, the Eagles have won six state titles, while Blake School has won two. But the Bears have bragging rights because they emerged victorious a season ago. They'll settle things on the field Thursday.
News and Notes
A team that has been flying under the radar much of the season but has continued to rattle off win after win is Ladue (Mo.), which has compiled a 20-0 record. The Rams have played all in-state games, but they've positioned themselves as the best team in the Show-Me State. ... Two other Ohio teams also put together strong 2011 campaigns worth noting, and they are Lakota West and Columbus Academy. Lakota has gone 13-1, and the Firebirds have one game remaining on their regular-season slate before the state playoffs. Columbus Academy concluded its campaign with an 11-1-1 record, which included a win over Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) to end the season.
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