High School Girls

April 18, 2012

West Girls' Regional Report (April 18)

by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com

Top Performers

Meganne Weissenfels, Coronado (Calif.)
The senior goalie came up with nine saves in the Islanders' game against Holy Cross (Md.), several of which were from point-blank range. "It was a great game, and she had fantastic day," Coronado coach Jess Battle said. Last season Weissenfels made first-team All-League and second-team All-CIF last year, and should replicate those honors in 2012.

Sarah Linford, Alta (Utah)
Linford scored four goals and registered one assist in a 12-10 loss to the area's top-ranked team, Jordan (Utah). Alta has developed into one of the region's most dominant programs, winning three consecutive Utah Division I state championship games while going undefeated in each of those seasons. Linford could help lead the Hawks back once again.

Genevieve Rauma, Vashon (Wash.)
Rauma, a freshman, led the Valkyries with five goals and one assist in a 12-8 victory over league rival Curtis (Wash.). Rauma followed up that performance with two more goals against perennial powerhouse Issaquah (Wash.).

Games to Watch

Cherry Creek (Colo.) at Arapahoe (Colo.) – April 18
Bragging rights are on the line when these two classic Colorado programs meet. All-American and Princeton recruit Anya Gersoff leads Cherry Creek, while the Bruins are coming off a victory over then-No. 1 Carondelet. Arapahoe has won all nine of its games this season but is about to endure the toughest stretch of its schedule with games against Kent Denver (6-1) and Centaurus (7-1), following Cherry Creek. Arapahoe's Allison Camp scored 10 goals in a 16-15 victory over Mullen (Colo.).

La Costa Canyon (Calif.) at Scripps Ranch (Calif.) – April 19
La Costa Canyon will try to be the first team to knock off Scripps Ranch, which opened the season with eight consecutive victories. The Mavericks are on a solid streak of their own, winning nine consecutive games since a 10-5 loss to No. 1 Coronado. Look out for La Costa Canyon's Sara Nolte (California).

1. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 9-1
The Bruins knocked off former-No. 1 Carondelet (Calif.), 23-11, earning a signature victory for Colorado lacrosse. Since losing to St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) on March 24, Cherry Creek has won six straight and is position for its 10th state championship.

2. Coronado (Calif.), 9-1
The Islanders opened the season with nine consecutive victories before losing 9-7 to Holy Cross (Md.). Coronado's only other game last week — against Patrick Henry — was rained out, but the Islanders have a huge matchup April 19 against Torrey Pines (Calif.).

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 10-1
The Mavericks picked up an impressive, 10-5 victory over Torrey Pines (Calif.). La Costa Canyon has now won nine consecutive games with upcoming tests against Mission Hills (Calif.) and Scripps Ranch (Calif.).

4. Carondelet (Calif.), 9-1
The Cougars won two of three games in their spring trip against a few of Colorado's toughest teams. Cali Castagnola scored the game-winner in a 14-13 victory over Kent Denver and Kerianne Hunt scored the golden goal in a 15-14 defeat of Air Academy, but Carondelet lost the final game 23-11 to Cherry Creek.

5. Kent Denver (Colo.), 5-1
The Sun Devils fell just short in a 14-13 loss to California powerhouse Carondelet, but Kent Denver remains in the hunt for a league championship. A big game against No. 1 Cherry Creek is right around the corner.

6. Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 8-1
The Mustangs remain in the thick of the title race and should be refreshed after a two-week layoff. Monte Vista has won five consecutive games after a 16-6 loss to Carondelet. A rematch against Amador Valley — which they beat 8-7 in overtime earlier this season — looms large.

7. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 10-2
The Wildcats split a pair of games against two of Texas' strongest teams. St. Ignatius beat Cy-Fair, 13-7, to end the Iron Maidens' eight-game winning streak, but the Wildcats fell just short against St. John's, 16-13.

8. Air Academy (Colo.), 7-2
The Kadets' only losses came against two of the West Coast's toughest teams: Cherry Creek (Colo.) and Carondelet (Calif.). Air Academy had the final possession and a chance to tie the game against Carondelet but could not find the finishing touch in a 14-13 loss.

9. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 4-0
The Lakers get back to action after a two-week break. Lake Oswego's toughest test to date comes against undefeated, 8-0 West Linn (Ore.), which is followed by a game against 6-1 Oregon City (Ore.).

10. Bingham (Utah), 11-0
The Miners have out-scored their opponents by an average of 10 goals per game, but Bingham is going to be put to the test against rival Alta (Utah).

News and Notes

Carondelet (Calif.) won two of three games in Colorado against Kent Denver and Air Academy, but the flu bug bit the Cougars prior to the final game against Cherry Creek, a 23-11 loss. The team's top players — Kerianne Hunt and Erin Jeffery — saw limited action. They were also without starting goalie Katie Merritt, who made 16 saves against both Kent Denver and Air Academy. Coach Rick Jeffery didn't use the flu as an excuse for the loss to Cherry Creek, which he called the best team his team has faced this season. ... Regis Jesuit (Colo.) is also putting together another impressive season in The Centennial State. The Raiders picked up a big win last week, knocking off previously unbeaten Centaurus (Colo.), 12-11, in a non-league game. Kathryn Blumhardt led Regis Jesuit with six goals, while the Raiders' defense held Centaurus to less than 20 goals for just the second time this season. Emma Lazaroff (Duke) paced Centaurus with four goals. ... Menlo School (Calif.) also picked up an impressive non-conference victory over Poway (Calif.) last week. Michaela Michael (USC) led all scorers with nine goals, including the game-winner with nine seconds remaining. Michael also added two assists. "It was an intense finish to a dramatic second half," Menlo coach Jen Lee said on the team's website. After reeling off five consecutive games, Menlo is now 7-4 on the season. The Knights' four losses came against strong in-state foes: Carondelet, Amador Valley and Monte Vista-Danville.

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