High School Girls

May 2, 2012

West Girls' Regional Report (May 2)

by Todd Karpovich | LaxMagazine.com

Top Performers

Anya Gersoff, Cherry Creek (Colo.)
The Princeton-bound senior has continued to establish herself as one of the top players on the West Coast, scoring five goals in the Bruins' 18-17 victory over Kent Denver (Colo.) Gersoff, an incredible all-around athlete, has considered playing both field hockey and lacrosse in college.

Michaela Michael, Menlo School (Calif.)
The senior All-American had four goals to lead Menlo to its first victory over St. Ignatius (Calif.) in a decade, 14-12. Michael, headed to USC in the fall, followed that up with six goals in a 22-7 victory over Castilleja (Calif.). She ranks first in the state with 115 goals.

Tyler Sherper, Mercer Island (Wash.)
The junior and 2011 second-team All-State selection registered five goals, three assists, three ground balls and two draw controls in a 21-9 victory over Garfield (Wash.). And just one game before, she totaled five goals in an 18-3 victory over Holy Names (Wash.).

Games to Watch

Scripps Ranch (Calif.) at Coronado (Calif.) – May 4, 7 p.m.
Coronado faces a tough challenge against Scripps Ranch in its march to a third consecutive CIF championship. The Islanders have plenty of depth, with returnees Martha Byrne, Mollie Privett, Caroline Carlson, Sarah Anderson, Erica Keamy and Meganne Weissenfels. For Scripps Ranch, senior midfielders Kira Adsit and Stephanie Garrett lead the way.

Bishop O'Dowd (Calif.) at Marin Catholic (Calif.) – May 5, 2 p.m.
These two Bay Area foes meet again in the final regular season game for bragging rights. Each team is having a successful season, with Marin Catholic at 15-3 and Bishop O'Dowd at 13-3. Marin Catholic is led by Sara Pedlar, who scored four goals and one assist in a 19-2 victory over Tamalpais (Calif.). Kelsey McCarthy added three goals and four assists in that game. Bishop O'Dowd is paced by senior Rebecca Tharp.

Lake Oswego (Ore.) at West Linn (Ore.) – May 7, 7:30 p.m.
These adversaries will battle for supremacy in Oregon. Lake Osewgo remains undefeated at 10-0 and is looking to defend its state title. The Lakers are led by senior Paige Timberg (Coastal Carolina) and Libby Nielsen and junior Alyssa "Dragon" Dragelin. West Linn suffered its only loss of the season at the hands of Lake Oswego, 12-8, earlier in April. The Lions' Kayla Bouchard had three goals, while Alexy DaHarb added two in that game.

1. Coronado (Calif.), 15-1
Since losing to Holy Cross (Md.) in mid-April, the Islanders have won six straight games by an average of eight goals. Coronado picked up a 12-9 victory over Los Alamitos (Calif.), which previously had one loss, and is on course for a third consecutive CIF championship.

2. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 13-1
The Bruins overcame a late four-goal deficit to topple Kent Denver (Colo.), 18-17, in a battle of the state's top programs. Cherry Creek scored five consecutive goals to end the game. Princeton-bound Anya Gersoff scored five goals, Mara Bandt-Law had four and Bryn Bandt-Law and Sisk each finished with three, putting Cherry Creek in the driver's seat for a 10th state title.

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.): 14-1
Since losing to top-ranked Coronado (Calif.) in the second game of the season, the Mavericks have reeled off 13 victories in a row. Now, La Costa Canyon gets a second shot at the West's No. 1 team, in a game that could decide the regular season champion

4. Carondelet (Calif.), 14-2
The Cougars have helped set the bar for California, and they bounced back from a loss to No. 2 Cherry Creek (Colo.) with four consecutive in-state wins. Carondelet knocked off Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 12-10, and continue to sit atop the EBAL.

5. Kent Denver (Colo.), 11-2
The Sun Devils lost to Cherry Creek, 18-17, in heart-breaking fashion after controlling parts of the game and leading by two at halftime. Lucy Dikeou (Stanford) continued her dominance by scoring eight goals, despite tight marking by the Bruins.

6. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 13-2
The Griffins finished another impressive regular season. After losing 11-10 in overtime to No. 3 La Costa Canyon (Calif.), they rolled through the rest of the schedule. Los Alamitos ended the season with a tough, 12-9 loss to top-ranked Coronado (Calif.).

7. Air Academy (Colo.), 14-2
The Kadets knocked off Palmer Ridge, 19-5, and are in first place in the Southern division standings. Miranda Beal (Navy) and Erin Todd have combined for more than 100 goals, and Air Academy wraps up the regular season with an intriguing matchup against Arapahoe (Colo.). Air Academy fell just short to Cherry Creek (Colo.) in the state championship game last season.

8. Amador Valley (Calif.) 11-2
The Dons avenged an early season overtime loss to Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) with a convincing 15-7 victory. Amador Valley still has six regular season games to play, including a non-conference showdown with St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.).

9. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 12-1
A season-deciding showdown with No. 2 Cherry Creek (Colo.) is upcoming, and will say a lot about the Raiders, who lost to Mullen 9-8 on Monday evening. After battling back-and-forth with Chaparral (Colo.) Regis Jesuit controlled overtime for a 9-7 victory.

10. Menlo School (Calif.), 12-4
Michaela Michael and Ali Kimand had four goals each and the Knights finally knocked off St. Ignatius (Calif.), 14-12 — its first victory over the in-state rival in more than a decade. Menlo led 11-4 at halftime before St. Ignatius stormed back. Goals by Kacie Madeira and Mattimore in the final two minutes sealed the game for Menlo. "It was a fine win against a fine team, one of the perennial best," Menlo coach Jennifer Lee said in a post-game release. "Menlo never trailed, and played with tremendous heart and hustle to emerge victorious. The entire roster of 20 has been preparing for this test, since March 5 when the team was announced for the first time." Menlo then defeated Castilleja (Calif.) 22-7 for a ninth consecutive win, as 10 players found the back of the net.

News and Notes

St. Ignatius (Calif.) challenges itself every year with one of the most competitive schedules of any program on the West Coast, which this season included a marquee trip to Texas to take on some of its traditional powers. In a 13-7 victory over Cy-Fair, sophomore Kate Mattimore scored four goals and had an assist. St. Ignatius then fell to St. John's 16-14 in its next game. St. Ignatius coach Amy Harms said the St. John's game came down to draw controls and overall speed, two areas where St. John's had an advantage. The Wildcats recovered several times from three-goal deficits but could never take the lead. "We had a great trip. Although splitting wasn't the goal for the games, the girls played well," Harms said. "Mattimore is playing at an extremely high level and continues to impress with her stick skills and ability to get to the cage." Harms was also impressed the way the sport is growing in Texas. "When we walked on the field for the St. John's game there were probably 50 eighth-graders on the field before us playing lacrosse for [physical education class] — what a great way to feed into your team," Harms said. "The experience against St. John's was lovely. They were wonderful hosts and had us for a lunch before the game and displayed great sportsmanship on the field as well. Obviously, we would have liked to have walked off with two wins, but they outplayed us on Friday. We hope to learn from the experience and come out a better team the next time we play this year."

Bingham (Utah) has established itself as the top team in the Beehive State this season. The Miners are 13-0 with two regular season games to play. "We have indeed gotten off to a strong start to our season, and we hope to keep building momentum into the final weeks of the season, when we play some of our tougher opponents," coach Eliza Hitz said. "The key to our squad's success lies in our ability to play as a team. We are a cohesive unit. Regardless of position, everyone is expected to play a part in setting up each transition and offensive drive, and everyone is expected to play defense together to stop our opponent." Bingham relies on crisp, short passes in transition with lots of ball movement and cutting on attack. The team's low defenders — Cassidy Grizzle, Kaitlin Peterson, and Sarah Bagley — are effective communicating with one other and shutting down opponents. "Morgan Judd is a consistent presence in midfield, and Olivia Winters has been unstoppable on offense."

Scripps Ranch (Calif.) is preparing for two of its biggest games this season — a May 2 matchup against Torrey Pines (Calif.) and a May 4 showdown with Coronado (Calif.). The Falcons are 11-3 on the season. "The key to this season's quick start is the amount of dedication and hard work that our girls put out on a daily basis, as well as their commitment to the program," coach Colleen Rocks-Slotman said. "This team prides themselves in holding each other accountable at practice and performing at a high level during games. They each possess an untouchable desire to win. Each member of the team brings enthusiasm, hard work and heart with them every time they step onto the field and this has been the key to our success thus far." Scripps Ranch is led by senior midfielders Kira Adsit and Stephanie Garrett, and junior draw control specialist Kira Dosenberry. Junior goalie Kerry Klimpel has also come up big this season with several game-changing saves.

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