Lacrosse Magazine ranks LCC #4 in the West

Posted by La Costa Canyon Mavericks on Apr 12 2016 at 02:32PM PDT


1. Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 11-0

While the other top teams in the state are beating each other up, the Mustangs remain unscathed. They added an 18-5 win over Stevenson School (Calif.) on April 6. Wiley Bonham led the way with eight points on four goals and four assists. Previous ranking: 3

2. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 11-3

The Knights made a big jump this week thanks to a 6-4 win over former No. 1 St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) on April 8, which followed a pair of losses to then-nationally ranked Bergen Catholic (N.J.) and a 9-3 Mount St. Joseph (Md.) team. Ellis Geis (two goals, one takeaway), Miles Smart (5-for-9 on faceoffs) and Ryan Blank (13 saves) led Foothill in the win over the Wildcats. Previous ranking: 8

3. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 9-4

It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Wildcats, who came off an upset win over nationally-ranked Chaminade (N.Y.) to beat West No. 4 La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 6-5 on April 5 before dropping a 6-4 decision to No. 8 Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) on Friday. Bryn Evans scored the game-winner against Canyon with 28.5 seconds left. Both of SI’s in-state losses were decided by three goals or less. Previous ranking: 1

4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 9-3

The Mavericks knotted the game with St. Ignatius with 57.7 seconds left but couldn’t prevent the Wildcats’ answer and lost its third one-goal margin game. Canyon had picked up notable wins over Regis Jesuit (Colo.) and then-nationally ranked Bergen Catholic (N.J.) the week prior. The Mavericks meet Torrey Pines (Calif.) April 15. Previous ranking: 4

5. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 5-1

The Raiders bounced back from their loss to La Costa Canyon with a 7-4 win over Arapahoe (Colo.) and 14-10 win over St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.). A rematch of last year’s Class 5A championship loss to Cherry Creek looms April 14. Previous ranking: 5

6. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 9-1

A shakeup at the top of the rankings was the only reason the Falcons didn’t climb. They used the momentum from their overtime win over Corona del Mar to hand Colorado defending Class 5A state champion Cherry Creek a 15-11 loss. Torrey Pines, led by midfielder Ara Suhadolnik’s three goals and two assists, took a 7-1 lead in the first quarter and never again had less than a four-goal cushion. Previous ranking: 6

7. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 4-1

The loss to Torrey Pines wasn’t a bad loss, but based on results around the region, it cost the Bruins’ their spot in the top 5. Nate Miller scored four goals, and Asher Nolting had three, but Cherry Creek led only briefly before the Falcons pulled away in the first quarter. The Bruins’ next big test is against Regis Jesuit – which beat Torrey Pines 10-7 on March 30. Previous ranking: 2

8. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 10-1

Coming off an overtime loss to Torrey Pines, the Sea Kings responded by winning three games against Arizona teams in three consecutive days last week. That included a 13-2 rout of the defending Division I state champion Desert Vista. Corona del Mar faces 7-2 Tesoro (Calif.) on Tuesday. Previous ranking: 7

9. Mountain Vista (Colo.), 5-0

The Golden Eagles outscored their two opponents last week 36-9, including an 18-4 win over Kent Denver in which Jake Frane tallied seven goals. A matchup with Cherry Creek looms April 18, following two games this week. Previous ranking: 9

10. Mercer Island (Wash.), 6-0

The Islanders beat Skyline (Wash.) 9-7 in their closest game this season on April 8, and they face three big tests in Massachusetts this week. Mercer Island will play 2015 Division I finalists Duxbury (runner-up) and Lincoln-Sudbury (champion) before meeting Division II champion Medfield on April 15. Previous ranking: 10