Lax.com Rising HS Games of the Week: Mar. 27, 2017.
The coming week is decked with high-profile interstate matchups out west, and in particular a California-Colorado theme that has a strong presence in the newest edition of the Lax.com Rising HS Games of the Week.
Several of the most respected teams in the nation are in action, including top USA Today High School Sports Super 25 squads meeting up in the Mid-Atlantic.
Additionally, one of the newcomers out of Canada will get to test its might against one of the nation’s top private school programs. Meanwhile, the top British Columbia program travels across the border to Washington this week as part of a busy weekend in the Northwest.
Regis Jesuit (Colo.) at La Costa Canyon (SoCal), March 28
Regis Jesuits put together an impressive run with a two-week stretch that includes games against Cherry Creek (Colo.), La Costa Canyon (SoCal) and Torrey Pines (SoCal). The defending Colorado state champs started off the year 3-0, which includes a 14-11 win over rival Cherry Creek. Reed Babcock (Denver) scored five goals and had one assist in that win. Now the Raiders travel to California to take on two of the state’s best. La Costa Canyon turned heads this past week with a huge 8-7 win over SoCal power Poway. The Mavericks’ only loss so far this year came to The Woodlands, a still undefeated team out of Texas.
IMG Academy (Fla.) vs. Everest Academy (Ont.), March 28
Everest Academy is a program on the rise out of Ontario, Canada, and will take on the Ascenders who lost its opening game of the year by one goal against the USA Today Super 25 No. 1, Hill Academy (Canada). IMG followed up with impressive wins over St. Sebastian (Mass.) and Westminster School (Conn.) at the Spring Kickoff outside of Boston. Tehoka Nanticoke (Albany) hit his stride with an assortment of highlight-reel plays in those games. He’s accompanied this season by fellow Native American players Chase Scanlan (Loyola), Devon Buckshot and Percy Booth. Jared Fernandez (Syracuse) was a leader for the defense in the team’s opening week of play. Everest Academy features the likes of Corson Kealey (Robert Morris), Justin Tkachuk (Hartford) and Skylar Thomas, along with several outstanding defenders.
Culver Academy (Ind.) at McDonogh (Md.), March 29
The Culver Academy Eagles make their annual trek east and play five straight games on the road against Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C. programs. The McDonogh game is Culver’s first against MIAA “A” Conference opponents this season after defeating Episcopal Academy (Inter-Ac) and then falling in overtime to Haverford School of the Inter-Ac 8-7. Culver goes to Gonzaga (D.C.) before travelling to McDonogh to make the trip that much more challenging. McDonogh started out 3-0, which included a convincing win over Haverford School (Pa.) on March 21. Andy Hilgartner and the Eagles followed that up with a tough 10-6 win over Chaminade (N.Y.) and prepare for three-straight games at home.
Poway (SoCal) vs. Arapahoe (Colo.), March 30
The Titans host the Warriors in a meeting of teams that reached their respective championship games last season. Poway won the San Diego CIF Open championship for the second straight season and Arapahoe finished as state runners-up in Colorado. Poway is further into its season with eight games under the belt before facing Arapahoe. Meanwhile, the Warriors only have three games logged before facing off against the Titans, but they’ve already been tested. Their first three games, also road games, were against Mountain Vista (Colo.), Cherry Creek (Colo.) and Torrey Pines (SoCal). Each one of those teams was either in its respective Final Fours or title games last season.
Torrey Pines (SoCal) vs. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), March 30
This stacks up as a meeting of two of the best teams west of the Mississippi River this season. Torrey Pines is rolling with wins over Lawrenceville (N.J.), St. Ignatius Prep (NorCal) and Loyola-Los Angeles (SoCal). The Falcons face both teams from the Colorado state championship game, with Arapahoe visiting on March 28. Regis Jesuit is coming off a state championship in Colorado, riding a 14-game win streak and already 3-0 this season with a big win over Cherry Creek. This game and its significance highlight the growth and depth of lacrosse across the country.
Bellevue (Wash.) vs. Claremont School (B.C.), March 31
This matchup occurs as part of the Northwest Invitational held at Mercer Island High School outside of Seattle. It’s a chance for head coach Darren Reisig to bring his team down to the state and mix it up with several teams from Washington, Oregon, Nevada and more. Claremont features the likes of standout brothers Griffin and Skyler Wilson, athletic and skilled midfielders who are committed to Denver. Bellevue lost this contest 12-5 last season but would go on to finish as state runner-up in Washington. The Wolverines midfield includes Augie Fratt (Boston), Matt Marino (Denver) and Justin Angelel (Lehigh).
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