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2019 West Region Boys Lacrosse Preview

by Mike Loveday

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Whether you’re looking for the players who led your state in scoring and return or want to know the up-and-coming players in your region, LaxRecords.com has your in-depth look at the players, teams, and coaches to watch for the 2019 boys high school lacrosse season.

Below you will find the storylines, coaches, and teams to watch for the upcoming season.

If you’re looking for the West Region’s leading returning scorers along with the Players to Watch in the Classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021, you can find that here.

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2019 Preview

What You Need to Know

In Arizona, Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.) looks to defend its back-to-back Division I titles. Head coach Doug Lipka has led his team to a 32-5 record over the last two seasons.

California dominated the Inside Lacrosse region rankings last season and Torrey Pines (Calif.) was the only California team to crack either of the major Top 25 polls. With the Falcons returning four college commits, they could be a favorite entering the 2019 season. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) had what could be considered a down year after finishing among the Top 25 teams in the nation with a 19-2 record in 2017 But head coach Chris Packard led his 11-8 squad to a WCAL runner-up finish last season. The Wildcats 2019 schedule is stacked with Monte Vista (Calif.), (Wash.), Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.) and Torrey Pines all by the middle of March. They also head east to play St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), (N.Y.) and (N.Y.).

Colorado has been a back-and-forth affair between Regis Jesuit (Colo.) and (Colo.). Regis Jesuit has won the even-numbered years since 2014 while has won the odds. The last team that wasn’t those two to win a 5A title was Arapahoe (Colo.) in 2013.

Prior Lake (Minn.) has won two of the last three MSHSL championships and is coming off a 17-2 season.

Palo Verde (Nev.) won the Nevada state championship by a score of 20-6 last season. Trent Pernell and Dylan Gilliland both graduated and took almost 200 points with them. Faith Lutheran (Nev.) returns four of its five leading scorers from last season, including junior Drake Mosher who was second on the team with 50 points and led the team with 40 goals.

Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) has won back-to-back championships and only lost three games in that span.

Park City (Utah) will attempt to defend its Class A state championship.

Bellevue (Wash.) has won the last two 3A championships and three consecutive titles overall. John Baumann won the first two of those with Nick Welton taking home the 2017 and 2018 championships.

Coaches Approaching Milestones

Steve Sepeta needs two wins to reach 200 for his career at Bishop’s School (Calif.).

With 10 wins, will earn the 300th of his career. The (Wash.) head coach has compiled 290 wins with and Eastside (Wash.).

Ian O’Hearn needs 18 wins to reach 300 for (Wash.).

Players Approaching Milestones

Kevin Groeninger of St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.) will cross 300 career points - probably in the first game of the year. He has 297 career points and if he repeats last season’s 127 points, then he will be the first player in state history to reach 400 points. He is less than 100 points away from being the state’s all-time leading scorer.

In two seasons, Andrew Cumming has established himself as a player to be reckoned with. After scoring 46 points as a freshman, Cumming exploded for 105 points for Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) last season. The junior needs 49 points to reach 200 for his career.

Lukas Roscoe from El Segundo (Calif.) is approaching 300 career points after scoring 92 last season. The senior needs 88 points to reach the landmark. Roscoe led the Ocean League in scoring and shared the Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Last Year’s Inside Lacrosse Region Ranking and Results

1. Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Last Year’s Record: 19-1
Result Last Year: San Diego CIF Open champion
College Commits: 4

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.)
Last Year’s Record: 18-1
Result Last Year: Class 5A champion
College Commits: 3

3. San Ramon Valley (Calif.)
Last Year’s Record: 22-2
Result Last Year: North Coast CIF 1 champion
College Commits: 1

4. Kent Denver (Colo.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-5
Result Last Year: Class 5A runner-up
College Commits: 3

5. Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.) 
Last Year’s Record: 21-4
Result Last Year: Southern CIF champion
College Commits: N/A

6. St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.)
Last Year’s Record: 19-3
Result Last Year: Orange County CIF champion and Southern CIF runner-up
College Commits: N/A

7. Coronado (Calif.) 
Last Year’s Record: 15-5
Result Last Year: San Diego CIF Open runner-up
College Commits: N/A

8 Bellevue (Wa.)
Last Year’s Record: 17-2
Result Last Year: Class 3A champion
College Commits: N/A

9 La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
Last Year’s Record: 17-4
Result Last Year: Open Division Final Four
College Commits: 3

10 Columbine (Colo.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-3
Result Last Year: Class 5A Final Four
College Commits: N/A

2018 Region Champions

Arizona

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
Division INotre Dame Prep (17-3)Salpointe (14-2)11-6Doug Lipka
Division IIOro Valley (11-1)Desert Mountain (10-3)8-7Chris Gin

California

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
LA/Ventura
MTAL AAptos (12-2)Jack Bergman
MTAL BPalma (10-4-1)Peter Prodis
N.C. CIF 1San Ramon Valley (22-2) (18-6)15-7Mike Kruger
N.C. CIF 2Marin Academy (16-2)Acalanes (17-6)5-4Josh Frechette
Orange County CIFSt. Margaret's Episcopal (19-3)Foothill-Santa Ana (18-6)12-11 2OTGlen Miles
San Diego CIF 1La Jolla (13-8)Scripps Ranch (10-10)10-8Kyle Smedley
San Diego CIF 2Canyon Crest Academy (11-11)Eastlake (15-7)9-4Brendan McCarthy
San Diego CIF OpenTorrey Pines (19-1) (15-5)7-5Jono Zissi
SCVALPalo Alto (15-5)Los Gatos (11-12)13-3DJ Shelton
Southern CIFLoyola-Los Angeles (21-4)St. Margaret’s Episcopal (19-3)10-9 (OT)Seth Cohen
WCALSacred Heart Prep (17-3)St. Ignatius Prep (11-8)12-5Chris Rotelli

Colorado

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
5ARegis Jesuit (18-1) (15-4)10-4Jim Soran
4ACheyenne Mountain (15-4)Dawson School (17-2)8-6Mike Paige

Minnesota

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
MSHSLPrior Lake (17-2)Benilde-St. Margaret (17-1)10-8Chris Fleck

New Mexico

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
AllDuke City (14-0) (8-5)16-3Matt Montoya

Oklahoma

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
All

Oregon

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
AllOregon Episcopal (17-2)Lakeridge (17-7)7-5Dennis Sullivan

Utah

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
UHSLL APark City (19-0)Brighton (17-7)7-6James Meyer
UHSLL BEast (12-8)Spanish Fork (11-9)8-3Pete Istrom
UHSLL CMountain Crest (7-8)Ridgeline (7-9)8-7 OTRon Durham

Washington

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
4AEastlake (16-4)Skyline (13-6)15-10Chris O'Dougherty
3ABellevue (17-2) (16-8)8-6Nick Welton
2A/1ABurlington-Edison (13-1)Columbia River (10-8)8-6Kyler Brumbaugh
PrivateO'Dea (14-5)Seattle Prep (13-5)14-9Drew Snider

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