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Highlands Ranch (Colo.) is making the lacrosse news for positive reasons with a stunning playoff run. Much of the West Coast is winding down its season, making for big news in Colorado, New Mexico and California.
Final Four Set
Highlands Ranch (Colo.) has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, so it’s nice to have a positive story. The Falcons upset No. 2 seed Arapahoe (Colo.) 8-7 to reach the Class 5A Final Four. The No. 10 seed defeated Monarch (Colo.) in the first round, 10-5.
No. 1 seed Valor Christian (Colo.) takes on No. 5 Kent Denver (Colo.) in the other semifinal.
The championship games will be played May 20.
Junior Josue Sanchez from Duke City LC (N.M.) led his team to the New Mexico state title with four goals and an assist. Duke City defeated Santa Fe Prep (N.M.) 7-6 to win its third consecutive championship and extend their winning streak to 41-straight games.
Sanchez scored at least three points in every game this season and had a season-high 10 points against Sandia Prep (N.M.) on April 21.
There Must Be Balance
Kevin Groeninger from St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.) tallied three assists and two goals in the Orange County Championship game to surpass 400 career points, becoming the first person in California history to reach that mark. He became the 100th-known player to reach 400 career points.
Groeninger’s has been amazingly balanced throughout his high school lacrosse career. With one game remaining on the season, the Bryant commit has 202 career goals and 202 career assists. In both 2017 and 2018, the midfielder had only one more goal than assist. This season, he has 56 goals and 51 assists.
Falcons Final Bound?
Torrey Pines (Calif.) plays in the San Diego CIF Open Division semifinals against Santa Fe Christian (Calif.) on May 15. The Falcons are 18-2 on the season with their only losses coming to St. Ignatius Prep and IMG National (Fla.). Should Torrey Pines advance to the final, they will play the winner of La Jolla (Calif.) and La Costa Canyon (Calif.).
Head Coach Jono Zissi has won the last two Open Division titles.
Stu Pollard won 45-of-47 faceoffs last week to help lead St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.) to an Orange County and Southern Section championship.
The Holy Cross commit started the week by winning 29-of-31 attempts in a 17-10 win over Foothill (Calif.) 17-10 in the Orange County championship. Pollard’s 29 wins is the most reported by a player who won at least 65 percent of his attempts in a single game this season.
The senior followed that performance up with a 16-for-16 game against LA County Champion Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.) in a 13-4 win. Pollard helped his team win its first Southern Section championship since 2015. Pollard won 81 percent of his faceoffs this year, posting tow of his best games of the season in the final two. He went 49-of-51 against Foothill this season and had 13 games in which he won at least 80 percent.
St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) completed its season with an 8-6 win over Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) to take home the WCAL championship. Mario Hemann made 11 saves while Wells Bligh and Topher Bligh each scored two goals in the championship victory.
Palo Alto (Calif.) defeated Los Gatos (Calif.) 12-6 to win the SCVAL for the third-straight year.
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