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This week’s West Region Notebook recaps the final California and Colorado championships of the 2019 high school lacrosse season.
The Sweetest One
Del Norte (Calif.) entered the CIF San Diego Division I section championship tournament as the No. 11 seed - the next-to-last team.
But the Nighthawks finished the tournament as the top dog with a 10-6 win over No. 5 La Jolla Country Day (Calif.).
The Nighthawks entered the playoffs with a 5-10 record, but won their final two regular season games and finished the season riding a six-game winning streak.
“We decided we were going to embrace the underdog role,” attackman Michael Goode told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “And we wanted to win one more ring for the seniors.”
Torrey Pines (Calif.) defeated La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 12-4 to win its second straight San Diego CIF Open championship.
Miles Botkiss and Bradley Lienhart each scored four goals while Alex Pistorius scored three goals in the Falcons victory.
The win is Head Coach Jono Zissi’s fourth section title since he took over the Falcons program.
A Beautiful Spring Day?
A lacrosse championship game in late May is bound to be a gorgeous day, right? Well, depending on your point of view, that’s exactly what Cherry Creek (Colo.) and Kent Denver (Colo.) got in the Class 5A championship game this week.
Cherry Creek took home the title, 12-7, in a snow-filled game that required the field to be shoveled and the ball the be swapped out of a yellow one.
Connor Terrell scored four goals while Dante Orlando and Aidan Burke scored three goals each in the victory.
The Bruins held fast to their streak of winning championships in odd-numbered years with the victory. Cherry Creek has recently won titles in 2015, 2017 and 2019. This marks the program’s sixth championship overall, but the first for head coach Matt Bocklet.
A Golden First
Golden (Colo.) won its first-ever state championship with a 10-9 overtime victory over Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.) in the Class 4A title game.
Joe Brock scored the game-winning goal two minutes into overtime to seal the come-from-behind victory. Golden was down 7-2 in the second quarter.
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