Western/Midwestern Games of the Week, March 12-15

By Brett Manney

The season is getting started around the country, with big games in California, Utah and Colorado dominating the left side of the map. Teams will be trying to get started on the right foot in 2010.

Friday, March 12

Rancho Bernardo (CA) vs. St. Margaret's Episcopal (CA)
This game will be the opener for the Broncos and expect both teams to be fired up playing at Cal State Fullerton. Rancho represents the San Diego section while the Tartans will be one of the best teams in Orange County led by their talented upperclassmen.

Jordan (UT) vs. Juan Diego Catholic (UT)
Lacrosse continues to grow in Utah and this early-season matchup will be one of the best in the state all year. The Eagles are coached by Patrick Lambert, one of the state's finest, and feature stud defenseman Zach Bullett. Jordan should be ready for a dogfight after beating the Eagles twice last year and will need some younger players to emerge quick after losing a few key seniors to graduation.

Saturday, March 13

De La Salle (CA) vs. Foothill-Santa Ana (CA)
The Spartans had a remarkable run last year but after losing a talented senior class the Spartans need to find their identity quickly in 2010. Foothill looks to represent Orange County with talented junior attackman/midfielder Cameron Cole and some quality seniors.

Judge Memorial (UT) vs. Douglas County (CO)
This is a huge game for the state of Utah as Judge Memorial looks to prove they can compete with a quality out-of-state opponent. The Huskies are coming off a rough defeat to arguably the best team in the state of Colorado in Mullen (CO) but can rebound quickly if they defeat the perennial power from Utah.

Monday, March 15

Saint Andrew's (FL) vs. Fort Collins Unified (CO)
The first of two games in Florida has the Vipers pitted against one of the state's lacrosse powerhouses. Fort Collins has two of Colorado's best players on defense in defenseman Brett Newman and goalie Ryan LaPlante. After losing a phenomenal senior class the Scots have not missed a beat, scoring more than 14 goals a game.


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