Brother Rice/New Trier Heads April 8-11 Boys' Games

Elsewhere, Washington elite Bellevue travels to Texas this weekend to face a pair of the state's top squads. On Friday, the Wolverines (6-1) visit defending state champ Highland Park before battling a tough Coppell team on Saturday equipped with a number of Div. I recruits.

All the while, two more elite West Coast squads will test their mettle against some of New York's best programs. After bowing to Garden City on Thursday by the score of 14-7, San Ramon Valley (6-2) faces John Jay-Cross River on Saturday in a showdown featuring California's second-ranked squad by LaxPower against a perennial East Coast juggernaut. The midfield battle between San Ramon Valley's Michael Tagliaferri (North Carolina) and John Jay-Cross River's Jake Weil (Dartmouth) should be outstanding. Then on Monday, La Costa Canyon (CA) tries its hand against a Baldwinsville team fresh off a 13-4 campaign in '10.

St. Paul's (MD) daunting '11 schedule continues on Saturday when the team hits the road to face Garden City (NY). This will be the fifth consecutive season the teams have faced each other, with St. Paul's winning the first four in the series. However, each contest has been decided by three goals or less, including a 7-6 victory by the Crusaders last season that went down to the wire. This year's game poses quite an interesting match-up between St. Paul's (6-3) talented offense led by Jay Carlson and Dan Gutberlet and Garden City's (3-1) stout defense headed by Brian Fischer and Stephen Jahelka.

Finally, a number of key in-state battles are on the docket this weekend from coast to coast. In California action on Friday, St. Ignatius Prep (11-2) takes on Bellarmine Prep (12-1) in a key WCAL contest. Plus, an upstart Rancho Bernardo (7-1) team faces a talented De La Salle (7-2) program looking to bounce back from a recent loss against Saint Ignatius.

Also on Friday, Montgomery Bell battles McCallie in a significant match-up between Tennessee powers. Montgomery Bell is looking for its first win over McCallie since the '07 season. With standout midfielder Clayton Adams (Syracuse) leading the way, the Big Red may have the advantage this time around. But after an 0-3 start to the year, McCallie has won three games in a row and is primed for a big win over its rival this weekend to propel them towards the playoffs.

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