Boys' Lacrosse Preview: April 22-24

It's Easter Weekend and that means a number of high school boys' lacrosse programs across the nation find themselves with a slight break in the schedule. However, that still doesn't mean there's a shortage of meaningful games on tap.

For starters, Tennessee's top-ranked teams go head-to-head on Friday as Montgomery Bell battles Memphis University School. Plus, two longtime Colorado elites meet on the turf Saturday as Cherry Creek takes on Mullen in a key conference duel. Saturday's action caps things off nicely as a number of LaxPower's highest-ranked teams square off in much anticipated in-state showdowns.

Poway-Torrey Pines Heads Intriguing California Action

Friday's schedule is dominated by in-state rivalry match-ups, many of which carry some major conference implications. In California action, No. 1 Poway (7-1) takes on Torrey Pines (10-3), the eighth-ranked team in the state according to LaxPower. After falling to Rancho Bernardo on April 15, 9-7, Poway is hoping to bounce back and prove they are a Top 5 team this season and a win against a loaded Torrey Pines squad should do just that.

Following a loss to La Costa Canyon on April 1, Torrey Pines has won four of five during a brutal stretch, which includes wins over St. Ignatius Prep and Coronado. Kevin Hurt and Sean Doyle lead the Falcons offensively, and their teammates will likely look to them for consistent production against a tough Poway defense. Poway will go to sharpshooter Matt Landon, who's coming off a three-goal performance against Rancho Bernardo. If this game is tight late or ends up being decided in overtime, look for Torrey Pines to hold the edge. The Falcons are 4-0 in overtime games this season.

Also, Diablo Foothill Athletic League rivals Acalanes and Miramonte get together for a key conference clash on Friday. Acalanes is 6-0 in league play while Miramonte is 5-1 and looking to move up into a tie for first place with a victory. Acalanes got shutout by Bellarmine Prep on Wednesday and are hoping a strong performance against Miramonte will get them back on track. Meanwhile, after falling to Acalanes back on March 22, 6-5, Miramonte knows it can post a victory this time around. Since that loss, Miramonte has allowed just 3.2 goals per game in five straight wins thanks in part to shutdown defenders Carson Mead and Brian Raaka.

Other notable games in California this weekend include Foothill taking on San Ramon Valley and Rancho Bernardo (9-2) facing Corona Del Mar (11-2). While Foothill is just 7-6 this season, the opponents they have lost to boast a combined record of 71-14. Keep in mind that on March 26, San Ramon Valley edged Foothill, 16-15, in one of the season's most exciting games. As for the other match-up, Corona Del Mar is 0-2 against top ten teams this season, losing those games by a combined three goals. The Sea Kings have intentions of erasing that trend against a solid Rancho Bernardo squad.

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2011-04-22



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