Rising HS Games of the Week: May 15, 2017

As the season wraps up on the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains, a pair of important semifinal meetings highlights the newest edition of the Rising HS Games of the Week.

In Maryland, the current top squad in the elite MIAA A Conference looks to round out the year undefeated against league opponents. Also this week, a huge clash between two of the top private schools in New England delivers another great matchup.

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Calvert Hall (Md.) at Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), May 16

Can the Cardinals make it through the conference with a 0 in the loss column? Loyola is all that stands in their way. The Dons are fighting for their playoff lives with both Gilman (Md.) and St. Mary’s (Md.) vying for the final playoff spots. Depending on the outcome of this game, these teams could meet back-to-back, which no MIAA team wants to do, especially those seeking its first conference championship since 2012.

Poway (Calif.) vs. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), May 17

This semifinal meeting could very well be as good as a championship meeting between these teams. Poway lost the last meeting 8-7 and looks for revenge. When these teams met twice last year, Poway won 6-5 in the regular season, then won 16-8 in the semifinal meeting. The Titans are the two-time defending CIF champs and have won five straight since losing back-to-back games in mid-April. La Costa Canyon has won their last three since dropping a 9-7 game to Torrey Pines on April 28.

Torrey Pines (Calif.) vs. Coronado (Calif.), May 17

After a midseason slump in which Torrey Pines lost four of five games, the Falcons have rebounded and won six consecutive games. Among those wins are victories over each of the three teams in the semifinals, including a 19-7 win over Coronado on May 5. The Falcons defense has not allowed a team to score more than seven goals since Kent Denver scored 10 on April 15. Coronado ended their two-game losing streak with the 15-8 win over Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) in the quarterfinals, but must face the Torrey Pines team that defeated them to end the regular season.

Cherry Creek (Colo.) vs. Kent Denver (Colo.), May 20

Cherry Creek enters the state semifinals as the No. 1 seed and faces the No. 5 seed in a rematch of a May 6 meeting. Cherry Creek won that game 11-3. Cherry Creek is led in scoring by Asher Nolting (High Point) with 43 goals with junior Henry Savage not far behind at 42. Nolting had four points in the last meeting against Kent Denver. Kent Denver has four 20-goal scorers this season, led by Max Waldbaum (Tufts) with 33. Juniors Ryan Bergner (Bryant) and George Kandel (Colorado College) each have 27 goals and Tim Saffold has 23.

Regis Jesuit (Colo.) vs. Arapahoe (Colo.), May 20

It’s the No. 2 vs. No. 6 seed in one half of the Colorado Class 5A semifinals and features a rematch of a May 2 meeting between these teams. Regis Jesuit won that earlier meeting 12-6. Sophomore Jake Taylor (Denver) leads the team with 39 goals this season with junior Nick Ringhofer added 33 goals and 21 assists. Sophomore Jake Hall leads Arapahoe with 31 goals this season.

Salisbury School (Conn.) at Avon Old Farms (Conn.), May 20

The Winged Beavers dropped their first game of the year to Brunswick School (Conn.) on May 10, which was the start of a four-game stretch against top 10 New England teams. Avon needs to get through Deerfield (Mass.) and Taft School (Conn.) before facing Salisbury. The Crimson Knights are riding an 11-game win streak after defeating Taft 14-11. They too need to get through a tough stretch that culminates with Avon Old Farms. Salisbury travels to Brunswick School before hosting Deerfield.

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