The Chaminade girls have won 10 games in a row, but it was last week’s 7-3 upset of then-No. 1 Redondo Union that got people’s attention. Voters in the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll this week elevated the Eagles (10-1) to No. 1, with Redondo (6-2) and Oak Park (5-1) at Nos. 2 and 3.
Chaminade’s victory on Wednesday followed its three-game sweep of the Gold Bracket at the Birmingham Lax Bash the previous weekend that included a win over No. 5 Birmingham. The Eagles play at Birmingham on Tuesday and still face a home game against No. 2 Oak Park on April 7.
There were only minor moves in the rest of the Top 20, with Newbury Park’s rise from No. 20 to No.17 the most significant. The Panthers are 9-2 now, including wins over No. 15 West Ranch, No. 12 Palisades and No. 19 La Reina.
Mira Costa (1-7) dropped out of the rankings, with Culver City (5-3) moving in at No. 20.
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Also receiving Top 20 votes: Mira Costa (1-7), Valencia (4-3), Westridge (4-2), Marlborough (3-5).
Note: Results of games in the Birmingham Lax Bash are included in overall records where they are available, but results from the Rose Bowl tournament are not. The Birmingham Bash plays 25-minute halves with timeouts, while the Rose Bowl plays 20-minute halves with no timeouts. Coaches have agreed that the shorter tournament games would not factor in overall records or poll voting.