The Aces (Irvine) defeated the LA Wave 12-3 on Saturday afternoon to win the Pacific Lacrosse Festival girls high school elite championship at Rancho Bernardo High School.
Armed with some of the top high school players in Orange County, the Aces began the tournament in dominant fashion Friday with wins over 101 Sonoma Girls Lacrosse (13-3), the LA Wave (16-4), and Pacific Falcons 2019 (14-3). The momentum continued to build with a 17-1 win over the Falcons 2020, which earned the Aces the top seed in the bracket and a place in the championship game.
After losing to the Aces on Friday, the LA Wave got a second bit of the apple in the championship game, and was able to keep the game close for a while, trailing only was 6-2 at the half. However, better ball control and an increase in tempo from the Aces was the ultimate difference in the second half. The Aces pulled away with the impressive 12-3 win, and an even more impressive 5-0 tournament record.
“It’s a really special group of girls,” said Aces coach Lauren Ciccomascolo. “A lot of them are from the (OC) National Tournament Team, so they’ve all played together in some capacity. This team highlights some of our best talent in Orange County and to come down here and have people start to ask ‘who we are?’ or ‘where are those girls from?’ is exciting.”
Los Angeles Aces Impress in Girls High School Division
The Los Angeles Aces finished on top of two of the three highly competitive Girls High School pools. A total of 24 teams from four states were divided into three pools. The Los Angeles Aces and Los Angeles Aces 2022 each went undefeated in their respective pools. PSS from Bainbridge, WA topped the third pool scoring an eye-popping 71 goals while allowing only 19 in five games.
Victory Select 2022 Tops 14U Elite Girls Division
It was all Victory Select in the U-14 Elite Girls Division. The young ladies from south Orange County finished with a 5-0 record, defeating teams from up and down the California Coast.
Congrats to 2022 Victory Girls. 5-0 at PacLax named PacLax Best of the West! pic.twitter.com/scWlsE8Qe5
— Glen Miles (@gmiles25) June 23, 2018
Mad Dog 2022/23 and Trident Lacrosse Are Best in the 14U Girls Division
Mad Dog 2022/23 of San Diego, held home field advantage in the 14U girls division, finishing as the only undefeated team in the two-pool division. Mad Dog defeated teams from San Diego all the way to Washington state en route to their undefeated record. It was not easy though as Mad Dog had to grind their way through three one-goal wins on Friday.
The opposite pool was equally competitive and geographically diverse. Trident Lacrosse (Palos Verdes) and Stick with It! (Walnut Creek) each finished with 4-1 records. However, Trident took top honors by defeating SwI 9-6 in head to head competition in the final game for each team.
Fire and Team NorCal Go Undefeated in the Girls 12U Division
Eight teams from California and Arizona showed that the future is bright for girls lacrosse in the West. However, only Fire (Santa Monica) and Team NorCal (Palo Alto) went undefeated. Fire earned top honors in the standings with an impressive 43 goal differential (58 scored, 15 allowed).
The Pacific Lacrosse Festival will continue on Sunday when the boys champions are crowned.