Box Wrap: U11 Dragons Break Through; Cobras Roll

The Santa Monica Dragons posted wins in the U11 and U13 divisions of the L.A. Box Lacrosse League on Sunday, with the U11 squad claiming its first win of the season. In the older groups, the L.A. Cobras Black won its fourth in a row to remain undefeated, while the Cobras JV team also remained unbeaten, improving to 3-0-1.

Varsity, Saturday, Sept. 26

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Cobras Black 15, Santa Monica 2
Another dominating showing the game was never really close. Mason O’Hanlon had seven goals and a highlight BHB assist.
— Brett Tietjen, Cobras

Black Cat 11, Shock 2

Cobras Blue 6, Leverage 4
Game of the night. Cobras played with six players and a goalie. Henry Hassenberg, Rob Henderson, Carlie Curtin, Aidan Hesse and brothers JD Hatch and Andrew Hatch all brought their A game, playing with one substitute the entire game. Dropping back into a zone in front of great goalie play by Michael Doud, the Cobras came away with a 6-4 win.
— Brett Tietjen, Cobras

JV, Saturday, Sept. 26

Cobras 12, Dragons 6
The score was 12-6, but the game was a lot closer. It really was a team effort, as everyone contributed, but goalie Cam Bieler had an MVP performance.
— Brett Tietjen, Cobras

The game could have gone better for us, but the boys played hard. Our goalie was unavailable, so props go to Martin Avila who stepped up and volunteered to stand between the pipes. We did play great defense, but we were just always 2-3 goals behind. Mac MacLean did a great job for us on offense, and Lucas Mann played sick on defense.
— Matt Cannone, Dragons

Leverage 6, Black Cat 2
Santa Monica 14, Shock 1

Trey Pederson, Leverage
Goalie Trey Pederson, Leverage U11 (Photo courtesy Leverage)

U11, Sunday, Sept. 27

Leverage 5, Trident Blue 4
The most exciting game for leverage this week was again another one goal victory by our U11s against a very good Trident team. Our goalie, Trey Pederson, played fantastic in goal, coming up with some huge saves at the end!
— Chris Jewett, Leverage

Dragons 11, Santa Monica 1
Our youngest team got its first win of the season. It was a great team win. The boys played unselfishly and with discipline from the first period until the end of the third. This team doesn’t have a permanent goalie, so we rotate kids every weekend. This time it was Mac Houston in cage, and he had a phenomenal game. Robbie Lennartson scored his first goal, and Axel Greve had a great game, as well.
— Matt Cannone, Dragons

Trident Orange 8, Trident Blue 3

Owen Gaffney, Dragons
Owen Gaffney, Dragons U13 (Photo courtesy Dragons)

U13, Sunday, Sept. 27

Dragons Blue 14, Beach 2
This was a very intense game from start to finish. We managed to stay out of the box, and we played unselfishly, finished well and made the goalie move from pipe to pipe. Luken McGuire filled in as goalie and had an outstanding game. Owen Gaffney had a great game, with several goals and assists. Joe Tatum also stood out for his overall hard work, his overall play and hustle, and, of course, he had a beautiful goal.
— Matt Cannone, Dragons

Leverage 13, Dragons Green 8
Green is our sixth-grade team, so physically, we don’t match up well against Leverage. They are a bigger and stronger team. But we managed to keep it close, even with just two full lines of five playes. Dante Meloni had a great game on both the offensive and defensive sides. Matteo Silvestri scored several goals, and Austin Sauter had another great game in goal.
— Matt Cannone, Dragons

Dragons 8th vs. Factory/SBLC 8th (El Segundo League)
We only had eight players but still managed to earn a victory. We got back in the hole, played hard and supported our goalie. Milo Sherman won a lot of faceoffs. Miles Gravelle played great in goal, as usual, and Gideon Hyman had another solid game, especially when it came to getting us some key ground balls. But the player of the game was Spencer Wynn who scored five goals, had an assist and won most of his faceoffs.
— Matt Cannone, Dragons