Last weekend’s LXMATS in Las Vegas had the potential for a couple stacked Orange County teams to make an impact, but each came up short with the exception of Brady’s 2016/2017 as they won the High School Division. There were still some great showings from Brady’s Bunch Elite and all OC Kings squads.
Some teams began Friday night under the lights on 13 lit fields, nine grass and four turf, in Henderson, Nev., on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Temperatures dipped into the 30’s and a coffee stand was set up appropriately.
Games for the rest of the teams began promptly at 7 in the next morning where Brady’s and the OC Kings Elite competed with the likes of Zip It, RC, and Vegas Starz.
OC Kings Elite Purple in the upper Elite Division team finished with a 3-2 record and lost in the seminfinals to a very talented Vegas Starz team led by University of North Carolina commit Justin Anderson. Elite Gold team advanced to the finals in their division and lost to RC Starz who were loaded with talent mainly from Torrey Pines.
After games winded down at around 6 p.m. the LXM Pro kicked into gear although there seemed to be little interest in the cold and windy climate.
Sunday, Nick Southron’s three goals weren’t enough to push Brady’s Elite past Vegas Starz as Brady’s was eliminated early, 9-6. OC Kings beat Nevada-based Zip It to advance to the second round but fell to Vegas Starz as well, 12-5.
-Jake Henigman and Hank Lewis (G’s)- Both split time in games and made huge saves throughout the weekend and kept the Kings in tight in every game.
-Scott Barger (D)- Was a terror on the field, taking the ball away at will and created match-up problems all weekend.
-Eric Suh (FO)- Controlled the X all day saturday and allowed the Kings to maintain possessions and stay in control. Unfortunately he came down with the flu Sunday morning and couldn’t play in the last game.
-Brett Greenlee- (LSM)- Was a beast at the midfield this weekend, winning every loose ball, taking the ball away and covering each teams top middie. He never seemed to get tired and was all over the field.
-James Yanes (A/M)- Was a leader on the offensive side, playing both attack and mid had some great goals but also did well controlling the offense.
-Ryan Blank (G)- Made crucial saves at all the right times which kept the Kings in every game.
-Sam Cron (FO)- Was a nightmare matchup at the X, controlled the game and let the Kings play “make it/take it” lacrosse.
-Kevin Kodzis(A)- Has a scary change of direction and was scoring goals left and right.
-Nick Southron(M)- Led his offense on the field and can take control of the game at any point, seen during their loss to Vegas Starz
High School Division:
3d Select Nor Cal obtained the No. 1 seed going into Sunday with Factory Lacrosse (Palos Verdes), Seattle Starz 2016, and Brady’s Bunch 2016/2017 securing the second, third, and fourth seeds respectively.
In the first round, both 3d and Factory were knocked out by the eighth and seventh seeds clearing a path for Brady’s to advance to the finals. They would take advantage beating Cobra (Los Angeles) then crushing the RC team that beat 3d, 10-1.
In the final, Brady’s jumped on Utah Blackhawks early and led the whole way winning 7-4. Payton Fales had a number of great plays in the goal and Harrison Evans had another high energy and aggressive game matching the physical play by Utah. Brady’s all six foot attack was dominant and led by Jack Southron. This team will be very good for the next couple years.
Middle School Division:
OC kings finished 2-4 on the weekend with two close loses to Factory and Seattle Starz that could have gone either way. Coach Adam Guy believes that it was a solid learning experience for the boys adding that he sees his team is getting better every week.