ALISO VIEJO – The Colorado Mesa men’s lacrosse team used a seven goal first quarter en route to a 26-4 season-opening victory over Notre Dame de Namur in a battle of NCAA division II teams at Aliso Niguel High School.
The Mavericks (1-0) were led by Steve Brandenburg (Los Alamitos High) who had seven points (four goals and three assists). Jayden Campbell also had four goals for the Mavericks, which also got three goals apiece from Reece Callies and Scott Foster.
“It really felt great, especially being from Southern California to come back home for my senior year and play in front of a bunch of people I know. It was a great feeling,” Brandenburg said.
After the Argonauts tied the game at 1-1 in the first quarter, the Mavericks never allowed the Argonauts to score again in the first half. Eventually, CMU took an 18-1 lead into halftime.
“We have a lot of guys producing the offense that we didn’t have before. It’s nice to see the younger guys stepping up,” Brandenburg said.
Another former Orange County player that scored for CMU was Jake Douglas (Tesoro), who finished with two goals. Like Brandenburg, Douglas was thrilled to be back playing in Orange County.
“It was awesome. Just to see our friends and family and to experience this with all the Colorado kids was just an amazing experience,” Douglas said.
For the Argonauts, Andrew Kofoed, a former Santa Margarita Catholic High alum, led the way with two goals.
Up next for the Mavericks, a road match against Whittier College today at 2 p.m. For the Argonauts, they’ll play Whittier College on Sunday at noon.