With 24 teams in six pools, the High School Open division at the Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival this weekend was loaded, and it proved tough for all but a handful of local squads.
Teams from out of the area claimed two of the pools — 212 Select, based out of Utah, and All West Elite U19, based out of Northern California. A Brady’s Bunch squad also won its pool.
The Conejo Jacks, a Trilogy team out of Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks and led by USC coach Chris Boland, represented the L.A. area quite well, however, going 5-0 and winning its pool. Liv Lax, out of Crespi Carmelite, went 4-1 in its pool and narrowly missed the playoff.
Liv Lax’s only loss was 9-8 to eventual champ 212 Select (Utah) on Saturday afternoon. In that game, Liv Lax trailed 7-4 at the half before tying at 7-7 and again 8-8, with seniors Alex Dixon and Cameron Radenberg leading the rally. It came up short, though, when 212 Select scored the winning goal on a man-up opportunity with about a minute left. Liv Lax came back Sunday with two blowout wins to close out its tournament.
The Conejo Jacks, on the other hand, breezed through pool play, outscoring opponents 43-16, including a 5-4 win over the Titans (Tesoro) on Saturday and an 8-7 win over Braveheart (Pacific Grove, Calif.) on Sunday to clinch the pool title
The Jacks lost 7-4 to Brady’s Bunch Open 12 in the playoffs, and Bunch Open 12 then lost 11-2 to 212 Select in the title game.
Other local top performers
•Boys 2018: Goon 18 won its pool in the division for high school freshmen, going 5-0 and outscoring opponents 61-13. Their closest contest in pool play was an 8-5 win over Brady’s Bunch 18 on Saturday. In Sunday’s title game, Goon lost 9-2 to Team 18 Colorado. Leverage went 2-3 in pool play with wins over Alcatraz Outlaws and Team NorCal Platinum.
•Boys 2019: West Coast Starz Yellow beat West Coast Starz Blue 7-5 to win the championship. Both were pool winners, and both won playoff games to reach the final. WCS Yellow went 5-0 in pool, while WCS Blue was 4-1, with an 8-5 loss to ADVNC National 19/20.
•Boys 2020: West Coast Starz Yellow beat West Coast Starz Blue 10-5 to win the championship.
All the scores from the weekend’s action can be found here.