Conejo Jacks (5-1) Liv Lax (4-1) Shine in Open Division

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.