El Camino Real boys lacrosse, playing the Woodland Hills school’s first game in program history, rallied from a 7-2 deficit Monday to force overtime at Valley Academy of Arts and Science before losing 12-11.
Nevertheless, it was a memorable opener for the brand-new City Section program, which will compete with VAAS, Birmingham, Palisades and Hamilton in the City A Division. Jordan, Westchester, Hollywood and North Valley Military Academy make up the City B Division.
El Camino is the only new program in the City Section this season. The Southern Section added nine new programs, bringing its total to 97 boys varsity teams. For playoff purposes, the Southern Section requires there to be 116 schools playing lacrosse before the section will hold on official postseason championship. In lieu of that, the LA chapter of US Lacrosse has sponsored a postseason tournament. The City Section already hosts a postseason championship.
According to the Southern Section, new programs this season include Cabrillo (Long Beach), Canyon (Anaheim), Crean Lutheran, El Modena (Orange), ML King (Riverside), Laguna Beach, Lynwood, Ochoa Prep Academy (Pico Rivera) and Eleanor Roosevelt (Corona).
Proud Coach and Alumni moment!! Handed these young men the first ever ECR Lacrosse uniforms today!! Have a great season gentlemen!! Game # 1 Monday pic.twitter.com/pfls9MTUmG
— ECR Lacrosse (@ecrlacrosse) February 24, 2018
Monday, El Camino opened with a bang when Garrett Kim won the opening face-off and scored within the game’s first six seconds, according to the @ECRLacrosse Twitter account. Kim finished with 17 face-off wins and six goals for the Conquistadors. Jeremiah Adams-Cuevas scored three goals and Spencer Mandel and Eli Dugan scored one each.