Foothill Hanging to No. 1 Ranking

The Week 5 OC US Lacrosse/Coaches Poll has been released,  and Foothill High School is hanging on to their No. 1 ranking… barely.  Despite remaining undefeated while playing a schedule that is ranked the second most difficult in the CIF Southern Section by LaxPower.com, Foothill has watched its lead over undefeated No. 2 Corona del Mar High School slowly erode since week 0. Foothill’s average ranking this week was 1.31, just ahead of the Sea Kings’ average rating of 1.72. The Knights started the season with a margin of about 1.4 points.

An even thinner margin, 0.07 points, separates No. 3 J Serra Catholic High School from No. 4 St. Margaret’s Episcopal School.  Santa Margarita Catholic who plays JSerra on Tuesday rounds out the Top 5.

San Clemente High School moved up from No. 7 to No. 6 despite their 2-5 record.  The voters showed their respect for the Tritons’ No. 1 strength of schedule ranking and their South Coast League opening with over Trabuco Hills High School

Great Oak Oak High School’s loss to Servite on Saturday cost them a spot, as they dropped from No. 6 down to the No. 7.  Trabuco Hills hung on the No. 8 spot despite suffering their first loss of the season. The Mustangs’ South Coast League rivals Aliso Niguel High School and Tesoro High School School round out the Top 10.

Assuming the seeding committee agrees with the coaches, the following six teams are in the final playoff positions:  Los Alamitos, Newport Harbor, El Toro, Beckman, Huntington Beach, and Yorba Linda.

Servite beat two Top 20 teams last week (Great Oak and Huntington Beach) to insert themselves back in the playoffs picture and move up two slots from No. 19 to No. 17.   The Friars could move into the Top 16 with a strong showing this week.

The Week 5 Top 20

This     Last
Week  Week

1         1      Foothill-Santa Ana
2         2      Corona Del Mar
3         3      J Serra Catholic
4         4      St Margaret’s Episcopal
5         5      Santa Margarita
6         7      San Clemente
7         6      Temecula Great Oak
8         8      Trabuco Hills
9         9      Aliso Niguel
10       10      Tesoro
11       11      Los Alamitos
12       12      Newport Harbor
13       15      El Toro
14       14      Beckman
15       13      Huntington Beach
16       16      Yorba Linda
17       19      Servite
18       17      Mater Dei
19       18      Esperanza
20       20      Capistrano Valley

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