Foothill and Palos Verdes kickoff a busy week in boys lacrosse.
Palos Verdes at Foothill, Monday at 7 p.m.
One of Orange County’s best takes on one of Los Angeles’ best in a Monday night showdown.
Breakdown: Foothill (8-4) picked up a huge victory last week, topping La Costa Canyon on the road 7-6. The Knights have won four of their last five games, but will face a great challenge against the Sea Kings.
The Sea Kings (11-1) have scored in double digits in all of their games except for one, a 7-6 win over La Costa Canyon. The Sea Kings’ lone loss came against IMG Academy of Florida, losing 20-15.
This game will be somewhat of a chess match, as it will boil down to Foothill’s stout defense against Palos Verdes’ strong offense. Both have been equally impressive as of late.
The Knights are young, but have proven they are up for any challenge. The Sea Kings have emerged as LA’s best team, having standout wins against Oaks Christian and Harvard Westlake.
Trabuco Hills at Tesoro, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
A big South Coast League matchup between two top 10 teams.
Breakdown: If the Mustangs win, they move one step closer to winning the league title and clinching a playoff spot. If the Titans win, then that could open the door for themselves or San Clemente to win the league crown.
The Mustangs won the first match against the Titans, winning 16-6. The Mustangs have scored in double digits in all but one of their games – a 12-6 loss to Foothill, which can make the argument that they have one of the best defenses in the county.
For the Titans, they’ve scored in double digits in all of their wins this year, but have not scored in double digits in all of their losses. The Titans need to win and a little bit of help in order to keep their league title hopes alive.
St.Margaret’s at Yorba Linda, Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Two top five teams duking it out on a Tuesday night.
Breakdown: The Tartans have occupied a near-permanent presence in the top five for as long as most people can remember. The Mustangs on the other hand are newcomers to the County elite.
While most of the County teams have spent the season beating each other up in parity, the Tartans have stood alone, uncontested as the clear no. 1. The Mustangs will look to knock them off their perch.
Mater Dei at Santa Margarita, Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.
A Trinity League showdown between two teams that met a week ago.
Breakdown: If the Eagles win, they will be one step closer to winning the league title and automatically qualifying for the playoffs. If the Monarchs win, then their league title hopes stay alive, despite having only played two league games.
The Eagles won the first matchup, winning 11-10 in overtime. The Monarchs led 10-9 with six seconds left, but the Eagles forced overtime and scored the golden goal with about a minute left.
Rodriguez also said that the Monarchs have never beaten the Eagles, who have not lost a league game since 2016. The Monarchs play Servite at home on Thursday in Trinity League play.
The Monarchs have been right there, hanging tough in losses to tough teams such as Yorba Linda (12-8), Santiago (10-8) and Corona Del Mar (6-4). The Monarchs have yet to have a breakout win, but a win over the Eagles would change that.
St.Margaret’s vs. Foothill at Tustin High School, Thursday at 7 p.m.
A rematch of last year’s county championship match.
Breakdown: Two of the best teams in Orange County square off at Tustin High in the team’s first meeting since last year.
This matchup will be a chess match, as both teams specialize in great overall gameplay. The young Knights’ defense will have their hands full trying to slow down a team that’s scored double digits in all but one of its games.
If you have nothing to do Thursday and you’re looking to see two talented high school lacrosse team, this game is for you.
Trabuco Hills at Corona Del Mar, Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
A highly anticipated matchup between a high scoring team and a strong defensive team.
Breakdown: This matchup will boil down to the Mustangs’ hot offense who has scored double digits in all but one game and the Sea Kings’ stingy defense, who has yet to allow an opponent to crack double digits in goals.
Both coaches are looking forward to this matchup, especially Mustangs coach Eric Bassett. Sea Kings coach G.W. Mix that this was going to be a big game, and rightfully so.
Bassett said his team is playing much smarter after their loss to Foothill, as they’re getting better looks instead of just catching and shooting. It’s shown in the Mustangs games this year, as they’ve registered wins against standout teams such as Tesoro and San Clemente.
The Sea Kings’ defense will need to come up big, as they face a team who averages 17-18 goals per game. This will be the Sea Kings’ first home game since their game against Foothill.