Four League Titles Still Undecided Entering Final Week

It’s championship week all over the L.A. lacrosse landscape, with league titles on the line in the Bay, Marmonte, Gold Coast and Ocean leagues. Add to that some high-powered nonleague games — starting Monday with No. 1 Loyola at No. 2 Palos Verdes — and this would be a good week to clear the decks and plan a daily dose of L.A. lax.

Here are some of the games worth circling on your calendars:

Loyola (13-2) at Palos Verdes (10-5), 4 p.m.: No. 1 vs. No. 2, in whichever order you’d like to list them. These teams have gone back and forth atop the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll all season. As of Sunday, they also rank 1-2 among L.A. teams in strength of schedule. This is a rematch of last year’s playoff semifinal game, played at Loyola, which the Sea Kings won 9-6. The winner of this game likely will earn the No. 1 seed in this year’s playoffs.

Corona Del Mar (14-0) at Harvard Westlake (10-5), 5:45 p.m.: The Wolverines have been scoring a ton of goals of late — 23 vs. Crespi on Saturday; 16 vs. Oak Park last Tuesday — but Corona del Mar excels on defense. The Sea Kings, ranked No. 2 in the Orange County coaches poll allow only 2.43 goals per game … per game! Irresistible force, meet immovable object. The O.C. Sea Kings have Division I-bound players in goal (Hoyt Crance, Yale), close defense (Hugh Crance, Notre Dame) and long-stick middie (Brett Greenlee, Denver). For comparison’s sake: Harvard Westlake lost to St. Margaret’s 17-6 on April 17. Corona del Mar beat St. Margaret’s 7-5 five days later.

Westlake (13-0, 7-0) at Thousand Oaks (11-3, 5-1), 7 p.m.: The Lancers have one last shot at grabbing a share of the Marmonte League title, and the Warriors have one more big hurdle on their quest for an unbeaten regular season. Westlake won the first meeting 14-9, though it had to rally from a 9-5 deficit midway through the third quarter and didn’t take its first lead until early in the fourth.

Peninsula (14-1, 4-0) at Palos Verdes 910-5, 4-1), 4 p.m.: This one is for the Bay League title. Peninsula can claim it outright with a victory, but Palos Verdes can grab a share of it by beating its crosstown rival. The Panthers beat PV 5-4 in overtime the first time around. In a similar scenario last season — Peninsula had won the first meeting 7-6 at PV and was trying for a sweep — Palos Verdes beat the Panthers 8-3.

Harvard Westlake at Loyola, 3 p.m.: In the final Mission League (and regular-season) game for both teams, the Wolverines will try to hand the Cubs their only league loss of the season while also securing sole possession of second place. A Loyola victory secures an unblemished league record and drops Harvard Westlake into a second-place tie with Crespi with three league losses. Loyola won the first meeting at Harvard Westlake 16-10, but it had to rally in the second half to do it, and that was on March 10 — a lot has happened for both these teams since, including big games earlier this week.

Brentwood (7-5, 3-1) at Sierra Canyon (11-3, 3-1), 3:30 p.m.: This one is for the championship in the inaugural season of the Gold Coast League, as well as the automatic bid to the playoffs that goes with it. Sierra Canyon won 13-11 at Brentwood last week, but it also has a loss to Malibu on its record. Assuming neither team stumbles on Tuesday — Brentwood is at Viewpoint and Sierra Canyon is at Malibu — this won is winner-take-all (unless the loser can make a strong enough case for an at-large berth at Sunday’s playoff seeding meeting).

El Segundo (9-4, 5-0) at Culver City (7-8, 6-1), 6 p.m.: The Ocean League title comes down to the final regular-season game (barring upsets earlier in the week, of course), with Culver City trying to earn a tie for the top spot and a share of the title for the second season in a row. El Segundo, in only its second season as a CIF program and first in the Ocean League, can win the title outright by beating the Centaurs for the second time. The Eagles won 14-9 at home two weeks ago.

Here’s a look at the full schedule for the final week of the regular season:

Loyola at Palos Verdes
Agoura at Crespi
Newbury Park at Chaminade
St. Francis at West Ranch
Oaks Christian at Oak Park
El Segundo at Downey
Valencia at Santa Monica
Hamilton at Beverly Hills
Birmingham at Hawkins
Glendale at Palisades
Valley Academy at Westchester

Corona Del Mar at Harvard Westlake
Sierra Canyon at Malibu
Brentwood at Viewpoint
West Ranch at San Marcos
Simi Valley at St. Francis
Cate School at Dos Pueblos
Hawkins at Glendale
Hamilton at Valley Academy

Westlake at Thousand Oaks
Peninsula at Palos Verdes
Crespi at Culver City
Newbury Park at Calabasas
Redondo Union at Mira Costa
Agoura at Oaks Christian
Palisades at Westchester
Beverly Hills at El Segundo
Santa Monica at Downey
Glendale at Simi Valley
Jordan at Hawkins
Manual Arts at Huntington Park
Santa Barbara at Laguna Blanca

Harvard Westlake at Loyola
Brentwood at Sierra Canyon
Palisades at Manual Arts
Thacher at Cate
San Marcos at Santa Barbara
Hart at West Ranch
Valley Academy at Birmingham

Palos Verdes at Mira Costa
Redondo Union at Peninsula
Thousand Oaks at Newbury Park
Oaks Christian at Westlake
Agoura at Calabasas
Chaminade at Marina
El Segundo at Culver City
Viewpoint at Malibu
Santa Monica at Beverly Hills
Downey at Valencia
Laguna Blanca at Dunn School
Jordan at Birmingham
Manual Arts at Hawkins

Valley Academy at Hamilton
Santa Barbara at Dunn School