Games to Watch: Week: 7

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Tuesday Games to Watch
No. 18 Mater Dei (3-5) at No. 17 Servite (4-5): Even though only one game separates these two Trinity League rivals, they have been heading in different directions of late. Mater Dei has lost five of their last six games. Servite has won their of their last four including wins over No. 7 Great Oak and No. 15 Huntington Beach.

No. 2 Corona del Mar (8-0) at Bellarmine Prep (6-4).  CdM begins their spring break trip against the team that is ranked No. 2 by LaxPower.com in the Central Coast Section.   Bells attackman Tyler Mackin is committed to Washington College.  St. Margaret’s plays the Bells later in the week.

No.  15 Huntington Beach (5-5) at No. 13 El Toro (6-3).   Both teams could use a quality out-of-conference win to solidify their positions in the Top 16.

Palos Verdes (6-2) at No. 4 J Serra (7-2). No. 2 in L.A. vs No. 4 in the O.C.  The Sea Kings would like to claim another Trinity League victim.  The Lions would like to terminate a two-game skid.  Sea Kings to watch include senior goalie David McCann (Duke), junior defenseman Jarrett Jones (Georgetown), and junior middie Peter Henkhaus (Marquette). Rizal Smith and Aidan Westley combined for seven goals against Santa Margarita.

No. 5 Santa Margarita (6-3) at  Jesuit-Sacramento (3-1).  The Mararuders are ranked No. 8 in the North Coast Section by LaxPower.com.

No. 6 San Clemente (3-6) at No. 7 Great Oak (7-3).  The coaches poll has a traffic jam at Nos. 6 through No. 8.  This game should help break it up.

Menlo School (3-6) at No. 10 Tesoro (3-7).  The Knights are ranked No. 4 by LaxPower.com in the Central Coast Section.

Wednesday Game to Watch

No. 1 Foothill (12-0) at Lincoln-Sudbury (MA).  Laxpower.com ranks Lincoln Sudbury No. 1 in MA Division 1 North.   The Boston Herald reports that the Warriors have a talented roster led by Harlan Smart in the midfield, Eric Holden (Hobart) and Nick Brindisi at attack and Eamon Hunter (Boston University) anchoring a tough defense. LaxPower.com reports that other Warriors to watch are LSM Cam Hyde (Johns Hopkins) and Michael O’Connell (Merrimack).

No. 9 Aliso  (6-4) at  Loyola-Los Angeles (9-1). The Wolverines visit the No. 1 team in Los Angeles.  This will be Loyola’s fourth game against an OC opponent. The Cubs beat Los Alamitos 15-7 and Tesoro 12-11.  Their only loss has been to Foothill (15-4).

Thursday Games to Watch

No. 3 St. Margaret’s  (11-1) at  Campolindo (6-1).  The Cougars are ranked No. 8 in the North Coast Section by LaxPower.com.  

No. 1 Foothill (12-0) at Cohasset (MA).  The Knights face the defending Division 3 State Champions.  The Boston Herald reports that the Skippers welcome back All-American Tim Gillis (UMass) and fellow defenders Jack Donohue and Pat Holway to lock down in front of new goalie Connor Naughton. Cole Kissick (Richmond)and Jeff Powers are the midfield leaders with Danny Axelson (Providence) back to head the attack group.

No.  5 SMCHS (6-3) at Granite Bay (4-1). Ranked No. 4 in the North Coast Section by LaxPower.com, the Grizzlies have not lost since opening day.

No. 2 CDM (8-0)  at Marin Catholic (6-5).  Ranked No. 10 in the North Coast Section by LaxPower.com, the Wildcats have won 6 of 7 since starting the season 0-4.  They have a talented roster that includes Sean O’Keefe (Georgetown), Paul Callahan (Washington & Lee), Jack Horan  (Bryant), Dylan Slack (Haverford), Hayden Holland  (Rollins) and Sawyer Cairns (Rollins).

No. 14 Beckman at No. 12 Newport Harbor. Newport Harbor’s win over Los Al last week did not move the Sailors up in the rankings.  Would a win against Beckman do it? Beckman can create separation from the bubble by beating the Sailors on Friday and Servite on Saturday.

Friday Games to Watch

No. 3 St. Margaret’s (11-1) at  San Ramon Valley.  Ranked No. 1 in the North Coast Section by LaxPower.com, the Wolves’ only loss was opening day to the top ranked team in the west, St. Ignatius.  Joe Carrington (North Carolina) and Austin French (Denver) are players to watch.

No.  7 Great Oak  (7-3) at No. 8 Trabuco Hills (9-1). The Mustangs are suffering in the polls because of their low strength of schedule. This game is an opportunity to recruit some more believers.

Saturday Games to Watch

No. 17 Servite (4-5) at No. 14 Beckman (4-3).  Sixteen teams will make the playoffs.  These two are currently in a group of four fighting for the last three spots.

No. 3  St. Margaret’s (11-1) at Bellarmine Prep (6-4). The Bells take their shot at a Top 3 Orange County team for the second time this week.

No. 1 Foothill (12-0) at  Medfield  (MA).   The Knights close out their trip with the defending Division 2 State Champs and the team that the Boston Herald considers to be No. 1 in the state. The Warriors are led by one of the state’s top players in midfielder John MacLean (BU). Matt Treiber and Nigel Reiff  are top offensive players. Faceoff specialist Jack Henry Vara (Holy Cross) will be on the other side of the faceoff x from Austin Babb. Will Murphy (Skidmore) provides leadership on defense. ” Midfielder Sam Hurley is committed to Division 2 Bentley.

No. 18 Mater Dei  at No. 7 Great Oak. The Wolfpack will have to be careful not to have a letdown less than 24 hours after the showdown with Trabuco Hills. Mater Dei enters the playoff conversation with an upset.