The lacrosse season is in full swing, and it is time to get down to business. Many of the teams looking forward to a strong regular season, followed by the playoffs and the hope of being crowned the Northern Conference Champions, have important games this week. Here’s a look at a few of them:
Game of the Week
Oak Park Eagles at Redondo Union Sea Hawks
Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Last year, the Eagles and Sea Hawks faced each other in the US Lacrosse Southern Section North title game for the right to face the Orange County champ for the section title. It was the second meeting between the teams, and while Oak Park won the regular-season clash 15-6, Redondo won the game that mattered most, 13-12.
Tuesday, we get an early look at the top teams in the North. Oak Park won its opener 15-4 over La Reina, and Redondo has yet to play a regulation game. Both teams participated in the Rose Bowl Jamboree last Saturday, but in a shortened game with a running clock it is hard to tell where they stand in their preparation for the season. We’ll get a glimpse Tuesday.
Redondo needs to reload its offense after losing two impact players and leading goal scorers from 2015. Maddie Farmer graduated, and Allison Shamir moved back to Long Island, N.Y. This year, the Sea Hawks will rely on a senior sister act, with Hailey Vorndran leading the offense and Allie Vorndran on the defensive end.
Oak Park doesn’t need to reload, with 11 of 12 starters from last year returning. However, the Eagles need to finish — they have come up short three consecutive seasons, losing in the North title game. Led by their top three scorers from last season — Morgan Shorts, Julia Gilliam and Ania Brown — and senior defender Emma Barrow and goalie Meggie Sheehan, the Eagles should have the inside track.
Other key games this week
- Agoura at Glendale: Agoura has a 9-4 win over Simi Valley under it’s belt, while Glendale is making its regular season debut. Can the Nitros’ goalie and defense slow down the Agoura attack?
- Redondo Union at Agoura: Two days after facing Oak Park, Redondo travels to the Conejo Valley for another matchup with a North division contender. The Chargers are looking for a far better result against the Sea Hawks this time around, as last year they were beaten soundly, 18-4.
- Los Alamitos at Oak Park: Orange County’s most decorated program — the Griffins won a record six consecutive OC and Southern Section championships — makes the trek north to take on Oak Park. Last year, the Eagles traveled to Los Al and came away with an epic 13-11 win in a close, hard-fought game.
- Glendale at Mira Costa: Last year, the Mustangs eliminated the Nitros from the playoffs with a 9-8 win in the second round. Glendale goes on the road Friday for it’s second tough game of the week.