Goon, Cobras, Black Cat Tune Up at Air Station Shootout

On the final club lacrosse tournament weekend before the start of the high school season, three local clubs took advantage of the opportunity for one last tune-up at the Air Station Shootout at Irvine Great Park.

Competing in the Elite A division — with clubs like Victory (St. Margaret’s), OC Crush (Foothill), OC Rebels (Santa Margarita) and Mission (Cathedral Catholic/San Diego) — Goon fared the best of the three L.A.-based clubs, going 2-1-1; Cobras went 2-2; and Black Cat finished 0-4.

Brett Reilly, Goon, Air Station Shootout
Goon/Westlake/Miami Heat attack Brett Reilly takes on the Mission (Cathedral) defender.

Goon (2-1-1)

Goon finished second in it’s pool by virtue of an 8-7 victory over OC Crush on Sunday afternoon. With that win and an 11-4 edge in goal differential, Goon earned second place and Crush third. OC Rebels won the pool at 3-1 — with their only loss coming against Crush.

Check out highlights of the Goon win over Crush, courtesy Big Boom Video. Keep an eye out for a sweet BTB goal from Westlake’s Brett Reilly (wearing a Miami Heat jersey) — blink and you’ll miss it — and a time-and-room, low-to-low rip from up top by Crespi’s Jack Doyle.

Goon’s only loss on the weekend came in the tourney opener Saturday against eventual pool winner OC Rebels, 9-8. Goon also posted an 8-8 tie with Mission (Cathedral Catholic) on Saturday.

Sean Smith, L.A. Cobras, Air Station Shootout
L.A. Cobras/Loyola senior attack Sean Smith vs. Black Cat/Peninsula.

Cobras (2-2)

The L.A. Cobras beat Black Cat (Peninsula) 9-7 on Saturday and Titans (Tesoro) 8-5 on Sunday to wrap up a 2-2 weekend. As impressive as the wins, though, might have been a 9-8 loss to Victory on Sunday. Representing St. Margaret’s — last spring’s U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section champion — Victory went 3-1 on the weekend with only a 5-3 loss to Stallions (Trabuco Hills) blemishing its record and a plus-20 goal differential.

The brief highlight video of the Cobras-Victory game (above) opens with senior attack Sean Smith (Loyola) getting his own rebound on a man-up play and stuffing it in and closes with Smith using his man as a screen along GLE and ripping an underhand shot past the keeper.

Scott Phillips, Black Cat, Air Station Shootout
LSM Scott Phillips took some reps at the faceoff dot for Black Cat against Cobras.

Black Cat (0-4)

Peninsula struggled to find the net this weekend, scoring only two goals in three of its four games. After opening with an 11-2 loss to Victory on Saturday, though, Black Cat played the Cobras tough, losing 9-7. On Sunday, Black Cat lost 7-2 to Titans (Tesoro) and 9-2 to Stallions (Trabuco).