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.
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.
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.
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).