The US Lacrosse Southern Section Championships Boys South Division playoff seedings and pairings were announced Saturday evening. The playoffs start Tuesday night and culminate in the Finals on May 9th at 7 p.m. at Dana Hills HS.
The top four seeds–Corona del Mar, Tesoro, San Clemente and Foothill–have been consistently in the MaxLaxOC.com Top 10 all season. There are no automatic qualifiers for the playoffs, rather the seeds and pairings are decided by a group of selected coaches from the county. One team notably missing from the tournament is Laguna Hills, who finished with a 16-2 record and won the Sea View League title. MaxLaxOC.com has learned that the Seeding and Selection Committee struggled with the final three slots in the tournament (#14 Beckman, #15 Esperanza and #16 Servite along with Laguna Hills), but ultimately LH was left out of the tournament due to their low strength of schedule (#55 in LaxPower.com) and given that all but two of LH’s wins came against teams with sub .500 records. For comparison’s sake, Servite’s SOS was #11, Beckman’s #52 and Esperanza’s #50.
Below are the first-round pairings and groupings:
TUESDAY, May 1, 2012 (all games at higher seed home field)
#1 Corona del Mar vs. #16 Servite, 5:30 p.m
#8 Huntington Beach vs. #9 JSerra, 5:45 p.m.
#4 Foothill vs. #13 Dana Hills, 3:30 p.m.
#5 St. Margaret’s vs. #12 Newport Harbor, 4:30 p.m
Bracket 1 plays Bracket 2 for a spot in the finals
#2 Tesoro vs. #15 Esperanza, 6 p.m.
#7 Great Oak vs. #10 Santa Margarita, 7:30 p.m.
#3 San Clemente vs. #14 Beckman, 3 p.m. @ Vista Hermosa Sports Park
#6 Los Alamitos vs. #11 El Toro, 7:30 p.m.
Bracket 3 plays Bracket 4 for a spot in the finals
Second Round: Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Higher Seed home field
Semi-Finals, Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Aliso Niguel High School, 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.