Los Alamitos Sneaks into the Playoffs, Plays No.2 Seed San Clemente

After losing a pivotal Sunset League game against Newport Harbor, which cost it the Sunset League title, the Los Alamitos boys lacrosse team crossed its fingers and hoped it would make the playoffs.

The No. 15 Griffins found out Saturday when the seedings came out that they had indeed made the playoffs.  They will travel to play No.2 seed San Clemente on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Griffins finished 10-8 overall, and 5-3 in the Sunset League, tied with Edison for second place. However, the Griffins own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Chargers, as they scored more overall goals than the Chargers in the two games they played against one another.

Los Alamitos will try to get by San Clemente for in the first round for the second year in a row.  The Tritons defeated Los Al 14-4 in the first round last season.

“We’re honored to get the playoff invite. I just want our guys to leave it all out there on the field and play to their full potential. Heart, hustle, and showcasing our best lax for 4 quarters will be crucial for us to be competitive,” Los Al Coach Tim Fox said in an email.

The Griffins are led by Matt Fanelli, Ethan Campos and Bronson Ban on offense. Goalie Cullen Murray leads the defense.

The Griffins look to get their first playoff win since 2012, when it beat El Toro 10-6. During that year, the Griffins lost to San Clemente in the county quarterfinals by a score of 13-6.

For San Clemente (12-6), the No.2 seed and South Coast League champion, Nick Lemus and Liam Nelson lead the charge for the Tritons offensively. Goalie Harrison Webb, who had a solid performance against Corona Del Mar last Saturday, anchors the Tritons’ defense.

The winner of this match will face the winner of the El-Toro-Mater Dei match on Thursday in the county quarterfinals.

Teran Rodriguez
Teran Rodriguez has been a member of the MaxLax family for three years (going on four).