North, South, East, or West. Blizzard conditions or sunny in the 70s. None of it mattered. Everywhere you looked yesterday, Orange County alums (sorry Great Oak; until we launch MaxLax_IE, your are one of us), were making an impact in college lacrosse. Special thanks to @CDMBoysLax for being the voice of OC Lax on Twitter yesterday. If we missed someone, send your updates to email@example.com.
Dakota Rohlin (Great Oak High School) , a junior, scored three goals including the game winner in overtime to lead Jacksonville University over St. John’s, 12-11.
Freshman Stone Sims (San Clemente High School) saw significant action at close defense in Albany University’s 15-10 win over Drexel. Albany is ranked No. 10 in the country by Inside Lacrosse. According to IL “Freshman AJ Kluck, sophomore James Burdette and freshman Stone Sims kept the Drexel offense outside and shooting low-percentage shots.”
Sims’ high school teammate freshman Peyton Garrett picked up his first collegiate point for High Point University in the Panthers’ 13-5 win over Sacred Heart University. Garrett’s assist occurred while on EMO and put the Panthers up 12-4.
Sophomore Chase Williams (St. Margaret’s Episcopal School) exceeded last season’s output in a single game when he scored four goals in Haveford College’s season opening loss to No. 7 Cabrini.
Freshman Hayden Ruiz had the second two-goal game of his collegiate career in Boston University’s 11-10 loss to Lehigh University. GoTerriers.com reports “Freshman Hayden Ruiz had a good bid with less than a minute to play but Lehigh’s Matt Poillon made one of his 15 saves to salvage the full result. The Terriers got two-goal games out of three freshmen as Greg Farris, Ryan Hilburn and Ruiz all found the back of the net on two separate occasions.”
— CdM Boys Lacrosse (@CdMBoysLAX) February 21, 2015
Ruiz’s Patriot League comrade Michael Ortlieb (Corona del Mar High School) was “HOT in blizzard conditions” for the Holy Cross Crusaders as they upset no. 8 Loyola 13-12. Ortlieb came up big with 13 saves in the Crusaders’ first win ever over a nationally ranked opponent.
Q. What’s better than one guy named Mike from Corona del Mar beating a Top 10 team? A. Two guys named Mike from Corona del Mar beating two Top 10 teams on the same day. Ortlieb’s high school teammate Michael Keasey notched two goals and an assist in No. 14 Yale’s 10-6 win over No. 7 Maryland.