Over the Thanksgiving break, the Newport Harbor boys lacrosse team had its annual alumni game on Saturday, which marked the first time it got to play on its newly renovated field. No longer will the Sailors have to travel to Estancia High School in Costa Mesa to play their home games.
The current Sailors took on the past Sailors in the annual scrimmage and came away victorious, unofficially winning 10-9. The current Sailors won despite not having all of their varsity players available.
“The varsity players had the competitive drive, the JV players are still figuring it out,” Sailors coach Mark Todd said, mentioning that he had players from JV play with some of the varsity players.
The current Sailors allowed the alumni to score the first three goals of the game but then settled down, trailing 8-6 at halftime. The game was played with four 15 minute quarters with a running clock and no statistics or time outs were taken.
The current Sailors managed to tie the game at 8-8 at the end of the third quarter and took their first lead of the game at around the 6:30 mark. The Sailors led 10-8 at one point in the fourth and almost shut out the alumni in the second half, but a goal by the alumni brought the score to 10-9, which wound up being final score.
“I feel our defense was a bit weak, but our defense tightened up in the second half. We talked at halftime and we got things settled in,” up and coming senior Hunter Rausch said.
Todd joked with the alumni and told his current squad if they held the alumni to less than 10 goals they would win. The Sailors did just that, holding the alumni to just one goal in the second half.
“Our defense cleared the ball really well. They got the ball up and down the field really fast. I was really excited on how the defense cleared the ball,” Todd said.
In addition to the alumni game, the current Sailors gave back to their high school over the Thanksgiving break. According to Todd, the current Sailors sanded and painted the benches at the school by the ASB office.
Todd said that he wants to teach his players to take care of the school and the school will take care of them.
“You always got to give, you can’t expect to get anything back but you’ve got to come from a giving standpoint. It’s all about giving,” Todd said. “My lacrosse program philosophy is, you take care of the players, the players will take care of the program.”