Two local MCLA powers will faceoff at 7:00 pm tonight at Aliso Niguel High School. Concordia-Irvine, ranked No. 2 in the nation, and California State University Fullerton, ranked no. 12 in the nation, will meet in their annual rivalry for local bragging rights and and invitations to the MCLA National Tournament. All local fans are invited to attend. Admission is free and the snack bar is open.
The game is of particular local interest because of the number of players who have been playing with and against each other since grade school. Roughly half the players on both teams hail from the OC.
“It’s always important for us to show well against ranked opponents and we have another opportunity to do so tomorrow night,” Concordia Coach Ryan Brent said by email. “It’s also fun to compete against Fullerton because of the number of Orange County players on the roster. Many of our players played with or against their players in high school, so it’s fun to rekindle that competition.”
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And there is more on the line than just bragging rights. The MCLA National Tournament is less than a month away, and tonight’s game has the potential to influence the seedings. Both teams will also be looking to build momentum as heading into the Southwest Lacrosse Conference playoffs.
“We have performed up to standard the majority of the year,” Brent added. “We knew coming into this season that our team would be successful based on the talent we have, but the struggle has been taking a championship mentality into every game regardless of the opponent. I’m pleased with our performance so far, but we will need a renewed focus on the process in order to achieve the goals we have for this team.”