The No. 5 Santa Margarita Eagles (6-0, 14-4) will host No. 12 Beckman Patriots (10-0, 13-4) at 7:15 p.m in Round 1 of the 2017 boys lacrosse playoffs. Both teams earned automatic bids by winning their respective leagues.
Beckman: First (Pacific Coast League).
Santa Margarita: First (Trinity League).
Things to Know About Beckman:
The Patriots clinched their fifth consecutive Pacific Coast League championship and extended their league winning streak to 50 games. Beckman has not lost a PCL game since 2012. Beckman defeated No. 10 Mater Dei, 9-6 on March 9. All four losses came against ranked teams. The Patriots enter the playoffs with March 20 19-0 win vs. University (first league game and win), April 19 23-1 win at Irvine, and April 27 22-2 win vs. Northwood.
Things to Know About Santa Margarita
The Eagles clinched another Trinity League championship last week after going 6-0 in league play for the second year in a row. They have improved their win total every year of the Adam Guy era: 12 wins in 2014, 14 in 2015, and 15 in 2016. With a 14-4 regular season record, Santa Margarita will have to get past the second round to keep up the trend.
Players to Watch for Beckman:
Kyle Seiler (Attack), Justin Wayt (Midfield), Dean Nagle (Midfield), Justin Galentine (Defensive Midfield) and Tyler Schweickert (Goalie).
Players to Watch for Santa Margarita:
Quentin Buchman (Midfield), Michael Walsh (Midfield), Chase Lynch (FOGO), Matt Ury (Defense) and Chad Cobb (Goalie). Don’t be surprised if secret weapon Nicholas Parrino is a difference maker.
Both teams are a lot alike: balanced offense, strong defense and great goalie play. Beckman has been undefeated since early April, and absolutely dominated the Pacific Coast League. However, a low strength of schedule probably dragged down their ranking.
Overtime losses to No. 4 St. Margaret’s (a 4OT classic) and No. 3 Foothill kept the Eagles out of the top 4. Santa Margarita struggled to beat Servite 11-10 on Saturday after beating the Friars 16-6 earlier in the season. Signs of an Eagle let down or the Friars peaking at the right time? We will see on Tuesday. Santa Margarita will have to bring its A game if they want to get to the second round and a shot at avenging that loss to St. Margaret’s.