OC Boys’ Lacrosse Countdown: No. 4 Santa Margarita

After another strong campaign in 2017 for the No. 4 Santa Margarita Eagles, the defending Trinity League champions will look to defend their league title, and contend for a Southern Section championship.

The Eagles enter 2018 with some momentum. They ended last season 14-4 (6-0 Trinity League), with wins in 10 of their last 11 regular season games.  Their season ended in the second round with a familiar result, a loss to higher-seeded St. Margaret’s.  The Eagles met the same fate in May as they met in March.  After losing a 13-12 4OT thriller to the Tartans in March, the Eagles fell again to their old rivals in the playoffs, this time 15-11.

Although last year’s record was impressive, the Eagles were unable to accomplish something that stands between them and a Section championship, beat teams ahead of them in the rankings.  The Eagles had shots last year at Foothill, St. Margaret’s (twice), and Palos Verdes, and came up empty.

Despite all of that, Santa Margarita had a strong season and could have the pieces in place this year to break through. Let’s meet the Eagles as they seek revenge in 2018.

Key Returning Players: 

(right) will look to help lead his squad into another deep playoff run in 2018. (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC)

: A four-year starter at Midfield and two time Trinity League player of the year. The OC star will be taking his talents to South Bend, Ind. this coming fall, committing to NCAA Division 1 power Notre Dame.

Three-year starting midfielder. “He has excellent range from outside and tremendous athleticism,” Guy said.

: Three-year starting midfielder who is “excellent off ball and finishing inside,” Guy added

will look to build off his strong sophomore season in 2018. (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC)

- and – “Both returning attackmen with great dodge and finishing abilities,” Guy said.

-– Three-year starter at LSM and Bellarmine University Commit. “Great playmaking abilities and an endless motor on the field,” Guy said.

– Two-year starter at defense who has drastically improved over the past two seasons, according to Guy.

-- Freshman LSM/Defender, “who is an aggressive playmaker and looking to make an impact early,” Guy said.

Key Losses:  (FOGO), (Attack),  (Defense), and (SSDM).

Schedule:

Friday 3.2.18 El Toro ETHS 7pm
Wednesday 3.7.18 Trabuco Hills THHS 5:30PM
Saturday 3.10.18 Tesoro SMCHS 730pm
Tuesday 3.13.18 CDM CDM 315pm
Friday 3.16.18 Palos Verdes Palos Verdes 330pm
Wednesday 3.21.18 St. Margarets SMCHS 7pm
Tuesday 3.27.18 Harvard Westlake SMCHS 730pm
Tuesday 4.3.18 Amador Valley HS Amador Valley 5pm
Wednesday 4.4.18 Bellarmine Prep Bellarmine Prep HS 3pm
Friday 4.6.18 Sacred Heart Prep Sacred Heart Prep HS TBD
Tuesday 4.10.18 Servite SMCHS 7pm
Thursday 4.12.18 Mater Dei SMCHS 715PM
Saurday 4.14.18 Foothill SMCHS 2pm
Tuesday 4.17.18 JSerra SMCHS 730pm
Friday 4.19.18 Mater Dei MDHS 730pm
Tuesday 4.24.18 Servite Servite 4pm
Thursday 4.26.18 JSerra Jserra 7PM

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com