OC Crush Tops Santa Barbara Showdown Elite Field

The OC Crush, with it’s entire roster (minus one) hailing from Foothill High School, won a tough battle against a tenacious Team 12 squad to claim the Santa Barbara Showdown High School Elite championship. Crush looked good on Saturday edging out NinjaLax Elite, Gaucho Select Blue, and San Clemente Sharks Elite to end pool play 3-0. On Sunday, Crush defeated Factory HS Elite 8-6 to secure a spot in the championship. At the end of the first half of the final game, Crush found themselves down by 3 goals but fought back to send it to overtime in the last seconds. Team 12 had the first SOG in OT, but Austin Mann saved it, and in the end, Cole Falbo assisted Ryan Foy with the championship-winning goal.

OC Crush Goalies Ethan Sepulveda (‘18) and Austin Mann (‘17) guarded the cage while defenders including George Dalis (‘17), Dalton Rach (‘17) and Kenny Algeo (‘18) played tough D. The deep midfield lines, including Mark Joy (‘18), Cole Falbo (‘17), Gavin Raetz (‘17) Wyatt Kayl (‘18) and Joe Cumming (‘18) and face-off, Miles Smart (‘18), made possession their number one priority. Attacks including Ellis Geis (‘18), Ryan Foy (‘17), Josh Fox (‘18) and Jack Tyson (‘17) showed smart passing and a chemistry that will be exciting to watch in the regular season.

Over 100 boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams participated in the 2016 Santa Barbara Showdown, which was played the Santa Barbara Polo Club, on the third highest rated polo surface in the United States. The tournament featured nine girls divisions and eight boys divisions ranging from 2025/2025 through high school elite.

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