STORIES AND PHOTOS BY JIM SHILANDER
Championship day proved to be a shining example of the growth of the game in the OC and the parity that is being achieved across the County. Seven different boys programs and three different girls progams produced championship teams. Only the Corona Cavaliers, champions of the U11C and U15B divisions, took home more than one trophy.
2013/2014 OCLA Boys Champions
U9 SoCal Lacrosse
U11B Tustin Tigers Black
U11C Corona Cavaliers
U13A Victory SC Silver
U13B Yorba Linda Lightning
U13C Wild Horse Silver
U15A Hewes Lacrosse
U15B Corona Cavaliers
U11 Victory Lacrosse
U13 Pioneer Lacrosse
U15 Generation Next
U-13A Championship Game: Victory SC Silver 14, Hewes Orange 4
Victory SC Silver used a first quarter barrage to take command in the Sunday’s U-13 A finals against Hewes Orange, finishing an unbeaten season with a 14-4 win. Victory scored on their first three attacks of the game, two goals by Koa Todd and a goal Nico Vorzim. A subsequent Hewes shot hit the crossbar and came to rest behind the Victory keeper but did not go in. VIctory took advantage of the near miss by scoring two more goals before Hewes got on the board. Victory face-off man Stuart Pollard kept his team on the attack by winning nearly every matchup. Victory notched three more goals before half, with Hewes netting one more for an 8-2 halftime edge.
Play settled down in the second half, though Victory largely had the better of it, scoring three times to open the half, squashing hopes for a comeback. Scorers for Victory included Todd, who notched five goals, Steven Deck with three, Vorzim with two and Jack Allender with two. Tanner Hall, and Connor Carlsen each scored once. Destry Burton, Chase Cole, Troy Hofer and Chad Dupre scored for Hewes.
The Corona Cavaliers used a deliberately paced but well precise offense to hold off Wild Horse Silver for the U-15 B title, although an incident late in the game might have tempered the celebration somewhat. Ruben Santana scored three times for Corona, which often frustrated Wild Horse with a deliberate style gave Santana and Ben Hamilton, who had two goals, quality chances. Marcus Nesby and Josh Plys also scored for Corona. Alex Avilas and Spencer Thompson scored for Wild Horse.
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U-15 A Championship Game: Hewes 9, SoCal Black 4
The marquee matchup of Championship day featured two of the OCLA’s oldest most prominent programs, Hewes Orange and SoCal Black. As is usually the case when these two teams meet, both rosters were stocked with future varsity talent.
Hewes Orange scored the first four goals of the game, providing a lead they would not relinquish. Justin Dupre scored twice, along with goals by Ellis Geis and Tommy Brown. Black scored the next two to close the gap, thanks to Gavin Gerbershager and Tyler Paiyne, but a second Geis goal give Hewes extra breathing room entering the half.
Josh Fox then netted to more Hewes goals at the start of the second half, followed by Dupre’s hat-trick goal. Two more late goals by Socal’s Ryan Harrington and Gerbershager seemed to provide some final tension, but Geis’s third goal closed out the scoring for a 9-4 Hewes win.