The 9th annual Knights Challenge begins Saturday, Feb. 28, at Los Alamitos High School. The opening round matchups are as follows:
- 11 a.m. — Foothill vs. Tesoro
- 1 p.m. — Oak Park vs. St. Margaret’s
- 3 p.m. — Los Alamitos vs. Loyola
The Knights challenge is a season-opening round-robin event that includes top teams in the southern section. This year’s teams include: Saint Margaret’s, Oak Park, Tesoro, Los Alamitos, Foothill & Loyola. The teams play three games in the first week and have the option of a fourth game the following week. The event has been a great way to build synergy with the high school programs and launch the CIF season with some excitement.
The Knights Challenge originally held all rounds at the Tustin High School stadium, but with the stadium closed for renovation two years ago, the event began to use multiple venues. Now, Los Al has become the standard opening site location.
“Next year I think we’ll change the event name to reflect the wider involvement we have in running the event,” Foothill coach Jon Fox said. “We now have spread out the game sites to allow for some additional home games for teams and some reduced travel for the L.A. teams.”
“My players are very excited to kick off the CIF season again this year in the Knights Challenge,” Los Al coach Chris Jewett said. “Year after year, this tournament always has many of the top teams in the OC and LA. As a coach, I love to face top talent early in the season to see how we match up, what we need to work on and which players are going to step up. The Los Alamitos lacrosse program is looking forward to another exciting and very competitive Knights Challenge!”