The 6th Annual Palm Desert Lacrosse Classic wrapped up on Sunday with Brady’s Bunch winning three out of four divisions. They couldn’t complete the sweep thanks to Jon Fox’s Crush Black who powered their way to the U-19 championship.
Fox’s Foothill High based squad impressed throughout the weekend and served early notice that the Knights plan to compete for a Southern Section Championship this spring. The Crush came up with the big plays when they needed them, winning each of their three playoff games by one goal and including one in overtime. In a tournament that featured a mixture of school-based teams like Crush and San Clemente Wave as well as all star teams like Brady’s Bunch drawing from a wider geographic area, Crush looked as solid as any team in the tournament. Typical of a Fox-coached team, they played like a seasoned group of veterans with few mistakes and stellar field awareness. Congrats on the championship and good luck with the season!
Nate Marano (Crush, Foothill, Attack)-The Denver University commit was a beast all weekend long. He uses his height like I’ve only seen one other player in my career (Ryan Westfall). He has the ability to get his hands free anywhere on the field and has an insane angle on his bounce shots (note the game winner in the video).
Nick Matzek (Crush, Foothill, Attack)-Kid has speed and a shot that combine for incredible play creation and scoring ability. Offense looked easy for him
Sam Kron (Crush, Foothill, FO/Midfield)-Dominated faceoffs and knew how to handle the ball in pressure to keep possesion
Owenn Geis (Crush, Foothill, Defense)-Outstanding defenseman. Ground ball machine. He knows how to use his height to close the door on GLE and on get out to a shooter on the perimeter.
Austin Streeter (SC Wave, San Clemente, Attack)-Electrifying with the ball all weekend. He was the quickest player on the field at any given time and knows how to pull the trigger from anywhere.
Peyton Garrett (SC Wave, San Clemente, Midfield)-Wave’s early out had us yearning to see more play from him. Fast and physical he bullied defenses inside and when slides were showing early he simply ripped from outside.
Yutta Murata (DH, JSerra, Midfield)-Was a presence all over the offensive end creating for his teammates on and off ball.
Wes Schuler (DH, Santa Margarita, Midfield)-Played a very physical game and can really crank from outside. Would have seen more goals from all three DH players had they not been DQ’d.
Chaz Dotson(DH, JSerra, Defense)-Just a pure athlete. His strength and footwork is as good as I’ve seen in a long time from an OC defensemen.
Teddy Finley (DH, Mision Viejo, LSM)-Although easily overlooked with the depth of LSM’s on JSerra’s, Finley played a rare form of aggressive but fundamental defense. Look out for his name shutting down top scorers this year.
Nick Southron (Brady’s Believe, Mater Dei, Midfield)-Newly committed to Sonoma State, Nick played all weekend like he was still a free agent. He knows how to drive hard when he needs to and be the, leader on offense when things need to get back in control.
Tyler Coleman (OC Friars, Servite, Goalie)-Stood tall in the pipes and played well all weekend considering the Servite team faced some of the best offensive players Southern California has to offer.
U-17 Champions: Brady’s Bunch B Strong over Chief of Strings (LA) 10-4
Brady’s Bunch jumped on Chief of Strings early. What was supposed to be a competitive game quickly turned into a game of chase for Chief of Strings. The effort would prove futile as Brady’s cruised to an impressive win.
The U17 competition was strong throughout the division. The Bunch still found ways to pull games out with gritty defense and unselfish Bunch style offense. Everyone expected a battle in the finals with a team that had just upset a very good FCA team but Bunch took the lead early and never looked back. The guys worked hard all weekend which is what we have come to expect from any Bunch Team.
Payton Fales was especially solid in net in the finals and had a huge save against FCA Friday night with seconds left to preserve a 6-5 win.
Cole Spooner Dominated faceoffs all tournament and was a ground ball magnet throughout.
Harrison Evans is one of the leaders of the team and had big goals against FCA and in the finals against Chief or Strings.
Congrats to Brady’s Bunch Believe U-17 on their PDLC Championship!
U-15 Champions: Brady’s Bunch over OC Crush 12-0
An extremely talented U-15 Brady’s team downed Crush at the Palm Desert Lax Classic 12-0. The U-15 team had many guys representing Orange County that helped a Brady’s team that posted a 6-0 record with an incredible 75 goals for/ 5 goals against +70 scoring differential.
Congrats to Brady’s U-15 and all their hard work dominating the field this weekend to win their PDLC Championship!
U-13/U-11 Combo Division Champions: Brady’s Bunch White over Brady’s Bunch Red 7-3
Congrats to Brady’s U-13 White on a hard-fought tournament!