The Beverly Hills Bucks, champions of the North Division, and San Diego’s 40 Thieves, champions of the South Division, square off Saturday at Culver City HS (1 p.m.) for the Southern California Lacrosse Association’s 2017 championship.
The teams did not face each other in inter-divisional play this season. In 2015, they met for the league championship, with Beverly Hills posting a narrow 11-10 victory.
This year, Beverly Hills went 9-1 in the regular season, losing only to Newport Beach in a five-overtime marathon. After a first-round playoff bye, the Bucks defeated Newport in overtime to reach the championship game.
The 40 Thieves went 8-2 in the regular season, losing twice to Quiksilver but still earning the first-round bye due to Quiksilver’s losses to San Diego LC (twice) and Beverly Hills. The Thieves then beat San Diego LC in the South Division title game.