The Santiago boys lacrosse team made a little bit of Inland Empire history when they defeated King 17-3 on Tuesday to clinch the first-ever Big VIII boys lacrosse title. Ryan Richardson (5g) and Bryan Parr (4g) paced the Sharks.
Richardson wasted no time in putting the Sharks on the board as he scored in the first minute of the game and then just kept on going. He scored the first four goals of the game by midway through the first quarter. Teammates Caden DeWiggins (2g) and Parr split the next four goals and by the time the second quarter was ready to start, the Sharks held a commanding 8-0 lead and King would never get any closer than that.
The Wolves were down 13-0 in the third quarter when they finally started to make some noise. Two goals from Led Soto and one from Aiden Rhodes gave them some late momentum but the Sharks quickly seized it back and cruised for the 17-3 win.
In addition to the goals from Richardson, Parr and DeWiggens, Dylan Castaneda (2g) Aiden Koenig,Vinnie Pacleb, Brandon Cervantez, and Jacob Ortiz also put points on the the board for Santiago.
Four years after Coach Keith Parr and the Sharks first started CIF play, enough teams finally followed to support a Big VIII boys lacrosse league. The growth of the sport in Riverside County is one of the main reasons that the sport now has enough teams to warrant CIF-sponsored playoffs next year.
“Overall I have to say that it is really special to see the great sport of lacrosse growing in the Inland Empire,” Parr said by email. “This year we have 6 teams in the Big VIII – Norco, Roosevelt, Riverside Poly, King, Centennial and Santiago. Next year Corona will be joining as well.”
Santiago made an immediate impact when they made the playoffs in their first year of CIF play four years ago, and have continued to improve each year. This year they were ranked as high as no. 6 and added their name to the rather short list of Southern Section teams that can claim to have beaten Foothill.
“Santiago is in its 4th year as a CIF team and we have made huge strides each year,” Parr added. “We are honored to represent the Big VIII and hope to represent not only our conference but the IE in the playoffs.”
Parr said that the Sharks were a “true team” this year and that he could count on a number of players to step when the team needed it. He said that the players that have been consistent every game are:
- Pacleb – FOGO / Middie
- Tate Giles – LSM
- Koenig – Middie
- Jack Wolfe – Middie
- Richardson – Attack
- DeWiggins – Attack
- Schneider – Defense
- Jacob Schrup – Defense
- David Castaneda – Defense
Santiago wraps up the regular season with a game against Vista Murrieta on Saturday. The Wolves play El Dorado