Rivalries, League Games Pack Full Schedule

Vacation is over, and there are three weeks of play left before the May 3 playoff seeding meeting. That means we have a full slate of games, and many of them are league matchups that will go a long way toward determining who’s in and who’s out when those playoff seeds are determined.

Here’s a look at the games to watch in Week 7:

Chaminade (7-5) hasn’t finished better than fourth place in the Mission League since 2010. If the Eagles have any hope of it this year, they need to win at Harvard Westlake (6-4) on Tuesday. Of course, 2010 was the last time Chaminade beat the Wolverines, and the Eagles haven’t won at Harvard Westlake since 2008.

Oak Park makes the two-plus mile trek down Kanan Rd. — Google maps says it’s a 53-minute walk, but it’s almost entirely downhill — to take on neighboring Agoura in a game that actually has more than just a rivalry at stake. The Eagles (6-5) are coming off back-to-back losses — to Thousand Oaks and at Palos Verdes — and could use another solid win to bolster their playoff resume. Agoura (3-4), on the other hand, could greatly benefit from beating a Top 10 team.

Play gets under way in earnest in the Bay League, with Peninsula (10-1) traveling to Manhattan Beach to face Mira Costa (7-1). The Panthers rank 17th among L.A. teams in LaxPower.com’s strength-of-schedule list, and the Mustangs rank 25th. Both teams could use a solid league win against a good opponent.

Another team that could benefit greatly from beating a highly regarded opponent is Newbury Park (7-2). They’ll have the chance Wednesday when they visit Thousand Oaks (7-3). The Panthers rank 21st in schedule strength, with their best win coming against Agoura. The Lancers went through a bit of a shaky stretch at the end of March but seemed to right themselves in wins against Foothill-Pleasanton and at Oak Park.

Wednesday also brings the first of two showdowns in the Ocean League, when defending champ Culver City (4-7) visits El Segundo (6-3). Both squads are 3-0 in league play.

Crespi (6-4) gets its second shot at Mission League leader Loyola (10-2). The Cubs won 15-8 at Crespi on March 17, though the Celts were within two at 8-6 late in the third quarter.

Neighborhood and Bay League rivals Palos Verdes (8-3) and Peninsula (10-1) meet for the first time this season at Peninsula. Last year, the Panthers won at Palos Verdes in early April, then lost to the Sea Kings at home down the stretch of the regular season. Palos Verdes beat Peninsula again in the playoffs.

Harvard Westlake takes a break from Mission League play — if you can call it that — and travels to San Juan Capistrano to take on St. Margaret’s Episcopal (13-2), the No. 3 team in Orange County. The Tartans beat the Wolverines 10-9 in triple-overtime last season and also beat Harvard Westlake in the 2013 US Lacrosse Southern Section title game.

Here’s the full schedule for the week of April 13-18 (via LaxPower.com):

Monday, April 13
West Ranch at Simi Royal
Beverly Hills at Downey
Hawkins at Palisades Charter
Huntington Park at Jordan
Westchester at Manual Arts

Tuesday, April 14
Loyola at St. Francis
Chaminade at Harvard Westlake
Oak Park at Agoura
Sierra Canyon at Viewpoint School
Brentwood at Malibu
Birmingham at Valley Academy
San Marcos at Cate School

Wednesday, April 15
Redondo Union at Palos Verdes
Peninsula at Mira Costa
Newbury Park at Thousand Oaks
Calabasas at Agoura
Westlake at Oaks Christian
Culver City at El Segundo
Beverly Hills at Santa Monica
Palisades Charter at Downey
Simi Royal at Dos Pueblos
Simi Valley at Hart
Westchester at Huntington Park
Hawkins at Manual Arts

Thursday, April 16
Crespi at Loyola
Oak Park at Thacher
Malibu at Sierra Canyon
Viewpoint at Brentwood
Valencia at Glendale
West Ranch at Birmingham
San Marcos at Dunn School

Friday, April 17
Palos Verdes at Peninsula
Mira Costa at Redondo Union
Westlake at Agoura
Calabasas at Thousand Oaks
Newbury Park at Oaks Christian
Chaminade at St. Francis
Harvard Westlake at St. Margaret’s Episcopal
Santa Monica at Culver City
El Segundo at Valencia
Cate School at Sierra Canyon
Hart at Simi Valley

Saturday, April 18
West Ranch at Crespi
El Segundo at Mira Costa
Santa Monica at Alexander Hamilton
Fallbrook at Downey
Laguna Blanca at Dos Pueblos