Santa Monica Vikings

It took two weeks without a loss and a big upset win over to get people’s attention, but this week the previously unranked Vikings debut at No. 13 in the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll.

Santa Monica (6-0) was not ranked in the preseason poll or in the Week 1 voting, despite a 3-0 start. But after three more wins last week, including a 12-4 win over then-No. 11 Mira Costa, poll voters are paying attention. The Vikings were voted as high as No. 4, but most ballots had them anywhere between No. 10 and No. 18.

Loyola remains No. 1 in the poll, receiving 18 of 19 first-place votes. Palos Verdes, which received the other first-place vote, actually slipped one spot to No. 2, behind Harvard Westlake. Agoura moves up two spots to No. 4, with Thousand Oaks sliding to No. 5, to No. 6 and Westlake to No. 7. Westlake played it’s first game Friday, losing to Harvard Westlake.

moved up one spot in the rankings after beating Oak Park and , and moved up two — from No. 13 to No. 11 — after beating , which dropped from No. 12 to No. 15.

, which opens its season at Brentwood on Tuesday, dropped out of the rankings to make room for Santa Monica.

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  1. Coaches polls crack me up. Samohi dominated Mira Costa,the score was 11-1 going into the 4 quarter, they’re 6-0 but they are still rank behind Mira Costa.

    • To be honest, No. 13 is probably too high for Samo at this point. I love that they’ve forced their way into the conversation, but one win over a ranked team is just that – one win. Their other five wins are against teams that are a combined 9-19. One win doesn’t make voters ignore schedule strength.

  2. Jim,
    I respect your opinion, I love checking the website for all the local teams scores and your articles. You guys are doing a great job.
    Southern California lacrosse needs this publicity.

    • Thanks, Joey. Having done the polls for three seasons now, I kind of get how/why coaches vote. I honestly was surprised they made Samo 13 right away, rather than debuting somewhere between 15-20 and moving them up later. Coaches also don’t punish traditionally top teams much for losses, hence Costa didn’t fall far. I love seeing new teams crack the top group. Need teams like Samo and Gundo to shake things up. Big one on Friday.


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