Santiago Boys Lacrosse Tops Temecula Valley 22-5

No. 16 Santiago boys lacrosse finished its second season of CIF play with a 22 – 5 win against Temecula Valley Friday night in Corona.  The win capped a successful 12 -6  season and the Sharks now wait to determine if their final win tally earns them a berth in the 2017 playoffs.

The Sharks were led by attackmen Ruben Santana (5 goals, 3 assists), Ryan Richardson (7g), and Gabe Benso (3g), and midfielder Ben Hamilton (3g, 3a).  The scoring concluded with the highlight of the night when Hamilton found his younger brother and JV journeyman Max Hamilton (1g) in front of the crease for the final score.

Coach Keith Parr believes strong wins against No. 8 Servite and No. 11 Murrietta Mesa should propel the Sharks into the postseason.

“We had great wins against both those teams and also had strong showings against Mater Dei (No. 9) and Yorba Linda (No. 10),” Parr said.  Coach Parr also noted Santiago’s one-goal losses to LA County No. 5 Oak Park and No. 14 Mira Costa should provide a strong case for a second straight playoff appearance.

Santiago has stamped its presence on the Orange County lacrosse scene in its second season in CIF and looks to continue building on its three-year run of success (Santiago won the Southern Section club lacrosse championship in 2015).

A strong core of juniors will return in 2018 to lead the offense.  Santana and Benso both recently pushed above 200 points in career scoring over the three-year period.  Hamilton has a career face-off win percentage above 70% with nearly 375 face-off wins.

The Sharks will need to fill large gaps in their defense in 2018 with the loss of senior defenseman Bryce Parr (Stevenson, Md) and LSM James Beck (Elmhurst, Il).  Coach Parr added, “Those two have been the backbone of our success, provided exceptional leadership and I am going to miss having those guys on the field”.  Santiago will learn its fate late Saturday afternoon after the final selection committee rankings.  “We hope we make it, we think we deserve a shot and we will wait and see”.  Regardless of the outcome, Santiago looks poised to continue its success into 2018 and beyond.

Santiago will learn its fate late Saturday afternoon after the final selection committee rankings.  “We hope we make it, we think we deserve a shot and we will wait and see”.  Regardless of the outcome, Santiago looks poised to continue its success into 2018 and beyond.

“We hope we make it, we think we deserve a shot and we will wait and see,” Parr said.

Regardless of the outcome, Santiago looks poised to continue its success into 2018 and beyond.

Contributed by Santiago Boys Lacrosse