Win Three Championships at America’s Finest Rivalry

’s went three for three at America’s Finest Rivalry in Del Mar this past weekend. The Sharks entered three teams into the tournament and all three came home with championships. The three teams combined for a record of 14-1-1.

The 2021 Sharks (pictured above), coached by , went undefeated on the weekend. This was a special team because of such a wide variety of players. The team ranged from players like who was playing lacrosse for the first time to players such as who has had a stick in his hand as long as he can remember. This team was led by exceptional efforts by and Jaden Freeman.

“Ed is the best 8th grader I have seen play as he is the complete player who has no off-hand and also has a great vision for the field,” Lemus said. “Ty Xanders better be on the lookout for him.”

Shean shined when it mattered most as he had five goals in both the semi-final and championship games. Freeman was all over the field. Whether it was winning face-offs, stripping the ball, or scoring goals, Freeman was making plays. Overall it was a great team effort.

The Sharks Red team, coached by Dennis Anderson, avenged a pool play loss on Saturday to win the Vendetta High School Boys Division championship. After winning the first two games on Saturday, the Red team suffered their only one loss to 3d Southland. 3d and Sharks lined up against one another again on Sunday in a championship game rematch. Only this time the outcome was opposite with the Sharks coming out on top. Owen Africa and teamed up to lead a lockdown defensive unit that held opposing teams to single digits throughout the weekend. On the other side of the ball Aidan Fallen, and Casey Finely kept finding the back of the net.

SC Sharks Red
SC Sharks Red

Last but not least, the Elite Team coached by Marshall Neal and , claimed the Gatorade Elite Boys Division Championship. The team was loaded with talented individuals including many all-county players. Yet adversity struck as both and departed for a recruiting event in leaving the team shorthanded. There was no need to worry though because the Sharks still had and , a dynamic duo who carried the team’s offense. Both players also received attention from college coaches as Coach Marshall was approached by a recruiters on multiple occasions.

SC Sharks Elite

The sharks ended up in the finals versus Beach Burn with whom they tied on Saturday. Goalies Kelly Petro and were great leaders on field, commanding the defense with the help of and playing pole. Wilson had four points in the finals, pioneering the Shark’s third championship of the weekend for Coach Brendan Finnerty.

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