Wins HS Open Title at

The Blazers of HS edged the Navigators of Newport Harbor 6-5 on Sunday to win the championship in the High School Open Division at the 2018 in Irvine.

The title game score was the closest result of a perfect 5-0 weekend for Blazers HS, which defeated Lax Dawgs 18/19 8-2 and Buzzards (San Juan Hills) 10-3 on Saturday. Sunday, Blazers HS beat Black Cat (Peninsula HS) 7-0 and Shock Lacrosse (Mira Costa HS) 7-5 to finish Pool 2 undefeated and earn a spot in the title game.

In the championship game, Blazers HS trailed late but made a defensive stop that led to a goal, then won consecutive face-offs to keep the ball in their offensive end and eventually take the lead and run out the clock.

Blazers coach singled out Sierra Canyon veterans , a senior midfielder committed to St. John’s, , a four-year starter in goal, and , a junior attack committed to Bucknell for their performances, along with junior middie , sophomore defender , and newcomer , a junior attack.

“This is such a great preseason event,” Waibel said. “Several young players were able to get that higher level experience; guys coming off injury were able to work through runs; and as a whole guys worked through jitters and rust at an accelerated pace. To top it off, it was great to find some success against good competition!”

The Navigators won Pool 1 with a 3-0-1 mark, beating Coastal 9-5 and Animals Open (Rancho Bernardo) 10-1 on Saturday, then tying Independence 4-4 before finishing pool play with an 11-2 win over Ronin (Valencia/Calabasas).

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