Summer vacation may bring visions of rest and relaxation, but for the boys of So Cal Express 2022 Black, summertime fun spans the mountains of Denver to the beaches of Oceanside, all for the love of lacrosse.
After placing second in the Denver Shootout last week, So Cal Express 2022 Black took their game to 3D’s Riptide in Oceanside. After facing tough teams from around the country, So Cal Black seemed to settle into their game plan fairly easily.
In pool play, the team bested San Francisco’s ADVNC (14-3), 3D San Diego (11-3) and the Islanders from Coronado (15-0) to enter into the semi-finals in first place.
Sunday’s championship bracket started with a strong win over second place RC 2022 from San Diego (11-3).
In a rematch with ADVNC in the finals, ADVNC seemed determined to avenge their loss on Saturday, and scored first. Their lead wouldn’t last long. Matthew Groeninger and Radyn Badraun each found the back of the net twice, and Badraun hit a textbook BTB to widen the lead. Teammates Lucas Newton, Zach Zahr, Luke Lemus, Makai Todd, Dante Decollibus, Casey Copeland, Tyler Matthews, and John Culley all contributed to the points with goals and assists. Zahr and Newton dominated at the faceoff X to gain possession about 90% of the game, with LSMs Easton Jellerson and Hayden Chester proving critical during scrums. Middie Riley Chester escaped pressure to make some stellar transition runs into the offense.
Even on man down, defense from Halen Goveia, Hayden Chester, Connor Guerrero, Lincoln Dodd, Jellerson and Caleb Richardson kept goalies Drew Tyson and Sebastien Chicas well protected, with just 2 goals allowed each in the final game. When the whistle blew, the scoreboard showed in So Cal Express’s favor 10-4.
After the win Coach Glen Miles shared his perspective; “I am very proud of our guys. We learned a lot in Denver last week and I think it is paying big dividends. They really played hard for this win and they should feel pretty good.”
So Cal Express 2022 Black will cross time zones once again in three weeks at the Rising 8th Lacrosse National Championship in Bel Air, Maryland, July.
Contributed by SoCal Express.