Preseason #9 Tesoro High School and the up-and-coming Trabuco Hills Mustangs made their final pre-season adjustments at the 6th annual 241 Classic on Saturday night. The cross town rivals, both located off the 241 toll road, serve as popular destinations for products of the SoCal Lacrosse youth programs. SoCal lacrosse is non-profit organization that serves much of the Saddleback Valley, and the 241 Classic is a fundraiser to support the activities.
Saturday’s game was particularly important for the Mustangs who, under new head coach, Johnny Rodriguez, wanted to show they are ready to compete with the best teams in the OC. Despite being a much younger and less experienced team than the Titans, Trabuco gave Tesoro quite the battle Saturday night.
After getting behind early 3-0, the Mustangs battled back to a 5-4 deficit at half, behind two assists from Junior Andrew Blume and 2 goals from sophomore Billy Barron. Sophomore Jake Lansner and junior Jake Marthens, contributed with a goal each.
Following a highly entertaining exhibition from two SoCal U-9 teams during halftime, the Titans quickly scored two goals and the Mustangs were never able to get back into this one. Marthens showed obvious leadership on the field while turning in two goals and an assist. The very young but energetic Mustangs showed much character and obvious improvement over last season but eventually fell to the Titans 11-5.
Sage De Vault led the Tesoro offense with thee goals and one assist. Riley Finn and Blake Warner added two goals piece. Warner also had two assists to finish the night with four points.