The Lax Guy: It's Going to be a Photo Finish

FB150x150MaxLaxOCDiagonalThere are now just six days left in the regular season. That’s right seniors, those of you whose teams will not be in the playoffs have only six days left to play lacrosse for your High School team, make the best of it. That being said, this past week’s games threw an absolute wrench in the playoff seedings with some huge upsets.

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It’s Going to be a Photo Finish

By Adam Guy, editor

Vol. 1, Issue 9 (April 20, 2013)

The obvious one is St. Margaret’s over CDM. While CDM was the #1 and SMES was #7, these teams were much closer than the rankings showed. St. Margaret’s has played a ridiculously tough schedule and battled injuries and transfer issues in the first part of the season. They are battle-tested, listening to their coaches, and playing for each other now. CDM on the other hand has had a tough couple of weeks now. They lost to San Ramon Valley 10-9, ending a 36-game win streak spanning two seasons which had to hurt, and I think showed other teams that it was possible to beat them. Then they travel to San Juan Capistrano to play the red-hot Tartans, it had the recipe for an upset from the get go. Congrats to CDM on the win streak as well, putting together that many wins is something special. The Sea Kings will lick their wounds and make the necessary changes. We will see them in the playoffs and I still think they are a threat to whoever they play. The St. Margaret’s win is definitely going to push them towards the top of the rankings and if they can win out this week (they play JSerra Saturday) I expect they will secure at least a #2 seed for the playoffs.

San Clemente had the roughest weekend by far for a few reasons. First, they lost to Agoura from Los Angeles. Agoura is a pretty solid team but San Clemente should have been able to come out of there with a win. Luckily it was a non OC team so it shouldn’t hurt them too badly when it comes to seeding time. However, what probably hurts them more was the massive upset that El Toro pulled off yesterday when they defeated Tesoro, 7-5. In their first meeting Tesoro trounced El Toro, 17-6. The Chargers are having a sub-par season and to pull this win off is incredible for them. The win may be enough to propel the Chargers into the playoffs but they will definitely be on the bubble come selection time. Why is San Clemente upset? Because San Clemente lost to Tesoro two times already and if the Chargers can pull off another upset when they face off against Tritons on the 25th (San Clemente beat ET 18-5 earlier in the year) it would mean ET would finish second in league and San Clemente in third place. ET has an uphill battle as San Clemente will probably be ready to go, but it should make for an interesting game and adds a bit more drama for the end of the season.

There are some huge games this week that have league and playoff implications. Los Al and Huntington square off Thursday for the Sunset League title. Huntington beat Los Al 7-6 on the first go, but the Griffins will be hungry and are playing with heavy hearts after the sudden passing of their assistant coach Cary Smith last week; expect a lot of emotion at that one. El Toro has San Clemente on Thursday but before that they host Foothill in what is always a game packed with intensity and energy. A win for ET would undo all the wrongs of the season, but Foothill is in top form right now so a win for the Chargers is a tall order to say the least. Dana Hills hosts Aliso Niguel on Wednesday night; the Dolphins lost 7-9 in the first tilt against the Wolverines, now the league title is on the line as well as playoff seedings for both teams. Each squad could use another quality win to bolster their playoff chances so I bet that game will be a slugfest.

Check back all week for scores, updates and videos and be prepared for comprehensive playoff coverage next week.

–Adam Guy, MaxLaxOC