The Week in Review

MaxlaxOC shieldThe Big Weekend lived up to its hype. Five sensational match ups, five sensational games that ranged from the Corona del Mar/San Clemente 4-3 defensive struggle to twin 14-13 shootouts (the St.Margaret’s/Mt. St. Joseph and Foothill/).

Only JSerra’s 15-10 victory down at Coronado was settled by more than one goal. Don’t expect much movement at the top of the rankings because the Top 10 Teams all had solid weeks, going a combined 15-3. So where does that leave the MaxLaxOC.com as we head into a new week and a new vote? Let’s find out.

No. 1. Foothill
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 5-1
Up next: at Santa Margarita on Tuesday; at San Clemente on Saturday

Synopsis: Five wins against quality teams from inside and outside the OC, and a one-point loss to the top-ranked team in the west yesterday. Foothill does not appear in the Top 10 in the West list. Based on yesterday’s game, Lacrosse Magazine may want to reconsider. They look solid in the No. 1 spot.

No. 2. St. Margaret’s
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 4-0
Up next: at Marina on Monday

Synoposis:The Tartans remain the champs until someone proves otherwise. They fought off their first real challenge of 2013 when they beat Mt. St. Joseph 14-13 on Friday afternoon. Put April 3 on your calendar, that’s when the Tartans, who are ranked No. 7 in the West, face No. 2 St. Ignatius in San Francisco.

No. 3 Corona del Mar
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 4-0
Up next: at Los Al on Wednesday; Newport Harbor on Friday

Synoposis: Not much separated the No. 3 Sea Kings (No. 9 in the West) from No. 5 San Clemente Friday night as they also faced their first challenge of the season. CdM is young but they hung tough in a tight game against an experienced San Clemente squad. The Tritons have some snipers, and holding them to three goals is no easy task. That accomplishment should be cause for concern to the rest of the county.

No. 4 JSerra
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 6-0
Up next: at Huntington Beach on Wednesday; Servite on Thursday: on Friday

Synoposis: JSerra is doing all the right things by winning against a challenging schedule. Although the Top 3 aren’t cooperating, voters may give the Lions some extra credit for their strength of schedule so far. This week’s Game of the Century is Torrey Pines at JSerra on Friday. If JSerra wins that one, look for them to move up the rankings. Be there. Aloha!

No. 5 San Clemente
Week Record: 2-1
Overall Record: 5-1
Up next: Foothill on Saturday

Synoposis: Friday’s loss was a tough one but the Hutnickers will have no trouble putting this one behind them, and they will have to. Foothill comes to town on Friday. The Tritons are still a Top 5 team.

No. 6 Tesoro
Week Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 4-2
Up next: at El Toro on Tuesday, at Mission Viejo on Thursday, at Beckman on Saturday

Synoposis: The Titans probably surprised some people and earned some additional respect by hanging tough with Bishop’s School, the tenth ranked team in the west. That may not be enough to move up in this week’s rankings though. Saturday’s game against Beckman should be a good one. If anyone in the Top 5 slips, Tesoro looks ready to step up.

No. 7 Santa Margarita
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 5-1
Up next: at Foothill on Tuesday, on Thursday

Synoposis: The Eagles showed some character by rebounding with two quality wins last week after a tough loss to Tesoro the week before. They are much improved compared to last year. Are they ready to be a Top 5 team? This week’s games against Foothill and will provide some insight.

No. 8 Great Oak
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 5-1
Up next: (Colo.) on Monday, at Poway on Friday

Synoposis: Similar to Santa Margarita, the Wolfpack rebounded after a tough loss two weeks ago. They are much improved compared to last year. Are they ready to be a Top 5 team? Friday’s game against Poway will provide some insight.

No. 9 Beckman
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 2-2
Up next: Northwood on Monday; at Uni on Wednesday; Tesoro on Saturday

Synoposis: The Patriots got to the 0.500 mark last week with wins over slumping Huntington Beach and El Toro. Although they seem to be finding their mojo after a slow start, they will probably need a win over Tesoro on Saturday to move up in the rankings next week.

No. 10 Mater Dei
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 6-1
Up next: at El Dorado on Tuesday; Woodbridge on Thursday

Synoposis: One of this year’s big surprises, the Monarchs have already doubled their win output from last season. Can they keep it up? Wins against El Dorado and Woodbridge this week will have them sitting at 8-1 entering Trinity League play.

No. 11 El Toro
Week Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 3-4
Up next: Tesoro on Tuesday; at Huntington Beach on Friday

Synoposis: The slumping Chargers have lost three in a row and it won’t get any easier this week.

No. 12 Los Alamitos
Week Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 2-4
Up next: Corona del Mar On Wednesday; Edison on Friday

Synoposis: Once a Top 10 Team, Los Al has not lived up to expectations so far this season.

No. 13 Yorba Linda
Week Record: 3-0
Overall Record: 6-1
Up next: Huntington Beach on Monday; Tustin on Wednesday; Marina on Friday

Synoposis: The only blemish on Yorba Linda’s record this season is a 7-3 loss to St. Margaret’s. They are 22-3 since last year, not bad for a program that is only four or five years old. With El Toro and Los Al struggling they may move up this week. How do they stack up against the Sunset League? We will find out this week when the play HB and Marina.

No. 14 Edison
Week Record: 3-1
Overall Record: 0-1
Up next: at Esperanza on Wednesday; at Los Al on Friday

Synoposis: The Chargers have been this season’s Cinderella story, starting the season 3-0 in their first year as a CIF team. Can they keep it up? We’ll find out.

No. 15 Aliso Nigue1
Week Record: 4-1
Overall Record: 2-0
Up next: Laguna Hills on Tuesday; San Juan Hills on Friday

Synoposis: The Wolverines are hot. They have not lost since El Toro beat them in OT in their season opener. They should probably be closer to the Top 10.

No. 16 Huntington Beach
Week Record: 0-4
Overall Record: 0-1
Up next: at Yorba Linda on Monday; Jserra on Wednesday; El Toro on Friday

Synoposis: The prevailing wisdom is the Oilers are better than their record. Wins against Yorba Linda and El Toro would help to prove it. And oh yeah, a win against JSerra won’t hurt either.

No. 17 Servite
Week Record: 2-2
Overall Record: 0-0
Up next: Newport Harbor on Tuesday; at JSerra on Thursday;

Synoposis: The vastly improved Friars did not play any games over Spring Break. Newport Harbor and JSerra will welcome them back.

No. 18 Trabuco Hills
Week Record: 4-4
Overall Record: 1-2
Up next:Mission Viejo on Tuesday.

Synoposis: The Mustangs have lost 4 out 5 since opening the season at 3-0. Mission Viejo (3-1) is this week’s opponent.

No. 19 Esperanza
Week Record: 3-3
Overall Record: 1-1
Up next: Edison on Wednesday; El Dorado on Friday

Synoposis: Esperanza will have to break out of their win one, lose one pattern if they want to move up.

No. 20 Marina
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 4-3
Up next: St. Margaret’s on Tuesday; at Yorba Linda on Friday

Synoposis: Marina has won 3 of their last 4 games. There is a tough week ahead though with St. Margaret’s and Yorba Linda on the docket.