The 2015 high school lacrosse season opens today, with (at least) five games on the schedule, including a Top 10 matchup between Crespi and Thousand Oaks. Here’s a quick look at some of the best matchups this week:
Today: No. 5 Crespi at No. 8 Thousand Oaks, 6 p.m.: It’s Day 1 and already we have a meeting of two Top 10 teams. The last time these teams met was in the 2013 playoffs, when the Celts eliminated the Lancers in the second round.
Monday: No. 14 Culver City at No. 16 Chaminade Prep, 5:30 p.m.: Would it be a stretch to say the head-to-head tie-breaker for playoff positioning is already a consideration? Last year, the Centaurs beat the Eagles 7-3 and went on to make the playoffs. Chaminade did not. Hmm.
Tuesday: No. 9 Westlake at No. 10 Redondo Union: Another matchup of Top 10 teams and another playoff rematch. The Warriors knocked off the Sea Hawks 11-10 in the first round last year.
Wednesday: No. 2 Loyola at No. 4 Oak Park, 7 p.m.: Part of the Knight’s Challenge organized by Orange County squads Foothill and Los Alamitos, this one actually will be played in Ventura County. Best we can tell, the Eagles and Cubs haven’t played each other since 2009.
Friday: No. 3 Harvard Westlake at No. 12 Agoura, 7 p.m.: It’s the season opener for the Chargers, who last faced the Wolverines in the 2013 playoffs, losing 16-8.
Saturday, March 7: No. 13 Oaks Christian at No. 7 Peninsula, 10 a.m.: The Panthers will have two games under the belts by next Saturday, including one on the home field they affectionately call the cow paddock. An early start, a long bus ride and a game on a cow paddock. Will Oaks be up for it?
(Rankings refer to the preseason coaches poll.)
Saturday, Feb. 28
No. 4 Oak Park vs. St Margaret’s, at Los Alamitos, 1 p.m. (Knights’ Challenge)
No. 2 Loyola at Los Alamitos, 5:30 p.m. (Knights’ Challenge)
No. 5 Crespi at No. 8 Thousand Oaks, 6 p.m.
No. 7 Peninsula at Glendale, Noon
Sierra Canyon at Valencia-Santa Clarita
Tuesday, March 3
No. 9 Westlake at No. 10 Redondo Union
Simi Valley at Viewpoint School
Brentwood at St Francis-La Canada
Santa Barbara at San Marcos-SB
Wednesday, March 4
No. 2 Loyola at No. 4 Oak Park, 7 p.m. (Knights’ Challenge)
No. 5 Crespi at No. 7 Peninsula, 3:30 p.m.
No. 3 Harvard Westlake at No. 14 Culver City, 6 p.m.
Santa Monica at No. 11 Mira Costa
Birmingham at No. 18 Palisades Charter
Simi Valley at Calabasas
Sierra Canyon at Simi Royal
Valencia at Downey
Thursday, March 5
No. 16 Chaminade at No. 17 Brentwood School, 3:30 p.m.
No. 15 Malibu at No. 13 Oaks Christian, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 6
No. 3 Harvard Westlake at No. 12 Agoura, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Culver City at No. 10 Redondo Union
Beverly Hills at No. 11 Mira Costa
Santa Monica at No. 18 Palisades Charter
St. Francis at Sierra Canyon
Calabasas at Simi Valley
San Marcos at Simi Royal
Downey at Viewpoint School
Valencia at Manual Arts HS
Saturday, March 7
No. 13 Oaks Christian at No. 7 Peninsula, 10 a.m.
No. 16 Chaminade at No. 9 Westlake
No. 2 Loyola at Tesoro (Knights’ Challenge)
No. 4 Oak Park at Los Alamitos, Noon (Knights’ Challenge)
Hart at Birmingham
Laguna Blanca at Santa Barbara