Week 3 Games To Watch

If you’re a fan of the Mission League or Bay League, Week Three of the 2015 lacrosse season is right up your alley. Here’s a look at the games to watch:

Crespi (2-3) is coming off a strong week after opening with two road losses. The Celts took Palos Verdes to overtime before falling 13-12, then beat St. Francis and Oak Park. Loyola (6-0) is coming off what might be its toughest test yet, a 7-6 overtime win over Thousand Oaks on Saturday. Loyola beat Crespi twice last year, and the Celts have successfully used the “redemption” theme of late. It’s a Mission League game and a rivalry.

Palos Verdes (1-1) and Harvard Westlake (4-1) haven’t played since the Wolverines upset the Sea Kings in the title game of the 2013 L.A. division playoffs. While many of the key players for Harvard Westlake in that game have graduated, many of the Sea Kings players — freshmen and sophomore then — are still around. For PV, Wednesday is the start of a brutal stretch of consecutive road games — Harvard Westlake, San Clemente, La Costa Canyon, Santa Margarita Catholic and J Serra. After PV on Wednesday, Harvard Westlake plays host to Peninsula (5-0) on Friday.

This is the second big game of the week for Harvard Westlake and only the second true test for unbeaten Peninsula (5-0). The Panthers beat Crespi 10-9 at home March 4 but have had a fairly easy time of it their other four victories.

One common opponent for Harvard Westlake and Peninsula is Oaks Christian, which plays at Newbury Park on Friday. The Lions lost to Peninsula 15-10 and to Harvard Westlake 9-5. Oaks Christian also beat Chaminade 14-11, suggesting the Lions can score. Why is that significant? Newbury Park (1-1) senior goalie Mikey Marinelli is dealing with a hand injury. He played against Oak Park but didn’t against Malibu. His health is key for Newbury, which opened with a 10-7 loss at Oak Park. The Panthers were without junior attack Chasen Colter, last year’s leading scorer, in that game, but he scored four against Malibu.

The Cubs make their third trip to Orange County on Saturday, taking on Foothill — the defending Southern Section champs and top-ranked team in the Western Region in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine rankings. It would be quite an achievement to be still undefeated come next Sunday. But either way, Loyola will be battle-tested down the stretch. Even after this trip, the Cubs still have nonleague games at Peninsula, vs. Aliso Niguel (No. 9 in last week’s MaxLaxOC poll), at Ranch Bernardo (San Diego) and at Palos Verdes.

Here’s the full schedule for the week of March 16-21 (via LaxPower.com):

Monday, March 16
Edison at Beverly Hills
St Francis at Chaminade Prep
Downey at El Segundo
Jordan at Huntington Park
Culver City at Palos Verdes
Valley Academy at Palisades Charter
Manual Arts at Westchester

Tuesday, March 17
Peninsula at Brentwood
Loyola at Crespi
Viewpoint at Valencia
Hamilton at Huntington Park
Hart at Oak Park
Santa Monica at Redondo Union
Simi Valley at Sierra Canyon
Malibu at Simi Royal
San Marcos at Santa Barbara
Oaks Christian at Thacher School

Wednesday, March 18
Birmingham at Calabasas
Beverly Hills at Culver City
Mira Costa at Downey
Valley Academy at Hawkins
Palos Verdes at Harvard Westlake
Westchester at Jordan
Ojai Valley at Laguna Blanca
West Ranch at Newbury Park

Thursday, March 19
El Segundo at Brentwood
Palisades at Huntington Park
Cate School at Malibu
Valencia at Sierra Canyon
Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara
Viewpoint at Thacher

Friday, March 20
Westchester at Birmingham
El Segundo at Beverly Hills
Thousand Oaks at Calabasas
Culver City at Downey
Peninsula at Harvard-Westlake
Valley Academy at Jordan
Oaks Christian at Newbury Park
Simi Valley at Simi Royal
Redondo Union at Santa Monica
Agoura at Westlake

Saturday, March 21
San Diego HS at Hamilton
Crespi at Chaminade
Loyola at Foothill-Santa Ana
St Francis at Harvard Westlake
West Ranch at Mira Costa
Palos Verdes at San Clemente
Dunn School Santa Barbara


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