Boys Lacrosse: Week 5 in Review

March is in the rear view mirror and  four weeks of  the regular season remain.  Most, maybe all, teams are down to their final 10 games or less.   The wins and losses start to carry more weight, these are the ones that the playoff seeding committee will remember.  Life is particularly interesting in the Sunset League and South Coast League where teams are beating  one another up in league play for league championships and playoff seedings.  So who’s hot and who’s not?  Let’s find out.

BTW, saw the above picture of the Edison boys laxing on the beach on Facebook and just had to borrow it.

No. 1 Foothill
Week Record: 3-0
Overall Record: 12-0 SOS ranking>: 2
Up Next: at 2014 MA#5 Lincoln-Sudbury (MA) on Wednesday; at 2014 MA-D3 Champ Cohasset (MA) on Thursday; at 2014 MA#1 Medfield (MA) on Saturday
Synopsis:  Sitting at 12-0 with a strength of schedule ranking of  2, it is hard to deny the defending Section champs the No. 1 spot.  The Knights played like a no. 1 team again this week extending its win streak to 32 over two seasons while beating St. Viator (IL), No. 3 J Serra, and No. 7 Great Oak by a combined score of 49-22.

No. 2 Corona de Mar
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 8-0 SOS ranking>: 18
Up Next: at Bellarmine Prep on Tuesday; at Marin Catholic on Friday
Synopsis: Also playing like a no. 1 team is Corona del Mar.  Typical for the Sea Kings, their schedule gets more difficult as the season progresses.  Their SOS ranking has climbed from 40 to 16 in two weeks.  Also typical for the Sea Kings that while the SOS rankings change, the results do not.  Sea Kings 128, other guys 15 so far this season.  CdM completely shut down a very good Torrey Pines team on Friday.  Tough choice for the voters; this may have to be decided on the field.


No. 3  J Serra 
Week Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 7-2 SOS ranking>: 3
Up Next: Palos Verdes on Tuesday
Synopsis:  It was a difficult week for the Lions.  A nice come from behind win over No. 5 Santa Margarita Catholic was followed by disappointing losses to No. 1 Foothill and No. 4 St. Margaret’s.  The Lions went through a similar stretch last year and ended up in the division finals.  For now though they will likely swap spots in the poll with St. Margaret’s.

No. 4  St. Margaret’s
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 11-1 SOS ranking>: 6
Up Next: at Campolindo on Thursday; at San Ramon Valley on Friday; at Bellarmine Prep on Saturday
Synopsis: The Tartans are back at full strength, and have entered the No. 1 discussion.  Nick Shanks is back.  Sam Harnisch is back.  Ryan Harnisch is partying like it’s 2013.  They made what should have been a difficult week look easy, dispatching of No. 9 Aliso and No. 3 J Serra.  Tough trip to the Bay Area coming up; according to Campolindo is No. 10 in the North Coast Section, San Ramon Valley is No. 1 in the North Coast Section, and Bellarmine Prep is No. 2 in the Central Coast Section.

No. 5. Santa Margarita
Week Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 6-3 SOS ranking>: 5
Up Next: At Jesuit-Sacramento on Tuesday; at Granite Bay on Thursday
Synopsis:  The Eagles will try to break a two-game losing streak when they travel to Sacramento this week.  LaxPower rates Jesuit-Sacramento No. 4 in the Central Coast Section and Granite Bay No.  8. The Eagles are probably still a solid No. 5.

No. 6  San Clemente
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 3-6 SOS ranking>: 1
Up Next: at Great Oak on Tuesday
Synopsis:  The Tritons, the only team to have defeated No. 8 Trabuco Hills, were upset by No. 9 Aliso Niguel this week. How the coaches factor all of this into their voting will be interesting.  The Tritons’ strength of schedule should work in their favor.  This week’s game against Great Oak is a BIG one for both teams

No. 7  Great Oak
Week Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 7-3 SOS ranking>: 16
Up Next: San Clemente on Tuesday; at Trabuco Hills on Friday; Mater Dei on Saturday
Synopsis: The Wolfpack lost to Foothill in their only game this week.  I don’t expect the voters to hold that against them, but No. 8 Trabuco Hills may be climbing anyways.  Great Oak play both of their Top 10 neighbors this week; San Clemente on Tuesday, Trabuco Hills on Friday.

No. 8  Trabuco Hills
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 9-1 SOS ranking>: 25
Up Next: Great Oak on Friday
Synopsis:  The Mustangs are 9-1 and the only team in the South Coast League with three wins.  Although their strength of schedule, which is lowest in the Top 10 may work against them, don’t be surprised if they continue to move up the polls this week.  .  No matter what happens, they will have the opportunity to prove the voters right or wrong when they play Great Oak on Friday.

No. 9  Aliso Niguel
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 6-4 SOS ranking>: 15
Up Next: Loyola on Tuesday
Synopsis: Aliso beat San Clemente.  San Clemente beat Trabuco.  Trabuco beat Aliso.  Such is life in the South Coast League.  A strong showing against Loyola would help the Wolverines solidify their position.

No. 10  Tesoro
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record:3-5 SOS ranking>: 4
Up Next: Menlo School on Tuesday
Synopsis: After starting the season 0-5, the Titans have recovered to win three of their last five. Despite two losses in league play do not count them out of the South Coast League race. They have two games against San Clemente and one each against Tesoro and Aliso.

No. 11  Los Alamitos
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 5-6 SOS ranking>: 20
Up Next: Edison on April 15
Synopsis:   We expected Sunset League play to be a wild ride, and that is turning out to be the case.  Los Al’s loss to No. 12 Newport Harbor makes things very interesting in the league and the Coaches Poll.

No. 12 Newport Harbor
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 4-6 SOS ranking>: 9
Up Next: Beckman on Thursday
Synopsis: All of a sudden Newport Harbor is in the Sunset League driver’s seat, having won three out of their last four (all by one goal) including wins over league rivals Huntington Beach and Los Al.  Their only loss in that stretch is to No. 2 CdM, making them members of a not-so-exclusive club.  Thursday’s game against Beckman should be a good one.

No. 13 El Toro
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 6-3 SOS ranking>: 29
Up Next: Huntington Beach on Tuesday
Synopsis: The Chargers’ have won three in a row and four of their last five.  With a 3-0 Sea View League record, they share the top spot with Dana Hills.

No. 14 Beckman
Week Record: 1-0
Overall Record: 4-3 SOS ranking>: 30
Up Next: at Newport Harbor on Thursday; Servite on Saturday
Synopsis: The Patriots are another team on three game win streak.  Important games against Newport Harbor and Servite await.

No. 15 Huntington Beach
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 5-5 SOS ranking>: 21
Up Next: at El Toro on Tuesday
Synopsis:   The Oilers are a respectable 5-5 with a very respectable SOS ranking of 21.

No. 16 Yorba Linda
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 9-3 SOS ranking>: 46
Up Next: Valencia on April 13
Synopsis:  The Mustangs have an impressive record but their SOS is working against them in the coaches poll.

No. 17  Servite
Week Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-5 SOS ranking>: 19
Up Next: Mater Dei on Tuesday; at Beckman on Saturday
The Friars won 3 out of  4 before taking off a week for Spring Break.  If they can shake off the vacation rust in time for Beckman and Mater Dei,  they could be moving up into a playoff position.

No. 18 Mater Dei
Week Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 3-5 SOS ranking>: 38
Up Next: at Servite on Tuesday; at Great Oak on Saturday
Monarchs have a challenging week ahead with Servite and Great Oak in the picture.

No. 19 Esperanza
Week Record: 1-0
Overall Record: 6-3 SOS ranking>: 48
Up Next: at Temecula Valley on Tuesday
The Aztecs rebounded from a heartbreaking loss to Yorba Linda with a win over El Dorado to keep themselves in the Century League race.

No. 20  Capistrano Valley
Week Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 3-6 SOS ranking>: 36
Up Next: Marina on Wednesday; at Tesoro on Friday
Synopsis:  Capo has six games left on the schedule, including five against South Coast League opponents.



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