With a lot of schools still out on break, the schedule for the week is light on total number of games, but it’s certainly not light on matchups with a lot on the line in terms of schedule strength and potential playoff positioning.
Here’s a look at the games to watch in Week 6:
CORRECTION: The Aliso Niguel-Loyola game originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, has been moved to Wednesday, April 8, at Loyola. The change was finalized a while ago but only made on LaxPower.com on Sunday night.
Palos Verdes (6-2) heads south again for its sixth consecutive game away from home, visiting J Serra Catholic (7-2), the No. 3-ranked team in Orange County. The Lions are coming off back-to-back road losses at No. 1 Foothill and at No. 4 St. Margaret’s. This is the first of three tough games this week for the Sea Kings.
This also is a big week for Oak Park (6-3), which has won four in a row, all at home. Tuesday, Thousand Oaks (6-3) swings by. The Lancers bounced back from last week’s loss to Westlake with a 9-8 win over visiting Foothill-Pleasanton on Saturday.
Aliso Niguel (6-4), ranked No. 9 in the Orange County coaches poll, visits Loyola (9-1). Both teams have beaten Los Alamitos and Tesoro this season, with Aliso winning 12-11 and 11-8, respectively, and Loyola winning 15-7 and 12-11. Last year the Cubs traveled south and beat Aliso 13-11.
It has been a quiet season thus far for Culver City (3-6). The Centaurs’ schedule ranks as the 13th-toughest among L.A. teams on LaxPower.com, and the results bear that out — all six losses are to teams ranked in the Top 15 of the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll, four of them in the Top 10. Culver faces another Top 5 opponent Wednesday in Peninsula (9-1), which has won two in a row since suffering its only loss, to Loyola.
Last year’s L.A. finalists get together for the third time in a year when Oak Park visits Palos Verdes. The Eagles beat PV 9-8 in overtime in the regular season last spring, but the Sea Kings took the L.A. championship, beating Oak Park 9-6. As best we can tell, last year’s OT win over the Sea Kings was the first (and only) time the Eagles have beaten PV in seven games between them dating back to 2005.
The two top-ranked teams in L.A. since the preseason both travel to San Diego to test themselves for the stretch run. Palos Verdes takes on Cathedral Catholic (3-3), which beat La Costa Canyon 11-6 and lost to J Serra 12-11. PV lost to LCC 9-3 and plays at J Serra on Tuesday. Loyola, meanwhile, visits Rancho Bernardo (7-1).
Here’s the full schedule for the week of April 6-11 (via LaxPower.com):
Tuesday, April 7
Palos Verdes at J Serra Catholic
Thousand Oaks at Oak Park
Viewpoint at Cate School
Brentwood at Palisades Charter
Jordan at Alexander Hamilton
Huntington Park at Valley Academy
Wednesday, April 8
Aliso Niguel at Loyola
Peninsula at Culver City
Sierra Canyon at Simi Valley
Glendale at El Segundo
Valley Academy at Manual Arts
Thursday, April 9
Oak Park at Palos Verdes
Thacher at Brentwood
Birmingham at Glendale
Palisades Charter at Jordan
Huntington Park at Manual Arts
Dos Pueblos at Laguna Blanca
Friday, April 10
Culver City at Viewpoint
Simi Royal at Sierra Canyon
Santa Barbara at Simi Valley
Stevenson School at Cate School
Saturday, April 11
Loyola at Rancho Bernardo
Palos Verdes at Cathedral Catholic
West Ranch at Chaminade Prep
Glendale at Alexander Hamilton
Stevenson School at Thacher School