Last Saturday, April 11th the Carthage Redmen made the long trip from Kenosha, Wisconsin to Sunny California for a showdown with the Whittier Poets.  Most people would probably not be surprised to learn that Whittier College, which features seven players from Orange County high schools, has more Californians on its roster than any other Division 3 program.  What might surprise many people is that Carthage, with  four OC alums, has the second most Californians of any Division 3 lacrosse program.  So Saturday’s game was an OC high school reunion of sorts.

Carthage was led by former El Toro standout Jared Ferrell who had 2 goals in the game.  Jordyn Williams (Aliso Niguel) was a force to be reckoned with in the midfield with 2 GB’s, 2 CT’s, and a sweet BTB pass on a fast break.  Captain James Fleming (Servite) helped slow down the Whittier attack early in the game, and his 2 GB’s came at very crucial moments. Luke Seydel (2G, 1A), Billy Lane (2G, 1A), and Remy Giacotto (1G) rounded out the scoring for Carthage.  Senior captain Timothy Francis (Huntington Beach), who leads the team in scoring with Ferrell, was uncharacteristically quiet for the Red Men.

Whittier was led by the dynamic duo from San Clemente, Juniors Aaron Self and Jonathan Kassity.  Self (1G, 2A) was all over the field as usual, playing shutdown defense on one end and dishing out assists on the other.  Kassity (2G, 1A) took advantage of the Red Men’s decision to use a short stick on him, and somehow always seemed to be open on the backside.  Defensively Truman Lyford (Great Oak) harassed the Redmen midfield all day long, and his 2 GB’s and 2 CT’s led to some very valuable possessions for the Poets. Tommy Andrews (Tustin) and Matthew Prado (Servite) sured up the defensive midfield, and were able to limit the effectiveness of the Redmen midfielders through agile footwork and physical defense. After a back and forth first half the Poets eventually took control of the game in the 3rd quarter and never looked back. Putting the exclamation point on the Poets’ 14-7 victory Maxwell Jones (Bellarmine Prep, WA) had 3 goals and 2 assists to go along with Dan Prevedel’s (Denver East, CO) 3 goals and 1 assist.

Enjoy this D-3 matchup on this edition of MaxLaxOC’s Game of the Week.

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