The opening round of the CIF playoffs sent Newbury Park on a road trip down Yorba Linda where the Panthers found a not so gracious welcome in the Land of Gracious Living. Yorba Linda jumped out to an early 4-1 lead after Q1, extended the lead to 8-1 by halftime and never looked back en route to a 14-4 win.
Tyler Bohlinger (3g, 1a) and Blake Hardison (1g, 3a) each had four points for Yorba Linda. Hardison has had a big year. Not hyped from the club scene and not a name commit he has flown under the radar, but as far as attackmen in the OC are concerned, he’s up near the top. His ability to change direction on a dime and his aggressive dodging style at goal line extended opens up the offense even when it doesn’t show in the score book. He’s simply one of the better attackmen in OC.
Brock Melanson(2g, 2a) also had four points on the day. The very athletic and physical 2021 middie recently committed to play NCAA Division 3 lacrosse after graduation at Illinois Tech. Jack Johnson was a dual-threat, with two goals and a very strong performance on faceoffs to help Yorba Linda control the ball much of the night.
Trevor Krause continues to have a big year. He had a couple nice ground balls to bullet passes that resulted in transition goals. He has previously been noted for his nine groundball performance vs Santa Margarita. Krause is well above any pole in OC as far as groundball production and caused turnovers. Ryan Pontillo, a 2023 LSM sparked transition with three fast breaks, two of which resulted in goals for Yorba Linda. He continues to develop. Elias Cortez got more runs than usual at LSM and man down and looked good with two ground balls and a couple nice clears.
Hunter Platt continues to be one of the best goalies in OC. He allowed just three goals while making 11 saves (78%). Platt had 15 saves earlier in the season in the best goalie matchup of 2021 when Yorba Linda overcame Tesoro goalie Jackson Brady’s 15 saves to pull out the W.. Against Foothills matching up against Joey Garcia he once again made some outstanding saves. He should only get better and will be tested Fridayi vs Palos Verdes.
Palos Verdes, which has been an LA power program for years, went 5 wins vs 6 loses under second year coach Aiden Herman who also coaches Mad Dog. They won their league and thus a bye so they will host Yorba Linda in the second round match up. Brad Sharp of PV is believed to be back from injury, the 2021 Yale commit should be a factor in this one and can play attack or middie.
Yorba Linda vs PV Vegas Line: pick um