The Yorba Linda Stangs edged the 101 Guns Varsity 8-7 on Sunday to claim the Santa Barbara Showdown High School Gold Division championship. The Stangs started off strong in pool on Saturday defeating T12 Stars 8-5 and Black 7-3. The Stangs ended pool play with an 8-7 loss to the 101 Guns that left the Guns as the no. 1 seed and the Stangs as the no. 3 seed entering the playoff round on Sunday.
The Stangs upset the no. 2 seeded Dragons 5-4 in the semi-finals to set up the championship game rematch. The two evenly matched finalists battled to another 8-7 outcome, only the Stangs came out on top when it mattered most.
Over 100 boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams participated in the 2016 Santa Barbara Showdown, which was played the Santa Barbara Polo Club, on the third highest rated polo surface in the United States. The tournament featured nine girls divisions and eight boys divisions ranging from 2025/2025 through high school elite.