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St. Ignatius Boys Lacrosse (7-1) Defeats Redwood High 18-6 As It Rebounds From Loss To Coronado


Redwood's Tyler Simmons (4) tries to maneuver past St. Ignatius' Sam Arabian during SI's 18-6 victory. (Special to the IJ/Alan Dep)

Redwood's Tyler Simmons (4) tries to maneuver past St. Ignatius' Sam Arabian during SI's 18-6 victory. (Special to the IJ/Alan Dep)

With Tiburon native Billy Mattimore scoring three of his five goals in a 3 minute, 49 second span of the third quarter, St. Ignatius turned a 6-5 lead into a rout that eventually saw the Wildcats win 18-6. St. Ignatius (7-1) has now won two in a row since a loss last week to Coronado ended a 43-match winning streak against California schools; Redwood (5-6) failed in its bid to move over .500 for the first time since it won its season opener.

“It’s tough running with the best,” Redwood coach Griffin Costello said. “But it was a great game. Every game we try to learn something new. It’s a big loss, but it’s a lesson to learn. Even the games we win, we learn what we do well, how we came out strong. How we did something different. So it’s always a learning experience.”

St. Ignatius never trailed, but the Wildcats never looked truly comfortable in the first half. After Redwood fell behind 4-1 in the first period, the Giants closed to within 4-3 when freshman Patrick Konttinen scored twice in 26 seconds early in the second period. After SI extended its lead to 6-3, Adam Rosenthal tallied to bring Redwood closer before intermission .

When Joe Klemme then struck 1:14 into the second half, the Giants were down just 6-5. Unfortunately for them, that goal would be among their final highlights.

Despite goalie Hunter Hall’s 21 saves, Redwood could not keep SI down and the deficit was 12-6 by the end of the third quarter. It never got any better for Redwood in the final period.

“The boys were waiting to explode and it took them awhile to get going,” St. Ignatius coach Chris Packard said. “I think we were a little slow to start but they hung in there and they look within so we appreciate how they’re staying together and using each other.”

Fatigue definitely took its toll on the Giants.

“At the end of halftime, I was still tired and we had to go back out there,” Redwood defender Jeremy Schwartz said. “But if we could have possessed the ball, it might have been a little bit different story.”

St. Ignatius clearly won the time of possession battle, launching attack after attack at the Redwood net. Eventually, those forays into Redwood territory paid off.

“We were a little bit frustrated just because we knew we were not playing to our potential,” Mattimore said. “We just wanted to come out and play like we know how, to our full potential. We still know that we are a good team and how well we can play.”

Despite the lopsided outcome, Packard said he was impressed with Redwood.

“Redwood, they’re a vastly improved team,” Packard said. “They have a bunch of nice players and a good philosophy. I was impressed with their defense certainly and how they moved the ball on offense.”

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California High School Lacrosse Scores For March 30


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High School Boys

CA Archbishop Mitty 6, Mountain View 5
CA Bellarmine Prep 16, Los Gatos 5
CA Birmingham 13, Jordan 0
CA Burlingame 16, Saratoga 3
CA Cordova-Folsom 9, Pleasant Grove 1
CA Corona Del Mar 16, Beckman 1
CA Eastlake 22, Montgomery 3
CA Foothills Christian 14, Chula Vista 3
CA Irvine HS 11, University Irvine 4
CA Laguna Hills 16, San Juan Hills 4
CA Marina 11, Aliso Niguel 7
CA Menlo-Atherton 18, Sacred Heart Prep 5
CA Oak Park 8, Oaks Christian 2
CA Otay Ranch 4, Bonita Vista 3
CA Saint Ignatius Prep 18, Redwood 6
CA St John Bosco 4, Anaheim Servite 3 (OT)
CA University SF 12, Branson 3

High School Girls

CA Beckman 19, Corona Del Mar 8
CA Granite Hills 10, Mission Hills 2
CA Laguna Hills 19, San Juan Hills 7
CA Poway 11, Valley Center 9
CA Rancho Bernardo 19, Francis Parker School 2
CA Santa Margarita Catholic 11, JSerra Catholic 8
CA St. Ignatius Prep, CA 16, Palo Alto 0
CA University HS, Irvine 11, Irvine 4
CA Westview, CA 10, Santa Fe Christian 7

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Best Of Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA): Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Defeats BYU 14-11 In Ann Arbor On March 28, 2009 (Video)


Southern California Girls Varsity Lacrosse: Foothill Knights Girls Varsity Lacrosse “Band Of Sisters” Defeats Cate School 11-10 On Saturday To Improve To 8-4


Foothill Lady Knights Varsity Lacrosse before game with Cate School on Saturday.

Foothill Lady Knights Varsity Lacrosse before game with Cate School on Saturday.

The 2009 Foothill High School Varsity Girls Lacrosse team demonstrated on Saturday that there is truly no “I” in team. Calling themselves a “Band Of Sisters” and wearing different color head bands for each game, Foothill pulled together when it counted most:  In the second half against a strong Cate School team that had recently captured the Rose Bowl Jamboree, including a  9-8 victory over Foothill.

Here are pictures of the action in that game:

Foothill Varsity Girls Lacrosse Head Coach Brian Cross (right) and Coach Chris Cummins discuss strategy before game with Cate School.

Foothill Varsity Girls Lacrosse Head Coach Brian Cross (right) and Coach Chris Cummins discuss strategy before game with Cate School.

Foothill Varsity Girls on the attack against Cate School Saturday.

Foothill Varsity Girls on the attack against Cate School Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foothill Varsity Girls had the advantage is shots on goal in the first half but great goaltending by Cate School limited the Lady Knights to 3 first half goals.

Foothill Varsity Girls had the advantage in shots on goal in the first half but great goaltending by Cate School limited the Lady Knights to 3 first half goals.

Cate School Varsity Girls Lacrosse kept the pressure on Foothill all game.

Cate School Varsity Girls Lacrosse kept the pressure on Foothill all game.

Foothill Varsity Girls Lacrosse kept shooting on Cate Schools goalie...

Foothill Varsity Girls Lacrosse kept shooting on Cate School's goalie...

 

Cate School Varsity Girls Lacrosse led Foothill Knights 6-3 at halftime...

Cate School Varsity Girls Lacrosse led Foothill Knights 6-3 at halftime...

 

The Foothill Lady Knights lacrosse team came out firing against Cate School in the second half Saturday....

The Foothill Lady Knights lacrosse team came out firing against Cate School in the second half Saturday....

 

Foothill Varsity Girls lacrosse attackers started getting shots by Cate Schools outstanding goalie as the second half progressed.

Foothill Varsity Girls lacrosse attackers started getting shots by Cate Schools outstanding goalie as the second half progressed.

 

Foothill Varsity Girls lacrosse were starting to win most face-offs in the second half...

Foothill Varsity Girls lacrosse were starting to win most face-offs in the second half...

 

Foothill High School Varsity Girls defeated Cate School 11-10 on Saturday.

Foothill High School Varsity Girls defeated Cate School 11-10 on Saturday.

Date Time   Opponent Result
2/28/09 TBA @ Tesoro ( CA) 8-4 (W)
3/07/09 TBA @ Huntington Park  1-0 (W) F
3/07/09 1:00 PM vs. Beckman (Irvine,       10-7 (W)
3/07/09 4:00 PM vs. Cate  (Rosebowl) ** 8-9 (L)
3/11/09 5:00 PM vs. Aliso Niguel  23-2 (W)
3/13/09 6:15 PM vs. Palos Verdes  22-0 (W)
3/14/09 2:00 PM @ Los Alamitos  10-15 (L)
3/20/09 5:00 PM @ Beckman (Irvine, CA) 3-13 (L)
3/21/09 TBA vs. Air Academy ( CO) 4-16 (L)
3/25/09 3:30 PM @ Woodbridge  * 23-2 (W)
3/27/09 TBA vs. Trabuco Hills  15-8 (W)
3/28/09 2:00 PM vs. Cate (Carpinteria, CA) 11-10 (W)
4/01/09 3:30 PM @ Northwood  Pregame
4/02/09 5:00 PM vs. El Toro * Pregame
4/04/09 TBA vs. TBA **  
4/14/09 5:00 PM vs. Corona del Mar  Pregame
4/15/09 3:30 PM @ Huntington Beach Pregame
4/15/09 4:30 PM @ St. Margaret’s  Pregame
4/20/09 7:00 PM @ Aliso Niguel  Pregame
4/22/09 5:00 PM vs. Woodbridge  Pregame
4/24/09 7:00 PM @ Trabuco Hills  * Pregame
4/29/09 5:00 PM vs. Northwood * Pregame
5/01/09 5:30 PM @ El Toro * Pregame

 

 

 

College Lacrosse Recruiting: Evaluations Are Used By Lacrosse Coaches To Gauge Student-Athletes Academic And Athletic Skill Level (Victory Collegiate Consulting)


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What are college recruiting evaluations?

Evaluations are off campus tactics that college coaches use to get an idea of your current athletic and academic skill level. Not only do they want to see that 4.4 forty, they want to see your Algebra grades and your SAT scores too!

Some coaches will evaluate prospects at the site of the high school or club, while other coaches will gather all the academic information they need electronically, or by regular mail and attend tournaments and showcases where their top prospects will be in attendance.

In a nutshell, evaluations offer college coaches with the information they need to determine the level of academic and athletic “stuff” you bring to the college recruiting table.

Tom Kovic

 

Victory Collegiate Consulting

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Northern California High School Lacrosse: De La Salle Boys Lacrosse Joins East Bay Athletic League Which Will Now Include 5 Teams In Top 20 In California


delasallelacrosse4With it already being the strongest league in Northern California, De La Salle High School joins the league and makes it one of the strongest leagues in the entire state.

With the Spartans in the mix, the EBAL has the top five teams in the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay boys lacrosse rankings.

On laxpower, the same five EBAL teams (De La Salle, Foothill, Amador Valley, San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista) are ranked in the top 20 in the state.

According to westsidelax, De La Salle is ranked 14th in the entire country and those same five teams mentioned above are ranked in the top 15 in California.

You would think that the coaches might not want a national powerhouse to come into the league if it is already competitive, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all; especially for the defending champs San Ramon Valley and head coach Peter Worstell.

“I welcome them with open arms,” Worstell said. “Whatever raises the bar is a good thing. They’re the real deal as always and we want to play competitive lacrosse. The addition of De La Salle takes it to another level.”

The Wolves and Spartans played in last year’s North Coast Section championship game with the San Ramon Valley winning 11-4.

The Spartans appear to be the favorite this year, but the Wolves have hung in there despite having four freshman in their six middie spots.

“This week will really tell us where we’re at,” Worstell said.

The Wolves play second-ranked Foothill Tuesday and will be at De La Salle on Friday.

The Spartans only loss this season came at Coronado, who is now considered the No. 1 team in the state. Coronado beat former No. 1 St. Ignatius Prep 7-6 on Saturday, which was the first loss to a team from California since losing to Monte Vista in April of 2006.

De La Salle lost to Coronado 10-8 on the road on March 13, and plays St. Ignatius Prep at home on April 11.

Rankings

The top five is nothing but EBAL teams, for reasons that we have already discussed. The league is loaded and when these five teams face each other, it’s going to be a good game.

Acalanes and Berkeley are still playing well while Piedmont climbs back into the top 10 after going 3-0 last week. Las Lomas and Miramonte join the Dons as Diablo Foothill Athletic League teams in the top 10.

Clayton Valley drops down to No. 12 after two losses, one of them a 14-3 loss to Acalanes. The second tier teams in the EBAL, Cal and Livermore, are helping round out the top 15. This just goes to show you how deep this league is, because these two teams might be the best in any other league.

1. De La Salle (6-1)

2. Foothill (6-2)

3. Amador Valley (5-1)

4. Monte Vista (5-1)

5. San Ramon Valley (6-3)

6. Acalanes (4-3)

7. Berkeley (7-1)

8. Piedmont (6-4)

9. Las Lomas (5-3)

10. Miramonte (6-4)

11. California (5-5)

12. Clayton Valley (7-3)

13. Livermore (4-5)

14. Campolindo (4-6)

15. College Park (2-2)

 http://www.insidebayarea.com/sports/ci_12031470

 

 

 

 

California High School Lacrosse Scores For March 28


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High School Boys

CA Anaheim Servite 5, El Dorado 1
CA Avalon-Catalina 9, Marina 8
CA Beverly Hills 9, Cate School 4
CA Chico 8, Gold Country 1
CA Edison 8, La Quinta 5
CA La Costa Canyon 9, Foothill-Santa Ana 5
CA Los Alamitos 14, Downey 2
CA Napa 11, Redding 7
CA Newbury Park 19, Pasadena 6
CA Orangevale 9, Pleasant Grove 1
CA Petaluma 12, Ukiah 3
CA Rancho Cotati 13, San Francisco City 6
CA Serra-San Mateo 11, Los Gatos 5
CA Torrey Pines 13, Santa Fe Christian 7

High School Girls

CA Davis 14, St. Francis, CA 9
CA Foothill, Santa Ana 12, Cate School 11
CA Marin Catholic 8, Stevenson School, CA 6
CA Oak Ridge 10, Redwood 8
CA Redondo Union 10, La Canada 4
CA Santa Margarita Catholic 11, Mater Dei 9

 

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Bellarmine 12-9 On Sunday


denvermenslacrosse9The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (6-4, 1-0 GWLL) opened league play with 12-9 win over Bellarmine (6-4, 0-2 GWLL) on Sunday afternoon at the Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

 

Freshman Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) led all scorers with five goals and one assist, while freshman Todd Baxter (Madison, N.J.) finished with three goals and one assist. As a team, Denver tallied 40 shots and 27 ground balls for the game, while winning 14-of-24 face-offs and clearing on 18-of 22 attempts.

 

BU was led by Dereck Hopcroft’s four goals, while Sean Doyle finished with three goals and three assists. As a team, the Knights notched 45 shots and scooped up 27 ground balls, while winning 10-of-24 face-offs and being successful on 15-of-16 clear attempts.

 

Matthews provided the first point of the game, scoring a man-up goal with 10:55 remaining. Just 12 second later, BU provided the equalizer as Hopcroft scored on a pass from Chase Williams as the Knights had a man-advantage.

 

The Knights provided the next two goals as Ray Finnegan Jr., and Matt Campbell provided the 3-1 advantage. The Pioneers cut the deficit to one with one second remaining in the period ad Matthews scored his second of the game on a pass from John Dickenson (Dallas, Texas).

 

Denver evened the score with 4:18 remaining in second period as Baxter scored an unassisted shot, his eighth goal of the season. Matthews then scored his third goal of the game on a pass from senior Kyle Widerstedt (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) with 2:44 left to play in the second period.

 

The Pioneers then added two more goals over the final two minutes of action in the half as senior Joey Murray (Denver, Colo.) added his first of the game and Baxter added his second on a pass from freshman Jon Vande Werken (Columbus, Ohio) to give Denver a 6-3 lead heading into the locker room.

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Southern California High School JV Lacrosse “Game Of The Year”: Foothill Knights JV Lacrosse Defeats La Costa Canyon Mavericks 8-4 In An Epic And Exciting Comeback In The Final Twelve Minutes


The 2009 Foothill Knights JV Boys Lacrosse team completed a 2nd half comeback that parents and coaches will be talking about for years to come. Legendary college basketball coach Jim Valvano told the sports world in a 1993 speech:

 “Don’t Give Up. Don’t Ever Give Up” 

And so, down 3-0 with 5:29 to go in the third quarter, the JV squad came to life on offense to outscore the Mavericks 8-1 in the final quarter and a half.  This included seven unanswered goals in the final twelve minute. This was a game for the ages….

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The game began Saturday following a convincing 6-1 victory by the Frosh-Soph lacrosse team. Foothill Frosh Soph final score La CostaThe mood of the team was upbeat and confident as the preceeding week produced convincing victories for all three boys lacrosse squads. This game was clearly the biggest traditional game of the year and a victory would cement the reputation of the talented team.

Foothill JV lacrosse la costa canyon 2009Coach Dominic Guevara knew that Foothill would have to keep the game close as La Costa Canyon had a history of making half-time adjustments to put opponents away in the second half. This and the fact that JV started games slowly, and the pressure was clearly on the defense, particularly sophomore goalie Zack Schenker and the middies.

The first quarter saw both teams checking and probing the other trying to find weaknesses. Shots Foothill JV Lacrosse La Costa Canyon 1st quarter scorewere contested by aggressive long-pole defenders and fresh middies. La Costa attackers sent shots wide and high and Foothill answered with shot attempts that were easily handled by Mavericks goalie #9 Kyle Svendsen. The first quarter ended with the score tied 0-0.

Foothill JV lacrosse la costa canyonThe second quarter began and the hitting by both teams increased. Ground balls were contested by two, three and sometimes four players with the successful player promptly getting his stick hit and cries of “ball down” rang out. Led by long-pole defensemen #19 Chance Cooper, #7 Sean Feeney, #8 Brad Gustafson, #9 Connor Cummins, #2 Alex Keuilian, and #27 Bryan Kift, the Knights are an extremely talented group of athletes who could be starting on Varsity for many Orange County programs. All six came in and played La Costa’s attack and middies straight up. Along with goalie Zack Schenker, who was outstanding all day in recording 13 saves on 17 shots, they were keeping the Knights in the game while the offense was warming up.

La Costa Canyon middie #4 Nick Compagiannis attempt shot as Foothill middie #12 Josh Peterman, defenseman #7 Sean Feeney, middie #14 Travis Mann provide pressure in front of goalie Zack Schenker.

La Costa Canyon middie #4 Nick Compagiannis attempts shot as Foothill middie #12 Josh Peterman, defenseman #7 Sean Feeney, and middie #14 Travis Mann provide pressure in front of goalie Zack Schenker.

La Costa attacker #24 scored the game’s first goal midway through the second period on a running shot from the right side.

 

La Costa's attack #1 Sean Hayden is forced to miss a shot after being hit by Knights defenseman #9 Connor Cummins. The Mavericks led 1-0 at halftime.

La Costa's attack #1 Sean Hayden is forced to miss a shot after being hit by Knights defenseman #9 Connor Cummins. The Mavericks led 1-0 at halftime.

  

La Costa Canyon JV lacrosse went into halftime leading Foothill 1-0 Saturday evening.

La Costa Canyon JV lacrosse went into halftime leading Foothill 1-0 Saturday evening.

Both teams then made multiple defensive stands and the Mavericks led 1-0 going into half-time.
 
Foothill Knights JV lacrosse defensemen #19 Chance Cooper, #9 Connor Cummins, and #7 Sean Feeney take position at the start of the 3rd quarter against La Costa Canyon Saturday as the La Costa Canyon varsity filed in and watched from the sidelines.

Foothill Knights JV lacrosse defensemen #19 Chance Cooper, #9 Connor Cummins, and #7 Sean Feeney take position at the start of the 3rd quarter against La Costa Canyon Saturday as the La Costa Canyon varsity filed in and watched from the sidelines.

With both varsity lacrosse squads filing out onto the sidelines and increasingly interested in the

unfolding drama, the speed and tempo of the game picked up and both teams started taking driving shots on goal.

La Costa attack #2 Chase Toomey scored at 7:15 of the third quarter and put his team up 2-0.  

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#11 Sammy Condurso followed nearly two minutes later with a right-handed shot to make it 3-0  halfway through the third quarter. The Mavericks were sensing the young Knights were struggling and another goal run Foothill JV lacrosse la costa canyon 2009might put the game away.

La Costa attack #11 Sammy Condurso scores at 5:29 of the 3rd quarter Saturday against Foothill. The Mavericks led 3-0.

La Costa attack #11 Sammy Condurso scores at 5:29 of the 3rd quarter Saturday against Foothill. The Mavericks led 3-0.

But JV said “I don’t think so…”, won the face-off, and 14 seconds later scored what might be the most important goal of the season: Middie #22 Josh Peterman grabbed a loose ball while sprinting at midfield, looked off the Mavericks defense to right, where #33 Eric Adamson was setting up,  and came back to his left to hit  #12 attack Andrew Dainko to the left of the goal who made a quick  shot into the lower left from two yards out:       

3-1….the Knights were not done yet……

Foothill Knights JV lacrosse attack Andrew Dainko scores the first goal for Foothill at 5:15 of the 3rd quarter. Mavericks 3, Knights 1.

Foothill Knights JV lacrosse attack Andrew Dainko scores the first goal for Foothill at 5:15 of the 3rd quarter. Mavericks 3, Knights 1.

 Not by a long shot.   

Foothill JV lacrosse la costa canyon 2009La Costa answered a little over 2 minutes later, increasing their lead back to 3 goals at 4-1, on a left-handed shot by #4 Nick Compagiannis from the left side. 

With two minutes remaining in the third quarter, the JV Knights began an improbable run of 7 straight goals over the next 12 minutes of the game.

 First,  #33 attack Eric Adamson scored on a left-handed runner from the right side at 1:17 left on the clock to cut the deficit to 4-2.   Adamson was hit as he shot by La Costa’s #23 who seconds later fell to the turf from effects of the hard hit.         

 

 

Foothill JV attack #33 Eric Adamson scores Knights second goal in the third quarter.

Foothill JV attack #33 Eric Adamson scores Knights second goal in the third quarter.

Then, #15 attack Daniel “Cheesecake” Castillo scored from ten yards out over a charging long-pole defender #21 Sam Willon to make it 4-3 with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.

Foothill JV lacrosse la costa canyon 2009And so JV went into their final break down one goal to a determined La Costa Canyon playing on their home field.

Foothill JV Lacrosse attack #15 Daniel Castillo finds an opening in the Mavericks defense....

Foothill JV Lacrosse attack #15 Daniel Castillo finds an opening in the Mavericks defense and scores to make it 4-3.

It is important to note that before the season started Varsity Coach Jon Fox made strength and conditioning a priority by bringing on trainer Eric Doyle as Strength and Conditioning Coach.    

 

 

Foothill JV middies #13 Nick Kos and #18 Brenton Bader swarmed Mavericks attacker and helped Knights defensemen #9 Connor Cummins and #8 Brad Gustafson prevent easy shots.

Foothill JV middies #13 Nick Kos and #18 Brenton Bader swarmed Mavericks attackers and helped Knights defensemen #9 Connor Cummins and #8 Brad Gustafson prevent easy shots.

Whether JV was afraid of the punitive workout that faced them on Monday should they lose, or they were clearly in great shape, the Knights were the faster, stronger and more determined team on the field for the final 10 minutes.      

The JV Knights great conditioning clearly showed as the team closed the gap with La Costa in the 3rd quarter.

The JV Knights great conditioning clearly showed as the team closed the gap with La Costa in the 3rd quarter.

Foothill JV lacrosse la costa canyon 2009Just 18 seconds into the 4th quarter, middie  #1 Dylan Primrose assisted  a cutting #14 attack Travis Mann who scored from 10 yards straight out as he was hit hard. The scored was all even at 4-4.

Foothill JV Lacrosse middie #14 Travis Mann ties the score against La Costa Canyon at 4-4 with 9:42 to go in the 4th quarter.

Foothill JV Lacrosse middie #14 Travis Mann ties the score against La Costa Canyon at 4-4 with 9:42 to go in the 4th quarter.

Less than 30 seconds later #33 Eric Adamson scored his second goal of the game on left-handed shot from the right side that the La Costa goalie didn’t see as it screamed over his right shoulder.

Knights JV attack #33 Eric Adamson prepares to fire a shot that Mavericks goalie Kyle Svendsen never saw scream over his right shoulder. Foothill 4, La Costa 4.

Knights JV attack #33 Eric Adamson prepares to fire a shot that Mavericks goalie Kyle Svendsen never saw scream over his right shoulder. Foothill 5, La Costa 4.

An almost impossible goal from a bad angle that LaxBuzz still can’t believe he attempted, let alone make.

Knights 5, Mavericks 4 at 9:15 of the 4th quarter.  

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The momentum had clearly swung to Foothill and the team kept their foot on the gas pedal and didn’t let up.

In a classic “return of the favor”, #12 Andrew Dainko assisted Foothill middie #22 Josh Peterman on  a side-arm cannon shot from 15 yards out on the left side to make it 6-4 KnightsFoothill JV lacrosse la costa canyon 2009 at 8:48 of the 4th quarter.  

Foothill JV Lacrosse middie #22 Josh Peterman fires in the Knights 6th goal of the game....

Foothill JV Lacrosse middie #22 Josh Peterman fires in the Knights 6th goal of the game....

After multiple defensive exchanges, including a great save by Foothill goalie Zack Schenker of a 12-yard blast by La Costa’s Hayden.

Foothill JV lacrosse goalie #21 Zack Schenker stopped La Costa's Sean Hayden shot in the 4th quarter.

Foothill JV lacrosse goalie #21 Zack Schenker stopped La Costa's Sean Hayden shot in the 4th quarter.

Then Knights middie#1 Dylan “D Rose” Primrose, on a great pass from middie Brenton Bader, scored on a left-handed shot from 5 yards out  to make it 7-4 Foothill at 6:05 of the final quarter.  

La Costa Canyon attack #1 Sean Hayden had Foothill Knights defenseman #9 Connor Cummins in front of him all game...

La Costa Canyon attack #1 Sean Hayden had Foothill Knights defenseman #9 Connor Cummins in front of him all game...

 JV kept the pressure on the Mavs at both ends with great goalie saves, timely hits, and shut-down defense that had clearly frustrated La Costa the entire game. Foothill goalie Zack Schenker made a great save on La Costa’s #4 Nick Compagiannis’ wide-open shot on the front left-side. 

Middie #15 Daniel Castillo scores his second and the final goal of the game. Foothill 8, La Costa 4.

Middie #15 Daniel Castillo scores his second and the final goal of the game. Foothill 8, La Costa 4.

The final goal of the game was a right-handed side shot by #15 Daniel Castillo, his second, from the left side between two defenders.

Knights 8, Mavericks 4

Just 2 minute and 48 seconds left in an epic game against a noble rival.Foothill Knights JV lacrosse la costa canyon 2009

The defensive unit continued its harrassment of La Costa’s Hayden and Toomey and when the horn sounded, jubilent Knights ran onto field to mob goalie Zack Schenker.

The Foothill Knights JV lacrosse team mobbed goalie Zack Schenker at the end of their 8-4 victory over La Costa Canyon on Saturday, March 28.

The Foothill Knights JV lacrosse team mobbed goalie Zack Schenker at the end of their 8-4 victory over La Costa Canyon on Saturday, March 28.

There will be no doubt that the 2009 edition of the Foothill JV boys lacrosse team will be remembered for the ferocity of the final 15 minutes and 29 seconds of their seventh game of the season. A ten minute video of highlights from the Foothill Knights/La Costa Canyon Mavericks game can viewed below (Thanks to Skip Schenker)

LaxBuzz contacted Foothill Knights Varsity Head Coach Jon Fox and had this to say about the game:

“The JV game was one of the best lower level games ever played in Socal. The growing Socal skills and talent on both sides was evident. Lacrosse is on the move in Ca!

After a lower scoring defensive 1st half, both offenses got moving. LCC owned the 3rd period but the Knights rallied and went on a big run to win the game. This will be a great preview for some great battles in the upcoming years for those players.”

There will be no CIF playoffs for this great group of boys. They do have another big game against the Coronado Islanders JV on April 25. But March 28 will be the date LaxBuzz remembers….

Here is more action from the game:

#22 Josh Peterman takes shot in 1st quarter....

#22 Josh Peterman takes shot in 1st quarter....

Foothill Middie #18 Brenton Bader takes shot on La Costa Canyon in 2nd quarter...

Foothill Middie #18 Brenton Bader takes shot on La Costa Canyon in 2nd quarter...

Foothill Defenseman #8 Brad Gustafson stops La Costa Canyon attacker as #19 Chance Cooper closes in....

Foothill Defenseman #8 Brad Gustafson stops La Costa Canyon attacker as #19 Chance Cooper closes in during 2nd quarter action....

Foothill Middie #0 Barron Maizland defends against Mavericks as Knights defense seals off during 4th quarter action...

Foothill Middie #0 Barron Maizland defends against Mavericks as Knights defense seals off during 4th quarter action...

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Mavericks attack #2 Chase Toomey had few easy shots against the Knights defense...

Mavericks attack #2 Chase Toomey had few easy shots against the Knights defense...

Foothill Knights JV defenseman #2 Alex Keuilian in action against La Costa Canyon's Tom Riis on Saturday

Foothill Knights JV defenseman #2 Alex Keuilian in action against La Costa Canyon's Tom Riis on Saturday

California High School Lacrosse: Is It The Next “Hotbed” For Top College Lacrosse Talent?


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(From LaxPower interview with Brett Manney)
Lacrosse has been growing immensely out West, and I envision the great state of California as the next hotbed. The Golden State is catching up to its East Coast counterparts and it’s evident when I travel to the Silicon Valley region every weekend as a member of the San Jose Stealth. Furthermore, I have attended clinics in Pleasanton and Scotts Valley, where the age of participants ranges from 7 to 17. Now in California, kids are playing just as early as the traditional lacrosse regions. Over time, it will only continue to grow.
…California has talent oozing all over the state, not just with one team. Granted, California is much larger than Florida, but look at this year’s recruits for example: Will Fredericks (Loyola), Billy Mattimore (Bucknell), Spencer Peterson (Duke), Carlton Fisher (Lehigh) and Noah Molnar (Lehigh). Three of the players (Mattimore, Fredericks, and Fisher) attend St. Ignatius Prep located outside of San Francisco. Soon, Southern California should catch up with the north and its athletic powers like Mater Dei, Mission Viejo and Santa Margarita Catholic.
Additionally, California always produces some of the best high school teams in the country, whether it’s baseball, basketball or soccer. I believe lacrosse will flourish because athletes are able to practice outside for 12 months of the year. On the East Coast, players are limited in the winter months because of the weather, except in a few states like Florida. In due time, all indications point towards California being the next hotbed.
…California will continue to grow even more with the addition of many former lacrosse players residing in the Golden State. For example, Coronado — which recently upset St. Ignatius Prep — is coached by former pro lacrosse player and Notre Dame standout Alex Cade. Many former Division I players are coaching at the high school level. This will provide the kids with more experience and knowledge than a coach who has barely played the game.

In 2000, California had 40 high school teams. In 2007, there were 173, with more schools are adding the sport every year. The state is known for its great athletic programs and lacrosse is surely to be the next one added to the list.

Brett Manney was a four-year varsity lacrosse player at the University of Delaware before graduating in 2008. He now plays professionally for the San Jose Stealth.