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Lacrosse In Los Angeles: Manual Arts High School Lacrosse (4-2) Is In Second Place In New L.A. City Section


Head coach Sean McKeon stands in between two of his leading scorers.  Ernesto Melero (9) scored five of his team's first six goals, while Neo Madrono (19) scored the other.

Head coach Sean McKeon stands in between two of his leading scorers. Ernesto Melero (9) scored five of his team's first six goals, while Neil Medrano (19) scored the other.

Just like always, Sean McKeon is the head coach at Manual Arts, walking the sideline as he has ever since he started the program several years ago. It’s only everything else that’s changed.

His old star player is now the assistant coach.  The kid who used to be his rookie freshman is now a team captain and the team’s leading goal scorer.

    And most important of all, his team that won two games in its first five years of existence has won four games in six tries this year, good for second place in the brand new L.A. City Section.
    “I think they finally realize what it takes to win,” said McKeon, who brought lacrosse to downtown Los Angeles after moving here from the suburbs of Chicago, where he played in high school. “I think there was a culture of, ‘Oh, we’re gonna suck.’  This year, we finally realized that we have some pretty good lacrosse players.”
    The best of them used to be Rogelio Perez, but now, Perez is stalking the sideline with McKeon.  Or at least, that’s what he was doing Friday, when the team knocked off a first-year program at Birmingham High, 10-3.  Oftentimes, he misses the boys’ games, because he’s detained by his other job–as head coach of the girls’ varsity team.
    So the new top player for the Toilers (4-2) is Ernesto Molero, a fleet-footed middle who scored five of his team’s first six goals Friday.  After that quick start, McKeon was urging him in the huddle to start sharing the ball around.  Of course, McKeon might not mind having Molero shooting early on in games.
    “So we can have a big lead,” the junior said.  “Then we get to start working things around.  I’m a captain now, so I’m really trying to help the other guys on my team.”
    “I’m hoping he can play at the next level,” McKeon said.  It will help if the junior can keep his GPA where it currently stands at around 4.0, according to the head coach.
    While Molero looks to take a leadership role in helping his teammates, McKeon looks to do much the same thing amidst the community of lacrosse coaches in the L.A. city section.  The Manual Arts head coach helped start lacrosse programs at nearby schools like Southgate, Huntington Park, and Jordan; his attempts to consistently grow the sport in Los Angeles may have indirectly started the Birmingham High program. 
    “Our athletic director Rick Prizant forwarded us an e-mail (from McKeon) seeing if anybody wanted to start a lacrosse team,” Birmingham co-coach Chris Monaster said.  “I figured they’re not going to start a hockey team any time soon, so this is the next best thing.”
    After the visiting Toilers ended an early undefeated streak by the first-year Patriots Friday, McKeon had some words of encouragement for Birmingham’s rookie staff.
    “He told us it took them six years to get their first two wins,” Monaster told parents after the game.  “So we’re doing pretty good.”
    Not as good as Ernie Melero, Sean McKeon, and the rest of the Toilers, but pretty good nonetheless.

http://www.examiner.com/x-5754-LA-High-School-Sports-Examiner~y2009m4d4-Los-Angeles-high-school-lacrosse-Manual-Arts-boys-coming-into-their-own

Best Of High School Lacrosse (Video): Delbarton Defeats Mountain Lakes 8-7 Saturday In Battle Of New Jersey’s Top Teams


Southern California High School Lacrosse: Corona Del Mar Boys Lacrosse (11-0) Defeats Wheat Ridge (CO) 17-4 And Is Ranked #4 In State


Corona del Mar's Noah Molnar, right, scores one of his six goals against Wheat Ridge of Colorado, as Jake Larkee (123) of the Farmers trails the play Friday at Peninsula Park.

Corona del Mar's Noah Molnar, right, scores one of his six goals against Wheat Ridge of Colorado, as Jake Larkee (123) of the Farmers trails the play Friday at Peninsula Park.

The Farmers from Wheat Ridge, Colo. came to the beach Friday. They left with more than a farmer’s tan.

Corona del Mar High burned the Farmers during a 17-4 boys’ lacrosse rout taking place steps away from the sand.
When it ended, the Farmers wanted to stay at Peninsula Park, where the lively Sea Kings sat on concrete blocks instead of your usual benches on a field.

This isn’t your prototypical lacrosse field the Farmers played on.

From the palm trees surrounding the field, to the million-dollar homes on one side, to the Pacific Ocean on the other, to the Balboa Pier nearby, the Farmers never experienced paradise in pads, helmets, and sticks in their hands like this before.

“It’s incredible,” said Wheat Ridge Coach Chris Knott while the ocean breeze put a smile on his face despite getting blown away on the field. “If they let us come back next year, we’ll do the same damn thing [during our spring break] next year.

“This is like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s snowing [back home]. We’re supposed to get 12 inches of snow [Saturday].”

An avalanche at the beach hit the Farmers before they touched down in Denver.

The Sea Kings are on a roll, improving to 11-0. CdM’s current ranking in the state is No. 4 by LaxPower.com and it continues to improve.

Noah Molnar led all scorers with six goals. Knott remembered his No. 12 jersey, calling the Lehigh University-bound senior an “animal.”

The Farmers failed to control Molnar, as well as attacker Ryan Mix. The junior finished with five goals on five-for-six shooting.

The Sea Kings weren’t always so accurate. At times it felt that way.

Sixty shots are how many CdM fired. The Farmers attempted 16. Not a fighter’s chance.

One of CdM sophomore Max Satossky’s friends, David Friedman, visiting from Denver, knew this game wouldn’t turn out to be a beauty on a picturesque day.

From the start, before the Farmers enjoyed the bikini-clad women sunbathing, or watched the surfers, the Sea Kings hit them hard, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Three players scored, your typical CdM scorers, Molnar twice, David Kidushim once.

But one ball came out of the goalie’s pocket into the back of the net.

When you’re a tourist, you expect tricks, some type of magic from a performer at the beach. The Farmers paid too much attention to one. CdM senior Andrew Noto fooled them.

Noto, the state’s best goalie if you listen to CdM Coach Mark Todd, went coast to coast and scored a goal, his first as a goalie.

Not his first in high school, though.

“My freshman year, I played attack,” said Noto, who’s headed to UC Santa Barbara because of his goalie skills and they helped him make eight saves Friday.

“It’s nice to play a team that’s a little more competitive than our [opponents in the Pacific Coast League]. We’ve been playing some weaker competition.”

The Farmers loved every minute of Friday’s beat down by the beach.

Heck, their farmer tans are gone.

http://www.dailypilot.com/articles/2009/04/03/sports/cdm/dpt-splacrosse040409.txt

California High School Lacrosse Scores For April 4


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High School Boys

CA Avalon-Catalina 6, El Dorado 5
CA Bishop’s School 12, Santa Fe Christian 8
CA Casa Grande 15, Rancho Cotati 1
CA Chico 12, Orangevale 8
CA Dana Hills 7, Anaheim Servite 5
CA J Serra Catholic 14, St John Bosco 0
CA Los Alamitos 15, Huntington Beach 1
CA Loyola-Los Angeles 11, Chaminade Prep 5
CA Menlo School 9, Granite Hills 6
CA Morgan Hill 11, Monterey 10
CA Oak Park 13, Harvard-Westlake 6
CA Palo Alto (THLC) 10, Santa Rosa 7
CA Petaluma 1, Mendocino 0
CA Robert L Stevenson 8, Cate School 3
CA Saint Ignatius Prep 19, Tamalpais 6
CA Watsonville 6, Carmel 5

High School Girls

CA Cate School 10, Burlingame 4
CA Cate School 10, Sacred Heart Prep, CA 3
CA Cate School 7, Foothill, Santa Ana 7
CA Cate School 8, Stevenson School, CA 1
CA El Dorado 15, Manual Arts 1
CA Foothill, Santa Ana 9, Santa Fe Christian 7
CA Santa Fe Christian 3, Cathedral Catholic 2
CA Santa Fe Christian 6, Cate School 3
CA Santa Fe Christian 6, Cate School 3
CA Santa Fe Christian 7, Carlsbad 2

Princeton Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Syracuse 12-8 In Big City Classic As Jack McBride Scores Three Goals


Princeton's Paul Barnes (bottom) tries to get his stick on the ball as he goes down with Syracuse's Josh Knight (left) and Tyler Hlawati (right) on top of him in the Big City Classic at Giants Stadium. Princeton won, 12-8.

Princeton's Paul Barnes (bottom) tries to get his stick on the ball as he goes down with Syracuse's Josh Knight (left) and Tyler Hlawati (right) on top of him in the Big City Classic at Giants Stadium. Princeton won, 12-8.

McBride scored the first goal of the game when he looped around the goal and fired a low shot into the back of the net, prompting him to pump his fist before his teammates mobbed him. He broke a 5-5 tie with Syracuse in the third quarter with his third goal, and Princeton never trailed from there.

 Princeton attackman Jack McBride had been to Giants Stadium many times before, but never like this.

In his previous visits, the lifelong Giants fan had always remained in the parking lot, grilling cheesesteaks and playing catch, or standing in the bleachers huddled together with his buddies.

But Saturday, McBride was on the field eliciting cheers from others by scoring three goals to lead fifth-ranked Princeton to a exhilarating 12-8 victory over second-ranked Syracuse in the marquee game at the inaugural Big City Classic. It had been the first college lacrosse game played at Giants Stadium, and McBride had made it a memorable one by helping upset the defending national champion Orange in front of a record-setting crowd of 22,308.

McBride, a Delbarton grad, walked into the postgame interview room minutes after the victory, still beaming wide. His hair was doused with sweat and the eye black on his cheeks was smudged. About 25 friends and family members waited for him outside in the parking lot.

“It was a huge rush,” McBride said of the experience. “It’s hard to explain in words, but it could be the best feeling ever. It’s definitely nice.”

Inside Lacrosse helped bring the event to Giants Stadium this year, and the site did not disappoint. Thousands of fans filtered into the parking lots on all sides of the stadium more than two hours before the first game of the triple-header — in which Virginia beat North Carolina, 11-10. Princeton Syracuse followed that, while Hofstra beat Delaware, 10-8, in the nightcap. Kids played pick-up games on the cracked concrete, and adults huddled in circles, sipping on drinks and scarfing down hot dogs and hamburgers.

“There’s never really been a big-time lacrosse event in this area,” Inside Lacrosse Vice President John Jiloty said. “The sport’s so big around here and Giants Stadium’s such an iconic venue that we thought putting a couple big-time matchups in this stadium would be great for lacrosse fans and great for the sport too.”

Of the six teams that participated, a combined 24 players were from New Jersey, and 88 from New York. The classic drew thousands of alumni, who gathered in the parking lots before the games and planned to carry on at events later in the evening, Jiloty said.

The game held special meaning for several Syracuse players who grew up rooting for the Giants, and also McBride. Growing up, he made the short trip to almost every Giants home game, arriving with friends at 9 a.m. for 1 p.m. kickoffs. He owns two Plaxico Burress jerseys, and was especially thrilled when he saw Giants running back Brandon Jacobs walking to his car Saturday afternoon.

McBride scored the first goal of the game when he looped around the goal and fired a low shot into the back of the net, prompting him to pump his fist before his teammates mobbed him. He broke a 5-5 tie with Syracuse in the third quarter with his third goal, and Princeton never trailed from there.

“Seeing the ball in the net was great,” McBride said.

The combined attendance was the largest ever for a regular-season, lacrosse only event, besting the mark of 20,130 set in 2007 at the Face-Off Classic.

“To have six teams like this in Giants Stadium is terrific,” Syracuse Coach John Dresko said. “People talked about what a nice venue it is, the area we’re in, the number of people that can come watch. The stadium wasn’t full, but it was probably one of the biggest crowds ever in college lacrosse. To be a part of that was important to us.”