OC Lacrosse Televised
Double header of Orange County Boys’ Lacrosse on Cox 3 Game of the Week 4/16/10
Two important lacrosse league matchups are featured this Friday, April 16 as part of Cox 3 Game of the Week. The first game features South Coast league rivals Tesoro against Mission Viejo, playing at 5:30 at Mission Viejo HS. Tesoro is ranked #6 in Orange County, according the ocvarsity.com, and Mission Viejo is the defending South Coast league champ. The main event, at 7:30 PM at Mission Viejo HS, is a Trinity League matchup between St. Margaret’s and Santa Margarita. Celebrating its 10th year of lacrosse, St. Margaret’s is ranked #4 and Santa Margarita is ranked #3, according to ocvarsity.com. While St. Margaret’s won the Trinity league title in 2007 and 2008, the two teams shared the league title in 2009. This matchup will feature several players who will eventually play at the collegiate level. The Tesoro – Mission Viejo game will be broadcast on 4/17 at 8 PM and 4/18 at 7 PM. The St. Margaret’s – Santa Margarita game will be broadcast 4/17 and 4/18 at 1 PM.
About SMES Lacrosse:
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Tartans Boys’ Lacrosse Program Notes and History
OVERALL PROGRAM RECORD as of 4/15/10 – 91-43 (68% win percentage)
Current 2010 record: 9-2 (6-0 in Trinity League)
Past League record: 2006 (10-0 Coastal League – CIF – SD); 2007-present (20-2 Trinity League)
Celebrating its 10th year of existence, the St. Margaret’s Tartans Boys’ Lacrosse program is one of the oldest and consistently most successful programs in Orange County. The success of the program derives from the Tartan lacrosse mission: to honor the game of lacrosse with Tartan Pride and respect for all.
After winning the State Club Championship in 2005, St. Margaret’s was the first CIF approved Boys’ program in Orange County, playing in the CIF –San Diego Section for the 2006 year, going undefeated in the Coastal Conference and reaching the CIF Quarterfinals. Since the establishment of the CIF-Southern Section for Lacrosse in 2007, St. Margaret’s has won the Trinity league all of its first three years, and reached the Orange County finals in 2008.
The boys program is part of a partnership of focus on lacrosse and the multi-sport student-athlete at SMES, as the girls program has competed at the CIF level since 2004 in CIF-SD, won the Southern Section title in 2008, and has four graduates who played at the Division I level. The 2010 boys’ program boasts 30 players who are multi-sport athletes (26 play Football, 4 run Cross Country, 11 play Soccer, 2 play Basketball, and 3 are Wrestlers). Three 2010 varsity players compete in three sports: Senior Fernando Almejo (Football, Soccer, Lacrosse); Junior Davis Edwards (Football, Basketball, Lacrosse); and Sophomore Matt Duenes (Football, Basketball, Lacrosse). Fourteen (14) former Boys’ Tartans have played college level lacrosse at the Division I, Division 3, and Club level, and one, Kyle Morrison, is the Head Lacrosse Coach at Cal-St. Fullerton. Four Tartans have earned US Lacrosse High School All-American honors, and two have earned Academic All-American honors. Finally, the team serves others through the Bread for the Moment charity at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, providing food for those in need.
The Tartans are coached by Head Coach Gerry Manning, the founder of the program and the only head coach in SMES Boys’ Lacrosse history. The team’s assistant coaches are Bryan Harney, Jason Leneau, Mark Warren, and Pete Clark. Assistant Coach Jason Leneau earned an NCAA Division I title as a member of the 1999 University of Virginia Championship team, and played for the MLL as a member of the Los Angeles Riptide
Four US Lacrosse All-Americans since 2005
Derek Steffien 2005 – Chapman
Andy Morrison 2006 – Towson
Michael Duenes 2007 – Air Force
Hunter Steffien 2008 – Colgate
Two Academic All-Americans
Dorian Farhang – Class of 2008
Jeremy Baileys – Class of 2009
(only 3 Academic All-Americans are permitted per year
in our region)