Spring wrap-up Q&A: Aliso Niguel boys lacrosse coach says team had ‘an outstanding opportunity’ as a D2 front-runner


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Editor’s note: The Orange County Register is having the area’s spring sports coaches take part in a Q&A about the 2020 season that was cut short by the coronavirus crisis.


Zach Henderson, Aliso Niguel boys lacrosse

Q: How are you adapting to being home every day during the spring?

A: It was certainly very difficult. In relation to everything, us being asked to stay home isn’t necessarily a “huge” sacrifice. However, in terms of work and seeing the team every single day, it was absolutely an adjustment period and a constant reminder of what was happening and what the team may have missed out on.

Q: As a coach, what do you miss most about your “normal routine” (pre-coronavirus)?

A: I simply miss seeing the young men every single day. In terms of a “routine,” I miss the pregame aspect right before the games took place. It was these moments where the young men were completely autonomous in their pregame warmup, and that was a lot of fun to watch.

Q: When you think about your team these days, what stands out the most?

A: How special this group was. With the adoption from CIF, this particular team had an outstanding opportunity in front of them as one of the front-runners in Division 2. We had tremendous leadership on and off the field, and it would have been incredibly special to see where it may have taken the program.

Q: As a coach, what has been the worst moment for you this spring and why?

A: The worst moment of the spring or season was us driving two hours to Santiago High School in the pouring rain, only to find out that our game (and season, eventually) was cancelled. At the time, there was so much uncertainty with everything going on. I truly believed that we were going to be able to play again during the spring. I feel like I unintentionally lied to my players, and seeing the amount of disappointment top to bottom from the team was excruciating.

Q: And what has been the best moment for you this spring and why?

A: The best moment of the spring is being able to reflect and recognize just how special these young men are and how important the program is as a whole. We can often get caught up in wins and losses with lacrosse, but talking to my seniors especially has opened my eyes to how incredible and strong they have been through this entire process. It makes me very proud to lead them.

Q: If you could play one game tomorrow, what would that look like?

A: One game: Aliso Niguel vs. San Juan Hills. Any place and any time. I think this game had major CIF Division 2 implications, and may have been a battle for the best D2 Orange County team. Not to mention, a league rival. Can’t beat that!

Q: What do you want your players to learn from all of this?

A: I want my players to learn that this is life. While this may have been an unprecedented event in every person’s life globally, it is life. We must always do our best to prioritize things that are most important and not get caught up in surface-level things that don’t matter.

I hope they learn that they are stronger for this than making a deep playoff run. Of course, they want to play and win. But we pride ourselves in developing young men who attack life head on and look straight ahead.

Q: For fun, which player(s) on your team made you laugh the most?

A: I think it is safe to say that Tommy Walsh made the entire team laugh the most. He ALWAYS has something interesting to say, no matter the mood or situation.

Q: For fun, who on your team would you like to challenge to a friendly showdown on the field? And would it be a faceoff or do you go 1-on-1 on offense or defense?

A: My days are long behind me! I am proud to say that nearly every player on my team would have no problem against me 1-on-1. Signs of an improving program!

Q: For fun, what song do you play on the team bus for the final bus ride home?

A: That really isn’t up to me. The players fought to win their game, they get to pick the music. Just keep it clean!

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Spring wrap-up Q&A: Northwood boys lacrosse coach says best moment was beating No. 1 Dana Hills


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Perry Craz, Northwood boys lacrosse

Q: How are you adapting to being home every day during the spring?

A: I’m adapting well. There’s still a lot of work and planning that goes into each season, so it’s been nice to get a head start on 2021.

Q: As a coach, what do you miss most about your “normal routine” (pre-coronavirus)?

A: I miss everything. Interacting with players, game days, practices, and watching the team grow on a daily basis.

Q: When you think about your team these days, what stands out the most?

A: I think NHS lacrosse is resilient. The players have continued to improve and invest in the culture of “do more, get more.”

Q: As a coach, what has been the worst moment for you this spring and why?

A: The worst was the cancellation of the Orange Lutheran game on March 16. The boys were ready to play after a great game vs Capo, and the rain, lightning, and virus ended up being the last day the team was together.

Q: And what has been the best moment for you this spring and why?

A: The best moment of 2020 was defeating then No. 1 Dana Hills on the road. We played a complete game and were beginning to gel offensively and defensively.

Q: If you could play one game tomorrow, what would that look like?

A: If we played a game tomorrow I’d hope it was against our biggest rival, Beckman High School, at Northwood HS. Final redemption for the seniors. I imagine a lot of energy and fans in attendance.

Q: What do you want your players to learn from all of this?

A: Learn the importance of today. Give your all every day because at any moment things can change for the best or worst. Be ready for both!

Q: For fun, which player(s) on your team made you laugh the most?

A: Hands down the player who made me laugh the most this year was Travis Arena. He just does things to defenders that are laughable. Can’t wait for the league to see him play next season.

Q: For fun, who on your team would you like to challenge to a friendly showdown on the field? And would it be a face-off or do you go 1-on-1 on offense or defense?

A: It would have to be 1-on-1 vs captain and starting defender Matthew Keith. He wouldn’t stand a chance but it would be fun!

Q: For fun, what song do you play on the team bus for the final bus ride home?

A: After each victory the team jams out to “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond.

 

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St. Margaret’s boys and girls lacrosse teams win Southern Section championships

St. Margaret’s showed it is the most dominant lacrosse program in the Southern Section by winning the boys and girls Southern Section championships Saturday at Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach.

The Tartans boys team routed Loyola 13-4 and scored the first 12 goals of the game. The win was the first Section championship for St. Margaret’s since 2015.

Great day to be a Tartan! Two Southern Section Lacrosse Champs pic.twitter.com/y5mSvOoWrT

— SMESAthletics (@SMESAthletics) May 11, 2019

In 2018, St. Margaret’s lost to Loyola in the Section championship 10-9 in overtime, a loss that has haunted the Tartans for a year.

“Last year was a definite low point after that loss. We were all really devastated,” St. Margaret’s attackman Kevin Groeninger said. “It gave us motivation throughout the season. We really made it a mission to get the section title back to St. Margaret’s.”

St. Margaret’s (18-3) wasted no time taking its year-long frustrations out on Loyola. The Tartans scored six consecutive goals in the first half and played dominant defense.

Zane Handy saved 14 of 16 shots in his final game for St. Margaret’s, and the Tartans’ defense, led by Langston Sholl and long-stick midfielder Duke Ballard, made it extremely difficult for Loyola to get quality shots.

“Our defense played extremely well. Zane was absolutely dominant,” Groeninger said. “It definitely played a big part today. I definitely wasn’t expecting to be up 12 goals and have a running clock in the third quarter.”

Groeninger scored four times and had three assists in the win to finish his high school career with 411 points, which is the 83rd most in the country’s history.

Sophomore Nate Sanchez had six points with four goals and seniors Koa Todd and Stephen Deck scored two and one goal, respectively, in their final high school game.

Stuart Pollard won all 16 faceoffs and won 89 percent of his faceoffs throughout the playoffs.

“It’s come to the point where we are just expecting the ball every time,” Groeninger said. “He’s been do dominant on faceoffs and it’s been great to watch.”

The loss ended a three-year Southern Section championship streak for Loyola (16-8). The Cubs beat Palos Verdes 12-6 for the Los Angeles championship Wednesday.

“We have 16 seniors and these are 15 of my best friends and we really came together and accomplished all of our goals this season,” Groeninger said. “This is a great way to go out.”

The St. Margaret’s girls cruised to a 20-9 win over Palos Verdes to win its second consecutive Southern Section championship.

The Tartans scored four goals in a 61-minute span in the first half to make the score 6-1 and blow the game open.

St. Margaret’s (16-3) led 11-6 at halftime and scored six consecutive goals in the opening minutes of the first half. Campbell Case scored three of those six goals and had six points.

Maddie Barkate scored four times and Niki and Jordan Miles each had five points. Niki scored three goals and had two assists and Jordan scored twice with three assists. Freshman Grace Karstetter had three goals and an assist for the Tartans.

St. Margaret’s won its final 12 games of the season after losing two consecutive games at the hands of Santa Margarita and Mater Dei in March. The Tartans averaged 15.6 goals per game in the playoffs.

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St. Margaret’s boys lacrosse extends O.C. reign with resounding win

  • St. Margaret’s celebrates after defeating Foothill 17-10 in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • St. Margaret’s celebrates after defeating Foothill 17-10 in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • St. Margaret’s celebrate after scoring a goal against Foothill during the Tartans’ 17-10 victory in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • St. Margaret’s Langston Sholl, center, celebrates with his teammates after defeating Foothill 17-10 in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Head coach Glen Miles hands the championship trophy to Kevin Groeninger after St. Margaret’s 17-10 victory over Foothill in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • St. Margaret’s Kevin Groeninger scores against Foothill during the Tartans’ 17-10 victory in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Foothill’s Riley Ahern shoots between St. Margaret’s Nico Vorzimer, left, and Cooper Barkate during Foothills’ 17-10 loss in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Foothill’s Andrew Cumming scores against St. Margaret’s during their 17-10 loss in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • St. Margaret’s Kevin Groeninger celebrates after scoring a goal against Foothill during the Tartans’ 17-10 victory in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • St. Margaret’s celebrates after defeating Foothill 17-10 in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Foothill’s Roman Pistone scores despite being checked by St. Margaret’s Hugo Aviles during Foothills’ 17-10 loss in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Foothill’s Andrew Cumming is checked by St. Margaret’s Jason Garrett before scoring during Foothills’ 17-10 loss in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • St. Margaret’s Cooper Barkate scores against Foothill during the Tartans’ 17-10 victory in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • St. Margaret’s Cooper Barkate scores past Foothill’s Luke Pearson during the Tartans’ 17-10 victory in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Foothill head coach Jon Fox talks to his players at halftime during their 17-10 loss to St. Margaret’s in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Head coach Glen Miles yells encouragement on the sidelines during St. Margaret’s 17-10 victory over Foothill in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Foothill head coach Jon Fox questions a call during Foothills’ 17-10 loss to St. Margaret’s in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • St. Margaret’s Koa Todd scores against Foothill during the Tartans’ 17-10 victory in the boys Orange County championship lacrosse game at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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NEWPORT BEACH – The St. Margaret’s boys lacrosse team dominated the second half as it cruised to a 17-10 win over Foothill on Wednesday to win its second consecutive U.S. Lacrosse Orange County championship.

The Tartans (17-3) outscored the Knights 11-4 in the second half and were able to clear the bench late in the fourth quarter at Newport Harbor High.

The Tartans will play Loyola for the Southern Section championship Saturday at Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach. St. Margaret’s lost to Loyola in overtime of the Section championship last season.

Stuart Pollard was named player of the game Wednesday for his dominant performance as a faceoff specialist. The Holy Cross commit won 29 of 31 faceoffs and made it difficult for Foothill to possess the ball.

Stuart Pollard was named MVP for St. Margaret’s in a 17-10 win over Foothill to win their 2nd straight Orange County championship. Pollard won 29 of 31 faceoffs. Tartans play Loyola Saturday for the Southern Section championship. @ocvarsity @SMESAthletics pic.twitter.com/hFgltabhjT

— Michael Huntley (@mikehuntley63) May 9, 2019

“He’s been so crucial for us this season,” St. Margaret’s attackman Kevin Groeninger said of Pollard. “Even though he doesn’t get out clean sometimes, if someone’s in his hands he gets the ball every time. When he picks up the ball he always gets us in the offense too.”

Groeninger had an assist in the second quarter to make him the first player in California history to reach 400 career points. The Bryant University signee had five points Wednesday with two goals and three assists to bring his career total to 404.

“I’m really happy with the way my high school career has gone so far,” Groeninger said. “It would really mean a lot more if we got this win on Saturday for our first Southern Section championship.”

“He just is mastering the craft at this age and doing everything he can to be successful,” St. Margaret’s coach Glen Miles said of Groeninger. “He is special.”

The Tartans’ young players stepped up and carried the offensive load for parts of the game. Freshman Cooper Barkate had seven points with four goals and sophomore Nate Sanchez had four goals.

Freshman to freshman. Cooper Barkate to John Culley. St. Margaret’s 11, Foothill 9 at the end of the 3rd. @ocvarsity @SMESAthletics pic.twitter.com/AWlGurJ6bQ

— Michael Huntley (@mikehuntley63) May 9, 2019

“That’s really the way it is in big games, because the other team has great defensemen that can stop better offensive players,” Miles said of the young duo. “It’s usually your number three and four guys that need to make plays and both of them did.”

Koa Todd scored four goals for the Tartans including a shorthanded goal to give the Tartans a 9-8 lead in the third quarter.

Foothill (15-7) played excellent defense in the first half but was unable to contain the Tartans’ offense for the entire game. Andrew Cumming scored a game-high six goals for the Knights and Riley Ahern scored two goals.

“Foothill played unbelievable. Cumming was ridiculously great. He’s unreal,” Miles said. “It was really hard but it feels good.”

This was the last year for the U.S. Lacrosse Orange County championship, as the CIF Southern Section announced Tuesday that it will hold its first lacrosse playoffs in 2020.

St. Margaret’s is one of only three programs to win the U.S. Lacrosse Orange County championship, so to some degree it was fitting that one of the most dominant programs in history for the area won the last one.

“Not right now, but it may turn into some meaning,” Miles said about whether winning the last county championship was especially meaningful.

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Orange County boys volleyball, boys tennis and lacrosse schedule for Wednesday, May 8

The playoff schedule for the Orange County teams on Wednesday, May 8:

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Semifinals

Matches 6 p.m. unless noted 

DIVISION 1

Newport Harbor at Loyola

DIVISION 2

Saddleback Valley Christian at West Ranch

Beckman at Oak Park

DIVISION 3

Quartz Hill at Woodbridge

Peninsula at Kennedy

DIVISION 5

Ocean View vs. Pacifica Christian/SM, at St. Bernard High

El Modena at Montebello

DIVISION 6

Oxford Academy at Rio Hondo Prep

 

BOYS LACROSSE

O.C. Championships final

Foothill vs. St. Margaret’s, at Newport Harbor High, 7:15 p.m.

GIRLS LACROSSE

O.C. Championships final

Foothill vs. St. Margaret’s, at Newport Harbor High, 5 p.m.

 

BOYS TENNIS

Semifinals

Games 3 p.m. unless noted

OPEN DIVISION

Mira Costa at University

DIVISION 1

San Clemente at Beckman

Ventura at Sage Hill

DIVISION 2

Calabasas at Cypress

DIVISION 3

Redlands East Valley at San Juan Hills

Mater Dei at Trabuco Hills

 

 

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Boys and girls lacrosse playoffs: Thursday’s scores, updated schedule

Scores from the boys and girls lacrosse playoffs on Thursday and the updated schedule.

L.A. LACROSSE FOUNDATION PLAYOFFS

BOYS

Orange County Section

Second round

St. Margaret’s 11, Newport Harbor 4

Corona del Mar 5, Yorba Linda 2

Trabuco Hills 6, Santa Margarita 5

Foothill 12, San Clemente 10

O.C. semifinals

Saturday at Segerstrom High

St. Margaret’s vs. Corona del Mar, TBD

Foothill vs. Trabuco Hills, TBd

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

O.C. Final: Wednesday, May 8 at Newport Harbor High

O.C. vs. L.A. Championship: Saturday, May 11 at Mira Costa High, 1 p.m.

GIRLS

Orange County Section

Second round

Foothill 18, Newport Harbor 8

Santa Margarita 16, Trabuco Hills 8

Mater Dei 19, Aliso Niguel 7

St. Margaret’s 13, San Clemente 6

O.C. semifinals

Saturday at Segerstrom High

Foothill vs. Santa Margarita, TBD

St. Margaret’s vs. Mater Dei, TBD

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

O.C. Final: Wednesday, May 8 at Newport Harbor High

O.C. vs. L.A. Championship: Saturday, May 11 at Mira Costa High, 10 a.m.

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Lacrosse Roundup: Highlights, scores from Thursday’s playoff games (May 3)

Highlights from the boys and girls lacrosse games on Thursday, April 26:

BOYS LACROSSE

Santa Margarita 7, Corona del Mar 6, OT: The Eagles defeated 2017 Orange County runner-up Corona del Mar Thursday to advance to their first semifinals since 2016. US Lacrosse All-American and Notre Dame commit Quentin Buchman scored four goals in the win, including the game-winner in overtime. Nicholas Parrino added a pair of goals for the Eagles and goalie Ryan Olsker made a crucial save for Santa Margarita with 1:27 remaining in the game. Santa Margarita will play top-seeded St. Margaret’s in the semifinals Saturday. This is the first time since 2011 that Corona del Mar will not play in the semifinals.

St. Margaret’s 13, Great Oak 7: The Tartans overcame a slow start to beat Great Oak of Temecula 13-7 Thursday to advance to the semifinals. St. Margaret’s trailed by a goal at halftime, but scored 10 goals in the second half to secure the win. Kevin Groeninger scored a game-high four goals for the Tartans and junior midfielder Koa Todd added three. Attackmen Andy Shin and Garrett Kuntz each scored two goals for the Tartans. St. Margaret’s fell to Corona del Mar in the semifinals last season.

Tesoro 13, Trabuco Hills 10: Tesoro defeated South Coast League champion, Trabuco Hills, 13-10 Thursday to reach its first semifinal under coach Brian Dunn. The Titans have a 19-0 record and are the last remaining undefeated team in the Southern Section. Jonathan Gibson scored four goals for the Titans and attackman Carson Spooner added three goals and three assists. Jason Moreta had a five-point game, scoring twice and tallying three assists. Tesoro goalie Hunter Souza had 12 saves against the high-powered Mustang’s offense. AJ Switzer scored four goals for Trabuco Hills and Utah commit Holden Evans scored twice.

Foothill 16, Servite 11: Defending US Lacrosse Orange County Champion Foothill beat Servite by five goals Thursday to advance to the semifinals. University of Denver commit, Ellis Geis, scored eight goals for the Knights and Troy Hofer added three goals and three assists. Servite, the only lower-seed team to earn an upset victory in the first round, only trailed the Knights by one at halftime. Cole Brennan, Jack Terrones and Zach Williams each scored three goals for the Friars in the loss.

GIRLS LACROSSE

St. Margaret’s 12, Beckman 6: St. Margaret’s defeated Pacific Coast League champion Beckman by six goals Thursday to advance to the semifinals, where they will play Trabuco Hills. Maddie Barkate had a team-high four goals for St. Margaret’s and Jordan Miles added three. Niki Miles and Cailin Young each scored two goals for the Tartans. Beckman went on a 3-goal run in the second half to cut the Tartan lead to two goals before Niki Miles scored to end the run.

Trabuco Hills 12, Santa Margarita 10: The Mustangs scored 12 goals Thursday to advance to their first semifinals in program history. Hennessey Evans scored a team-high five goals for Trabuco Hills in the win and Ieneke Jimenez added three. Mustang’s coach Scott Leong called the victory “a team effort.” Trabuco Hills goalie Chiara Reniero had seven saves in the win.

Foothill 18, Aliso Niguel 8: Sophomore Ashley Stokes scored seven goals to lead the Knights to an 18-8 win over Aliso Niguel. Foothill shutout the Wolverines in the second half, after trailing 8-6. Brooke Williams scored five goals for Foothill in the win. Quinnlyn Mason scored four goals for Aliso Niguel, and will finish her senior season with 91 goals. Wolverine’s goalie Stephanie Reinke had seven saves in the loss. Foothill will play Mater Dei Saturday, in a rematch of the 2017 US Lacrosse Orange County championship game, in which the Knights fell to the Section champion Monarchs.

Mater Dei 7, San Clemente 5: The defending Southern Section champions earned their way into the semifinals with a 7-5 victory over Sea View League champion, San Clemente. Juniors Peyton Smith and Tess Keiser lead the Monarchs in scoring this season, entering play with 51 and 48 goals, respectively. Senior Sydney Payne led the Monarchs with 71 ground balls entering Thursday, and wins 80 percent of her draws. Mater Dei has only lost one game against an Orange County opponent since 2015, a 12-10 loss to top-seeded St. Margaret’s on March 20.

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Boys and girls lacrosse playoffs: Tuesday’s scores, updated schedule

Scores from Tuesday’s games in the Orange County boys and girls lacrosse playoffs.

BOYS LACROSSE

ORANGE COUNTYFirst round, Tuesday

St. Margaret’s 19, Huntington Beach 3

Great Oak 12, Yorba Linda 5

Corona del Mar 18, Santiago/Corona 6

Santa Margarita 17, Newport Harbor 5

Tesoro 12, Los Alamitos 8

Trabuco Hills 13, Beckman 11

Servite 9, San Clemente 8

Foothill 17, Aliso Niguel 2

QuarterfinalsThursday, May 3

Great Oak at St. Margaret’s

Corona del Mar at Santa Margarita

Trabuco Hills at Tesoro

Servite at Foothill

UPCOMING SCHEDULESemifinals: Saturday, May 5, 12:45 and 4:45 p.m., at Segerstrom HighOrange County championship: May 9, 7:45 p.m., at Irvine HighSouthern California championship: May 12, 1 p.m., at Newport Harbor High

GIRLS LACROSSE

ORANGE COUNTYFirst round, Tuesday

St. Margaret’s 11, Corona del Mar 3

Beckman 19, San Juan Hills 12

Trabuco Hills 15, Newport Harbor 10

Santa Margarita 9, Los Alamitos 8

Foothill 17, Tesoro 3

Aliso Niguel 19, University 12

San Clemente 9, Esperanza 6

Mater Dei 19, El Dorado 3

QuarterfinalsThursday, May 3

Beckman at St. Margaret’s

Trabuco Hills at Santa Margarita

Aliso Niguel at Foothill

San Clemente at Mater Dei

UPCOMING SCHEDULESemifinals: Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., at Segerstrom HighOrange County championship: May 9, 5:30 p.m., at Irvine HighSouthern California championship: May 12, 11 a.m., at Newport Harbor High

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St. Margaret’s lacrosse leaves no doubt with scoring blitz to beat Foothill

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – St. Margaret’s outlasted Foothill 13-9 Tuesday to solidify its spot as the top lacrosse team in Orange County.

St Margaret’s (14-1) scored seven consecutive goals in the third quarter, with six of the goals coming in a three-minute span.

The Tartans led Foothill 6-4 at halftime then launched their scoring blitz at the start of the third period to essentially secure the victory.

Midfielder Conrad Hampson scored back-to-back goals to start the third quarter as St. Margaret’s extended its lead to four.

St. Margaret’s midfielder Conrad Hampson scored a team-high 4 goals in the Tartan’s 13-9 win over Foothill in a battle between the top teams in the county. Cameo by @ZachCav. @ocvarsity @SMESAthletics pic.twitter.com/Itus15CFyY

— Michael Huntley (@mikehuntley63) April 18, 2018

After a Foothill penalty, Andy Shin scored and attackman Kevin Groeninger scored on the ensuing face-off to put St. Margaret’s ahead by six goals.

Garrett Kuntz scored and on the ensuing face-off and Hampson scored his fourth goal of the game to extend the Tartans’ lead to 12-4.

“Conrad has been a stud all year and he’s been waiting for this game a long time,” St. Margaret’s coach Glen Miles said of Hampson. “These guys all play together during the summer and this game means a lot to all of them.”

Midfielder Trevor Peay scored a man-up goal to finish the Tartans’ run and extend the lead to 13-4.

“The seniors took it upon themselves to not let them (Foothill) back into the game and own the first couple of minutes (of the third quarter),” Miles said. “Lacrosse is a game of runs, and fortunately it was a good run. Without it, we would have been in trouble.”

“We came together as a team,” Hampson said, “. . . (and) thought about what we needed to do. As long as we do what we’re supposed to do and run our plays, we can succeed.”

A major contributor to St. Margaret’s success was the dominant performance from face-off man Stuart Pollard. Pollard won 18 of 23 face-offs to help St. Margaret’s keep the ball away from Foothill’s high-powered offense.

“The face-off situation in the third quarter was obviously very helpful,” Miles said. “Stuart works really hard. It’s a big part of the game and some years you have somebody with that skill.”

“Face-offs were a really big part of the game. All those extra possessions and we just needed a few more,” Foothill coach Jon Fox said.

Foothill (15-3) scored the last five goals of the game. Andrew Cumming scored four goals for the Knights and Troy Hofer scored three goals.

St. Margaret’s and Foothill are the top two teams in the US Lacrosse coaches’ poll. Tuesday’s game impact where the teams are seeded for the US Lacrosse Orange County playoffs, which Foothill won last season.

“The playoffs will be interesting. But the first four or five teams in the playoffs can beat anybody else,” Miles said. “Seedings matter a little bit, but you have to beat everybody anyways.”

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Boys and girls lacrosse playoffs: Saturday’s scores, Wednesday’s schedule

Scores from Saturday’s games in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern California playoffs, and the schedule for Wednesday’s regional finals.

BOYS LACROSSE

ORANGE COUNTY AREA
Semifinals, Saturday
Corona del Mar 13, St. Margaret’s 4
Foothill 14, San Clemente 9

O.C. Final, Wednesday
At Irvine High, 7 p.m.
Corona del Mar (18-2) vs. Foothill (13-10)

LOS ANGELES AREA
Semifinals, Saturday
Palos Verdes 16, Agoura 8
Loyola 13, Oaks Christian 6

L.A. Final, Wednesday
At Mira Costa High, 4 p.m.
Palos Verdes (17-4) vs. Loyola (19-4)

Upcoming schedule
Orange County vs. L.A. championship game, Saturday, May 13, at Palos Verdes High, noon

GIRLS LACROSSE

ORANGE COUNTY AREA
Semifinals, Saturday
Mater Dei 9, St. Margaret’s 8
Foothill 10, Newport Harbor 2

O.C. Final, Wednesday
At Irvine High, 5 p.m.
Mater Dei (14-5) vs. Foothill (14-5)

LOS ANGELES AREA
Semifinals, Saturday
Chaminade 9, Cate 6
Redondo 11, Agoura 6

L.A. Final, Wednesday
At Mira Costa High, 7 p.m.
Chaminade (18-3) vs. Redondo (15-3)

Upcoming schedule
Orange County vs. L.A. championship game, Saturday, May 13, at Palos Verdes High, 10 a.m.

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