Author Archive | Jim Loftus

Chapman, Warren Nielsen

SLC playoff brackets set; playoffs open Saturday

0 - Published April 22, 2014 by in College

Top-ranked Arizona State and No. 5 Chapman posted big wins Saturday to clinch their respective divisions in the Southwest Lacrosse Conference and, as No. 1 seeds, earn first-round byes in the Division I SLC Tournament. No 9 UC Santa Barbara and No. 6 Grand Canyon finished second in their respective divisions and will be home […]

Westlake zone defense

Big week for Westlake; Palos Verdes tries to keep streak going

0 - Published April 21, 2014 by in High School

With the high school lacrosse playoffs only a couple of weeks away, we’ve been trying to get an in-person look at as many potential qualifiers as possible. To that end, in the last 10 days we’ve seen Agoura at Westlake, Oaks Christian at Oak Park, Crespi at Harvard Westlake and San Clemente at Agoura. It […]

Loyola Marymount, Phil Hughes

SLC schedule packs a lot of drama into final 10 days

0 - Published April 9, 2014 by in College

The MCLA’s Southwest Lacrosse Conference has managed to pack a lot of drama into the last 10 days of the regular season, including the possibility that Loyola Marymount, which was 1-8 just a few weeks ago, still could finish third in its division and make the SLC playoffs. The first round of the SLC Tournament […]

Loyola, Thomas Steinke

Relentless pressure makes Loyola Cubs a dangerous opponent

0 - Published April 8, 2014 by in High School

The Loyola Cubs knocked off Thousand Oaks and Crespi last week behind an aggressive defense that refuses to let opponents get comfortable.

Chris Malone, Arizona State

3d Lacrosse taps ASU’s Chris Malone for new L.A. operation

0 - Published April 1, 2014 by in Club, College

Denver-based 3d Lacrosse has put another stake in the California ground, announcing the opening of a Los Angeles office and the hiring of Arizona State head coach Chris Malone as Director, 3d Los Angeles.

Newbury Park, Andrew Noble

Young Newbury Park squad cements status as L.A. contender

0 - Published April 1, 2014 by in High School

The Newbury Park Panthers swept three games last week to improve to 8-0 and make it clear that they are, indeed, a contender in the Southern Section’s L.A. division.

Cal State Fullerton lacrosse

Biola, San Marcos eye playoff berths in SLC Division II

0 - Published March 27, 2014 by in College

SLC mainstays Fullerton and Concordia are close to locking up the top seeds in their respective divisions, which turns the focus to teams like Biola, bouncing back from a down year, and San Marcos, in only its third season of existence.

Ryan Barman, UCLA

In SLC D-I, the real playoff races might be for No. 3 seed

0 - Published March 26, 2014 by in College

With about a month left in the regular season, it’s a good time to take a look at how the playoff races are shaping up in the Southwest Lacrosse Conference’s two divisions. It’s hard to see anyone besides Chapman or UC Santa Barbara winning the North. No one else has in eight years, going all […]

Jack Temko, Harvard Westlake

Assessing top L.A. challengers to O.C. lacrosse dominance

0 - Published March 24, 2014 by in High School

High school lacrosse teams from the L.A./Ventura half of the Southern Section are getting stronger, but Orange County teams still dominate the power ratings. Which L.A. teams might challenge the O.C. this May?

Jimmy Yanes, JSerra

Making sense of early results in high school lacrosse

0 - Published March 17, 2014 by in High School

There’s a big week ahead in high school lacrosse throughout the L.A. area and a lot to catch up on since we posted last, so it’s time to dump out the notebook and try to put some things in perspective.

Palos Verdes, Harvard Westlake

Harvard Westlake, Palos Verdes among top teams entering 2014

0 - Published March 3, 2014 by in High School

Our friends over at released a series of videos last week previewing the 2014 high school lacrosse season in the Los Angeles area, and both finalists from last spring made the top three. But neither is ranked No. 1 by Drew Rogers and Lane Jaffe.

Oak Park vs. Newbury Park

Knights Challenge, Mission League rivalry highlight opening week

0 - Published February 28, 2014 by in High School

Saturday marks the first day Southern Section high school lacrosse programs can play official games, and a couple of schools are taking advantage of the opportunity.

CSU Fullerton, Max Thielen

CSU Fullerton pulls away late to knock off USC, 10-5

0 - Published February 27, 2014 by in College

Cal State Fullerton poured in four fourth-quarter goals to beat USC 10-5 on a rainy Wednesday night at Royal High School in Simi Valley.

Oak Park, Ryan Helfand

Newbury Park scrimmage tourney sets stage for prep season

0 - Published February 25, 2014 by in High School

High school season gets under way this weekend, which means last weekend was time for scrimmages all over the Southland. I headed out to Newbury Park, where the Panthers were hosting the first Black Cat Winter Shootout, featuring eight prep programs from L.A. and the Conejo Valley, all of whom were playoff qualifiers last spring.

UC Santa Barbara

UCSB, Cal Poly rise in MCLA coaches poll; Chapman slips

0 - Published February 25, 2014 by in College

The MCLA released its first in-season update to the coaches poll, and with most clubs having at least a handful of on-field results to go on, the rankings are the perfect fuel for debate.