With goals from eight different players (by my count), visiting Newport Beach Lacrosse Club knocked off top-seeded Beverly Hills LC 10-6 Sunday to win the SCLAX North Division title and advance to the league championship game.
Newport Beach will face 40 Thieves, an 11-10 winner over Quiksilver, next week with the winner advancing to the California State Championship game in San Francisco on June 30.
Against Beverly Hills, NBLC trailed 2-1 early in the second period after taking a 1-0 lead early but rattled off three consecutive goals to lead 4-2 at halftime. Beverly Hills never got close than two goals down after that. It was the first time Newport has beaten Beverly Hills in three tries this season. Beverly Hills was 9-1 in the regular season, and Newport was 7-3, with two of the losses to BH.
I’d provide more of a scoring breakdown, but I don’t have a Newport Beach roster. Beverly Hills got scoring from two goals from Cory Schaeffler and one each from John Brasko, Charlie MacNeil, Phil Trapp and Casey Costello (at least by my count).
So why did I drive some 30 miles each way to watch a men’s league game on Father’s Day? My wife asked me the same question, and I didn’t have a great answer. But look at where those scorers for Beverly Hills played college ball — or check out the full roster (and I wish I had one for Newport, as well, because I’m sure we’d see the same thing):
- Cory Schaeffler: Denver
- John Brasko: Loyola
- Charlie MacNeil: Skidmore
- Phil Trapp: Claremont-McKenna
- Casey Costello: UMass
That’s just the guys who scored. The Beverly Hills roster also lists players formerly of Syracuse, Hopkins and Stony Brook, as well as locals from UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount and UCLA. Was it great lacrosse? Not really. Lots of turnovers, missed GBs and errant passes. But it was good lacrosse from guys who all had to get up and go to work this morning, and it was competitive and entertaining. And that’s why we watch. Congrats, gentlemen.
Newport: If you have a roster, hit me up. Love to figure out who’s who in the photos.