Sometimes, you’re just in the right place at the right time. Lucky enough, I found myself in this situation just a few weeks ago as the end of my first collegiate season coincided with the launch of Southland Lax.
As a daily LacrosseAllStars reader and a lifelong SoCal lacrosse player who suddenly had a lot more time on his hands after the completion of his own season, I could not help but reach out to LAS and to Southland Lax editor Jim Loftus about doing whatever I could to help grow the game I love in the area I grew up and still play in today. A couple of tweets, emails, and phone calls later, here I am. Like I said, right place, right time — and it happens to be playoff time!
If you’ve been keeping up with Southland Lax, then you’re probably familiar with the high school and college playoffs going on in the area. Here’s my take on what’s shaping up to be an exciting 2012 playoffs.
U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section
After the first round of games Tuesday, quarterfinals will take place tonight in both the L.A. and Orange County brackets. The biggest difference this year in the Southern Section playoffs is No. 4 Foothill-Santa Ana in the OC side of the tournament.
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As the five-time defending champs, and the only team to have won the title since lacrosse became a CIF-sanctioned sport in the Southern Section, Foothill has a lot to live up to. However, the Knights are having their toughest season since the CIF sponsorship and are entering their quarterfinal game with a record of 10-8. Should they make the finals, though, there is a good chance they will face a familiar foe: No. 1 Palos Verdes (17-2) fell to Foothill-Santa Ana in the championship in 2007 and 2008, No. 5 Loyola (12-2) lost to the Knights in 2009, and No. 11 Mira Costa (8-10) suffered the same fate the past two seasons.
To even reach the championship game, though, Foothill will have to beat a tough Newport Harbor (No. 12, 10-8) team in the quarterfinals and eventually go through No. 1 Corona del Mar (20-0), whom the Knights have defeated in the OC finals twice in the past three years.
Southwestern Lacrosse Conference
Over in the MCLA, the SLC semifinals and championship games are going on this weekend in San Diego. In Division 1, the UCSB-ASU game seems to be the most interesting matchup, but I’ll take SB by 2 to get a rematch with Chapman in the finals.
In Division II, I think it’s really a toss up between Cal-State Fullerton, Concordia and Grand Canyon. All three teams had only one division loss this season, and all of these losses have come at the hands of one of the other two.
Can’t make it to the games this weekend? TLN’s got you covered. Watch the SLC Playoff tournament LIVE on The Lacrosse Network this weekend at www.youtube.com/tln.
Good luck to all the teams playing this weekend!