While some teams still haven’t finished their regular seasons, the schedule and pairings for the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section playoffs came out Sunday, with Palos Verdes (16-2) earning the No. 1 seed and Palisades Charter (13-3) the No. 2 seed.
For Crespi (11-2) and Harvard-Westlake (9-3), the No. 4 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, Tuesday’s playoff openers come one day after the teams meet in their final Mission League game, with the league title still in play. Harvard-Westlake (7-1 Mission), which won the league last year, can win the 2012 title outright with a victory. The Wolverines beat Crespi 18-13 in early March.
However, a win by Crespi (5-2 Mission) would create a three-way tie for the league title with Loyola (11-2, 5-2 Mission), which is seeded fifth in the playoff bracket. Either way, both teams are going to have to bounce back strong from Monday’s game or risk being bounced from the playoffs early.
Other observations from the bracket: Third-seeded Westlake (14-1, 13-0) is one of five teams from the 101 Coast league in the 16-team tournament. The Bay League also received five spots, the Mission League three and there was one spot each for the City League (Palisades), the Condor League (Thacher, 7-5) and independent Chadwick (9-0).
Los Angeles County bracket
First round, Tuesday
#16 Peninsula at #1 Palos Verdes, time TBD
#9 Chadwick at #8 Malibu, time TBD
#12 Thacher at #5 Loyola, time TBD
#13 Thousand Oaks at #4 Crespi, 7 p.m.
#14 Redondo at #3 Westlake, time TBD
#11 Mira Costa at #6 Harvard-Westlake, 5:45 p.m.
#10 Agoura at #7 Culver City, time TBD
#15 Oaks Christian at #2 Palisades, time TBD
The quarterfinals are scheduled for Thursday, with semifinals on Saturday and the L.A. County final on Wednesday, May 9.
Orange County bracket
First round, Tuesday
#16 Servite at #1 Corona del Mar, time TBD
#9 JSerra at #8 Huntington Beach, time TBD
#12 Newport Harbor at #5 St. Margaret’s, 4:30 p.m.
#13 Dana Hills at #4 Foothill, 3:30 p.m.
#14 Beckman at #3 San Clemente, 4:30 p.m.
#11 El Toro at #6 Los Alamitos, 7:30 p.m.
#10 Santa Margarita at #7 Great Oak, time TBD
#15 Esperanza at #2 Tesoro, 7 p.m.
The quarterfinals are scheduled for Thursday, with semifinals on Saturday at Aliso Niguel (5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.). The Orange County final will be played Wednesday, May 9, at Dana Hills (7:30 p.m.).
The U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section High School Championship game, with the Orange County winner facing the L.A. County winner, will be played May 12 at Mission Viejo (1 p.m.).