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Top seeds advance in O.C. bracket; L.A. bracket features upsets, drama

7 - Published May 3, 2013 by in High School
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All four top seeds in the US Lacrosse Southern Section south bracket held serve in Thursday’s quarterfinals, but the action in the north bracket demonstrated just how evenly matched most everyone is … well, after Palos Verdes, that is.

Crespi goalie Luke Mitchell

Crespi and senior goalkeeper Luke Mitchell have allowed only eight goals in winning two playoff games this week.

The top-seeded and defending champion Sea Kings beat Oak Park 9-5, but the rest of the evening very nearly belonged to the Mission League. Crespi held off Thousand Oaks 4-3 to advance, and sixth-seeded Harvard Westlake led from start to finish in dispatching No. 3 Agoura 16-8.

Seventh-seeded Loyola nearly pulled off the upset of the night, leading No. 2 Westlake 6-3 just before the half and 8-7 with less than five minutes to play. But Westlake responded, scoring three in the final four-plus minutes to win 10-8.

So the Marmonte League had three of the top four seeds in No. 2 Westlake, No. 3 Agoura and No. 4 Newbury Park. The Mission League had No. 5-seeded Crespi, No. 6 Harvard Westlake and No. 7 Loyola. Only Westlake remains alive from the Marmonte, while the Mission put two teams into the semis. One league overrated? The other underrated? Either way, it’s clear from the results so far that after Palos Verdes, there are a lot of pretty even teams in the north.

Judging by the scores out of Orange County, on the other hand, the seeding in the south was pretty accurate — or there is simply a bigger disparity between the top few teams and the rest of the field. In 12 games thus far — eight first round and four second round — there has been one upset (No. 9 Beckman over No. 8 Los Alamitos, 9-8) and eight double-digit winning margins. In fact, outside of that one-goal Beckman win, the closest margin in any game has been eight goals.

Let’s see if the Orange County semifinals can change that — Saturday at Aliso Niguel HS, 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. The OC title game will be played Wednesday at Mission Viejo HS, 8 p.m.

The north semis also take place Saturday, with Palos Verdes and Westlake playing host as the highest remaining seeds (times TBD). The north final will be played Wednesday, May 8, at Torrance West HS, 7 p.m.

The Southern Section final, featuring the north and south winners, will be played Saturday, May 11, at Torrance West HS at 1 p.m.

North bracket
First round
No. 1 Palos Verdes 13, No. 16 Brentwood 6
No. 9 Oak Park 11, No. 8 Malibu 6
No. 3 Agoura 6, No. 14 Cate 5
No. 6 Harvard Westlake 16, No. 11 Peninsula 7
No. 2 Westlake 12, No. 15 Palisades Charter 7
No. 7 Loyola 12, No. 10 Redondo Union 2
No. 13 Thousand Oaks 8, No. 4 Newbury Park 6
No. 5 Crespi 6, No. 12 Oaks Christian 5, OT

Second round
No. 1 Palos Verdes 9, No. 9 Oak Park 5
No. 6 Harvard Westlake 16, No. 3 Agoura 8
No. 2 Westlake 10, No. 7 Loyola 8
No. 5 Crespi 4, No. 13 Thousand Oaks 3

Semifinals
No. 5 Crespi (13-5) at No. 1 Palos Verdes (18-1), Saturday, 5 p.m.
No. 6 Harvard Westlake (13-3) at No. 2 Westlake (14-2), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

South bracket
First round
No. 1 Corona del Mar 16, No. 16 Dana Hills 5
No. 9 Beckman 9, No. 8 Los Alamitos 8
No. 3 St. Margaret’s 17, No. 14 El Toro 3
No. 6 Tesoro 18, No. 11 Aliso Niguel 2
No. 2 Foothill 14, No. 15 Yorba Linda 5
No. 7 San Clemente 17, No. 10 Great Oak 5
No. 4 JSerra 14, No. 13 Newport Harbor 4
No. 5 Huntington Beach 10, No. 12 Santa Margarita 2

Second round
No. 1 Corona del Mar 18, No. 9 Beckman 5
No. 4 JSerra 16, No. 5 Huntington Beach 8
No. 3 St. Margaret’s 17, No. 6 Tesoro 4
No. 2 Foothill 13, No. 7 San Clemente 2

Semifinals at Aliso Niguel HS
No. 4 JSerra (15-4) vs. No. 1 Corona del Mar (17-2), 5 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.
No. 3 St. Margaret’s (18-4) vs. No. 2 Foothill (17-4), 5 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.

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