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.
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The lacrosse world will turn it’s eyes to Denver this summer, when national teams from 38 countries descend on the Rockies for the FIL World Lacrosse Championships. Sharing the field with guys like Paul Rabil, Ned Crotty and Max Seibald will be a somewhat less familiar name, unless you follow the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference’s Division II.
Seven nationally ranked MCLA clubs — including defending champion and preseason No. 1 Colorado State and last year’s runner-up and current No. 2 Colorado — will compete this weekend in the first Lax Coaches vs. Cancer event, benefitting the American Cancer Society.
UC Santa Barbara, ranked No. 6 in the MCLA preseason coaches’ poll, opened its season Saturday with a big win. But the on-field result over SLC opponent USC wasn’t the most significant development.
Concordia University of Irvine, the defending SLC D-II champion, enters the 2014 season with a new coach. Will McMinn, who had coached Concordia for five seasons, left in December and is now coaching at Montreat College, an NAIA school in Black Mountain, N.C.
Bitter Lacrosse is hosting its inaugural Oceana Lax Festival at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club this Jan. 25-26. With its Endless Summer-inspired tagline, “in search of the perfect game,” Bitter Lacrosse’s first California event will host six boys divisions and three girls divisions.
The Southern California lacrosse family came together last Saturday at La Costa Canyon High School in San Diego for the Aaron Loy Lacrosse Shootout. Loy, a freshman lacrosse player at UCSB and 2013 graduate of La Costa Canyon, fell ill with Neisseria (bacterial) meningitis in November, and had his feet amputated in order to save his life after complications. The tournament, which featured 10 games with over 300 players ranging from 5th Grade to Grandmasters (40 plus), was organized by the La Costa Canyon lacrosse community in support of Loy and his family.
January is a big month for Adrenaline Lacrosse, with three consecutive weekends of events in Southern California. This weekend (Jan. 3-5), the Adrenaline Challenge in San Diego kicks off the New Year. West Coast Starz tryouts will then be held the following weekend (Jan. 11-12), and LXM|ATS Los Angeles (Jan. 18-19) will cap off the month’s events.
It took more than six months, but the USC men’s lacrosse program finally has a new coach. The club’s executive board announced Dec. 20 that it has hired former Johns Hopkins attackman Chris Boland to lead the program.
In November, Team USA players visited San Clemente for a boys lacrosse clinic. This past weekend, San Clemente once again played host to a US Lacrosse clinic, this time a girls clinic coached by women’s national team players. MaxLaxOC was at both events, and captured some great footage.
Leverage Lacrosse is hosting a free boys lacrosse clinic Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Laurel Park in Los Alamitos. There will be two clinic sessions, first for beginners in Grades 1-5 from 4-4:50 p.m., followed by a U11-U15 clinic from 5-5:50 p.m.
A few weekends ago, the Adrenaline High Rollers: SoCal recruiting event took place at Orange Coast College. Our friends at MaxLaxOC attended the event and put together two awesome videos, including a video of the High School All-Star game.