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    The Beverly Hills post collegiate Bucks traveled to Vista Hermosa Sports Park in San Clemente to take on Quiksilver Lacrosse Club, one of the strongest SCLAX South Division teams. The last time these two teams met was back in 2009 and it didn’t go well for the Bucks. Eight years later a handful of Beverly Hills players remember that game and are looking for payback.

      Not everyone on the team made the trip but the players who took the bus ride came to play.  Just one minute into the game Crespi Head Coach spotted Will McCance with his hands free and Will beat the Quiksilver goalie topside right. The teams then traded possessions until Brock found Casey Costello open for another score and the Bucks were up two. But at 8:10 mark Quicksilver initiated a fast break clear off a Johnny Rodriquez save and cut the Buck lead in half. The quarter ended with a Sean Kane score off a Devin Maxwell feed with just five seconds remaining.  The Beverly Hills advantage was easy to explain. Solo face off man Nick Smith won four out of five at the “X”, keeper Morgan Weireter had four saves and the Bucks had only four turnovers which were offset by takeaways by Kevin Berlandi and Kyle Standiford.

      The Buck offense and defense were really starting to click. It didn’t matter much who was out there for Beverly Hills it was all about team play, perhaps the best Beverly Hills performance of the season. Beverly Hills pushed the lead to 5-1 off of two Nick Smith solo left handed drives from up top beating the keeper stick side high both times. Quiksilver answered with a score at the 10:30 mark but Beverly Hills ran off two more goals both involving Brock Livingston. First Kyle Standiford had a take away at GLE and got the ball to Andrew White who found Brock for the score. Then Hobart’s Alex Jessup found Brock again ready to shoot with just: 06 on the clock and the Bucks went into the half leading 7-2. Once again Nick Smith held the advantage at the “X” winning three out of five and the Bucks limited their turnovers, once again offset by two Beverly Hills takeaways, one by Kevin Berlandi again and one by Shane Sweigart.

     The third quarter was well played by both teams. It seemed like each team had figured it out. Quiksilver scored first at the 18:44 mark but two minutes later Brock Livingston fed Devin Maxwell for a score. Then Quiksilver scored at the 7:17 mark only to be answered three minutes later when Sean Kane curled on the crease and almost with no angle rifled it into the net. Nick Smith followed with his third score of the afternoon on a solo drive at 2:30 and then Quiksilver matched with a score of their own. The Bucks had doubled up their opponent and took a 10-5 lead into the final quarter.

     Quiksilver started off the fourth quarter scoring at the 16:10 mark with a beautiful feed into the crease but that was going to be it for Quiksilver. At the 10:45 mark Andrew White drove on the left pipe and with what could only be described as a change up he beat his man and the goalie for the score. The goal of the afternoon came a minute and a half later when Nick Smith fell back at the top of the box and while on his backside lofted a strike to Sean Kane at the wing. While Sean was rotating the ball to Brock Livingston, Brock & Nick had already made eye contact and Brock hit a cutting Nick Smith right on the money and Nick did not disappoint. The final score came with just: 05 seconds left in the game as Devin Maxwell went top corner off a Will McCance feed. The final score was Beverly Hills 13-6 over Quiksilver,

     This was by far the best team effort of the season. The team played unselfish and disciplined lacrosse from the opening face. Everybody kicked in. In the fourth quarter alone JD Johnson and Kyle Standiford each had a forced turnover, Sean Crane took a critical ground ball off a face off that enabled a lengthy Buck possession in the fourth quarter and JD put it into another gear when he out hustled a Quiksilver attackman for a post shot possession. And Morgan Weireter, here forth to be known as “Legit” ended up with 12 saves on 18 shots for a 66% save percentage.

     Beverly Hills will travel to Waller Stadium at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach top take on the South Bay Lacrosse Club at 11:00.  The Bucks won the earlier season matchup against their SCLAX North Division rivals 16-10 but this game will have playoff implications as South Bay trails Beverly Hills by just one game in the standings.


by Master Admin posted 04/24/2017


     We took Venice 16-4 in our second game of the season but I watched last week as they suffered a two goal loss to a very strong South Bay Lacrosse Club. I knew this was not going to be a cakewalk and sent out a midweek email to the team asking everyone to make an effort to get to the game.

     As the game began it looked like I might have been wrong as we took a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter on a beautiful Alex Jessup solo drive firing left handed and on a fast break clear initiated by keeper Morgan Weireter who made a quick outlet pass to Collin Hoffman who then dished to Sean Kane for the score. But that would be the biggest lead that Beverly Hills would enjoy until the fourth quarter. Venice answered at the 11:48 mark on a break away clear. The Bucks answered quickly when Sean Kane set a hard pick on Alex Jessup’s defender. Alex took advantage of the pick and beat the Venice goalie as the Bucks regained their two goal advantage at the 10:20 mark. Venice answered with a drive from the midfield at the 8:31 mark when the referees called for a “Bee break” as swarms of bees collected near the Beverly Hills goal. As soon as the “B”reak was over Venice followed with another score at the infamous 4:20 mark and the score was tied at 3-3. Then with just under a minute left in the first quarter Sean Kane fed Will McCance and the Bucks went up 4-3. Buck faceoff guru Tony Cavalero went six for eight at the “X” and two out of the four Buck turnovers were countered with takeaways by Dustin Doty and JD Johnson.

      The beginning of the second quarter saw a lot of missed opportunities for both teams but a Will McCance feed to Devin Maxwell at 9:13 pushed the Buck lead up to two goals again. Unfortunately in the span of the next three and a half minutes Venice was able to cash in on two shots from their long poles and the game was tied at 5’s. Then Venice scored again less than a minute later to take their first lead of the game. Was my premonition correct? Were we in for a fight? Venice answered the question at the 2:14 mark as a Venice fast break clear ended in a score and a two goal lead. But with just :08 left in the first half Devin Maxwell spotted Alex de la Pena open up top and Alex was able to break Venice’s momentum going into the half as Venice lead 7-6. The second quarter stats showed how closely this game was being played as Venice held a 4-3 edge in faceoffs. Saves were equal for both keepers but Venice did turn the ball over less than the Bucks.

     The Venice lead didn’t last long as Brock Livingston drove off the crease at the 18:05 mark to knot the score at 7-7.Then three minutes later Will McCance spotted Brock Livingston free off the right pipe and Brock didn’t waste any time slipping it by the Venice Keeper. Beverly Hills was back on top 8-7. At the 6:45 mark Venice found the back of the net to tie the score again. But that would be their last third quarter score. But Beverly Hills was not done yet as Brock Livingston held on to the ball as he passed the right pipe then unleashed a quick left handed score as he passed the left pipe. Tony Cavalero followed 58 seconds later on a feed from Brock as he danced left then right and put Beverly Hills back up by two for the first time since the 16:32 mark of the first quarter. Beverly Hills outscored Venice 4-1. The face offs were split three apiece but the telling stat was Buck keeper Morgan Wiereter’s seven saves while the Venice goalie had only two. A two goal wasn’t much but having two lines of fresh poles might be all that Beverly Hills needed to get through the rest of the game.

     Beverly Hills stretched their lead to 11-8 less than two minutes into the quarter when Devin Maxwell fed Casey Costello for a 15 yard strike. Brock Livingston found Casey again at the 15:19 mark and the Will McCance found Brock for the second time in the game and the Bucks had what was considered a commanding 13-8 lead. But then Venice squeaked a dribbler into the Beverly Hills net and the lead shrunk to four goals. And with 9:40 left in the game anything can happen……and it did. A shoving match between two players escalated into a vicious crosscheck and punch from a Buck attackman drawing a four minute non releasable penalty on the Beverly Hills player and a one minute non releasable on the Venice defender. The Venice team would have a one man advantage for three minutes so the Beverly Hills 13-9 lead was vulnerable. But the Bucks “D” clamped down, got a turnover and held the ball to kill the man disadvantage until Devin Maxwell couldn’t take it anymore a drove solo for a score at the 2:04 mark. That was it as the Bucks walked away with a hard fought victory bringing their SCLAX North Division leading record to 5-1. The Buck defense didn’t give up many shots that quarter and they regained the advantage at the faceoff “X” 4-2. Shane Sweigart and Hakim Morris each posted a takeaway and a critical ground ball in the period and Connor Doyle, Kyle Standiford, Dustin Doty and Mark Bell each had a takeaway or a critical ground ball.

      All ten SCLAX teams will have next Sunday off for Easter. Beverly Hills will get back to work on the following Sunday for a 6:00 faceoff at Vista Hermosa Sports Park in San Clemente when they will take on a very good Quiksilver Lacrosse Club in a SCLAX interdivisional game. The following week they will travel to Mira Costa High School for a return match against SCLAX North Division rival South Bay Lacrosse Club who they beat on opening day 16-10. 

by Master Admin posted 04/10/2017
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