The Beverly Hills lacrosse Club was created to serve the best interests of the players in organizing, developing and promoting the sport of lacrosse at the middle school level in the Los Angeles area

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     A very strong squad of nineteen Beverly Hills players made the seven hour trip to Tam High School in Mill Valley. What they didn't know was that they were going to take on a squad of mostly Division I players dominated by Cornell, Bucknell & Notre Dame alumni. The Beverly Hills team had their own share of top level program players but they also had a nice blend of DIII, DII & MCLA players. But they never looked back even finding out at the last minute that their #1 FOGO was not going to make the trip. It was all about the moment and with eight year Beverly Hills defensive captain running the "D" and Brock Livingston running the "O" is was game on..

     With three faceoff guys ready to step in for Kyle Moskowitz.....Nick Smith, Lee Alexanderson & Mark Bell the game started with Nick going first. Nick won the opening face clean and after some back & forth possessions Tyler Hill worked the ball down the right side and beat the Olympic goalie at the 4:00 mark putting Beverly Hills up 1-0. Olympic Club came back and answered with two goals to take the lead with eight minutes left in the quarter but Beverly Hills won the next faceoff, worked the ball through "X" and by the time it swung to Brock Livingston on the left side he was able to drive up top and with some fancy footwork roll back and knot the score at 2-2. With just :10 left in the first an Olympic Club attackman returned the favor and put Olympic Club up  3-2 after one.

     Olympic Club came out smoking in the second scoring three in a row......two off quicksticks on feeds from "X" and another on a deflection off a Morgan Weireter save. But at the 4:20 mark Nick Smith broke an Olympic Club clear and fed Alex de la Pena cutting across the crease to cut into the lead as "O" Club took a 6-3 lead into the half. Despite the three goal deficit, the halftime stats boded well for Beverly Hills. Nick Smith held a 7-4 lead at the faceoff "X", keeper Morgan Weireter was his usual spectacular self in the goal netting eight saves and the "Hills" team had just four turnovers in the half, three negated by Dustin Doty & Nick Smith takeaways. The groundballs were too numerous to track but I can tell you one thing, if there were twenty in the half Nick Smith had at least a dozen of them.

     After some half time discussion with input from several players and "coach for a day" Charlie McNeil the "Hills" squad was as confident as any team could be. Halfway into the third period, triple teamed on the crease, stood up by an "O" Club pole and back to the goal Nick Smith somehow picked up a loose ball and went over his head to cut the Olympic lead to 6-4. Devin Maxwell followed with a man up goal on a feed from Tyler Hill and Brock Livingston duplicated his roll back move and the game was tied at 6-6. The Beverly Hills "D" shut out the talented Olympic Club offence for the quarter as Nick Smith went 3-4 on faceoffs and Morgan Weireter garnered five more saves. There were only two turnovers in the quarter and the two takeaways by J D Johnson and another one by Nick Smith turned into a "plus one" for the "Hills" team.

     Just three minutes into the final quarter the Hill-Maxwell tandem hit again as Tyler fed Devin who dodged, fired and gave the Beverly Hills team it's first lead since the opening score of the game. But just two minutes later "O" Club found net and tied it back up. The teams traded possessions and both clubs had their chances but this game was meant to continue and we would see overtime.

     Nick Smith won the faceoff that started overtime and Beverly Hills quickly called time out to substitute some "O" for the two faceoff wings. After a long possession Brock Livingston found Sean Kane open momentarily just off the crease. Sean was able to get the shot off but a lucky deflection by an "O" Club close defender prolonged the game. The Olympic keeper came up with the ball and they called a time out to set up a play. With just two minutes left in overtime an Olympic middy was able to get free and hit the game winner and keep the State title up North.

     The last three games of the 2016 season turned out to be memorable for the Beverly Hills Lacrosse Club. A solid win in the North Division title game, an overtime win in the SCLAX SOCAL finals and now this game which although it didn't go in the "win" column it showed how this team has grown together over the season incorporating several new players who have become invaluable to the success of the team. There isn't one guy who showed up today that didn't give his "all" and there isn't one guy who isn't ready to come back next year and get back to this game.

                                Hills on, two, three HILLS






by posted 06/26/2016

     After beating Newport Beach Lacrosse Club last week the Bucks notched the 2016 SCLAX North Division Championship. Now the next step, a return trip to Mission Bay to face off against the 2016 SCLAX South Division Champion OMBAC/Beachcomber Lacrosse Club, a team they beat in May by two goals but a team of made up of mostly Navy players who as you would expect, never give up. The Bucks were looking for their second consecutive SOCAL Championship and the winner will move on to face Olympic Club in the State finals. There was a lot on the line.

     Much the same as in their first meeting the Bucks got off to a fast start. After several minutes of trading possessions thanks to some unbelievable play in the net by Buck netminder Morgan Weireter the teams were scoreless. On at least two early possessions Beachcomber thought they were going to go up but Morgan was a wall, diving, kneeling & jumping....whatever was necessary to stop the shot. Then, at the 11:20 mark Will McCance fed Devin Maxwell and the Bucks went up by one. After an offside call on Beverly Hills Beachcomber finally got their chance and tied the game on a man up play. But Beverly Hills went on a run as Devin went solo twice and Nick Smith fed Sean Krane to put the Bucks up 4-1 after one. Devin Maxwell already had a hat trick, keeper Morgan Weireter had four saves and FOGO Cyle Moskowitz faired well at the "X" but as expected the Beachcomber squad was ruthless on the face off ground balls and held a small edge in possessions. The Buck close "D" was its' usual stingy self as the Bucks two first quarter turnovers were negated by three defensive by JD Johnson, one by Shane Sweigart and one by Dustin Doty. Another stat that would later show up as one of the big factors in the game was altered shots as D middy Lee Alexanderson and close defender John Brasko altered five Beachcomber shots between them. These surgical stick checks took a lot of wind out of Beachcomber's sails.

     Beachcomber initiated the second quarter scoring as they did so often in the game scored in their transition game, this time off a fast break clear at the 12:13 mark. But the Bucks answered twice as Sean Kane fed Alex de la Pena off the crease and Tyler Hill went into "behind the back mode" when the Beachcomber goalie went up to challenge him on the right pipe and Tyler ripped one past the 'Comber goalie top left as the 'Comber bench was yelling, "he's all right". The Buck lead was extended to 6-2. But as expected Beachcomber fought back to close the half out on two quick scores leaving Beverly Hills with a 6-4 lead at the end of two. Beverly Hills had four turnovers and two takeaways in the quarter but again the hero was Buck goalie Morgan Weireter who had seven saves in the quarter.

     The third quarter started off as though the Bucks were going to finally take control of the game as Sean Krane fed a cutting Devin Maxwell at the 14:30 mark and Alex de la Pena went solo for his second goal of the afternoon. But once again Beachcomber answered with two cutting the Beverly Hills lead to two goals at 8-6. Teams traded goals as Conor O'toole went solo and the quarter ended with the Bucks holding a 9-7 edge. Nick Smith stepped into the face off role to give FOO Kyle Moskowitz a breather and limited the Beachcomber possession edge with pure speed & hustle. The Buck defenders continued to tie up the 'Comber hands as they tried to zero in on the little space that Morgan gave them and close defender Mark Bell showed what hustle was all about as he cheated 'Comber out of a possession by racing to the sideline on a shot deflection.

     So the fourth quarter began with a very close game. Beachcomber playing at home had a definite numbers advantage and we are talking about a lot of well conditioned Navy guys. Could Beverly Hills hold their lead under the constant pressure from the Beachcomber team? Beachcomber struck first just 1:45 into the final quarter cutting the Buck lead to one goal. Conor O'Toole answered on the third assist of the afternoon from Sean Kane. Brock Livingston, wearing gray shorts to honor the absent Skyler Hopkins then followed with a solo drive putting the Bucks back up by three. Did I say that Navy guys don't quit? After Buck defender picked up an unnecessary penalty and went after some 'Comber bench players who were taunting teammate J D Johnson it took mild mannered Dustin Doty to settle John back down. But the Bucks lost possession and Beachcomber rattled off three goals in a row to tie the game at 11-11 with 7:10 remaining. Then Tyler Hill stopped the bleeding and drove to the goal with the help of a Sean Kane pick and the Bucks were back up by one. And as Morgan Weireter fended off shot after shot a Buck Defender fell down and the Beachcomber attackman was able to sneak one in from close range at the 1:25 mark. Regulation ended 12-12 and we were going to overtime.

     Overtime would be a four minute period with "sudden death" deciding the outcome. Each team would have one time out. Coach Eric Baker knew what he wanted to do but it all was riding on Kyle Moskowitz at the faceoff "X". As he has done so often during this season and this game Kyle took control of the face and the ball ended up with Beverly Hills as Shane Sweigart scooped up the ball. Coach Baker immediately called time out and substituted for the two LSM's at the wings. It was all or nothing. The game was in the hands of the Buck offense......Will McCance, Brock Livingston and Sean Krane near the goal and Tyler Hill, Devin Maxwell and Conor O'Toole just outside the restraining line. Conor started with the ball and we all knew what he was going to and keep driving until he could clear his hands. It all came together just .28 seconds into overtime as Conor drove on the right pipe and fired past the keeper and the Bucks walked off as 2016 SCLAX SOCAL Champions.

     Beverly Hills will have to travel up North to Mill Valley in Marin County to face the 2016 NORCAL Champions. Details for the game are being worked out and should be announced by Monday.




by posted 06/18/2016


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