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  • AND THE BEAT GOES ON AS THE BEVERLY HILLS/NEWPORT RIVALRY CONTINUES WITH A ONE GOAL NEWPORT WIN AT PENINSULA PARK
         
NEWPORT WINS IN A THRILLER

      It’s been three years since a game between Newport Beach Lacrosse Club and Beverly Hills has ended in anything but a close game. Last year Newport took the Bucks in five overtimes at home and lost to the Bucks by one in their trip up North and this year is starting out no differently.

     Both teams were tight when the game started and it took almost seven minutes for the first team to score as a Newport attacker dodged on the doorstep to put Newport up 1-0 at the 13:07 mark. Then, less than two minutes later Newport doubled down as a long pole put one into the net off a clear. Beverly Hills finally answered at 7:46 when Alex Weber found Will McCance circling the crease as the Bucks cut the lead in half. But just over a minute later Newport scored again with an alley dodge and the quarter ended with Newport holding a 3-1 lead. The bad news for both teams was that they each had four turnovers but to the Bucks credit Between J D Johnson, Sean Crane and Mark Bell they each countered with a takeaway. And Buck middy faceoff specialist Nick Smith went 4-5 at the “X”. The Buck defense held solid as they found great play from Kevin Berlandi and Stu Selonick subbing in for their Coachella bound teammates.

     Mike Gvozden held solid in the second quarter not allowing a score but the Bucks were able to put two past the Newport netminder on a double dodge by Alex Weber and an unassisted goal by Nick Smith. Nick also upped his performance at the “X” taking all three. The Bucks cut down their turnovers and J D Johnson and Sean Crane shared four more takeaways as the game was all tied up at the half.

     Just over three minutes into quarter number three Alex Weber gave the Bucks their first lead of the afternoon as he curled on the crease and put one by the keeper. And just thirty seconds later old Buck Casey Costello fed new Buck Brendan Gaughan for his first goal of the season. But their two goal advantage was cut in half at the 13:06 mark of the quarter when a Newport middy drove from the top of the box and put one past second half keeper Pat Johnston. But Beverly Hill’s John Hoffinga fed Alex Weber for his second goal of the afternoon and Casey Costello fed former Rollins standout Jack Vonarb for a quick shot and the Buck’s lead stretched their lead to three goals leading 7-4. But Newport struck for the last goal of the quarter with another pole scoring off a clear and the Bucks lead 7-5 after three. Bucks face master took all seven faceoffs for the quarter but unfortunately their five turnovers cut their possession time keeping them from increasing their two goal lead.

     By the 18:01 mark of the fourth quarter Newport had tied the score with a crease dodge and a fast break score on a man up. The Bucks retook the lead four and a half minutes into the quarter when Nick Smith threw a roll dodge from the top of the box and found the back of the net putting the Bucks back up by one But Newport rattled off three straight to take a two goal lead. With just 50 tics of the clock left Casey Costello got his third assist of the afternoon as he found Brock Livingston free on the doorstep leading to the biggest faceoff of the afternoon. Beverly Hill ended up with the ball and with less than ten seconds left got a shot off right in front of the crease. The shot was good but waived off as an off ball Buck had ventured into the crease and Newport took round one by a score of 10-9.

     Next Sunday the Bucks will host a much improved Venice Lax team. The game time and site are up in the air right now due to a n AYSO field conflict so the game may be moved to 8:00 or moved to Glendale High School or Crespi High School. Time and venue will be posted as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

    

 


by posted 04/15/2018
BUCKS STEAL ONE FROM THE THIEVES

                    BUCKS STEAL ON FROM THE THIEVES…….. 

    It was like finally getting the date with the beautiful girl and she stands you up right before you pick her up. The Bucks were chomping at the bit looking to pay the Thieves back for their 2017 SOCAL Championship victory but it was not to be. But twenty five of the thirty man game roster did show up for an intense intersquad scrimmage. Without the normal “Big Game” pressure on it was much easier to evaluate the team and here are some of the things we learned:

  • The four new young Buck rookies are really good….Brendan Gaughan out of Michigan, Jack Vonarb out of Rollins, Nick Heller out of St. Johns and Griffin Perkiel out of Colorado Mesa can play lacrosse.
  • Older guys like Brett Tietjen & Kevin Berlandi are still playing for a reason.
  • Sean Kane’s switch to the midfield was a great move for the team.
  • Close pole Mark Bell can defend from anywhere on the field including the net.
  • We have at least three real “D” middies in Collin Hoffman, Alex Jessup and Lee Alexanderson.
  • Mike Gvozden is crazy good and can show some flash whenever he wants.
  • Nick Smith is the man at the “X” going undefeated in today’s matchups.
  • The one and only Eric Baker put the younger guys to shame today playing the entire game with his pole.

     Next Sunday the Bucks will journey down to beautiful Peninsula Park in Newport Beach for an 11:00 faceoff against their North Division rivals. Last year Newport took the opener in a five overtime win handing Beverly Hills their only regular season loss. The Bucks returned the favor at home later in the season with a 10-5 victory and once more in the North Division finals winning in overtime. This upcoming game will be fight from beginning to end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

    

 


by Master Admin posted 04/08/2018
A BUCKS SHORTS STORY

                                                          

A SHORTS STORY

     A few players have asked about the new website banner that was posted last week so I’d like to explain my thinking. As is often the case the picture speaks for itself. Its #11 Sean Kane celebrating #18 Conor O’toole’s overtime winner against Beachcomber in the 2016 SCLAX Socal Championship game. But that’s only part of the story as the array of game shorts starting with the black shorts worn in our inaugural 2007 season transition to the blue shorts worn by the team today.

     The black shorts were a last minute decision as Eric Baker who was coaching for me at Beverly Hills High School and I agreed that between us we knew of enough players to put together a team that could play with the likes of South Bay, 40 Thieves and the now defunct Hollywood Lacrosse Club. Our Beverly Hills Coaching staff alone created the nucleus of the team with Head Coach Tim Ray, Notre Dame faceoff middie Greg Glenday and Navy faceoff middie Perry Taylor. We had the numbers, a good core group but we were a little light in the goal. Those black shorts with our orange reversibles were getting old fast as we didn’t win a game the first two years although we took South Bay to overtime in year two and played a couple of other teams close.

    In 2008 we knew we were starting to get some respect around the league as some familiar names permeated the squad…..John Brasko, Ray Erikson, Billy Wren, Kevin Berlandi who rejoined the Bucks this year, Mike Delabar and one of our biggest game changers, Dash Pomerantz who stepped into the cage. But everything really started to come together in 2009 when we switched to the white shorts. Casey Costello from UMass, Lee Alexanderson from RPI, Seth Cohen from Gettysburg, Sam Vollen from Syracuse and Michael Doneger from Johns Hopkins all joined the team as we started to draw some serious players. Adam Liegner from Vanderbilt also joined that year giving us two strong goalies. We all know how important numbers are in post collegiate ball as our roster grew to 32 players. We opened that season with a 12-10 win over Hollywood LC, the “jewel” of the league. That was more of a statement than a win because it was our first. We followed up the following week with an 11-5 win over a very strong Newport Beach club before losing to Adrenaline 8-6 in the next week. But we were on the map and lots of people wanted to play for us.

     We were very optimistic going into the 2010 season as we figured “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and kept our white shorts. 2010 was a strong recruiting year as we added Brett Tietjen from Hofstra at attack, U of Penn’s Alex Weber at the midfield, Hobart’s Alex Jessup and our first UCSB alumni, James Guzik who settled into a close “D” anchored by Sam Vollen, John Brasko and Navy’s Paul Haberlein. Harvard’s Garret Schabb joined us at the faceoff “X” and we were ready to “rock n’roll”. Keep in mind that as we added some of the players that I mentioned, not too many guys were leaving. It was a fun team to play on. We weren’t the only team that was improving as the game grew out here on the coast. But we were competitive with everyone except San Diego’s Quiksilver Lacrosse Club.

     So what do you do when you’re close to the top of the mountain? You upgrade your uniforms of course and that’s exactly what we did as we added orange shooter jerseys to the white shorts in 2011. Now I’m not saying they came for the new uniforms or just to play with Big James Guzik but all of a sudden we were “Gaucho Rich” as longpole Chris Schaible, middy Greg Fish and David Gorham joined the team along with U of Denver’s Cory Schaeffler and Claremont’s Phillip Trapp. Interestingly enough, all six of those guys played together at RLS Stevenson Prep in Pebble Beach. Skidmore College’s Charlie McNeill and Brendan Luftus, a ‘Cuse grad also joined the midfield and we were ready to take on anybody. We had won the SCLAX North Division in 2010. This year we won it all and despite being blown out by Olympic Club (Sean Kane & Nick Smith played on that team) we were a very satisfied club. But let’s get back to the uniforms.

     We decided to go full blown orange in 2012 including our Cascade CPX team helmets. We continued to add strong players.. But a combination of a smaller roster, a tough schedule and players who couldn’t make a lot of the big games couldn’t be overcome. Going into the playoffs with a 9-1 record and beating Newport twice during the season the Bucks to Newport Beach in the second round of the playoffs.

     Despite the downswing (we hadn’t missed the playoffs since 2008), we decided to keep our orange fashion statement and fill in some holes for the 2013 season. Devin Maxwell joined the squad after graduation and Stony Brook’s Scott Rothstein joined keeper Dash Pomerantz and replaced Adam Liegner & Sam Bennet in the cage. UCLA’s Alex Shen was added at close “D” and LSM. Ohio State’s Bryce Woodson and Middlebury’s Skyler Hopkins joined Devin in the midfield and Amherst attackman Evan Redwood stepped into a huge role at attack. The team placed second in the regular season and once again lost to Newport Beach in the SCLAX North Division finals.

     We were going into the 2014 season and we were now two years removed from our last SCLAX Division Championship let alone the SCLAX SOCAL Championship. So what do you do? Well you change your uniforms….out with the orange and in with the gray. Our “D” was as strong as ever but we wanted to add some depth so we picked up Crespi High School All American and Wagner LSM Dustin Doty and his high school coach Brock Livingston who was going to anchor our new attack. We also added Johns Hopkins darting attackman Will McCance and another RLS alumni Kyle Peterson. With Evan Redwood still on the team and another RLS and UNC player joining in, points were not going to be a problem but just to make sure we added Jordan Bar and C J Jacobs at the midfield. Beverly Hills split with South Bay and swept Newport during the regular season. They took Newport 8-3 in the first round of the playoffs but their North Division finals opponent, South Bay was just too strong as their season ended with a 19-10 loss.

    Beverly Hills was happy to go through the 2015 season with their gray uniforms but they were not happy about failing to get to the SCLAX SOCAL finals for three straight years. They needed to get their roster size up so they wouldn’t get stuck short on numbers when too many players had other commitments on game day. And they didn’t just add numbers……they added quality as in defenders  and high school buddies Sean Crane who played at U of Colorado Boulder and J D Johnson who played at U of Michigan. Then we added another standout goalie Michael Levin, Brown All American and MLL Lizards goalie. Mike found Harvard teammates Sean Kane & Nick Smith and J D coaxed Conor O’toole onto the team and we were set for a run. The final piece of the puzzle was FOGO Cyle Moskowitz who would become a dominant faceoff specialist in tandem with faceoff middy Nick Smith.

     Well who can forget the 2016 uniform “upgrade”?  Yellow? Who the hell came up with that one. But you have to admit….we were noticed and we rode them right up through a second consecutive SCLAX SOCAL Championship. It was a great offseason as we added standouts like Tyler Hill, Dave Taylor, Alex Marcus, Tyler Landis, Alex de la Pena and Andrew Marcus to the midfield. Alex Jessup rejoined the club and as if our “D” wasn’t strong enough Shane Sweigart & Mark Bell stepped in to defensive roles. Combined to the talent we already had, that new group took us to starting with the ball in overtime against Olympic Club in the State Championship game.

     That Championship game wetted our appetite but 2017 started off with the loss of a lot of talent. Skyler Hopkins moved up North, long time Buck and defensive standout James Guzik moved to Sacramento, Buck defensive anchor John Brasko changed jobs preventing him from playing, Andrew Mosko & Kyle Peterson went back East, FOGO Cyle Moskowitz went back to school, Tyler Landis jumped ship to South Bay, and SCLAX SOCAL Championship game winner Conor O’toole moved to Texas……….time to get out of the yellow and into some new blue uniforms thanks to Herbalife.  The one thing about success on the field is that it really helps with bringing in new players and that’s what we did. WE filled in at attack with UCSB assistant coach Andrew White and Brandon Biaggi. With Cyle Moskowitz back in school, Tony Cavalero came out of retirement to help the team at the face off “X” giving some breathing room to Nick Smith. And you can never have enough defenders. Kyle Standiford joined the team and we all saw what he did last Sunday against Beachcomber. And by the way, have you looked in the cage lately? Michael Gvozden is no longer the enemy as the former Blue Jay is now sharing keeper responsibilities with Morgan Weireter. If one of these keepers can’t make a game we are still in great shape. What if both of these standouts are missing?....we have long time Beverly Hills goalie Dash Pomerantz and former MLL Lizard keeper Michael Levin waiting in the wings. 

      Eleven years and there are only two things that Beverly Hills has not done……win the State Championship and start a season 3-0……….Well we are now 3-0.

    

 


by Master Admin posted 03/17/2017
 
 

 

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