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     After taking some time off after their overtime loss to Olympic Club in the California Post Collegiate State Championship game it was time to start preparing for a run at the State title but it all begins with winning the SCLAX North Division and to that end the Bucks took the field on Sunday for a scrimmage against the much improved Venice Lax team.

   The Bucks started the scoring off just 2:10 into the game when  J D Johnson started a fast break clear off a Morgan Weireter save found new Buck Mike Gvozden cutting off “X” and fed him for the opening score. But after several turnovers by both teams Venice found the back of the net at the 14.05 mark and then took the lead just two minutes later with a one hopper from about ten yards out. Then, at the 7:07 mark Devon Maxwell knotted the score on a feed from Nick Smith. Still married Charlie McNeil  then drove from the midfield line intent on shooting but spotted Sean Kane cutting to the crease ahead of him and fed him for the go ahead goal. It was Beverly Hills up 3-2 at the end of one.

        Sean Kane, certainly one of the hardest working Bucks the entire game started off the second quarter right where he left off at the end of the first as he curled off the crease and fired one past the keeper at the 17:84 mark of the quarter. But Venice wasn’t going away and answered with two goals in the next three minutes to tie the score at 4’s. The score held until the 8:38 mark when Devin Maxwell drove and fired from midfield to put the Bucks back up by one. Sean Kane recorded a hat trick when he curled off the crease again less than a minute later to give the Bucks a two goal lead and after Venice answered with one at the 4:44 mark, Brock Livingston found Sean open again for a score. Sean added the final score of the quarter with a midfield rocket as Beverly Hills went into halftime with an 8-5 lead.

       Venice held 9-6 advantage at the faceoff “X” while Buck netminder Morgan Weireter had eight saves. The Venice goalie had three. Groundballs were relatively even and the long layoff from the 2016 season by both teams led to five turnovers for the bucks and ten for Venice. But the big statistical difference was takeaways as the Bucks, led by one each from Devin Maxwell, Mark Bell & Alex Marcus and three from J D Johnson outdid the Venice team total of two.

       The second half was a virtual offensive slugfest. Venice scored the first two of the third bringing them within one but Nick Smith got one back at the 15:06 mark on a feed from Conor O’toole. Venice answered twice and took their first lead of the game, 9-8 just two minutes later But Sean Kane scored his fifth goal of the afternoon in spectacular fashion by taking a rocket feed from Brock Livingston and corralling the Venice goalie’s rebound into a crease diving score to tie the score. Venice answered to take back the lead but a driving Alex Jessup spotted Sean Kane open again and the score was knotted at 10’s with 8:46 left in the quarter. Venice racked up two more but Conor O’toole answered with one of his own and Venice held a 12-11 lead at the end of three quarters.

      We all knew that Venice Lax has been a team on the rise over the past few years and the Bucks found themselves in unchartered waters as the trailed going into the final quarter. Alex Jessup, not just a defensive specialist anymore ripped one in driving from the midfield less than a minute into the quarter but again, Venice held their ground as they answered twice taking back a two goal lead. Devin Maxwell returned the favor with a solo dodge starting at the midfield and then Sean Kane picked up a rebound and fed Brock Livingston who tied the score up 14-14. The Bucks then really picked up their defensive pressure and held Venice scoreless for the remaining seven minutes of the game while on the other end, Devin Maxwell fed Brock for his second score, Brock fed Sean for his sixth goal of the afternoon and Devin fed Brock one last time giving Devin three assists and Brock a hat trick as Beverly Hills walked away with a hard fought 17-14 win.

       The second half stats mirrored the first half. Faceoffs were even at ten apiece. Morgan had six saves to Venice’s five, turnovers were even and the Bucks added five more takeaways as Stu Selonick, Conor O’toole, Alex Marcus, Shane Sweigart and Mike Gvozden each had one. The Bucks will take the rest of the month off for the Holidays. They will then travel up to San Luis Obispo on January 28th for perhaps their toughest preseason game ever as they will take on the a very strong Cal Poly team which is ranked #2 right behind Chapman University in the latest MCLA Division I preseason poll.

by Master Admin posted 12/04/2016

     After completing their most successful season in their ten year history the Beverly Hills post collegiate Bucks are now gearing up for their 2017 campaign keeping their eye on the prize and hoping to get another shot at the California State Lacrosse Championship after losing to NORCAL’s Olympic Club in the 2016 state championship on the road.

     Part of “gearing up” is working new players into the lineup. This year we will be looking to absorb the loss of five standout Bucks who have left the area……five year close defender from U C Santa Barbara James Guzik…..four year middy/attack standout Skyler Hopkins…..three year attackman Kyle Peterson…..two year midfielder Zach Paz and two year standout FOGO Cyle Moskowitz. On the fence is three year starting middy Conor O’toole who famously scored the overtime goal that gave the Bucks the 2016 SCLAX SOCAL Championship.

     The other part of “gearing up” is getting back on the field and giving some new players a chance to work themselves into the rotation. To that end I am happy to announce what I think is our best preseason set of games that we have ever had. Unfortunately due to the lack of responses I have had to cancel the first scrimmage against Venice on November 27th. I will try and reschedule for early December.

     Our first scrimmage of the new year after the "holiday layoff"  will be a long trip up to San Luis Obispo to take on a very good MCLA Division I Cal Poly team on Saturday January 28th. Cal Poly is ranked #2 behind #1 Chapman in the 2017 MCLA poll and lost to Chapman in last year’s MCLA Championship game. We will figure out the car pooling for the game as it is a three and a half hour ride. The past three years we scrimmaged U C Santa Barbara but it didn’t work out this year. I am sure we will find a very good and very disciplined team in Cal Poly.

     Our final preseason scrimmage will be against another MCLA team. We will travel to Irvine to take on Concordia University who are ranked #4 in MCLA Division II. They are very well coached and lost by one goal to Grand Valley State in the 2016 MCLA DII playoffs. Grand Valley State was the eventual runner up to St. Thomas, the DII Champion.

     I know that we all have other jobs, families and in many cases we are coaching teams. Please try and adjust your work schedules to accommodate as many of these games as possible.



by posted 11/04/2016

     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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