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BUCKS LOSE CLOSE ONE TO 40 THIEVES

     In a  spectacular season marred only by a five overtime loss against ten wins the Beverly Hills Bucks finally met their match and it was a team that they had beaten just two years ago in these same SCLAX SOCAL finals……40 Thieves. Both squads were at full strength and both teams were looking to represent the southland in the California State Championship game next week but only one of these teams would survive.

    40 Thieves got on the board first by putting a shot deflected by the Buck’s keeper Morgan Weireter back into the net just two minutes into the game.  But Sean Kane responded almost immediately by curling around the back of the crease and firing one past the Thieves keeper going top right. After several possession changes and saves by both keepers 40 Thieves retook the lead on a feed from behind to and quickstick right from the doorstep.  But with just .38 left on the clock Collin Hoffman took a clearing pass from Alex Jessup and fired off a shot from just below the restraining line to leave the teams tied at twos going into the second quarter. The score may have been tied but Nick Smith, the Buck’s faceoff specialist was dominating as he went 5-5 at the “X”. A takeaway by Kyle Standiford and aggressive midfield defense negated the Buck’s two first quarter turnovers.

     Beverly Hills took their first lead of the game just 1:46 into the second quarter as Andrew White found Will McCance on the crease during a man up possession. Beverly Hills continued to increase the lead as they fired off two more unanswered goals. Lee Alexanderson wound up and fired from deep and Alex Jessup drove solo. But the Thieves weren’t going away as they answered with three of their own tying the score at 5-5 with just .36 left on the clock. Beverly Hills continued to dominate the faceoff game going 5-7 but the five Buck turnovers in the period was becoming a problem.

     Beverly Hills retook the lead as Andrew White fed Casey Costello for the go-ahead at the 17:38 mark of the third but the Thieves wasted no time in answering less than two minutes later. Once again the Bucks jumped ahead on Andrew Whites second feed to Will McCance who juked the Thieves keeper a few times before unleashing the shot. But with Nick Smith injured left leg starting to slow him down 40 Thieves took the ensuing faceoff cleanly and took advantage of a fast break to tie the score at sevens. The teams traded goals as Devin Maxwell scored for the Bucks but the Thieves scored two in the last minute and a half of the period and they took a 10-8 lead into the fourth quarter.

     As he often did during the season Andrew White put the team on his back as he drove to the goal three minutes into the final quarter and made it a one goal game but the Thieves kept the pressure on scoring twice again while their keeper closed the door on six Beverly Hills shots leaving the Bucks on the wrong end of a 12-9 final score.

     Although the season ended one game short of their preseason goal it was still a great season for the Beverly Hills squad. Even though every season starts with a few players who have moved out of the area somehow the team evolves and this was certainly one of the strongest teams that the Bucks have put on the field in their eleven years in the league. So it’s time for a break and Beverly Hills will return to the field in the fall with some off season scrimmages and another journey towards the annual goal, the State Cup.   


by Master Admin posted 06/18/2017
BUCKS ADVANCE TO SOCAL FINALS

   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    It was the rubber game in a split season between the two teams……..and it was for all the marbles. It was winner take all with a chance to advance to next Saturday’s SCLAX Socal finals. And it took more than four quarters to decide who would get that chance.

     Beverly Hills opened the game with a win at the “X” but could not find the back of the net after a lengthy possession. Newport’s keeper started off a fast break off a Beverly Hills shot on goal and that break culminated in the first score of the afternoon at the 17:21 mark. After a few possessions for each team a strong Beverly Hills ride forced a turnover and Will McCance found Andrew White cutting across the crease. Andrew did not disappoint and the score was even with eight minutes left in the first quarter. Newport took the lead back at the 9:18 mark in another unsettled situation but two minutes later Alex Jessup drove from the midfield and tied the score. And with just 1:40 left the Andrew White spotted Will McCance cutting down the lane and the Bucks had their first lead of the afternoon. The good news was that thanks to Tony Cavalero and Lee Alexanderson the Bucks were four for six at the “X” and the offence turned the ball over just twice in the quarter. Those turnovers were more than made up for by a trio of takeaways by Morgan Weireter, Shane Sweigart and Mark Bell.

     Things started going the Buck’s way right on the opening faceoff as Tony won it cleanly and fired a “changeup” past the Newport keeper just eighteen seconds into the quarter. And three minutes later Beverly Hills was able to stretch the lead to 5-2 on another Andrew White feed, this time to Collin Hoffman. But over the last few years Newport Beach has displayed an uncanny ability to fight back and that’s just what they did scoring the next two goals….one on a fast break and the other on a man up after Beverly Hills was hit with an offsides penalty. But Andrew White wasn’t done and at the 4:20 mark he found Sean Crane cutting high off the crease and Beverly Hills was able to take a slim 6-4 lead into the half. The3 second quarter face offs evened out with each team winning three. And with Dustin Doty and Lee Alexanderson each recording a take away to counter the team’s two turnovers all that was needed was some more outstanding goalie play and Morgan Weireter did not disappoint as he recorded five saves in the quarter.

     Sean Cane scored his second goal of the afternoon as he drove across the crease and hit the back of the net at the 16:06 mark but despite a Dustin Doty takeaway and a Sean Crane forced turnover Newport was able to rattle off the next two goals leaving the Bucks with a slim 7-6 lead at the end of three. Tony and Lee took three out of the four third quarter faceoffs and Kyle Standiford had a critical ground ball but this was going to be a battle to the end.

     Just a minute and fifty seconds into the fourth quarter and for the first time during a settled situation Newport Beach tied the score at sevens. But again the Buck’s hopes fell on the field vision of Andrew White. Andrew spotted Brandon Biaggi cutting down the lane and Andrew had his fourth assist of the afternoon. But with just 2:55 left in the game Newport Beach went man up and scored on a midfield bullet and at the end of regulation the teams were tied at eight apiece.

     This was starting to feel like “dejavu” all over again as the five overtime Newport Beach win earlier in the season was rearing its ugly head. Both teams had chances but both defenses were dug in. Both teams used their allotted time out to set up a play but the game continued. But with 23 ticks left ion the first overtime a Newport Beach sideline infraction gave GM Gary Greenbaum just enough time to make up for his earlier “Chris Webber” time out call get Andrew White onto the field.  Andrew did what was needed as he took the ball on the restart and drove around the back crease, dodged through two defenders and sent the Beverly Hills Bucks into their third consecutive SCLAX SOCAL finals. For the second time in three years the Bucks will host the 40 Thieves who beat the San Diego Lacrosse Club by a score of 12-7 in the SCLAX SOCAL South finals. The Thieves will have to travel up to the Buck’s home field in Culver City on Saturday June 17th for this year’s SOCAL Championship. Winner will move on two weeks later to host the NORCAL winner.


by posted 06/11/2017
 
 

 

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