2017 SCLAX SOCAL CHAMPIONS

NewLogo1In 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…… the 8-2 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 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 and with just .38 left on the clock Beverly Hills started a fast break clear ending with a score to knot the score 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 on a man up goal off the doorstep. The Bucks continued to increase the lead as they fired off two more unanswered goals butting them up 5-3 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.

The Bucks retook the lead 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 but with their dominant faceoff man injured the Thieves took the ensuing faceoff cleanly and took advantage of a fast break to tie the score at sevens. The teams then traded 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.

Beverly Hills scored again three minutes into the final quarter to make 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.