NEWPORT OVER SOUTH BAY

NewLogo1The SCLAX post collegiate men’s league was quiet today as all the teams had the day off to honor their mothers… except for the South Bay & Newport Beach Lacrosse Clubs who were playing a rescheduled game from earlier in the season. And it wasn’t just a game as playoff implications were everywhere. South Bay held a one game lead over Newport Beach as the game was about to start.

Newport Beach wasted no time as Sean Speciale ripped one by Joseph Viola, the South Bay keeper at the 15:20 mark. Crawford McCarthy followed with another score at the 12:40 mark and one minute later Sean Speciale notched his second score from the midfield after a clean faceoff win and all of a sudden Newport was up 3-0. But South Bay fought back garnering the next three goals starting with a tight inside roll by Oris Williams at the 9:10 mark. Stony Brook’s Andrew Dorsey followed a minute and a half later and Yale’s Shane Carr tallied the final score of the quarter and it was knotted at 3-3 after one. Newport Beach dominated at the faceoff “X” going 5-7 while Joseph Viola netted four saves. In the “bad column” South Bay had six turnovers while Newport only had two.

pic1 Newport got the lead back to two goals as Crawford McCarthy and Chapman’s Andrew Bohl each scored in the period while Newport Beach keeper and Chapman alum Gus Gradinger kept the South Bay squad off the scoreboard. Newport took a 5-3 lead into halftime. Despite the lack of scoring South Bay caught up at the faceoff “X” taking two out of three. Newport Beach started to turn the ball over but that stat was partially offset by a Zach Dutra takeaway and a Joel Schmit-Kallas forced turnover.

The third quarter started off with one of those rare “lax happenings” as second half South Bay keeper Carder Nastri made a spectacular save but ended up giving up a goal as the ball rolled out of his stick into the cage as he brought his stick back for a long clearing pass. Chico State’s Alex Elson brought the score to 7-3 at the 16:05 mark but High Point’s Mitch Dupere went to the goal with a dramatic face dodge and the Newport lead shrunk back to three goals. The teams traded scores by Andrew Bohl and Shane Carr but Newport added two more goals by Alex Bohl on assists from Ryan Hellmich, another Chapman grad and Connecticut College’s Mike Brennan.

Newport Beach added a fourth quarter goal by Ryan Hellmich off a clean faceoff three minutes into the quarter. Crawford McCarthy added another one at the 10:50 mark but South Bay answered when Mitch Dupere scored again. But Newport goals by Tim Gonzales, Alex Elson and Connor Glackin ended any chance of a comeback as Newport Beach walked away with a 14-7 victory.

The Newport victory leaves the teams tied with identical 5-4 records with Newport holding the tiebreaker by virtue of their goals differential advantage in the season split. But Newport will travel to Beverly Hills next Sunday to take on the 8-1 Bucks but knowing that they did beat Beverly Hills earlier in the season with a five overtime win. South Bay will host a very good Venice team so anything can happen.

SCLAX schedules, scores & standings can be found at wwww.sclax.com.