Prom to Coincide with Boys’ Lacrosse Championship Game at Granite Hills
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With the 2016 spring athletic postseason ramping up, the road to yet another CIF San Diego Section Championship for the Maverick Lacrosse program seems clear. This said, if the boys make it to the CIF Championship game, the opportunity at a third straight title will come at a heavy cost for the upperclassmen. The players would miss LCC’s 2016 prom as the championship game is set to take place on the night of the dance, Saturday, May 21st, at Granite Hills High School. Nevertheless, the unanimous feeling is that the players would easily forgo a junior or senior year prom for a chance at CIF glory.
“It is a bummer that we might have to miss prom,” senior captain Jack Kagan said. “But I think that not making it to the championship would be much more of bummer. I’d much rather play lacrosse with my friends and have that memory of a championship.”
The Mavs currently stand at 14-5-1 (3-0 in Avocado West play) on the year and have received the #3 seed in the CIF Open Division playoffs. The opening faceoff for the Open Division Championship would take place at 7:30, the same time at which LCC’s Prom will commence 30 miles west at the San Diego Zoo.
“Our game would end around 9:00, and then we would have to change in the locker room and get ready for prom so that would take a while,” junior Quentin Apodaca-Ward said. “We would arrive at the San Diego Zoo at around 10:00 so we would really not have much of a prom.”
While some tried to see if the date of the dance or the game could be moved around, that in all likelihood will not happen.
“The playoff scheduling is based off a CIF calendar that is released well in advance,” La Costa Canyon Athletic Director Kari DiGiulio said. “The school’s prom date comes secondary after that and it tends to make people anxious sometimes.”
Why the subject even matters at this point in time is due to the consistently maintained high level of play that coaches and fans alike have learned to expect from the Maverick Lacrosse program. Just a year ago, the team put yet another trophy in the case, knocking off The Bishop’s School at Granite Hills. No less than the same result will be expected of the team in 2016.
As for this year’s postseason, the Mavs would potentially see the Poway Titans (15-3, 4-0) in the semifinals, and rival Torrey Pines (16-2, 2-1) in the championship game.
2016 alone isn’t the first time that lacrosse and prom schedules have collided. Last year when the Lady Mavericks defeated Torrey Pines in their Open Division Championship, the girls hurriedly showered and changed in order to get to Prom at a reasonable time.
“During my first three years here at LCC, the game was always on the day of their prom,” DiGiulio said. “It was kind of fun as the girls reflect back on it, but their highlight was the victory and going to Prom afterwards was a special moment for the girls.”
With the worry of missing Prom past them, the overall feedback towards the athletic office has been very positive.
For the captains, the notion that the CIF Championship would be their final game in a Maverick uniform has played an extra important role in encouraging them to continue to push forward.
“It’s my senior year and I love lacrosse and obviously, we all want to get out there,” Kagan said. “We all want a championship and it would be awesome if we won it all during my senior year.”
Historically speaking, the Mavs hold an astounding record of 156-34 since the 2008 season. The program has seen much change in the eight year span, including the introduction of highly successful current Head Coach Jesse Foss. In the spring of 2010, the Mavericks famously went a perfect 23-0 on the year as the best team in the state of California and the 18th best in the United States.
While a similar caliber of play may not currently be present in the Varsity program, the Mavs will nonetheless look to capture the CIF San Diego Section Championship before a potential run at CIF State competition.
One significant change for Boys’ Lacrosse in 2016 was the changes in the Mavericks’ regular season ranking system. Unlike most teams in the San Diego Section, Coach Jesse Foss has encouraged his players to focus on the team’s ranking as determined by LaxPower.com, versus the orthodox CIF San Diego ranking.
“They [the team] thought it would give them a better rating than the CIF home page would, which it does,” DiGiulio said. “The lacrosse group likes it because it factors in when they play the out-of-county or out-of-state teams and it gives them a higher ranking because of that.”
Regardless of how the team is ranked, Maverick Lacrosse will look to defend their place as one of the premier programs in the San Diego Section, state, and even national level.
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