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     A road game is nothing like a home game…..some guys just can’t make every game, especially when travel is involved. That being said we had twenty really good players make Sunday’s trip but maybe a couple of extras might have changed the outcome.

    Beverly Hills scored four minutes into the game when half of our high scoring tandem of 22’s, Alex Dixon found the back of the net. At the 14:07 mark the Thieves answered ona broken clear and it was snake eyes on the scoreboard. Four minutes later the Thieves took back the lead but Alex Dixon and Eli Lasda each went solo as the quarter ended with the Hills squad holding a 3-2 advantage. The teams split faceoffs while Cal Filson had three saves in the quarter. Helping with the Bucks time of possession long poles Grant Firestone and Riley Lasda each came up with critical ground balls.  

          The Thieves tied the score at 3’s a little over four minutes into the period and then went on to a three goal run bringing the score to a 3-6 Bucks deficit at the 8:20 mark of the second quarter but Alex Dixon and Eli Lasda went on a solo mini-run of their own as the half ended with Beverly Hills down 5-6. It was exactly the close game that both teams expected. Jared took a 4-3 advantage at the faceoff “X”, Cal Filson added two more saves and Grant Firestone added another possession saving ground ball. Turnovers and sloppy play hurt the Hills squad in the quarter as they turned the ball over seven times while the Thieves squad only gave it up twice.

          The game was decided in the first eleven minutes of the third quarter as the Thieves rattles off six goals in that time span. The Bucks didn’t answer until the 7:40 mark as Michael Reale found Will McCance tiptoeing on the crease bringing the Bucks within six goals. The teams then traded scores the Will McCance finding the back of the net on a feed from Ernie Melero. The quarter ended with the Thieves leading 13-7. Between Jared Jacobs and Ernie Melero the Bucks took seven out of ten faceoffs in the quarter and Dusty Doty and JD Johnson each had a takeaway.

          It wasn’t going to be easy but the Hills squad wasn’t giving up. They outscored the Thieves squad 2-1 in the fourth on an Eli Lasda feed to Alex Dixon and an Alex Dixon feed to Michael Reale but it wasn’t enough as the Bucks took their first loss of the season 14-9.

        Next Sunday the Bucks are back on their home field at Culver City High School hosting the Beachcomber Lacrosse Club at 1:00.

by posted 03/19/2023

        LACROSSE IS A GAME OF NUMBERS. Last week the number was 22 as Buck FOGO went 22-0 at the “X”. This week the number is 22 again as both number 22’s, Decker Curran and Alex Dixon each had a hat trick contributing to 6 out of the Bucks 10 goals. Of course Michigan Man snuck in two assists while Alex Dixon had none…..but that was to be expected J

       San Diego started off the scoring hitting the back of the net at the 17:50 mark of quarter #1 but Alex Dixon tied the score just two minutes later on a feed from Decker Curran. Exactly one minute later Decker went solo two give the Hills squad their first lead of the day. But the lead didn’t last as San Diego knotted the score at 2’s at the 9:14 mark. The teams traded goals as Decker found the back of the net one more time as the quarter number one ended in a 3-3 draw. Buck FOGO Jared Jacobs went five for seven at the “X”, new Buck keeper Cal Filson garnered three saves and buck long poles JD Johnson, Nick Mohler and Curran Sullivan each had a takeaway. Both teams only turned the ball over four times in the quarter.

      Once again the San Diego club kicked off the quarter with the first goal getting it past the Buck keeper at the 19:10 mark. Decker Curran went solo again at the 17:34 mark tying the score but San Diego retook the lead two minutes later. Alex Dixon wasn’t done yet as he put the Bucks even halfway through the quarter. At the 7:21 mark Eli Lasda found Ernie Melero sneaking around the left post and Ernie did what he did on the National Championship at Tufts putting the Hills squad up one. Eli Lasda followed when Nick Darrow found him high on the crease with just 4:20 left in the second quarter to give the Bucks a 7-5 lead at the half. Jared went four for seven at the “X”, Cal Filson added three more saves to his stats and the Bucks got some extra possession time with takeaways by Shane Hughes and Dustin Doty.

     The Bucks got off to a quick start as the third quarter got under way. Just 1:20 into the quarter Decker Curran fed new Buck Brendan Monteleone for his first score on the new team. Just thirty six seconds later another new Buck, Syracuse’s Drew Jenkins went low to high from the midfield. But San Diego answered with one of their own and the quarter ended with a Beverly Hills 9-6 advantage. Jared Jacobs took all four faceoffs in the period giving the Bucks a much needed advantage in possession time. Cal Filson netted only two saves but that is a testament to harassing long pole Buck defense with Riley Lasda, JD Johnson, Johnny Brasko, Grant Firestone, Dustin Doty, Nicholas Mohler, Kevin Berlandi and Shane Hughes leading the charge. Lock down middie Drew Jenkins did his part as well.

     The Hills squad went into the final quarter knowing that a three goal lead against this San Diego club was nothing to sit on and they were right as the San Diego team put up three quick goals and with just 4:27 remaining the game the teams were even at nines. The teams swapped turnovers but with 1:53 left on the clock you could see Alex Dixon put the team on his shoulders as he drove from the midfield on the right pipe and rifled a shot into the back of the net putting the Bucks up one. But there was1:53 left and after winning the faceoff  the Beverly Hills squad was going to have to keep it in the box, not an easy task when you’re playing a team with the talent of San Diego. San Diego got the ball back with 22 seconds left on the clock (there’s that number again) but Bucks coach Brett Tietjen deliberately (and illegally) ran another player on the field to double the ball causing a “flag down”. But the San Diego sideline saw through it right away and deliberately threw the ball away leaving less than ten seconds left with a man advantage. The rest is history as the Bucks held and walked away with a huge 10-9 victory.

     Just like last week’s victory over West Express was a “first time win” Sunday’s was the first time that the Beverly Hills Squad beet their San Diego counterparts since 2011.There are no weak teams in this year’s Southern California Men’s Lacrosse League and we can expect all the games to be close. Next Sunday the Bucks will travel to San Diego for a 12:00 game against a very good 40 Thieves Lacrosse Club. The game will be played at La Jolla High School.


by posted 03/13/2023

                         22-0……NO THAT WASN’T THE SCORE ….  

      That was Jared Jacob’s personal score as he went undefeated at the faceoff X. When you give your team that much of a possession advantage it usually leads to good things and “good” doesn’t do today’s victory justice as we beat a very good team.

      The scoring started off slowly as both teams traded possessions until West Express put one in the back of the net at the 13:42 mark of the first quarter putting the Express up by one. The Hills squad answered with 6:25 remaining when the Bucks hit the back of the net... West Express answered twice in the next three minutes pushing their lead to two goals but with just seconds left in the quarter Will McCance found Cornell’s Christian Pastirik playing his first game with the Hills squad as the quarter ended up with the visitors holding a 3-2 lead. It was the first game of the season for both teams and first quarter turnovers were aplenty. But with Buck FOGO Jared Jacobs taking all six first quarter playoffs the Bucks had plenty of possession time to straighten things out. New Buck keeper Cal Filson of Oberlin fame had three saves in the quarter and Dustin Doty had a critical ground ball which ended an Express man up possession.

        The second quarter started off with a quick one-two punch as Will McCance found Decker Curran open on the crease bringing the game to a 3-3 tie. But the bucks weren’t done as they rolled off four more unanswered goals starting with a solo shot from Big James Shabinsky. Close defender J D Johnson fed Will McCance with a long clearing pass and Joe Woody fed Decker Curran. Not to be left out of the run George Pertessis went solo and all of a sudden the Beverly Hills squad was up 7-3. With seconds to go in the quarter West Express found the back of the net as the quarter ended up with a Bucks three goal lead. Once again Jared dominated at the X winning all eight draws. Cal Filson added a pair of saves as the heavy Buck “D” including newcomers Brett Hughes, Jason Gonos, Christian Pung & Nick Mohler and returning Bucks J D Johnson, John Brasko, Dustin Doty, Curran Sullivan & Griffin Perkiel kept the visitors from freeing up their hands for shots.

        The scoring slowed down for both teams as the Bucks outscored the West Express team 3-2 in the quarter with Buck solo goals by Decker Curran on a man up drive and Ernie Melero showing off his left hand. Jared Jacobs corralled all four face offs with help from wings Dustin Doty and Sean Kane. Second half goalie Julian Boudreaux had three saves on seven shots and two Loyola High School grads, J D Johnson and Nick Mohler each had a takeaway.

        With the Hills squad up 9-5 they knew that they couldn’t take it easy because West Express was filled with talent. But the five fourth quarter turnovers, two unforced did work in their favor as West Express rattled off three straight goals to bring the score to 9-8 Bucks. But with just under three minutes left in the game Ernie Melero spotted Michael Reale open just off the right post as Michael buried the shot as the game ended with a hard fought Beverly Hills victory.

        Next Sunday the Bucks will host a very talented San Diego Lacrosse Club on their home field at Culver City High School. Game time is 1:00.

by posted 03/07/2023

       It was the last regular season game of the 2022 SCLAX season. The Beverly Hills squad is fighting for second place with The Westside Express who will have to travel down to San Diego next week to play league leading 40 Thieves while the Bucks have a bye. Venice is just playing for the sport of it. There was never any doubt who was going to walk away with the victory.

     The flow of the game was irrelevant….it was all Bucks all the time. The Bucks led 4-0 after one, 10-0 at the half, 16-0- after three and finished the game outscoring Venice 20-1. Individual stats were:

  • Alex Dixon the four goals and four uncharacteristic assist
  • Mike Delabar had a goal and an assist scoring on the former Thousand Oaks goalie who he mentored to greatness
  • George Pertessis went for two scores and two assists scoring both goals solo and from way downtown
  • John Jossi had two goals
  • Slamming Sammy Edwards, with the bleachers packed with his supporters scored five goals…one quickstick, two golf shots and two from outside
  • Sean Kane, giving up his body to ground ball after ground ball managed to put three into the net and assisted Dixon with another
  • Alex Jessup, showing off for Jemma, his soon to be a better scorer than her dad had a goal and an assist
  • Grant Firestone had two assists, one off a clearing outlet from Bucks keeper Mark Bell to Sean Kane for a tally
  • New Buck Mike Reale, after blowing two shots on the doorstep found his footing and beat the Venice keeper for two goals and an assist.
  • Old Buck Johnny Brasko, playing in his seventeenth season with the Hills squad did what he does best and feed from Mike Deale, cranked up his pole and rocketed the shot into the net

     Other things to note….. Legend in his own mind face off specialist Jared Jacobs went 18/25 at the “X”…John Brasko, Curran Sullivan, Sean Kane, John Jossi, JD Johnson, Alex Jessup, Kevin Berlandi and Grant Firestone each had at least one takeaway. Buck keeper Mark Bell filled in for absent keepers Ron Fernando & Brad Brandenburg giving up only one goal for the afternoon on nine shots. And my personal “game highlight” was Kevin Berlandi sprinting after a ground ball along the sideline on a clear and goosing the ball around his Venice counterpart, recontrolling it and pushing it up to a waiting Hills player to initiate the offence….well done Kevin!

     Next week the Bucks will be off but will stay focused on the prize and have a scrimmage to stay sharp. The following week the league shuts down for Memorial Day and the following weekend, June 4th & 5th the league will host its Final Four Weekend. Right now the Bucks sit in third place with a loss to both Westside Express and 40 Thieves Westside Express sits in second with only one loss to Beverly Hills but will have to travel next week to play the one loss Thieves. It’s going to be one hell of an end to the season.


by posted 05/16/2022

  Traveling to San Diego for a game is always a crap shoot. A few weeks ago we traveled down to San Diego with a “light” squad and beat a strong Beachcomber squad in one of our best games of the year. Yesterday’s squad was even lighter as we took the field with thirteen guys without our stud FOGO and without several strong players at multiple positions. Eric and I considered what would be the first forfeit in the Buck’s 16 year existence. But the thirteen led by Alex Jessup, Dustin Doty and Brett Tietjen cried NO so let the game begin!

     The Buck’s took the field with Ron Fernando in the goal and second half goalie Brad Brandenburg graciously offering to play out of position at midfield to give some of our middies a break. Both teams moved the ball around for in the fast paced turnover free first five minutes of the game but the Thieves finally struck at the 14:40 mark giving them a 1-0 lead. But at the 12:50 mark Alex Dixon at “X” found Brett Tietjen off the left pipe and Brett sent a worm burner to the back of the net. Three minutes later Sean Kane found Brett free again and the Hills squad took their first lead of the game. Thieves answered at the 5:10 mark to tie the score but Joe Woody would have none of it and fed Steve Brandenburg to put the Bucks back up 3-2. But the Thieves had a clean win on the ensuing faceoff and tied the score to end the quarter. Bucks keeper Ron Fernando collected five saves in the quarter while Sean Kane had a takeaway and the Bucks only has two turnovers enabling the game to stay close.

     The Thieves led off quarter number two with an outside shot at the 17:06 mark to take the lead but once again the Bucks answered with a man up goal by Alex Dixon on a feed from Bret Tietjen tying the score at 4-4. 40 Thieves took a two goal lead at the 7:10 mark with an inside curl off the right pipe and an outside rocket but Alex Dixon brought the Bucks within one goal on his own crease curl off the left pipe. The Thieves answered with 4:20 remaining and took a 7-5 lead into halftime. The Thieves took six out of the seven faceoffs but Ron Fernando continued his outstanding play in the net garnering eight saves in the quarter. Once again the Bucks were careful with the ball with only two turnovers in the quarter. The Thieves were getting their shots from outside but the Buck netminder kept the Bucks in the game.

     Both teams slowed down in the third quarter with the Thieves scoring at the 14:47 mark and again with 12:31 remaining. Mike Delabar found Joe Woody cutting to the crease at the 7:10 mark and Joe didn’t disappoint closing out the quarter with the Bucks trailing 9-6. Ron Fernando had six more saves in the quarter and the Bucks cut their turnovers down to one keeping them very much in the game.

     But the physical toll on the Bucks was noticeable. After yielding the net to Ron Fernando so he could help out with middy relief Brad Brandenburg was physically done….not from his many runs at the midfield but from a couple questionable helmet to helmet hits that were missed by the officials. But the Hills squad played on. They made the trip to win a game and they were still playing hard. Once again the Thieves jumped out to two quick goals but at the 11:30 mark Mike Delabar drove from the midfield towards the goal and put one by the Thieves keeper to bring the deficit down to four. But the Thieves scored two quick ones to take a 13-7 lead. Delabar went solo for another score with 6:10 left but the Thieves answered walking away with a 14-8 victory keeping them undefeated while the Bucks were alone in third place for another week.

     Every single guy played his heart out. Mark Bell took most of the faceoffs trying to turn them into ground ball contests. Curran Sullivan followed around his Thieves matchup like he was his next meal. Brett Tietjen ran the offence making sure to keep the pace at a winnable level and Alex Jessup and Dustin Doty were fearless on both ends of the field. And I can’t leave out a play that happened right in front of me by the box. Sean Kane was chasing an errant Buck pass that was headed to the sideline. He dove under the Thieves player that had a step on him and “raked” the ball forward to a Bucks player. He saved the possession and the Hills squad rewarded him with a score. That was just one example how everyone played and why I was so proud of this team yesterday.

     The league shuts down next Sunday for Easter. The Bucks will host the San Diego Lacrosse Club the following week at Culver City High School at 3:330. It should be a great game as the Bucks will be looking for revenge after the San Diego squad took them down in the SCLAX 2021 Championship.

by posted 04/11/2022


     Looking for their second consecutive win against a South Division team the Bucks took to the field hosting the San Diego Rays. The Rays had already beaten the Beachcomber squad and played the Westside Express very close so the Hills squad knew they were going to be in for a very competitive game. But as the teams took the field for the opening faceoff you could see that the visiting Rays were low on numbers while the Beverly Hills squad was present in full force.

     The game plan for the Bucks was to repeat last week’s performance when they played a very deliberate offensive set, kept their spacing and balanced the scoring….and the Bucks did just that. The teams traded possessions and turnovers for the first four minutes until Steve Brandenburg went behind the back with a cross crease feed to Will McCance who wasted no time putting the ball in the back of the net at the 15:23 mark. Joe followed three minutes later with an unassisted goal and the Bucks were up 2-0. At the 12:03 mark Slamm’n Sammy Edwards, the Buck’s speedy middy took a ground ball off the ensuing faceoff and fed Steve Brandenburg for the score. With less than three to play in the quarter Steve Brandenburg fed a cutting Eli Lasda from “X” and the Bucks held a 4-0 lead at the end of one. As usual Jared Jacobs was dominant going 4/5 at the “X” and Steve Brandenburg was involved in three out of the four scoring plays. Keeper Ron Fernando garnered five saves and the Hills squad went 8/10 clearing the ball. J D Johnson and Riley Lasda each had a takeaway. On the other side, with only one extra player on the sidelines you could see that the Rays were wearing down.

     Halfway through the second quarter former Harvard middy Nick Smith returned to his dodging form as he cut and spun through three Ray’s defenders and uncorked a monster shot from about 15 yards out to make it a 5-0 game. George Pertessis followed with a solo rocket at the 9:10 mark and Slamm’n Sammy Edwards went lefty from outside to push the score up to 7-0 in favor of the home team. Nick Smith ended the first half scoring with a cross field feed to LSM Dustin Doty who didn’t waste the opportunity and gave the Bucks an 8-0 lead going into the half. Once again Jared dominated the faceoffs and netminder Ron Fernando closed the door on the Rays with three more saves. The Buck’s defense starting with the close poles and extending out to the middy defenders like Alex Jessup was sting staying on the Rays players hands throughout the quarter. Mark Bell, A J Hoffman and Johnny Brasko each had a takeaway during the quarter.But the big halftime story was not the score. You had a Buck team with 12 guys on the sidelines and a Ray’s team that had quality players on the field but no reserves. Both teams wanted a more competitive game so they decided to even up the numbers as the Bucks sent six players to play with the Rays.

     Brad Brandenburg went into the cage for the Hill’s squad. Joe Woody started off the second half scoring with a feed to Nick Smith. Will McCance then found George Pertessis curling off the crease and the Bucks were up 10-0. The next two scores came from the Rays but both were by Buck starters…..Sean Kane and Sammy Edwards. The quarter ended with a Beverly Hills 10-2 lead. Buck keeper had four saves in the quarter and for the first time this season Buck faceoff specialist Jared Jacobs was held under 50% at the “X”. Grant Firestone, the voice of LAX had a takeaway while fellow defender A J Hoffman garnered two as the stingy Buck’s defense refused to fold.

     With the game in hand the Beverly Hills squad slowed down the game. Eli Lasda put one in from outside and George Pertessis finished up the scoring going solo after a takeaway on the other end. The final score was 12-2 in favor of the Bucks. The Bucks will host the Venice Lacrosse Club next Sunday at 3:30 before they travel back down to San Diego the following week to take on the league leading 40 Thieves Lacrosse Club.

by posted 03/28/2022

           I don’t think anyone really knew what to expect in this game. In our first three games we blew out two teams and were beaten decisively in the other. It’s always a tough haul down to San Diego and we were facing a strong young Navy team in Beachcomber who beat defending SCLAX Champion San Diego L C in the season opener. But there was a good omen right before the start of the game when longtime Buck Johnny Brasko was recognized by one of the referees Mike Stromberg…….they played together at Loyola and something good happens when you are reunited with an old contemporary and it sure happened today.

     In the first quarter we were going to find out a lot about the first year Bucks as John Jossi opened up the scoring with a feeds from James “Shaba” Shabinsky just forty seconds into the game. With four minutes left in the first quarter the Hills squad had jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a Jesse Cuccia solo drive, a second John Jossi tally and a Brett Tietjen cross crease feed to Will McCance who was stationed just off the right pipe. Jesse scored again with just ten seconds remaining in the quarter on a feed from Alex Dixon and the Bucks were up 5-0. Buck faceoff specialist Jared Jacobs went 6/6 at the “X”, netminder Ron Fernando garnered two brilliant saves and the defense was intense with Grant Firestone collecting a takeaway as Mark Bell, John Brasko, A.J. Hoffman and LSM Dustin Doty stayed on the hands of every ‘Comber shooter that got past the restraining line.

     Beverly Hills pushed their lead up to 6-0 at the 19:14 mark of the second quarter when Andrew White found the back of the net off a broken clear. The teams traded possessions until the 11:15 mark when Beachcomber finally got on the scoreboard but at the 7:20 mark the Bucks answered when Alex Dixon found Andrew White with a behind the back pass and the lead was back up to six goals. But at the 4:20 mark ‘Comber scored the final shot of the quarter and the Bucks took a 7-2 lead into halftime. Once again Jared Jacobs dominated at the “X” going 4/5 while keeper Ron Fernando garnered six saves. A J Hoffman and Riley Lasda each had a takeaway and the hills squad cut their turnovers down from six in quarter number one to just one unforced error. Beverly Hills had learned from their only loss of the season and was playing with a high lax IQ. They were patient, kept their spacing and were much more precise in their passing while avoiding greedy feeds to the crease. It was all paying off but could they keep it going?

     Quarter number three started on a bad note for Beverly Hills as Beachcomber found their footing and scored the next three goals and at the 10:40 mark the Hill’s lead had shrunk to just two goals with a 7-5 score. But at the 9:07 mark Alex Jessup righted the ship as he got his own rebound off the right pipe and put it past the Beachcomber netminder putting the Bucks back up by three. One minute later Jesse Cuccia slammed one off the pipe but George Pertessis was right there to gobble the rebound up at the midfield and put it into the back of the net. Beachcomber scored next off a clean faceoff win but Alex Dixon countered with a solo drive to the crease and the score stood at 10-6. George Pertessis closed out the quarter with a solo drive and the Bucks were up 11-7. Once again Jacobs was dominant going 7/10 at the “X”. A.J. Hoffman and Johnny Brasko each had a takeaway the Buck’s defense held strong with just twenty minutes left to play.

     The final quarter was a defensive struggle with both goal keepers putting on a show. James Shabinsky had his second assist of the afternoon as he fed John Jossi on a crease curl at the 15:32 mark. And with 3:05 left to play in the game Alex Dixon fed Steve Brandenburg for the final goal of the afternoon as the Beverly Hills squad put together an impressive 13-7 win. Jared Jacobs went 3/3 and Buck goalie Ron Fernando garnered eight saves in the quarter. The Bucks had four takeaways in the quarter, two by Dustin Doty and one each for Grant Firestone and Alex Dixon.

     Next week the Bucks will host the Rays, a new San Diego team that has gotten off to an impressive start. They will faceoff at Culver City High School at 4:30.




by posted 03/21/2022




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