Some California box lacrosse action. The NCBS is putting together a great season of American Box Lacrosse this year, sporting 19 teams in 5 divisions. In a two-team battle for the newly minted California Cup, San Diego’s Royals had all the answers over the Northern California Dragons.
3 Day of Lax Action
Both the Dragons and the Royals are coached by NLL players. Cam Holding NLL defenseman and Wes Berg NLL offensive juggernaut, Coach the Royals, along with other outstanding NLL Tallent Austin Staats NLL rookie of the year, Moose Winery 1st American NLL goalie in the past 5+ years, Tre LeClair NLL rookie/ Ohio State all-time scoring leader. And NLL coach Patrick Merrell has too many accolades to even list without making this writeup a 2 parter. The Dragons are coached by Ryland Rees NLL Defenseman who was a #2 draft pick of the Rochester Knighthawks, Rees although Canadian was a product of the Cali*Lax system in USBOXLA and Troy Looper who is also an NLL rookie.
Both teams met this weekend in a 3 day, 3 game slugfest. With warm temperatures and hot tempers, cooler heads prevailed and all three games were nearly incident-free/penalty-free. In Friday’s game, The Royals came out shooting and kept shooting till the 4th quarter when they finally pulled ahead. Winning in what looked like an easy win 11 to 6.
In Saturday’s matchup, the Royals again came out shooting. They won the California Cup in Royal fashion 12 to 8. The Royals never letting the Dragons sniff being ahead in the game.
Although not for the Cup, Sunday’s game was more for PRIDE. The Royals coasted leading 8 to 1 at halftime. Then the Royals took the foot off the gas, and the Dragons mounted a comeback tying the game with 46 seconds left in the 4th Quarter 11 to 11. It was apparent that either a dramatic finish or a shootout was about to happen. The Royals goalie made a tremendous save with 23 seconds left. They made a quick outlet pass and with the clock counting down the fans in the stands were screaming 15 seconds, 10 seconds, 5 seconds, and with 1.5 seconds left on the clock. The Royals scored for the final time securing the win 12 to 11.
Both teams played with tremendous heart, and both teams put on a great show for the fans that watched that braved the San Diego summer sun and the occasional ball that flew out of the arena. The Royals move on to Nationals in San Jose. Stay tuned for more California box lacrosse action.