Casa Grande vs. Petaluma

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Casa Grande vs. Petaluma

Postby backdoor » Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:01 pm

I had a chance to take in the Casa vs PHS game Friday night and this game did not disappoint. This was a match up of two teams heading to CIF for 2015, a rematch of the 2013 NCJLA Championship game won by PHS, and a rematch of the Club State Championship game won by Casa Grande.

It was a tight game most of the way with the score notched at 4 at half time. Casa Grande came out in the 2nd half fired up and owned the 3rd quarter taking a lead of 7-4. There was only a couple of possessions by Petaluma in the 3rd quarter and it looked like the Gauchos were going to run away with it thanks to Cody H at the face off X and some costly errors on clears by PHS.

Into the 4th quarter, the pace picked up quite a bit as both teams started scoring with higher frequency. Petaluma scratched back with impressive play by the goalie and great shooting by Ellis, Charlie W, and Garrett T. The lead switched hands a few times in the last several minutes. But the Gauchos had Joe R (Denver) and Cody H on offense and they both were stinging lasers by the PHS goalie in the last few minutes. Casa took a 12-11 lead with under a minute left and had possession of the ball and it looked like they'd run the clock. But the mental mistake of passing the ball out of the box by Casa gave PHS one more possession. Petaluma lined up the matchup they wanted and drove hard to the cage from X twice and both times, incredible saves by Colin were the difference in the final seconds. The two one-on-one fist deflections had the fans gasping with oohs and ahhs.

These are two teams primed to take that next step up to CIF. This game was impressive in many ways. Both teams undefeated, both with great ball possession, both teams have great shooters and they are both very well coached and disciplined. The best game I've seen in the NCJLA ever. The parking lots were packed and I had to park several blocks away. Petaluma has done an excellent job building up the sport of lacrosse and you can tell that this community is backing this sport.

If you get a chance to see one of these teams play, do it. I'd be interested in hearing what others think of Casa and PHS's readiness for CIF.

Please excuse any errors, I'm not great at remembering exact scores at particular times.
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Re: Casa Grande vs. Petaluma

Postby Grampa Lax » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:01 pm

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Didn't know there are High school teams in NC other than CIF. I'm sure there are others of us that are confused on that subject as well. What did you mean in your comments as to whether these two teams are ready to move to the CIF. If so what does that entail . Hope you can enlighten us. Thanks
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Re: Casa Grande vs. Petaluma

Postby shortstick » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:10 am

there are probably over 50 varsity level club teams around N CA. These are typically run by clubs just like the Scorpions or Pleasanton Lacrosse club but service areas that don't have CIF lacrosse in their areas. Many times the club team can be a made up of a combination of players coming from 3 or more high schools. These club teams practice and play games schedules just like CIF programs but they are not sponsored or operated by the public or private schools in CA. The club program is very popular outside of the bay area proper from Redding to S CA. You can find out where these teams are at if you go to the NCJLA website and look up HS Varsity level. They even hold a state championship which ironically is something that CIF lacrosse for some reason has never done.
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Re: Casa Grande vs. Petaluma

Postby backdoor » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:41 am

Shortstick is essentially right. There are 16 NCJLA club varsity teams and 16 club JV teams from the South Bay up to Redding over into the Sacramento valley. Club lacrosse was all there was pre-2003, when the state adopted lacrosse as an official high school sport, thus falling under the guide of California Interscholastic Federation, or CIF. Over the past several years, club teams have been transitioning to CIF team as the sport grows. Sonoma County has been slow to adopt for lack of girls programs and in areas like Santa Rosa, where a single club team serves 6+ high schools. The public schools here have been very stubborn in looking at the sport and adopting it due to costs mainly.

Casa Grande has won 3 of the last 4 club state championships and Petaluma has been to the state championships the past two years making it to the final last year.

CIF has blossomed to nearly 100 teams in the Norther California area where as 10 years ago there was only about 40. Club has been pretty consistent over the past 5-10 years with 15-20 teams involved but as schools start their own teams, some club teams disband or transition to CIF if their players come primarily from one school.

With Casa and Petaluma joining CIF, they will join Cardinal Newman and Sonoma Academy in Sonoma County and another one or two schools )Justin Sienna in Napa) could possibly join them in a new league. Not sure how it's going to play out.
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Re: Casa Grande vs. Petaluma

Postby Grampa Lax » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:57 am

Thanks guys that was very helpful. Appreciate it. Heard that DLS beat SI in overtime 6-5 What a crazy year! That is a big win for the Spartans.
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