Big Week for SI on the East Coast

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Big Week for SI on the East Coast

Postby Billax » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:11 am

This coming Wednesday and Thursday will find the Saint Ignatius Wildcats on the East Coast, taking on a pair of the toughest teams Long Island has to offer – Garden City (6-1) and Chaminade (4-1). They fly through three time zones to get there and play these powerhouses on back-to-back days... but that's just the way the cookie crumbles when you're a Left Coast team takin' on the East Coast elite! It'll likely be two decades longer before the pendulum will swing to the LEFT COAST and those East Coast will have to travel through three time zones to get to the best teams in the country!

The Wildcats have already defeated one traditional East Coast powerhouse the year - Gonzaga - at the Jesuit Classic in Dallas, and defeated another pretty darn good lacrosse school (St. Joseph's of Pennsylvania) who was gracious enough to make a NorCal swing this year! Thank you, Gentlemen!

Go Wildcats and go NorCal!
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Re: Big Week for SI on the East Coast

Postby Grampa Lax » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:05 am

Yes Billax a big week indeed for the Wildcats . With the loss last night of Torrey Pines ( 11-3) to yet another Colorado team, Mountain Vista ( the falcoms have now lost 3 out of their last four games ) SI has now replaced them as the the # 1 team in Calif per lax Power. Even the computers finally get it. I think if SI could sweep those two games back east they may indeed be the best team Coach Packard has had. Tough to travel across the country and win such games back to back but definitely doable. We look forward to your reports and from other SI fans.
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Re: Big Week for SI on the East Coast

Postby Billax » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:52 am

Yesterday (April 18th) Saint Ignatius took on Landon, the undefeated and #1 ranked team in the nation. Landon prevailed, 15-11. No team has gotten closer to Landon than Saint Ignatius' 4 goal loss. That loss occurred the day after a transcontinental flight.*

Today the Wildcats take on 7-1 Garden City and Thursday they'll battle 4-1 (and #5 in the nation) Chaminade. I am not onsite at these games, but if some member of NCLF is... an onsite game report would be greatly appreciated!

Go NorCal and go Wildcats!
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* I have long noted that Scientists have rigorously studied the effect of time zone shifts on alertness, mental acuity, and a minor form of "bodily shutdown" when three or more time zones are shifted. It takes approximately one day per time zone shifted to recover from what is sometimes called "Jet lag." The reverse is also true, as in the transcontinental flight taken by St. Joseph of Pennsylvania to NorCal earlier this year.
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Re: Big Week for SI on the East Coast

Postby Billax » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:07 pm

It's halftime at Hofstra, where the Wildcats lead Garden City, 7-2. Go 'cats!
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Re: Big Week for SI on the East Coast

Postby Billax » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:42 pm

Final: Saint Ignatius 7 Garden City 4.

Chaminade tomorrow....
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Re: Big Week for SI on the East Coast

Postby Billax » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:10 am

St. Ignatius College Prep has been making an annual East Coast trip since 2013. Here are the results of those transcontinental games and the gap days between games. This year, SI was delighted to host St. Joseph's Prep of Pennsylvania, the first-ever East Coast HS lacrosse team to visit Northern California! We Californians are grateful for the visit! This year's transcontinental trip features - for the first time – three tough games in three days. The Wildcats are 1-1 so far. Here are the historic results of SI's annual East Coast swing.

2017:
Landon (Maryland) 13-0: SI lost 11-15
Garden City (LI, NY) 7-2: SI won 7-4
Chaminade (LI, NY) 4-1: game today
Gap days between games: 0

2016:
McDonogh (Maryland) 18-1: SI lost 8-9 in 4 overtimes
Chaminade (LI, NY) 11-7: SI won 7-5
Gap days between games: 1

2015:
Landon DC 20-2: SI won 10-8
Gonzaga DC 18-3: SI lost 9-12
Gap days between games: 1

2014:
St. Stephen/St. Agnes 14-8: SI lost 6-16
Salesianum DE 16-2: SI lost 7-8
Gap days between games: 1

2013:
Chaminade NY 15-2: SI lost 4-5
Seton Hall Prep NJ 11-9: SI won 6-5 in OT
Gap days between games: 1
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Re: Big Week for SI on the East Coast

Postby terpcard » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:29 am

Not to take anything away from SI who has embarked on a challenging trip with no fear, but to one of the earlier posts, Landon's closest game this year is a 10-8 victory over Bullis last week. They also beat Cardinal Gibbons from NC 8-5 yesterday. Both the Cardinal Gibbons and SI games featured Landon's backup goalie, as their starter got hurt against Bullis. But the real story of the SI-Landon game was faceoffs, which Landon dominated to something like 25-4. This was also SI's challenge when they lost to Torrey Pines earlier this year, I believe. Their win over Garden City is even more impressive as I believe they dominated at the X in that game as well. If SI could have gotten to just 40% of faceoff wins against TP or Landon, they might be undefeated.
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Re: Big Week for SI on the East Coast

Postby Grampa Lax » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:36 pm

Si Beats Chaminade 11-10. Wildcats win two out of three back East . I think this maybe is Coach Packard's best team. All I know is a very good SRV team that is now 13-2 and #1 in Nor Cal Section was crushed in the first game of the season 16-4 and frankly SI has only gotten better. Pretty impressive. It will be a fun plane ride home. Congrats to them.
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Re: Big Week for SI on the East Coast

Postby Fanforlife » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:18 pm

Very impressive for SI

Chaminade (1730 enrollees, all boys)
SI (1500 enrollee, coed)

While SI has an enviable position on West Coast as "the program", what is really impressive is how they have beat one of the perennial East Coast powerhouses not once but 2x ... on an "away" field.

Seeing how so many grads have excelled in DI & D3 programs it is just matter of time before more and more "college signings" occur by West Coasties.
After all ... why wouldn't you recruit kids who get to be outdoors year round and who generally have speed and great conditioning, not to mention hi lax IQ.
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