Cropped Bucks Logo     The Beverly Hills Bucks went on the road to face the Hollywood Lacrosse Club today looking for their seventh consecutive win. It wasn’t easy but the Bucks went home with a 11-9 victory assuring them of a first place finish in the SCLA North and a first round bye in the playoffs.

The first quarter was scoreless with both teams challenged in the sweltering heat at Crespi High School. Between the sloppy passing and the great goalie play neither team was able to talley a score.

But a little over three minutes into the second quarter Hollywood was able to put one by Buck’s keeper Dash Pomerantza to take an early 1-0 lead. The lead didn’t last long as Skidmore’s Charlie McNeill buried the first of his four goals on a beautiful feed from Gregory Fish to even the score at ones. Hollywood then scored again at the 8:03 mark on a fast break to take back the lead but two quick unassisted scores by the Buck’s Lee Alexanderson and Charlie McNeill put the Bucks up by one. The quarter ended in a 3-3 tie as Hollywood answered with under two minutes left. Missing their two giant close defensemen from U C Santa Barbara, James Guzik and Chris Schaible,  the Buck’s defense was spectacular by forcing several “take aways” and by winning the ground ball war. David Gorham, Daniel Crawforth and LSM Brian Bates all stepped it up to take the pressure off close defensemen Sam Vollen and John Brasko who constantly turned back Hollywood’s best attackman on his attempt to curl on the crease and get topside.

The third quarter saw the Bucks establish their offensive game as they outscored Hollywood 5-2. Daniel Crawforth teamed up with an assist to fellow long pole John Brasco for a score a minute and a half into the quarter. Johns Hopkins standout Michael Doneger turned in a third quarter hat trick with two feeds from Casey Costello and one from Chapman’s Phillip Trapp. Charlie McNeill added the final goal of the period with an assist from first half goalie Dash Pomerantz who traded in his goalie crosse for a long pole in the second half. The third quarter ended with the Bucks up 8-5.

Hollywood, fighting for a spot in the playoffs never gave up as they scored four times in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for Hollywood the Bucks wouldn’t go away as Greg fish was involved in two scoring plays, first with an assist to Michael Doneger for his fourth goal and then on a beautiful shot of his own hitting the top right corner of the goal on an assist from Thomas Levesque. Charlie McNeill finished the scoring for the Bucks with an unassisted shot at the 1:25 mark of the fourth quarter.

The goalkeeping was spectacular on both sides as Dash Pomerantz stopped five out of eight shots and Stony Brook’s Scott Rothstein stuffed six shots out of eleven. Two of Hollywood’s scores were on “man up”. The Hollywood goalie was just as good and pretty much kept them in the game.

Not to be forgotten was great faceoff play by three different Bucks. Lee Alexanderson, Phillip Trapp and BYU’s Ryan McOmber combined to take 71% of the faceoffs.

The SCLAX will take next week off as all eyes will be focused on Memorial Day’s main event, the NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Foxboro, Massachusetts. League play will resume the following weekend when the Bucks will take on Team L-A-X on their home field at Saint Bernard High School in Playa Del Rey for their last regularar season game before the playoffs start. Game time is 1:00 on Sunday June 3.