Boys Lacrosse Beats Beckman 9-8 in CIF Div. II Finals

The Aliso Boys Lacrosse team played Beckman and won with a score of 9-8 on Saturday, May 18, for the Division 2 SS-CIF championship. Their win made school history, as the first time the lacrosse team managed to win CIF.

The CIF game was played at the neutral site of Downey High School, and both sides had parents and students who made the drive to support the team, cheering them on.

The team had faced a tough opponent, as the match went into overtime, with a close game throughout, but was eventually won with a goal scored by Colin Barker (11).

The winning goal was assisted by UCL A commit, Mikey Laderer (12). This was Colins third goal of the game, and Laderer’s most crucial assist.

Coach Zach Henderson told the OC Register, “I mean that play won the game, honestly… Colin found that one advantage spot and was able to bury it past a very good goalie.”

This winning goal came after Beckman missed a goal on Aliso and Aliso’s goalie, CJ Besuzzi (11) was able to bring the ball into possession of the Wolverines. He also received compliments from Coach Henderson for this important play.

The team also had almost a perfect record with a 20-2 win-lose ratio. This makes the first season in Aliso history that the boys lacrosse team has won every single home game played.

One of the only two losses of the season was to their CIF rival Beckman, who they lost to earlier in the season with a score of 16-9. They finally managed to beat Beckman in the final game of the season.

Sadly, boys lacrosse won’t be heading to state, as there is no statewide competition for the boys lacrosse program.

When asked about the thrilling end of the season, player Dom Gonta (11) said, “I couldn’t believe that we won CIF,” and he hopes this winning streak continues into next year’s season.