Orange County: Lacrosse championships feature heavy favorites

Four games played over two days will determine U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section champions for 2011, and there will be no shortage of underdogs. Or favorites.

The top-seeded teams reached the finals in three of the four divisions, the exception being in Division 1 girls as fifth-seeded Santa Margarita (15-3) will take on two-time defending champion Los Alamitos (16-3), which is seeded No. 2 and will be a heavy favorite to make it a three-peat.

Santa Margarita, which had never gone past the first round of the playoffs, stunned top-seeded Foothill, 12-10, behind Adrienne Anderson's eight goals in the semifinals. Most impressive about what the Eagles did is that they scored twice as many points as Foothill allowed per game during the season.

Although Los Alamitos has won the last two section titles, this year's run toward a possible championship is under the guidance of first-year coach Liz Connolly. They reached these finals with Torrey Bailey proving the difference; she scored six goals in a 19-13 victory.

The game is Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. at Mission Viejo High.

It will be followed by the boys' game, which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

It pits No. 1 Foothill (16-4) against No. 2 St. Margaret’s (14-2). Foothill is trying to win its fifth consecutive championship.

If the Knights do repeat, they will do so without junior captain Brad Bochesa, who ran through a plate glass door at his home while playing with his dog in the backyard of his home, according to the Orange County Register. The accident, which will keep him from playing for three months, kept him out of a 12-6 semifinal victory over San Clemente.

Division 2 will crown its champions on Thursday at Aliso Niguel High. The girls’ game begins the doubleheader with No. 1 Capistrano Valley (15-5) facing No. 3 St. Margaret’s (9-9) at 5 p.m. It will be followed by the boys game that features No. 1 Mission Viejo (9-8) against No. 3 Dana Hills (9-10) at 7 p.m.