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West Ranch lacrosse falls in playoff opener

Posted: May 6, 2014 10:36 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2014 10:36 p.m.
 

The story is certainly not West Ranch boys lacrosse losing 20-7 to Thousand Oaks in its first-ever playoff match.

It was West Ranch playing in its first playoff match.

For a growing sport in the Santa Clarita Valley, Tuesday’s (unofficial) CIF-Southern Section first-round playoff match at Thousand Oaks High was a significant step.

“My words were, ‘There’s nothing to hang your heads about. You should be proud of this,’” West Ranch head coach Mike Borsos said he told his team after the match.

Technically, the playoffs are unofficial because there aren’t enough participating schools to warrant a postseason, according to a Southern Section bylaw.

But the match will go down as a groundbreaker.

The 14th-seeded Wildcats (11-4) were simply at an experience disadvantage against the third-seeded Thousand Oaks.

The Lancers jumped ahead of the second-year varsity program 8-1 after one quarter, 12-3 after two and 16-6 after three.

J.K. Torres and Roger Wilcox each scored three goals and Garrett Clark added the other for West Ranch.

Torres and fellow senior Colton Long are moving on to play lacrosse for four-year colleges, but the team is still young with five starters this season being either sophomores or freshmen.

“This was just the first step in building a powerhouse program of lacrosse,” Borsos said. “They laid the foundation.”

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