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By Zach Cavanagh

Last season was supposed to feature the first-ever CIF-SS lacrosse playoffs. However, the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined those plans.

Until last season, the high school lacrosse playoffs in Southern California had been organized and administered by U.S. Lacrosse’s Orange County and Los Angeles chapters. Each county would hold its own playoff bracket—just one division—with the two county champions meeting for the Southern Section championship.

That all changes now with the sport now having enough section members to host full CIF-SS playoffs with three different divisions, and after a dominant league run, the San Clemente girls lacrosse team earned the honor of hosting a game in this historic first round.

GLAX Champs: Photo: San Clemente High School Athletics

San Clemente went completely unscathed in league play to win the South Coast League title, and the Tritons will host Edison in the Division 1 first round on Saturday, May 29.

If San Clemente wins on Saturday, the Tritons will travel to Newbury Park or Beckman for the Division 1 quarterfinals on Wednesday, June 2.

San Clemente played at Edison on April 24, and the Chargers won a tight contest, 12-9. Edison finished second in the Sunset League behind Newport Harbor, which San Clemente defeated in the season opener, 11-10, on March 20.

San Clemente went 8-0 in league play and beat its league opponents by a combined score of 141-33. The Tritons scored no fewer than 15 goals in league play and allowed no more than eight. San Clemente scored 17 or more goals six times in league and allowed five or fewer goals six times.

Zach Cavanagh

Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports. Email at

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