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By Zach Cavanagh

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Girls Lacrosse Wins Inaugural CIF-SS Playoff Opener

As the San Clemente girls wrestling team did, the San Clemente girls lacrosse program made its own history on Saturday, May 29.

In the very first CIF-SS sanctioned girls lacrosse playoffs, the Tritons pulled out a dramatic win in their Division 1 opener with a double-overtime thriller over Edison, 8-7, at San Clemente High School.

San Clemente senior Angela Chantaca scored two huge goals for the Tritons.

Playoffs for high school girls lacrosse had previously been organized by the local U.S. Lacrosse chapters in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Last season was scheduled to be the first completely organized by the CIF-Southern Section, but the playoffs were canceled due to the pandemic.

San Clemente moved on to the quarterfinals at Newbury Park on Wednesday, June 2, but results were not available at press time. Newbury Park won its opener, 22-10, over Beckman, which San Clemente beat by eight goals on March 31.

If San Clemente won, the Tritons will host Palos Verdes or Santa Margarita in the Division 1 semifinals on Saturday, June 5.

Paisley Takes Second at CIF-SS Swimming Championships

The San Clemente aquatics program had one swimmer make the podium at the CIF-SS Division 2 swimming finals on May 25 at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.

San Clemente senior Timo Paisley claimed a silver medal with a time of 4:29.50 in the 500-yard freestyle. Paisley’s time was marked for All-American consideration.

Paisley also anchored San Clemente’s three competing boys relay teams as the fourth leg on the 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. San Clemente finished in 12th, 10th and 10th in each of those relays, respectively.

Paisley was also the South Coast League champion in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:32.11 on May 20.

CIF-SS Playoff Roundup

  • San Clemente boys basketball won its Division 2A opener in a walk over Walnut, 56-36, on May 26. The Tritons then went on the road in the second round and lost to Agoura, 63-45, on Friday, May 28. San Clemente was the South Coast League co-champion this season.
  • The Tritons’ girls basketball team lost its Division 1 opener on the road at Esperanza, 57-24, on May 27.
  • San Clemente boys volleyball lost its Division 1 opener on the road at Newport Harbor, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 30-28, on May 26.
  • The San Clemente track and field teams will run in the CIF-SS Division 1 preliminaries on Saturday, June 5, at Trabuco Hills High School. The Division 1 finals will also be at Trabuco Hills on June 12.

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