Yorba Linda High School men’s lacrosse outscored Esperanza 5-4 to win the Century League Championship on Friday, April 24th. It was the second time this year Yorba Linda edged out a win against Esperanza. They beat the Aztecs 10-9 on Friday March 27th.
The Mustangs have have not lost in league play since 2012. The game did not start out looking like it would be low scoring as the Mustangs scored off the opening faceoff, but the defenses took over after that. In fact both goalies put on clinics – Yorba Linda’s Mark Rentfro made 15 saves and Esperanza’s Nick Carpenter rejected 18 shots, reported maxlaxoc.com.
“It was a really tough loss. This was our first real chance to beat them in three years, and it was our last chance for the next couple of years. We were right there in it all game, and if we had been able to place our shots just a little bit better we could have won,” said Aztec Josh Fessey, announced maxlax.com.
Kaidon Newberry led the Mustangs with three goals and Jake Norton and JT Timmins added one each. Jake Aho (2g), Tommy Ferguson (1g), and Jacob Newport (1g,1a) scored for the Aztecs, reported ocregister.com.
“The intensity of the game was beyond the intensity of our other games. the crowd made the game more intense. Stated Aj De Los Reyes of the Esperanza Aztecs, he continued. “I knew it was going to be a hard fought game. It was going to be a physical game.”
“I told my players that no team in our league has ever won three consecutive undefeated league championships. I told them to think about that and try to capture the moment. It was something they would have for the rest of their lives and no one could ever take that away from them.” Stated Yorba Linda lacrosse coach, Mike Schreiber.
“I also told them that Esperanza was hungry and they would play a full 48 min game. Esperanza would not quit until the final whistle and if they wanted to win we too would have to play a full game start to finish. They are well coached and their coach would have them ready to play from the first whistle,” Stated Mike Schreiber
“I don’t think there was anyone in our stadium that was more excited than me when the final buzzer sounded. I was excited for my players and coaching staff that have not lost a league game in three years and how far our program has come. Three consecutive undefeated league championships do not happen because of my coaching. It starts with great support from our Athletic Director and school administration. Most important is the tremendous support from our parents and work ethic of our players throughout the school year,” Said Yorba Linda Coach Mike Schreiber.