SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The Newport Harbor High boys' lacrosse team, the No. 12 seed, upset No. 5 St. Margaret's, 8-7, to open the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division playoffs Tuesday.
It was the Sailors' first playoff win since 2009, as they avenged their widest margin loss of the regular season (14-6, from early March, also played in SJC). The win puts Coach Mark Todd's team into the second round of the playoffs in his second year.
Down 4-2 at halftime, the Sailors (10-8) made several key adjustments. They shut off the Tartans' clears with more aggressive defense, and forced numerous turnovers. The Sailors scored three goals in the third quarter, with just two seconds apart in the final 1:38, knotting the score at 5-5. They kept up their assault and pressure, scoring again in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to take their first lead of the game at 6-5.