CHS lacrosse secures first league win in nine years


On April 19, the CHS boys’ lacrosse team secured a 10-9 win over Newbury Park for its first league win in nine years.

The game was neck-in-neck all the way through, with the Coyotes down 9-7 until they managed to make up the two-point deficit and take the game into overtime. Junior midfielder Sean Sesser scored the winning goal in the last seconds of the game, bringing the final score to 10-9 in favor of Calabasas. 

“The win against Newbury was just unreal, [especially] scoring the game-winning goal and just seeing all my teammates jumping and celebrating the win,” said Sesser. 

“In the last few seconds of the game, I had the ball and was feeling confident, and I just shot it. The ball was going towards the far left, and then bounced off one of my teammates and then went in. When the ball went into the back of the net, I just went crazy.”

For Lacrosse Coach Rich Lopez, the game was filled with surprises, and he was proud of how his team performed. 

“The game did not go how I expected, as we had a lot of trouble with this team the last time that we played them,” said Lopez. “It was incredible to watch the team come back repeatedly, and it was definitely the best game of the season. The team really did pull together.”

Although the team did not make it into CIF playoffs, considering the nine-year dry spell the CHS lacrosse program has been through, the game was memorable for the team and CHS as a whole.

“That was the first league win the team has had in nine years, so they were incredibly excited, as JV also won that day too,” said Lopez. “To sweep both of [Newbury Park’s] Varsity and JV teams on the same day, it was a great day for Calabasas High School’s lacrosse team. It was probably one of the biggest highs they have ever had.”