In each of the last seven years, either St. Ignatius or La Costa Canyon has been top dog in the Golden State. I'll contend these two are the only California teams to deserve the label "Perennial Power." How do I come to this conclusion?
In a period when California has been inexorably (though irregularly) rising in LaxPower's National rankings, one or the other of these two programs has been top dog in the State, using LaxPower as the data source. Here's the matrix:
Top Programs in California's Recent Boy's Lacrosse History
FH Santa Ana
Here are two other indicators of similarity. These two teams both faced – and lost by a goal to – top Long Island teams in their finest years. In 2010, LCC lost 7-6 to #9 in the nation St. Anthony's, one of two Catholic powers in NY. In 2013, SI lost 5-4 to national #2 ranked Chaminade – the other Catholic power in NY. In those years, both LCC and SI were ranked #16 in the nation. For LCC it was #16 out of 3,095 teams, while SI is #16 out of 3,112 teams.
For SI, there has been incredible coaching stability. In every one of the seven years covered in this analysis, Chris Packard has been either an Assistant Coach or Head Coach.It is a great treat to play for a "program." There are a number of other schools who have aspirations to become "programs." Time will tell, but great coaches have a way of setting up paths which, sooner or later, become programs.