Laguna Beach, the tournament's top seed, came out on fire and took a 4-1 lead in the first quarter, behind two McConnell goals. The Spartans first got on the board when Allen Morovati scored on a man-advantage, off an assist from Peter Loakes, with 3:38 remaining in the quarter to trim the Breakers' lead to 2-1.
McConnell scored his second goal of the game with 2:17 left in the first, followed by a score from Caleb Scott, who finished with three goals, with 38 seconds left, giving Laguna Beach a 4-1 lead headed into the second quarter.
Symeon Stefan got La Cañada (19-7), the No. 4 seed, on the board first in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 4-2, but the Breakers (21-5) still increased their lead to 7-3 at halftime behind another goal from McConnell and two from Ben Thomas. Bryce Hopkins had the Spartans' other goal with 1:55 to go in the half.