For the third consecutive season, the Birmingham girls defeated Palisades to claim the City Section lacrosse championship, Friday at Birmingham, the Patriots beat the Dolphins 7-3 to hoist the plaque. On the boys’ side, Palisades beat Hamilton 19-9 to with the City title.
The CIF City Section, unlike the Southern Section, holds a championship tournament. The Top four teams from the regular season qualify.
The Southern Section doesn’t hold championship postseason events for a sport unless 20 percent of the section’s 579 member schools — or 116 schools — participate in that sport. For the 2016 season, the CIF-SS listed 84 boys lacrosse teams and 72 girls lacrosse teams.
— CIF LA City Section (@CIFLACS) May 21, 2016
This year, Birmingham and Palisades had split their two regular-season games, with each winning at home, and Birmingham also had beaten Pali in a shorter tournament game this season. But all three meeting were close and low-scoring. Friday, the Patriots jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead, stretched it 7-0 early in the second half and were in control the rest of the way.
Both Birmingham and Palisades earned berths in the US Lacrosse Southern Section tournament, a championship event held in lieu of an official CIF Southern Section championship. The Patriots were seeded sixth and beat West Ranch 6-5 before falling to No. 3 (and eventual runner-up) Redondo Union in the second round. Palisades was the No. 16 seed and lost to eventual champion Oak Park in the first round.
Palisades 19, Hamilton 9
On the boys’ side, Palisades won its second City Section plaque with a 13-goal outburst in the second half. The Dolphins led Hamilton 6-4 at halftime but opened the second half with a 6-1 scoring run to lead 12-5.
The Yankees responded with a three-goal run, cutting the margin to 12-8, but Pali closed out the game with another burst, outscoring Hamilton 7-1 over the final 9:40.
Hamilton actually led in the early going, taking an initial 2-0 lead and leading 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.
But Macchio Rissone tied it for Palisades to open the second quarter, touching off a run of four unanswered goals, three by Rissone, to put the Dolphins up 5-2 midway through the second period. Rissone finished with six goals and three assists.
Palisades (22-4) finished its season with consecutive wins in the City tournament after winning a preliminary game in the US Lacrosse Southern Section tournament to earn the No. 16 seed, then losing to No. 1 seed Palos Verdes.
Last year, the Dolphins beat Hamilton in the first round but lost to Birmingham in the City championship game.