Senior middie Rory Cochrane scored the go-ahead goal with less than a minute to play Monday, lifting No. 16 El Segundo to a 12-11 nonleague win over No. 17 Palisades, the Eagles’ second nail-biter in a row.
Friday, El Segundo (7-2) needed double-overtime to beat No. 15 West Ranch 12-11. This season the Eagles have played five one-goal games, going 3-2, and one two-goal game.
“We lost to Pali in overtime last year for [playoff] play-in,” El Segundo coach Brooks Roscoe said, “and we really, really wanted to take that back today. We feel a fun, intense rivalry growing here.”
That playoff game — 11-10 in double-overtime — was the Eagles’ second loss to Pali last season. They also dropped a 15-12 decision in the first week of the 2016 season.
Given their history and their rankings, Monday’s matchup was destined to be another close one, and it didn’t disappoint. El Segundo led 5-3 after one quarter, but the score was tied 7-7 at halftime. Palisades (4-5) led 9-8 heading to the fourth quarter, and it was all tied up at 11-11 with three minutes to play.
Cochrane, who scored all three of his goals in the second half, finally pushed El Segundo in front with 53 seconds to play. The Dolphins had a couple of chances to tie it late, but Macchio Rissone‘s rip in the closing seconds deflected off Eagles’ goalie Alex Nolan‘s hip and went wide. A desperation attempt after time expired hit pipe.
Rissone had four goals and two assists to lead Palisades, which had a decisive possession advantage with senior Brandon Kay (18 of 27) at the face-off dot. Kay (1g, 1a) and Jack O’Rourke (2g, 1a) scored multiple points for the Dolphins, and five other players scored goals.
Information and photo provided by El Segundo Lacrosse.