Costa Leads Oak Park When Lights Go Out

A funny thing happened on the way to halftime of an excellent lacrosse game between two Top-10 teams. With 3:05 left in the second quarter Thursday and host Mira Costa celebrating senior middie Nick Coons‘ second goal of the night, the generator 30 yards behind the Oak Park goal burst into sparks.

Seconds later, the lights in the stadium went dark and never came back on.

No. 8-ranked Mira Costa was leading 6-3 at the time. According to Rule 5 of the 2015 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules, “If a game is interrupted because of events beyond the control of the responsible authorities, it shall be continued from the point of interruption.” The difficulty now will be finding a date that works for both teams to play the remainder of the contest.

The undefeated Mustangs (7-0) jumped out to a fast start, with three unanswered goals from middies Zane Crandall, Coons and Hayden Frye. Crandall’s goal came on a feed from sophomore linemate Casey Bonner that he ripped top left from outside. Coons followed with an unassisted run up the middle and then fed Frye in the slot to put Mira Costa up 3-0.

No. 9 Oak Park (4-3) battled back with two quick goals of their own, with junior middie and 2017 Bucknell commit Brendan Egan curling from left to right behind the Costa net and beat goalie John Van Sickle at the 4:02 mark. Owen Consoletti fired home a pass from Max Bulko 34 seconds later, and suddenly the Eagles trailed by only one.

A two-minute, unreleasable penalty gave Mira Costa a man-advantage, and the Mustangs capitalized when attack Ryan Gustafson received a pass from Sam Dunbar and beat goalie Gianberto Ridino. Roughly a minute-and-a-half later, Oak Park tallied its third goal, as middie Troy Robertson swept in a ground ball following a scrum in front of the Mira Costa net.

Crandall netted his second goal with an unassisted shot on the run to give the Mustangs a 5-3 lead. Coons scored moments later, and then things went dark. The teams waited for an hour as officials attempted to fix the generator without success.

The two coaches will now work together to determine if and when the game will be continued with the score: Mira Costa 6, Oak Park 3, Southern California Edison -1.

This was to be the beginning of a tough, three-game stretch leading into spring break for Mira Costa, which after Oak Park on Thursday plays host to No. 10 Newbury Park on Monday, then visits No. 6 Crespi on Tuesday. Oak Park plays host to No. 12 Redondo Union on Tuesday, then Amador Valley from the Bay Area on Thursday.

— Court Crandall, Mira Costa Lacrosse