Coming off a Wednesday win in which they celebrated their seniors and claimed a share of the Ocean League championship for the first time, the No. 20 Culver City girls lacrosse team knocked off No. 16 Marlborough 10-9 in overtime on Friday.
The Centaurs (12-4, 3-1) opened the week with a 20-0 loss at No. 3 Palos Verdes, but they bounced back in a big way. That loss was the team’s first — and only — defeat since the calendar turned to April. After going 5-3 in the first month of the season, Culver City has gone 7-1 since.
At Wednesday’s matchup with league rival El Segundo, the program honored its four seniors — Catie Shin, Hannah Beighey, Erin Marble and Alyssa Kawano — while also taking the time to recognize the Eagles’ eight seniors and present them with flowers, as well.
In March, Culver City narrowly beat the Eagles, winning 8-7, but El Segundo was coming off a 14-13 upset of No. 10 Downey and had won five of its last seven. But the Centaurs surged out to a big first half lead and kept the Eagles at bay, winning 13-8.
That created a three-way tie for for first place in the Ocean League between Culver, El Segundo (6-6-1, 3-1) and Downey (14-3, 3-1). It’s the first time program history the girls lacrosse team came in first in their league.
If that wasn’t enough to celebrate, the Centaurs battled a ranked Marlborough squad Friday and came away with another victory, claiming an overtime win after Marlborough had capitalized on a Culver City turnover to tie the game with 15 seconds left in regulation.