El Segundo Beats Peninsula as Ocean Rises

The Ocean appears to be rising, and this has nothing to do with global warming. Monday, two-time Ocean League champion El Segundo, ranked No. 18 in the latest coaches poll, beat No. 15 Peninsula of the Bay League, 13-11.

It was the second time in a week that an Ocean League team beat a Bay League team, and it was only the second time in 10 games as a CIF program that El Segundo has beaten a Bay League team. Last week, then-unranked Santa Monica beat Mira Costa, and earlier this month El Segundo nearly did the same, losing 13-12 in the final minute.

“I like the fact that Ocean League teams now can go into Bay League games with optimism and a game plan for a win,” Eagles coach Brooks Roscoe said via email. “It wasn’t always that way.”

To be fair, Peninsula (1-3) still was without injured starters Scott Phillips and Kyle Beachboard due to injury, but it’s clear that teams from the Ocean League are gaining on their counterparts.

Monday, El Segundo (3-1) led 3-2 after one quarter and 8-6 at halftime. Sophomore attack Lukas Roscoe scored four of his five goals in the first half and also had an assist. Senior attack Cory Lund finished with three goals and five assists, all of them to Roscoe. Daniel Ball (2g), Devin Bonney (1g, 1a), Rory Cochrane (1g) and Oliver Taback (1g) also scored for the Eagles.

Bonney also won 16 of 28 face-offs and collected 10 ground balls in a strong possession game for the Eagles.

Goalie Alex Nolan recorded 11 saves, backstopping a defense that was on its heels much of the fourth quarter. El Segundo led 13-9 entering the final period but didn’t score again. Spearheaded by Mark Binder, Cayman Barber and Tim Shartz, though, the Eagles’ defense prevented a Panthers’ comeback.

El Segundo gets another crack at beating a Bay League opponent Wednesday when it travels to Redondo Union. The Eagles open Ocean League play Friday at home against No. 13 Santa Monica on Friday.

Peninsula travels to face No. 4 Agoura on Friday.