No. 7-seeded Crespi takes on No. 1 Palos Verdes for the US Lacrosse Southern Section North championhsip Wednesday at Culver City HS (7 p.m.). The game is preceded by the girls championship, featuring L.A. North No. 1 Oak Park against L.A. South No. 1 Redondo Union (5 p.m.). Admission to the double-header is $5 (kids 10-under are free), and Culver City HS will be operating a concession stand.
Palos Verdes is making its sixth consecutive trip to the L.A. title game. The Sea Kings won it last year, beating Oak Park. Crespi has reached the L.A. title game for the first time in program history. The Celts lost in the semifinals in 2013 and 2014.
Wednesday’s winner will advance to meet the US Lacrosse Southern Section South (Orange County) champion on Saturday at Mira Costa (noon). The girls section title game also will be played Saturday at Mira Costa (10 a.m.).
Here’s a look at the boys’ finalists:
No. 7 Crespi Celts (13-6)
Players to watch: Senior attack Alex Dixon (89g, 24a); junior A/M Jack Doyle (45g, 32a); senior attack Cam Radenberg (28g, 33a); senior attack Sean Friedman (27g, 30a); senior LSM Will Cosentino (70 GBs); senior D Daniel Jackson (52 GBs).
No. 1 Palos Verdes Sea Kings (16-5)
Players to watch: Senior middie Stanton Gilbertson (57g, 14a); junior attack Aidan Westley (47g, 18a); junior attack Rizal Smith (31g 26a); sophomore attack Jack Larkin (27g, 17a); sophomore attack Austin Lowi (26g, 17a); junior LSM Jarrett Jones (13g, 6a, 92 GBs, 55 CTOs); senior FOGO Zack Lozzi (70 percent FOs, 87 GBs); senior DM Steve Delcarson (67 GBs); senior goalie David McCann (7.1 GAA, .630 save pct).
The Sea Kings opened their season at Crespi on March 9 in a game in which they built a 9-2 lead late in the second quarter only to have the Celts come roaring back to force overtime before Palos Verdes won 13-12. Gilbertson scored six goals for the Sea Kings, including the overtime game-winner, and Alex Dixon had seven for the Celts.