Late Flurry Lifts No. 19 El Segundo Past Santa Monica

El Segundo senior attack Preston Quashnick scored the game-winning goal after Cory Lund forced a turnover on a Santa Monica clear with 30 seconds to play Tuesday, lifting the Eagles to a 15-14, come-from-behind victory in an Ocean League game.

The Vikings (6-7, 2-4) led the back-and-forth game by two at 14-12 with four minutes left, but the No. 19 Eagles (8-4, 5-0) rallied to tie.

Both teams had their opportunities in the final minute and a half. El Segundo defender Drew Bonney disrupted a Santa Monica breakaway with an interception. On the Eagles’ ensuing possession, Vikings goalie Elias Sandoval turned away a shot and started the clear that resulted in Lund’s caused turnover and Quashnick’s quick goal.

In a wild final 30 seconds, Santa Monica won the faceoff after Quashnick’s goal but was not able to touch it up in the offensive zone, resulting in a turnover. The Eagles promptly gave it right back with a turnover, giving the Vikings one more chance, but Eagles middie Daniel Ball picked off a pass and ran out the clock.

Lund (6g) and Quashnick (3g, 2a) led the Eagles in scoring, with Lukas Roscoe (2g, 1a), Hudson Roles (2g, 1a), Ball (1g, 2a) and Brandon Craig (1g) also scored. Ball (12 ground balls), Tim Schartz (6 gb, 20 of 32 on face-offs) and Bonney (5 gb) anchored a defense that was protecting backup goalie Lukas Ragus (6 saves), playing in place of injured starter Alex Nolan.

The Eagles on their seventh consecutive game after a brief losing streak early in the season. Santa Monica has now lost consecutive one-goal games to league opponents Culver City and El Segundo.

Information provided by El Segundo Lacrosse.