The Redondo Union girls took one step closer to claiming an elusive US Lacrosse Southern Section championship Wednesday, edging Oak Park 13-12 on a goal in the final minute to claim the US Lacrosse North Division title.
The Sea Hawks (18-1) will play for the section crown Saturday at Mira Costa HS (10 a.m.) against South Division winner Foothill, which won the OC title in overtime Wednesday. Redondo has reached this stage twice before, losing to Los Alamitos in 2010 and 2011.
Wednesday, it took a goal from junior Allie Vorndran off a pass from Samantha Marcon with 22.5 seconds left to put the Sea Hawks in front for good. Oak Park had one final chance to force overtime, but Redondo goalie Melanie Paiz turned away the Eagles’ shot and time ran out.
Senior Maddie Farmer (pictured, top) led Redondo with six goals, and junior Allison Shamir scored four.
Oak Park (17-5) lost in the L.A. title game for the third year in a row. But with a starting lineup made up of 10 juniors and a sophomore, there’s a good chance the Eagles will be back again next year.
Though the Sea Hawks trailed a couple of times in a back-and-forth affair, they never let Oak Park wrestle away control of the momentum or the scoreboard. Redondo led 3-1 early, but after Oak Park briefly took a 4-3 lead, the teams traded goals and were tied 6-6 at halftime.
The score was tied 7-7 and 8-8 early in the second half before a brief Redondo burst gave the Sea Hawks a 10-8 lead with 15:27 to play on Farmer’s sixth goal.
Oak Park responded, getting back-to-back goals from Shayne Costello to re-tie it at 10-10 with 9:27 left. Thirty seconds later, Morgan Shorts scored her third of the game to give the Eagles an 11-10 at the 8:59 mark.
Despite that three-goal run, though, Oak Park was unable to take control, and Redondo managed to tie it again 11-11 with 4:43 left. After a long Sea Hawks’ possession ended in a turnover, Julia Gilliam gave the Eagles a 12-11 lead with 1:53 left.
Redondo, of course, quickly tied it up again, scoring 20 seconds later. Then, it was up to Marcon and Vorndram to create the game-winner.