The Los Alamitos boys lacrosse team came out firing out the gate and never cooled off, beating Huntington Beach 19-2 on Wednesday at Huntington Beach High School. Coupled with Newport Harbor’s 5-4 win over Corona Del Mar, the Griffins find themselves a game and a half behind Newport Harbor and a half game behind Corona Del Mar.
The Griffins (6-5, 3-1), who have two league games to go, play Newport Harbor at home on Friday at 6 p.m. If the Sailors win, they clinch the outright league title for themselves, but if the Griffins win and they beat Edison on Wednesday at Edison, the Griffins, Sailors and Sea Kings share the league title.
Before the Griffins could look forward to their game against the Sailors, they needed to get by Huntington Beach.
The Griffins led 6-1 after the first quarter and despite only outscoring the Oilers 3-1 in the second quarter, the Griffins led 9-2 at halftime.
The Griffins shutout the Oilers in the second half, as Cade Poe was a force on faceoffs, which gave the Griffins more offensive possessions.
James Hightower (pictured middle) led the Griffins with five goals while Ed Shean (pictured left) and Drew Anderson (pictured right) had four and three goals. Poe, Nick Butao, Nico Kozachenko, Nick Weinmann, Charles Wilson, Matt Caressi and Thomas Dentzer each scored once for the Griffins, who got one save from Guido Cuccia.
“We came in confident ready to win, we picked up all our groundballs and we gave it to our offense and let them eat,” co-captain Daniel Kees said.
For the Oilers, Dylan MacDonald and his little brother Brody MacDonald both scored one goal. Goalie Louis Penaflor had 20 saves, drawing praise from Grffins coach Tim Fox.
After the game, some of the Griffins players flocked over to Newport Harbor High School, to check out the second half of the Battle of the Bay boys lacrosse game between Newport Harbor and Corona Del Mar.
Fox said he’s looking forward to playing Newport Harbor, as is Kees, who’s looking forward to facing some of his club teammates from Sunset Select.
“It’s going to be fun, it’s our senior night,” Kees said. “It’s going to be different because I’ve been playing with them [Newport Harbor’s players] lately, so playing against them is going to feel a little different,”Kees said.
The Oilers (6-6, 1-4) conclude Sunset League play Friday at Marina at 4 p.m.