One of the top rivalries in LA county lacrosse history was renewed Tuesday at Loyola High School as Coach Jimmy Borell’s 16-1 Cubs hosted the Sea Kings of Palos Verdes who came in with an 7-6 record undersecond year coach Aeden Herman.
Loyola pushed the pace of play all game with a very athletic defense and some speedy midfielders. A couple of the top committed 2021’s in this one in Owen Gaffney for Loyola and Brad Sharp of PV. Gaffney has simply had another gear this year when needed, while the talented Sharp has been banged up and missed some games, but when healthy he’s the real deal.
Having covered that, let’s highlight a few guys that balled out in this one. Matt Gottfried of Loyola went 23 for 24 on face offs. Awesome numbers and he’s had a great year. Loyola’s Aiden Lee (4g, 3a) and Mateo Silvestri (3g,2a) both had major impacts.
PV’s Mike Nagy had 2 assists splitting his time between midfield and attack. Never noticed him before but he is nasty, looks like he can lift the gym. TJ Underhill had 3 goals for the Sea Kings.
Defensively, Preston Barnes did a very good job on SharpBarnes is quick and plays with intensity. He’s had a great career at Loyola and looks like he’d like another ring. Jack Shoemaker did a nice job on Nagy fighting for topside. Nagy is a banger and Shoemaker is a linebacker in football and like Nagy he would appear to be no stranger to the weight room. Shoemaker got his hands on Nagy and used good balance to keepNagy from topside when PV closed the gap to three goals.
Loyola led 8-4 at halftime it looked like PV might make a run when Sharp scored to make it 8-5. But the combo of Lee, Gottfried and the D was too much for the Sea Kings. The Cubs scored the next three and Loyola took control of the game from that point on. Final score was 15-8 and Loyola moves on to the CIF semi finals, while PV finishes 7-7 on the year.
Loyola will battle Corona del Mar on Friaday. Loyola has a rivalry there and these coaches have been at it for over a decade going back to when coach Borell built PV into an LA power program before heading to Loyola. This one will be intense and as some players are learning High School rivalry games a tad different from club ball intensity wise, as well as the crowds. CDM vs St Margs later Tues had some rabid lax fans and the crowd was rocking cheering every contested ground ball win and big hit, it that time of year.