Paris Melberg (6 goals, pictured left) and Kennedy Mason (3 goals, pictured right) combined for nine goals to lead the JSerra girls lacrosse team past Corona Del Mar 13-5 on Tuesday at Corona Del Mar High School. The Lions improved to 4-1 while the Sea Queens dropped to 4-8.
“I think we went the whole week trying to work on our individual weaknesses. We haven’t had a full roster, so I think that was huge making sure that we were focusing on the little things as much as we could,” Lions coach Maggie Mawhinney said.
JSerra was in control throughout the game. The Lions hustled for every loose ball and used an aggressive defense to cause turnovers to disrupt the CdM offense, which resulted in a commanding 7-1 JSerra lead by halftime.
The Sea Queens had hopes of making a comeback when the Lions were hit with a late first-half penalty that carried over into the second half. But on the beginning draw control of the second half, the Lions won it, eventually killing the penalty. The Sea Queens didn’t score their second goal of the game until the 18:51 mark of the second half and by the time they scored, they were down 9-2 and were unable to complete the comeback.
Bridgette Montague (2 goals), Katie Golbranson (1g) and Avery Tritz (1g) supplemented the offensive production of Mason and Melberg. Jenna Nowland frustrated the Sea Queens with eight saves.
Caroline Brewster led Corona Del Mar with three goals while Joslyn Simaan and Hailey Butcher each had one goal. Defensively, Katie Langley made eight saves for the Sea Queens.
“It’s a new program. Last year, we played a hybrid season, some varsity games, some JV games. This is our first year full varsity,” Mawhinney said. “We have girls who have never played lacrosse before that have come out for the first time and then we have some veteran lacrosse players.”
The Lions will have a tough challenge on their hands, as they play at No.1 Foothill on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Sea Queens (4-8) will look to snap their five-game losing streak, as they play at No.9 Beckman on Friday at 4 p.m. The rest of the schedule gets tougher for the Sea Queens, as their remaining opponents are ranked in the top 10.