Alejandro Ruiz, Mira Costa

Top-seeded defeated visiting No. 4 Valencia 8-3 Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Boys Postseason Invitational tournament.

The Mustangs advance to Thursday’s title game, where they will play host to No. 2 seed San Marcos, which beat Culver City 11-4 on Tuesday.

Mira Costa (13-6) narrowly missed a spot in the US Lacrosse Southern Section North championship tournament, largely due to a late-season loss at West Ranch during spring break, when the Mustangs were missing a number of key regulars. Seeded No. 1 in the Invitational tournament, they are making up for lost time.

After a 16-5 first-round win over Calabasas, Costa beat the Vikings (8-9), who had advanced with a 14-12 first-round win at home over St. John Bosco.

Adam Enomoto, JJ Packer, Jonas Wahlsted
Defender , middie and goalie Jonas Wahlsted helped hold Valencia to three goals.

Tuesday, junior attack led the Mustangs with three goals, and junior , sophomore , senior JJ Packer, junior and sophomore Jacob Fernandez each scored one.

Boys LA Postseason Invitational

First round
No. 1 Mira Costa 16, No. 8 Calabasas 5
No. 4 Valencia 14, No. 5 St. John Bosco 12
No. 3 Culver City 13, No. 4 Redondo 4
No. 2 San Marcos 12, No. 7 Glendale 5

Tuesday’s semifinal scores
No. 1 Mira Costa 8, No. 4 Valencia 3
No. 2 San Marcos-SB 11, No. 3 Culver City 4

Thursday’s Championship
No. 2 San Marcos-SB (14-2) at No. 1 Mira Costa (13-6)


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