Junior attack Connor Barnes scored three of his four goals in the third quarter Monday, sparking an 8-0 Mira Costa run and lifting the No. 13 Mustangs to a 15-2 win over visiting Culver City.
Mira Costa actually trailed the Centaurs 2-1 after one quarter and led only 4-2 at halftime. But Barnes scored off a feed from Zach Horowitz to open the third period, and the Mustangs were off to the races. Six different Mustangs scored in the third period, turning a tight game into a rout.
Barnes (4g, 1a) led Mira Costa, with Josh Maruyama (2g), Horowitz (2g, 1a), Jacob Fernandez (2g, 1a) and Julian Menendez (1g, 1a) also contributing multiple points. Ryan Beste and Dylan Mark each scored once.
Mira Costa (2-1) plays host to No. 6 Westlake on Wednesday and to No. 10 Newbury Park on Friday. Culver City (2-2) plays at Beverly Hills on Friday in the team’s first Ocean League game of the season.