No. 10 Mira Costa’s defense held visiting St. John Bosco scoreless until midway through the third period Wednesday and went on to post a 12-5 victory, despite the Braves enjoying a dominant advantage at the face-off dot.
Bosco, which was undefeated and had moved up to No. 15 in the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll, suffered its first loss.
The Braves usually enjoy a possession advantage behind junior face-off specialist Mitch Myers, who is committed to Bryant. Wednesday’s game was no different, as the Mira Costa scorebook showed St. John Bosco winning 16 face-offs to Mira Costa’s three.
However, the Braves struggled to turn those possessions into goals. Mira Costa held Bosco scoreless in the first half and led 6-0 before the Braves got on the board midway through the third. Bosco managed to pull within 9-4 heading to the fourth period, but the Mustangs stretched their lead to 12-4 before surrendering another goal.
Mira Costa goalie Jonas Wahlstedt was credited with seven saves in the first three quarters of the game. He gave way to freshman Keiran Barskdale in the fourth quarter, and Barksdale stopped five Braves’ shots.
Midfielder Max Geoghegan led Mira Costa with three goals and an assist, and attack Josh Maruyama had two goals and two assists. Zach Horowitz (2g, 1a), Jacob Fernandez (2), Macallan Laver (1g, 1a) and Connor Barnes (1g, 1a) also score multiple points.
Myers had a goal and two assists for St. John Bosco, which plays at No. 11 Crespi on Friday night.