Senior attack Aidan Westley scored five goals Thursday, and sophomore attack Gage Rowland scored three as No. 1 seed Palos Verdes won its 18th consecutive game, 19-2 over No. 7 Thousand Oaks, and advanced to the US Lacrosse LA Division semifinals.
Standing between the Sea Kings (18-2) and another trip to the LA title game is Westlake, the only LA-area team to have beaten Palos Verdes this season. No. 4 Westlake (14-4) advanced Thursday with a 16-6 win over No. 12 Peninsula. The Warriors beat the Sea Kings 9-8 at home on March 7. They will meet again in Saturday’s semifinals at Glendale HS (7 p.m.).
Thursday, Palos Verdes took a 7-2 lead after one quarter and didn’t allow another goal the rest of the way. It was 12-2 at halftime. The Sea Kings’ defense is allowing only four goals per game this season. In their last six games, they have averaged two goals against per game. They were credited with 17 caused-turnovers against the Lancers, four by senior LSM/D Jarrett Jones.
Most of the offense came through the attack line Thursday, with Westley (5g, 2a), Austin Lowi (1g, 4a), Jack Larkin (2g 2a) and Rowland (2g, 2a) doing most of the damage. Senior M/A Rizal Smith (2g, 2a), Jones (1g, 2a), senior middie Peter Henkhaus (1g, 1a) and sophomore A/M Beau Sabosky (2g) scored, as well.