Seniors Rizal Smith (left) and Peter Henkhaus each scored two of their four goals in the first quarter, sparking No. 1 Palos Verdes to a quick 6-1 lead on No. 10 Mira Costa and goalie John Van Sickle (right), who reportedly was playing with a broken hand. The Sea Kings showed no sympathy, peppering the Costa goal in what became a 16-3 Bay League victory.
The score reached 12-2 by halftime and triggered a running clock at 14-2 before the third quarter expired.
Smith (4g, 2a), Henkhaus (4g), Aidan Westley (2g, 1a) and Jack Larkin (2g) all scored multiple goals, and John Gressett (1g, 2a), Jarret Jones (1g, 1a) and Austin Lowi (1g, 1a) contributed multiple points. Beau Sabosky scored once, and Mikey Booth had an assist.
Senior middie Zane Crandall scored all three goals for the Mustangs, who had won seven in a row and climbed back into the Top 10 after a slow start due to injuries to key players (including Crandall). Now with Van Sickle (Drexel) not 100 percent, it remains to be seen how Costa (11-4, 2-1) will fare with three Bay League games remaining.
Tuesday, Mira Costa also was without starting A/M Casey Bonner and starting defensive players Henry Kobel and Bailey Delgado.
Palos Verdes (13-2, 3-0) on the other hand, has now won 13 in a row since its 0-2 start.