No. 15 Lions Knock Off No. 5 Thousand Oaks, 8-5

Oaks Christian stumbled out of the gate this season with a 10-6 loss. But the No. 15 Lions righted themselves and now have won three of their next four, including Wednesday’s 8-5 takedown of No. 5 Thousand Oaks.

Oaks Christian hadn’t beaten one of the Marmonte League’s Big 4 — Westlake, Agoura, Newbury Park or T.O. — since an overtime win over the Lancers early in the 2013 season. — a string of 19 consecutive losses to those four.

Under first-year coach Jeremy Sieverts this year, Oaks Christian is doing it with defense. In the four games since surrendering 10 goals to Chaminade, the Lions have allowed a total of 15 goals, including a 5-4 overtime loss to Newbury Park. With senior long-poles Kaveh Torabian and Cole Eisel patrolling the restraining box, goalie James Vils has had plenty of protection.

Wednesday, Oaks (3-2, 2-1) allowed only one goal in the first half in building a 4-1 lead and only three goals through three quarters. The Lions led 5-3 entering the fourth quarter and made it stand up.

Senior middie Evan Phillips led Oaks with three goals and two assists, and Cort Rogers (2g), Seamus O’Brien (1g, 1a), Danny Redell (1g) and Carson Campbell (1g) scored, as well. Eisel and Connor MacLeod each had an assist, as five of the Lions’ eight goals were assisted.

Oaks Christian freshman Mike Spaeth battled Lancers sophomore Matthew Parham at the face-off dot, winning eight of 14 draws and preventing the Lancers from getting into an offensive rhythm.

Thousand Oaks (4-3, 2-1) was held to five goals or fewer for the third time in its last four games.

Information provided by Oaks Christian Lacrosse.