No. 2 Palos Verdes Takes Down O.C. No. 4 JSerra, 10-5

With an All-American goalie bound for Duke, two Division-I committed defenders and a D-middie senior co-captain, Palos Verdes came into the season expecting to be able to hold opposing offenses in check. Tuesday night, that defense was on full display in a 10-5 win at OC No. 4 J Serra Catholic.

The No. 2 Sea Kings (7-2), who average only 7 goals allowed per game, handed the Lions (7-3), who score an average of 12 goals per game, their third loss in a row after a 7-0 start. J Serra lost 13-7 last Thursday at OC No. 1 Foothill and 12-7 Saturday at OC No. 3 St. Margaret’s. PV was playing for the first time since March 27.

Senior middie Stanny Gilbertson scored five goals for PV, and sophomore attack Jack Larkin had two. Austin Lowi, Rizal Smith and defender Jarrett Jones, a Georgetown commit, each scored once.

But the story of this game was defense, where the Sea Kings held the Lions in check. Coach Jimmy Borell said defender Shane Sharp (pictured), a junior committed to Lafayette, shut down J Serra attack Jimmy Yanes, a senior committed to Hofstra. Goalie David McCann, a senior headed to Duke, made 18 saves.

Moreover, senior midfielder Steve Delcarson scooped seven groundballs for the Sea Kings, aiding the work of senior Zack Lozzi, who won 12 of 18 faceoffs.

Palos Verdes plays host to Oak Park on Thursday, then travels to San Diego to play Cathedral Catholic on Saturday.