The second-seeded Westlake girls lacrosse team jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead Tuesday and cruised to a 22-4 first-round playoff win over No. 15 Marlborough.
The win sets up a third meeting with Marmonte League opponent Newbury Park in the second round of the LA Championship Tournament on Thursday. Newbury Park (10-2), seeded seventh in the tournament, defeated No.10 Oak Park 15-8 on Tuesday.
The Warriors (16-1) have beaten the Panthers (10-2) twice already this season — 12-9 and 18-12 — but much the same way they took nothing for granted against Marlborough, coach Lyndsey Munoz said her team is taking nothing for grated against Newbury.
“Even though we’ve beaten them before, we know first-hand that anything can happen on any given day,” Munoz said via email. “I know the girls will come out ready to play, and I’m really looking forward to a great game Thursday.”
If the Westlake defense plays anything like it did Tuesday, the Warriors can begin looking ahead to Saturday’s semifinals.
Westlake caused 10 turnovers against the Mustangs (6-10) and didn’t allow a shot on goal in the first half. Goalie Rachel Blanton recorded only one save in the game as the Warriors’ defenders rarely let Marlborough close. Shelby Tilton led the take-away parade with five caused turnovers, and Kaila Millan, Kailee Follette, Catherine Xu, Julia Dinerman and Blanton each had one.
Follette (5g, 1a), Sarah Sullivan (4g, 4a), Delaney Waggoner (4g, 2a) and Tilton (4g, 2a) led the Westlake offense, with contributions from Dinerman (2g, 2a), Mia Trilling (2g, 1a) and Julia Steinman (1g).
Information for this report contributed by Westlake Girls Lacrosse.