No. 4 Palos Verdes led 3-0 after one quarter but went on a 9-1 run over the next two quarters, quickly turning Thursday’s matchup with No. 2 Harvard Westlake into a blowout. The Sea Kings led 12-1 at one point and finished off the Wolverines 14-2.
Ten different players scored for Palos Verdes, led by senior Aidan Westley (3g), junior Jack Larkin (2g, 2a) and senior Peter Henkhaus (2g). Rizal Smith (1g, 2a), Austin Lowi (1g, 1a), Jake Nolls (1g, 1a), Gage Rowland (1g), Kyle McBride (1g), Tommy Ruth (1g) and Beau Sabosky (1g) all found the net, and Nick Johantgen recorded an assist.
Sophomore Colin Fitt went 50-50 at the face-off dot opposite Harvard Westlake senior Philip Thompson, winning 6 of 12. Jarrett Jones was his usual one-man wrecking ball on defense, causing five turnovers and scooping up six ground balls. McBride and middie Jack Quinn caused two turnovers each.
The Sea Kings (4-2) have won four in a row since losing to Westlake and St. Margaret’s to open the season, including consecutive lopsided wins this week against perennial Mission League contenders Crespi and Harvard Westlake. The Sea Kings didn’t have Henkhaus or Jones for the Westlake game and didn’t get Henkhaus back full-time until this week.
Palos Verdes is home against San Clemente on Saturday before playing at No. 1 Loyola on Tuesday.