The Oaks Christian girls lacrosse program, in only its fourth year of existence, won the school’s first postseason game Wednesday, defeating El Segundo in the first round of the US Lacrosse LA Girls Postseason Invitational.
The Lions (6-9), seeded No. 1 in the eight-team bracket beat the Eagles 15-4 and advance to the second round where they will face fourth-seeded Thousand Oaks. The Lancers defeated fifth-seed Valencia 16-6. Oaks Christian and Thousand Oaks split their two previous meetings this season, with T.O. winning the first game 7-6 on March 14 and the Lions taking the second one 11-9 on April 13.
Wednesday, the Lions’ freshmen carried the offense, led by Nathalie Garcia (4 goals, 2 assists). Freshmen Emily Spaeth (3g, 2a), Sydney Vroman (3g) and Sophia Nasser (1g) also scored. Junior Mariah Davis (1g, 2a), senior Grace Conti (2g), sophomore Courtney Vils and senior Cami Bartlett also contributed to the offense.
Another freshman anchored the Oaks Christian defense, as Grace Frautchi, who only began playing the position last week, made eight saves.
In four seasons, the Oaks Christian girls have progressed from 0-7 to a postseason berth. The team recently celebrated its seven seniors: Hannah Baldoz, Cami Bartlett (pictured, center, with her freshman sister Tyler Bartlett, left), Erica Buyalos, Grace Conti, Roxanne Cooke, Nina Kim and Elyssa Valtier.
LA Girls Postseason Invitational
(1) Oaks Christian 15, (8) El Segundo 4
(4) Thousand Oaks 16, (5) Valencia 6
(7) Culver City 10, (2) Simi Valley 4
(3) Dos Pueblos 18, (6) Chadwick 9
Semifinal matchups, Tues., May 8
(4) Thousand Oaks at (1) Oaks Christian
(7) Culver City at (3) Dos Pueblos