Seamus O’Brien and Duke Cohen each scored four goals during an 11-1 second-half outburst Friday, propelling No. 5 Westlake to a 24-12 win over No. 11 Palisades in a game that was a lot closer than that score suggests.
In fact, the Dolphins stayed right with the Warriors for the better part of three quarters, but O’Brien, Cohen and the rest of the Warriors found another gear and ran away with the nonleague win.
O’Brien finished with nine goals for Westlake, and Cohen scored eight.
Westlake (8-2) threatened to pull away a couple of times during the first half, building an early lead of 5-1 and leading 8-5 early in the second quarter. But Palisades battled back each time, pulling within 7-5 after one quarter then 9-9 at halftime.
The Warriors’ lead was only 11-10 with 5:05 left in the third quarter. But that’s when Westlake, fueled by O’Brien and Cohen, heated up.
A four-goal run — two from Cohen — to end the quarter and another goal to open the fourth gave the Warriors a 16-10 lead. Palisades made it 16-11, but the Warriors rattled off seven in a row — three from O’Brien and two from Cohen — to lead 23-11 with less than four minutes to play.
Aidan Caso (3 goals, 1 assist) led Palisades in scoring, with Macchio Rissone (2g, 2a), Alessandro Caso (2g, 1a), Jack O’Rourke (2g), James Burks (1g, 1a) and Reicher Bergstein (1g, 1a) contributing multiple points.
Palisades (8-4) was coming off back-to-back blowout wins over Birmingham and El Camino in City League play. The Dolphins are now 2-4 against teams ranked in the Top 20 and 0-4 against teams in the Top 10.