The eight seniors who have played their entire Palisades Charter HS careers for Coach Kevin Donovan won their fourth consecutive CIF LA City Section championship Saturday, defeating host El Camino Real 19-3. Palisades has won the City Section five times in six seasons.
On Sunday, the Dolphins (13-8) missed out on a berth in the LA Lacrosse Foundation Championship Tournament but were seeded No. 2 in the LA Postseason Invitational event. They will play host to seventh-seeded Culver City (7-7) on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
But Saturday was for celebrating. Senior Jackson Demet, who missed six weeks this season with a thumb injury, played like he was happy to be back, scoring eight goals. Senior Jack O’Rourke, who will play at NCAA D-III Emerson next year, posted three goals and three assists.
Three seniors also anchored the defense, led by James Burks alongside fellow seniors Jack Silver and Nikolas Koutsoukos.
“I’m really proud of our leadership and senior captains,” Donovan said. “It’s the first group I have been with since they were freshman. They have helped build this program and weren’t afraid to challenge the best teams in LA. It’s a testament to who they are as a group, and I’m so proud of their development and success, on and off the field. We share a special bond, and I cant thank them enough for all their hard work in helping me set the foundation and build a first-rate program.”
Alessandro Caso (3g, 1a), Reicher Bergstein, (2g, 2a), Ethan Russo (2g, 1a), Milo Sherman (1g) and Weston Rauschuber (1g) rounded out the scoring for the Dolphins.
Friday, the Dolphins blanked third-year program North Valley Military Institute of Sun Valley 18-0 in the LA City semifinals. Burks, Saturday’s defensive standout, put up seven points Friday, scoring two goals and handing out five assists. He will play at UCLA next year. The Dolphins also got contributions from senior Luca Ciarlo (2g), Trevor Chung (1g) and Chris Claussen (1a).
Information and photo for this report were contributed by Palisades Lacrosse.