The second-ranked Palos Verdes girls rebounded from Friday’s surprising loss at Cate School with a decisive 14-7 win against No. 7 Agoura on Wednesday, affirming that the loss to Cate might have been at least a bit of a fluke.
The Sea Kings had beaten then-No. 1 Redondo Union on March 28 and took over the top spot in the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll the following weekend. But a 17-5 loss at Cate raised some eyebrows — and dropped the Sea Kings back to No. 2 in the poll, behind Redondo. PV was without sisters Kelly Hoyt and Kendall Hoyt for that loss.
Wednesday, with the team at full strength, the Sea Kings (9-3) handled the Chargers (4-6) — but not without some trouble.
Agoura took an early 4-1 lead, and Palos Verdes was a bit sloppy, finishing with 22 turnovers in the game, but having the Hoyt sisters back in the lineup made a huge difference. After that early deficit, the Sea Kings outscored the Chargers 13-3.
Kelly Hoyt scored eight goals and had an assist while recording eight draw controls, and Kendall Hoyt had seven draw controls and also scored a goal. Senior Zoe Puccia contributed three goals, two assists and one draw control. Goalie Aubrey Fixen made eight saves.
Palos Verdes plays at home against Poway on Saturday then Mira Costa on Tuesday before their much-anticipated rematch at No. 2 Redondo Union on April 20.