The Palos Verdes girls, who had moved to No. 2 in the LA coaches poll in recent weeks, took an early lead on top-ranked Redondo Union on Wednesday then held off the Sea Hawks down the stretch to claim an 11-9 Bay League victory.
What promised to be a hard-fought 1-vs.-2 matchup with great, high-level girls lacrosse certainly delivered. The Sea Kings (6-2) defeated the rival Sea Hawks (8-2) for the second season in a row. Before a win last year, PV hadn’t beaten Redondo since 2013.
Junior Kelly Hoyt filled up the stat sheet for Palos Verdes, scoring four goals, controlling eight draws and intercepting two passes. Zoe Puccia had three goals, an assist and two draw controls, and goalie Aubrey Fixen made 10 saves. Brooklyn Merchant, Abigail Merchant, Kendall Hoyt and Emily Warter each scored one goal, and Kendall Hoyt had two draw controls.
— Dr. Charles Park (@CharlesParkPVHS) March 29, 2018
The Sea Kings took an early 2-0 lead with goals in the first minute of play, but Redondo answered and the game remained close until PV put in three off free-position shots to pull away to a 7-3 halftime lead.
Redondo came out very strong in the second half, and it was a battle of the draws, as the three middies on both teams scrapped for loose balls to control possession.
PV got into yellow-card trouble as the game heated up, and Redondo fought hard and pulled within 11-7 with five minutes left. With Fixen a stalwart in cage, PV hung on, allowing Redondo only two more goals to win 11-9.
Emma Hodges led Redondo Union with three goals, and Marianna Gamet scored two. Brooke Tokushige (1g, 2a), Jordan Davis (1g, 1a), Alison Shafer (1g) and Caitlin Hanniff (1g) also contributed to the Sea Hawks’ offense.
Photo and game details provided by Palos Verdes girls lacrosse; Sea Hawks stats provided by Redondo girls lacrosse.