Palos Verdes Overcomes Early San Clemente Surge

Visiting San Clemente took a 4-1 lead after one quarter at Palos Verdes on Saturday, but the Sea Kings came roaring back with a six-goal outburst in the second quarter to lead 7-4 at halftime and went on to win 11-6.

Palos Verdes (5-2), ranked No. 4 in last week’s the MaxLaxLA/US Lacrosse coaches poll, won it’s fifth in a row, all at home, after an 0-2 start with losses at No. 3 Westlake and at St. Margaret’s.

After jumping in front early, San Clemente (4-4) didn’t crack the PV defense again until the fourth quarter, by which time the Sea Kings had extended their lead to 9-4.

Eight different Sea Kings scored in the game, led by junior Austin Lowi (Jacksonville), senior Rizal Smith (Stevenson) and junior attack Jack Larkin with two goals each. Lowi and Smith each also had two assists, as did senior defenseman Jarrett Jones (Georgetown). Junior John Gressett (1g, 1a), senior Tucker Frazier, senior Mikey Booth (Roanoke), sophomore Beau Sabosky and senior Tommy Ruth each scored once.

Palos Verdes has thrived on its defense that past few seasons, and the Sea Kings are allowing only 5.14 goals per game through seven games this season. Saturday, Jones had four caused-turnovers and six ground balls; sophomore middie Jack Quinn had three caused-turnovers and four ground balls; and sophomore LSM Kyle McBride (St. John’s) had two caused-turnovers and four ground balls. Senior goalie Connor Jongewaard (Connecticut College) made nine saves.