Palos Verdes outscored Peninsula 19-8 on Wednesday in the annual King of the Hill rivalry game. The Sea Kings are now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Bay League.
Many of the players on both teams started playing lacrosse together for Beach Head Lacrosse, a club owned by former Sea King Coach Marissa Hewitt and were coached by current Sea King coach Todd Dearborn during their tenure with Beach Head. The players know each other very well and yet the “rivalry” is real when PV plays Pen. tensions rise, Coaches bark, and the battle is on!
Pen scored first in this year’s renewal of the rivalry but the Sea Kings responded quickly and repeatedly by making the most of the huge possession advantage that a 3/27 (85%) success rate in the draw circle provided them.
Peninsula’s midfield line of Roya Khaleeli, Brynne Snaguski, and Maddy Christen provided the Panthers would most of their firepower but it was not enough offset PV’s coring depth. PV averages 15.5 goals/game and had seven different players representing all four graduation classes tally in this game: freshmen Naomi Gan (2g) and Riley Padian (1g), sophomores Kyra Schmid (3g) and Sarah Park (2g), juniors Harper Skeie (5g) and Sophia Aguirre (2g), and senior Emily Typrowicz (4g). PV freshman goalie Grace Moore had 4 saves, and the Sea Kings showed their high pressure ride is capable of causing quite a few turnovers.
PV hosts Redondo Union on Monday in what will be a huge matchup that will draw major attention not just in the Bay League but also across the new CIFSS landscape. Season stats suggest these teams should be evenly matched, possession will be key. Rivalry doesn’t do this matchup justice, this game will have a playoff feel to it.
Contributed by Palos Verdes girls lacrosse.