Senior attack Koby Tseng and junior attack Kyle Beachboard posted consecutive games with five goals and four goals, respectively, leading Peninsula, ranked No. 7 in the preseason coaches poll, to lopsided wins over Santa Monica and Culver City to open the season.
Against Santa Monica on Wednesday, Tseng had five goals and three assists and Beachboard had four goals and two assists to pace the offense. The Panthers led only 3-2 after one quarter but erupted for eight unanswered goals in the second.
Seniors Kurt Landon (3g) and Jacob Hack (2g) added scoring from the midfield, and senior Emilio Nunziati, sophomore Ethan Burrage and senior Jack Mohr rounded out the scoring with a goal each. Senior goalie Connor Graves held the Vikings to four goals through the first three quarters, and junior Matt Choi recorded a scoreless final quarter.
Friday, the Panthers again rode a big second quarter to a lead they never relinquished in a 17-9 win over visiting Culver City. The score was tied 4-4 after the first period, but a 6-2 burst in the second gave Peninsula a 10-6 halftime lead, and goalie Choi kept the Centaurs in check the rest of the way.
Tseng (5g, 4a) and Beachboard (4g) matched their first-game scoring totals in this one, Landon (3g) and Nunziati (2g) contributed multiple goals, as well. Landon also registered 17 faceoff wins for the Panthers, and junior LSM Scott Phillips filled up the stat sheet with a goal, four assists and 11 ground balls.
The Panthers play host to Agoura — which lost 6-5 in triple-overtime at Harvard Westlake on Saturday — on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
Information contributed by Peninsula Lacrosse.