Park provides the spark as Palos Verdes tops El Segundo

 Sophomore Sarah Park (no. 10 above) made her presence felt all over the field to lead the Palos Verdes girls lacrosse team to a 16-9 win over the El Segundo Eagles on Saturday. Park, aka Sparky, finished the game with 4 goals, 1 assist, 4 draw controls, and 2 ground balls to earn Player of the Game honors.  

After leading only 7-6 at halftime, PV turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and leveraged the possession advantage afforded them by Harper Skeie’s draw domination (19/26) to secure the W.  

The El Segundo-Palos Verdes rivalry is characterized by old friends doing their best to outdo one another.  Many of the players on both teams grew up playing together in the Pacific Edge Lacrosse Association from elementary school through eighth grade.  So mixed in with the competitive spirit were a lot of smiles, and full belly laughs in this fun matchup.  Often it was El Segundo’s junior standout Sydnee-Anne Moeller  matched up vs Skeie, one of her best friends.  The two middies have played with each other in rec, club, and on award teams such as the US Lacrosse Women’s National Developmental Team.

The Sea Kings had the early advantage jumping out to a 3-0 but their familiar foes had an answer.  The Eagles threw everything but the kitchen sink at Skeie to mitigate the damage she was causing and for a while it appeared to be working.  Paced by four goals from Moeller and two from sophomore Teagan Meyer, El Segundo trailed by only 7-6 at halftime. 

WIth both teams lacking their usual bench depth due to injuries and early spring break vacations, the Sea Kings clamped down on D, shared the ball and kept their foot on the gas pedal to reach the final score of 16-9.

“We had to move the puzzle pieces around a bit this week, but this team is resilient,” said Dearborn. They have grit, and I saw their hard work payoff on the way to their second win in a row to start the season.   

The Eagles had a hat trick of hat tricks with senior captain Emily Typrowicz, sophomore attacker Sophia Aguirre, and Skeie all netting three goals. Freshman Naomi Gan scored twice, and senior Ashley Swift added one  goal. 

“It was great to see another game where our scoring threats were coming from everywhere”, said head coach Todd Dearborn

PV also had nine assists coming from five  different players.  Skeie led the way with four assists, junior Jill Martz added two assists, and Typrowicz, Park, and Swift each had one. 

Faith Desimone started in goal for El Segundo and was instrumental in keeping the Eagles in the game.  Freshman goalie Grace Moore had 6 saves for PV.  Coach Dearborn said Moore “is proving this moment wasn’t too big for the young player.” 

Going back to our covid shortened last season we have reeled off eight wins in a row, and while there’s been turnover with our two goalies graduating (Aubrey Fixen playing for Embry-Riddle and Lily Vancans playing for University of Edinburgh in Scotland), and Syracuse commit McKenzie Olsen having transferred her senior year to play at IMG in FL, there is a core group here that is  really developing some chemistry, and in the face of adversity has continued to show poise throughout.”

PV next plays Glendale this coming Saturday at 11:00am in Sea King Stadium. The game can be live streamed on the NFHS Network. The Eagles are idle until April 155  when they travel to Downey.