Peninsula High School’s boys lacrosse team spent its Spring Break in Santa Barbara and came back with more than a suntan. The Panthers notched two victories over local teams, improving to 8-2 on the season.
In the first match, played April 5, Peninsula jumped out to a 14-7 halftime lead over The Cate School and cruised to a 16-11 victory. Senior attacks Koby Tseng (5g, 5a) and Emilio Nunziati (5g, 1a) lead the Panthers in scoring. Junior attack Kyle Beachboard had four goals, and senior midfielders Jacob Hack and Kurt Landon each scored once. Long-stick middie Scott Phillips grabbed 18 ground balls (and also had two assists) and goalie Connor Graves had 12 saves (nine of them in the second half).
The second game, played the next day against Santa Barbara, followed a similar pattern. The Panthers again jumped out to a big halftime lead (this time 12-3), and defeated the Dons 19-8. LSM Phillips led the offense, scoring five goals (no easy feat playing with a long stick). Tseng again masterfully directed the offense, notching a season high seven assists. Bryce Kitagawa and Beachboard both had hat tricks, while Will Mbomeda, Nunziati and Landon each scored twice. Single goals were added by Ethan Burrage and Nicco Rosato.
Peninsula faces two critical league games this week, playing Mira Costa at home on Tuesday and at Palos Verdes on Saturday.
Article submitted by Peninsula Lacrosse.