One week after moving into the top spot in the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll following a Bay League win over then-No. 1 Redondo Union, Palos Verdes was knocked out of that top spot by the Cate Rams, enabling Redondo to re-claim the No. 1 ranking.
Cate beat Palos Verdes on Friday in a game in which the Sea Kings were missing at least two key players. But that victory pushed the Rams’ record to 6-0 on the season and, perhaps, reminded voters that Cate reached the LA playoff semifinals last season.
Redondo Union, meanwhile, beat Top 20 team Crescenta Valley and Beckman, a Top 10 team in Orange County.
Some voters clearly marked Palos Verdes down for the loss. The Sea Kings received 10 of 20 first-place votes this week, with Redondo Union receiving nine. The other first-place vote went to Cate, which moved up from No. 13 a week ago to No. 6 this week.
The 10 voters who did not rank Palos Verdes No. 1 were split on where the Sea Kings belonged. Five voters had them No. 2 and two had them No. 3, but other ballots listed them fourth, fifth and 11th.
Palos Verdes plays No. 4 Oak Park at home on Friday, giving them an opportunity to show their true identity against a Top 5 LA team.
Below are the results of the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA girls LA coaches poll after Week 6 of the regular season, with 20 ballots submitted.
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Also receiving Top 20 votes: El Segundo (6-3); Dos Pueblos (6-3); Valencia (5-6).