Brandon Wilson scored five goals and Colton Michel three as No. 5 Peninsula cruised to its third blowout win in five games and improved to 5-0 on the season, beating visiting No. 16 Palisades 15-2.
The Panthers jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and were never threatened.
Seniors Wilson and Michel (pictured at top) each also contributed three assists. The duo received plenty of scoring support, as well: Seniors Grant Geiger (2 goals) and Braeden Benedict (1 goal, 1 assist); juniors Koby Tseng (1 goal, 1 assist); Emilio Nunziati (1 goal, 1 assist); Cole Mueller (1 goal) and Jack Mohr (1 goal).
Peninsula goes on the road next week — four of their five games so far have been at home — with games at Brentwood and at No. 3 Harvard Westlake.
It was the first loss for Palisades (4-1).
Sierra Canyon 9, Thacher 8, OT
#SC lacrosse wins in OT! We remain undefeated!
— Rock Pillsbury (@SCanyonSports) March 14, 2015
The Trailblazers improved to 5-0 with their second consecutive overtime win, beating visiting Thacher Shool 9-8 just three days after outlasting visiting West Ranch 14-13 in overtime.
Sierra Canyon, in its fourth season of CIF play and second under coach Mario Waibel, hasn’t played the toughest schedule, but it is building momentum toward Gold Coast League play. The Trailblazers will compete with Malibu, Viewpoint and Brentwood for an automatic playoff berth.
Harvard Westlake 9, Oaks Christian 5
The No. 3 Wolverines bounced back from Tuesday’s 16-10 loss to No. 2 Loyola with a hard-fought win over host Oaks Christian, ranked No. 15 in the coaches poll after Week 1.
Harvard Westlake (3-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead and led 5-2 at halftime and 7-3 after three quarters. The Lions (1-2) rallied, though, closing the gap to 7-5 on goals by Cort Rogers and Seamus O’Brien, but the Wolverines managed to close it out.
Redondo Union 14, El Segundo 9
Speaking of new programs, the El Segundo Eagles, in only their second season of CIF play, gave visiting Redondo Union a scare before ultimately falling 14-9. No. 12 Redondo (2-2) led only 6-5 at halftime before pulling away.
El Segundo (1-1) joined the Ocean League this season after playing last year as an independent. The Eagles open Ocean League play Tuesday with a visit from Downey (1-3).