Senior Holly Hall scored the game-winning goal with 3:43 to play in overtime Tuesday, lifting No. 8 Royal to an 11-10 win over No. 9 Oak Park in the first round of the US Lacrosse LA Postseason Championship Tournament. It was the Highlanders’ third victory over the Eagles in as many weeks and second in overtime.
Royal’s victory was by far the closest in the tournament’s first round. All the higher seeds and home teams won Tuesday to advance to Thursday’s second round. Royal (13-4) will travel Thursday to face No. 1 seed Redondo Union, a 23-15 winner over Newbury Park.
Hall led the Highlanders with five goals, and senior Dominique Surabian scored three.
Royal lost senior defender Maddie Arrasmith to injury in the early going, forcing the Highlanders to shuffle their defense. Senior Megan Guardado, juniors Keeley Harris and Melanie Le, and freshman Lauren Petrarca stepped up, holding the Eagles in check and producing a 4-4 halftime tie.
The score was still tied 6-6 at the 16-minute mark of the second half, but Royal went on a 4-0 run over a four-minute span with goals from four different players to forge a 10-6 lead with 11:30 to play.
Oak Park (9-8) rallied, however. Graesen Campbell and Yael Kaufman scored to pull the Eagles within 10-8 with five minutes to play, and Kaufman scored again two minutes later to make it a one-goal game at 10-9. Oak Park ultimately tied it with 30 seconds to play, taking the Highlanders to overtime for the second time in a week. Royal beat Oak Park 10-9 in OT on April 25.
Hall controlled the draw to open the extra period, charged down the middle and fired a shot on goal, but Eagles’ goalie Alexis Robinson deflected it wide. After a Highlanders time out, Hall dodged from X, eluded two Oak Park defenders to get into the crease and beat Robinson low for the game-winner.
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(1) Redondo Union 23, (16) Newbury Park 15
The top-seeded Sea Hawks won their seventh consecutive game Tuesday, dispatching the Panthers while celebrating senior day.
Girls lacrosse with playoff win over Newbury Park 23-15! It was also senior night! Great job ladies! pic.twitter.com/wG6vUwNVVA
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(4) Cate 14, (13) Mira Costa 7
The Rams remained undefeated on the season, jumping out to a 10-3 halftime lead over the Mustangs behind the offense of Maddie Erickson (5 first-half goals) and Brie Walker (3g, 1a) and cruising to a 14-7 victory.
Cate (15-0) will play host to No. 5 Glendale in a second-round game on Thursday.
(5) Glendale 13, (12) Marlborough 10
The Nitros took an 8-3 halftime lead over the visiting Mustangs and weathered a second-half comeback to claim the first-round victory.
Salvador finished with seven goals, and Rachel Fong scored five.
Marlborough pulled within 9-7 early in the second half, but Salvador scored two more to make it 11-7 then another to make it 13-8 with 8:21 to play and effectively put Marlborough away.