Sea Kings Knock Off West No. 9 De La Salle, 12-9

Junior Austin Lowi and senior Rizal Smith each scored three goals to help No. 1 Palos Verdes defeat host De La Salle of Concord (Calif.) 12-9 on Thursday. The Spartans were ranked No. 9 in the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse West Regional Experts Poll.

The Sea Kings’ win came on the same night Torrey Pines of San Diego, ranked No. 5 in the regional poll, upset No. 1 Cherry Creek (Colo.). Those rankings likely will look a lot different next week.

Palos Verdes (8-2) won its eighth game in a row — and third straight on the road — since opening with losses at Westlake and at St. Margaret’s. The Sea Kings play at San Ramon Valley of Danville, last year’s CIF North Coast Section champions, on Saturday.

Thursday, Palos Verdes and De La Salle were tied 5-5 at halftime, and De La Salle took a brief lead at 6-5 before Jarrett Jones tied it for PV. Lowi’s third goal gave PV a 7-6 lead, but the Spartans answered. Goals from Smith and John Gressett, though, put PV up 9-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

Mikey Booth and Beau Sabosky scored to push the lead to 11-7, and Smith answered a Spartans goal to keep the margin at four, 12-8, before the Sea Kings closed things out.

Aidan Westley had a goal and four assists for Palos Verdes, which had eight players score goals and six contribute assists. Sophomore Colin Fitt was nearly perfect at the face-off dot, winning 16 of 17, and defenders Jones (4 CTs) and Shane Sharp (3 CTs) combined to force seven turnovers. Connor Jongewaard had seven saves in goal.

De La Salle (9-3) lost its second game in a row. The Spartans fell to Foothill (Santa Ana) 8-6 on Wednesday. Their only other loss was to St. Ignatius (San Francisco), currently No. 3 in the West Region rankings.

Saturday, Palos Verdes faces a San Ramon Valley team that lost 8-7 to San Clemente in overtime on Thursday. The Wolves (6-5) also have lost to De La Salle, 7-6, and St. Ignatius, 9-5. But SRV beat Santa Margarita Catholic 8-5 on March 30 and Amador Valley 7-6 on April 1. Amador Valley completed a SoCal sweep Thursday, beating No. 7 Chaminade 9-4. Amador also beat No. 6 Thousand Oaks 14-7 and Simi Valley 18-3 this week.