Host Palos Verdes broke a 3-3 second-quarter tie with five consecutive goals to open up an 8-3 halftime lead in what would become a 9-5 second-round playoff win over No. 7 Oaks Christian. The victory was the 12th in a row for Palos Verdes and made up for a 5-3 loss to the Lions in early March.
The second-seeded Sea Kings (18-3) advance to Saturday’s semifinals, where they’ll square off against No. 3 Harvard Westlake at 5 p.m. The Wolverines advance by defeating No. 6 Oak Park 11-5.
Palos Verdes had taken a 2-1 lead in the first quarter and stretched it 3-1 early in the second, but Oaks Christian tied it 3-3 with 8:07 left in the half. That eight minutes belonged entirely to the Sea Kings, who scored five goals in that span, including a Michael Nagy goal, his third of the game, with one second left.
Nagy’s three goals led Palos Verdes in scoring. Bradley Sharp (1g, 4a) and Luc Charbonnier (2g, 1a) also scored multiple points for the Sea Kings.
Five players each scored a goal apiece for the Lions (14-6): Cort Rogers (1g, 1a), Corey Campbell (1g), Carson Campbell (1g), Joshua Harrison (1g) and defender Tommy Redell (1g). Mike Spaeth recorded an assist, and goalie James Vils made 14 saves.
Palos Verdes’ five-man long-pole rotation of Kyle McBride, Neil Randall, Hart Swan, Brandon Clark and Josh Park combined for eight caused turnovers, four of them by McBride, and 14 ground balls. Goalie Kyle McCann made six saves.