St. Margaret’s doubles up Palos Verdes 10-5

St. Margaret’s made their trip up the 405 to Palos Verdes on Saturday worth their while with a 10-5 win over the Sea Kings. 

PV vs. SMES is always a game to look forward to.  Lots of tradition in this LA County vs Orange County rivalry.  The Sea Kings and the Tartans are two of the top teams year in and year out.  

St. Margaret’s got off the bus ready and 7-0 start speaks for itself.  Riley Chester had three of the first four goals, all unassisted. Chester continues to go off this season. He finished with five points (4g, 1a) for the game. A D middie as a freshman, last year he played two- way and man up and this year he’s legit offensive middie and doing his thing.  

Riley Chester, St. Margaret's boys lacrosse
Riley Chester had 4g, 1a for the Tartans.

Will Stahl (2g, 2a) also was a big factor in the Tartans’ fast start with two first half goals.  He impressed me by blowing one by Trace Basich, a very hot goalie, off stick side.  Great location and good velocity.  Both Chester and Stahl showed accuracy is key, not just velocity.  Hot goalie  will eat up rips to stick side and Basich did all day. 

Will Stahl,St. Margaret's boys lacrosse
Will Stahl’s two goals helped the Tartans get out to a 7-0 lead.

Nice match up of soon to be D1 players in Shane Dzwilewski of St Margaret’s vs Brad Sharp of Palos Verdes. Dzwilewski is committed to Bellarmine, Sharp is Yale bound.  Sharp is not an easy assignment for any defender.  He looks like he’s been hitting the weight room and he looks faster than a year ago, very talented.  Dzwilewski did an excellent job shutting Sharp off and when Sharp got 1 vs 1 opportunities off pick and roll vs the close defender he was step for step defending topside. At  6’4, Dzwilewski he can move.  Big factor in the W.   PV made nice adjustments, subbing Sharp on as middie to get him opportunities in the second half.  With the ball as middie he went assist-goal-assist on goals 3-4-5 for PV.  Sharp is legit no doubt. It’s very obvious he’s a baller. 

Makai Todd (2 goals and 1 assist), Owen Binder (2 goals), and Matt Groeninger (1 assist) rounded out the St. Margaret’s scoring. Sebastien Chicas had saves.

Basich had a great day in the cage for the Sea Kings.  This game would not have been close without his 18 saves.  Anyone who gets in the goal has my respect, and Basich was a man in there, made some big saves.  Basich is a big boy at 6’5  with quick hands.  He is fun to watch and was a very hot goalie on Saturday. 

Freshman Kaidan Suh played the whole game I believe at close D for PV.  That is not easy as a frosh.   PV played lots of D and he hung tough.  He’s a tad raw just being younger,  but this kid has a real shot to be legit.  Super athletic – he’s a hooper as well and hoops D very similar to lax. Baller alert. 

Nice match up of soon to be D1 players in Shane Dzwilewski of St Margaret’s vs Brad Sharp of Palos Verdes. Dzwilewski is committed to Bellarmine, Sharp is Yale bound.  Sharp is not an easy assignment for any defender.  He looks like he’s been hitting the weight room and he looks faster than a year ago, very talented.  Dzwilewski did an excellent job shutting Sharp off and when Sharp got 1 vs 1 opportunities off pick and roll vs the close defender he was step for step defending topside. At  6’4, Dzwilewski can move.  Big factor in the W.  

PV made nice adjustments, subbing Sharp on as middie to get him opportunities in the second half.  With the ball as middie he went assist-goal-assist on goals 3-4-5 for PV.  Sharp is legit no doubt. It’s very obvious he’s a baller. 

Next up for both teams are road games on Wednesday.  The Sea Kings (1-1) travel to Peninsula.  The Tartans (6-1) head to Newport Harbor.

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Devin Arkison is the owner of LockDownD, which specializes in defense training and recruiting consulting. He was a 3x All American at Hobart.