The No. 2-seeded Palos Verdes girls jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first half and managed to keep No. 15 Downey at arms length the rest of the way, winning 12-5 in the first round of the US Lacrosse LA Girls Postseason Championship Tournament.
The Sea Kings (13-4) led 6-1 at halftime, 8-3 with 12 minutes to play and 9-5 with five minutes left before pulling away down the stretch.
Palos Verdes advances to a second-round matchup Thursday at home against No. 7 Agoura, which defeated Chaminade on Tuesday. The Sea Kings beat Agoura 14-7 on March 11.
(7) Agoura 11, (10) Chaminade 8
The Chargers (9-6) continued their late-season surge with their fourth consecutive victory Tuesday. Agoura has beaten Oaks Christian, Thousand Oaks, Westlake and now Chaminade in the last two weeks.
AHS GLAX with an impressive victory over Chaminade 11 – 8 in the first round of the playoffs! #ChargeOn Charger Pride! @vcspreps @DNPrepSports @TheAcornSports @lvusd @AgouraLacrosse @agouralax pic.twitter.com/cF3oDtqJF4
— Agoura Athletics (@AHS_Chargers) May 2, 2018
It was Agoura’s second win over Chaminade this season following a 10-9 overtime victory March 29. For the Eagles, that loss to the Chargers contributed to a 2-7 record in the second half of the season.
(3) Westlake 14, (14) Palisades 2
Sophomore Shelby Tilton scored five goals, and Sarah Sullivan and Malia Corpuz scored two each to lead the No. 3 Warriors (14-2) past the visiting Dolphins (13-6).
— Lyndsey Muñoz (@lyndseymmunoz) May 2, 2018
Claire Moats had seven draw controls and contributed a goal and five assists. Tilton also had five draw controls.
The Warriors will play host to West Ranch in a second-round game on Thursday.
(6) West Ranch 13, (11) Birmingham 12
Bella Gervasi (5g, 2a), Sammy Nuchow (2g, 4a) and Jackie Nuchow (3g, 2a) helped the host Wildcats edge the Patriots 13-12, West Ranch’s second one-goal victory over Birmingham in the span of seven days. West Ranch won 12-11 at Birmingham on April 24.
— West Ranch Girls Varsity Lacrosse (@RanchLacrosse) May 2, 2018
The Wildcats (13-3) now travel to Westlake to take on the third-seeded Warriors on Thursday in a second-round game, the first time in its brief four-year existence the West Ranch girls program has reached the second round.