Top Seeds Meet For L.A. Title

The top two girls lacrosse teams in L.A. square off for the US Lacrosse/Southern Section North championship Wednesday when the Oak Park Eagles, the No. 1 seed from the L.A. North bracket and the top seed overall, face the Redondo Union Sea Hawks, the No. 1 seed from the L.A. South bracket and the No. 2 seed overall.

The girls championship game is at 5 p.m. at Culver City HS, with the boys’ title game to follow. Admission to the double-header is $5 (kids 10-under are free), and Culver City HS will be operating a concession stand.

This is the second team these teams have met. On April 1 at Oak Park, the Eagles handed Redondo its only loss of the season, 15-6.

Here’s a quick look at each of the finalists:

Oak Park Eagles (17-4)

On offense, the Eagles are led by a quartet of juniors: West Point commit Morgan Shorts (79G, 19A), Julia Gilliam (60G, 29A), Ania Brown (57G, 18A) and Shayne Costello (34G, 20A). On defense, they rely on goalies Meggie Sheehan, a junior, and Alexis Robinson, a freshman, along with three-year starters Lauren Welin, Rachel Pham and Emma Barrow, all juniors, and senior captain and four-year starter Brooke Smailes.

Redondo Union Sea Hawks (17-1)

On offense, the Sea Hawks are led by second-year New York transplant and Navy commit, Allison Shamir, a junior, with senior captains Maddie Farmer, Kayla Maanum, Alison Kobel and Haylie Thatcher. On defense, they rely on senior Cierra Lowder and junior twins Allie Vorndran and Hailey Vorndran. In goal is sophomore Melanie Piaz.

This is the third consecutive appearance in the L.A. title game for the junior-laden Eagles, who start one sophomore, one senior and 10 juniors. The Eagles have played a difficult schedule this year with trips to Orange County to face three of this year’s playoff semifinalist — Los Aalamitos, Mater Dei and Foothill.

Orange County No. 2 seed Foothill plays No. 4 Beckman on Wednesday for the Orange County championship. The winner of the L.A. title faces the Foothill-Beckman winner Saturday at Mira Costa (10 a.m.).

Information provided by Oak Park Girls Lacrosse.