Valencia traded goals with a tough Crescenta Valley team for the first 15 minutes before the Vikings opened a 5-3 lead late in the first half. They would never look back in posting a 10-8 victory over the No. 19 Falcons.
Valencia used a high-pressure defense to feed their high-octane offense, which unleashed 35 shots on the opposition. The Falcons saved 10 of those shots.
The Falcons cut the lead to one with a minute remaining in the half before the Vikings answered early in the second half with two quick goals to stretch the lead to 7-4. They maintained a steady 2-3 goal lead over the final 23 minutes. The Falcons made a buzzer shot to end the game with Valencia on top, 10-8.
The Vikings’ scoring was led by junior Kayla Konrad‘s five goals — she has 30 in eight games this season. Sophomore Kiki Shakir scored four. The two players supported the possession game as well, with Konrad collecting seven ground balls and Shakir scooping five. Sophomore Chy Pagkalinawan added the remaining Valencia tally.
Freshman goalie Marissa Hasseman had seven saves in net for the Vikings, while senior captain Brooke Yamamoto led Valencia’s defensive effort.
Crescenta Valley’s offense was led by juniors Abby Sheklow (three goals) and Leah Crowther (1g, 2a).
The Vikings have won three consecutive games and four of their last five and are 4-2-2 on the year. Their playoff hunt continues Friday when they host Louisville at 4 p.m.
Article submitted by Valencia Lacrosse.