Westlake Girls Capture Invitational Crown

The top-seeded Westlake Warriors girls defeated visiting No. 2 Peninsula 11-7 Tuesday night to capture their second consecutive US Lacrosse LA Postseason Invitational tournament title.

Last year, the Warriors beat Oaks Christian, La Reina and Glendale to win the championship of the Invitational tournament. This year, they earned the top seed and a first-round bye before beating fourth-seeded Culver City 17-7 in the semifinals Friday.

Thursday, freshman midfielder Shelby Tilton led the Westlake offense with seven goals, while junior defender Francesca Vespe (4 caused turnovers, 3 ground balls) and junior goalie Michelle Way (7 saves) anchored the defense.

Tilton, a first-team All-Marmonte selection who is committed to USC, also was credited with seven draw controls, 10 ground balls and two caused turnovers. Vespe, a first-team All-Marmonte defender, collected three ground balls.

Junior middie Natalee Newcomb was credited with five draw controls and scored one goal. Senior captain Julia Feinbloom, a second-team All-Marmonte pick, junior captain Amanada Jones and senior Alison Weisenfeld each scored one goal.

The Warriors, in only their fifth season as a CIF program, finish the season with an 8-9 record, including five wins in their last seven games. They finished the regular season ranked No. 15 in the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll and narrowly missed a spot in the US Lacrosse Southern Section North championship bracket.