Girls lacrosse team keeps Redondo rolling

Brittany Ross eludes a Palos Verdes defender in Redondo’s win over its Bay League rival. Photo by Ray Vidal

Redondo’s girls lacrosse team continues to run on all cylinders as Coach Tom Borgia’s team seeks its first CIF Southern Section crown. After breezing through the Bay League with an undefeated record, Redondo is the top seeded team in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section North Division.

The winner of the North Division (Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties) will play the winner of the South Division (Orange County) on Saturday, May 14. Redondo will host both the Division 1 and Division 2 championship matches.

For the third time this season, and second in a week, Redondo defeated Bay League rival Palos Verdes taking down the Sea Kings with a convincing 15-5 opening-round victory led by Julia Denney’s four goals.

Micayla and Allison Kotzbach, Allison Field and Brittany Ross each scored two goals. Bailey Czech, Emily Field and Hailey Newman added one a piece for top-seeded Redondo (18-2) who advances to take on fifth-seeded Palisades Charter in a semifinal contest to be held either Thursday or Saturday.

Goalkeeper Heather Czech has played a vital role in helping Redondo earn a top seed in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section North Division. Photo by Ray Vidal

Mira Costa’s girls lacrosse team finished the regular season with an overall record of 12-7 and a Bay League record of 10-2. The third-seeded Mustangs hosted sixth-seeded Agoura Wednesday with the winner advancing to face the winner between No. 2 Cate and No. 7 Peninsula.

Sophomores Taylor Pool (51 goals and 15 assists) and Carly McGuire (40 goals and 11 assists) led Mira Costa in scoring. Freshman Lia Sepanek contributed with 35 goals and 14 assists, Lexi Kurugian recorded 25 goals and four assists and Emma Shiewe added 21 goals. Goalie Megan Difley stopped 107 shots to help the Mustangs finish second in the Bay League, their only two losses coming at the hands of Redondo.

Boys Lacrosse

Top-seeded Mira Costa had little trouble defeating eighth-seeded Westlake Tuesday in the opening round of the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Division 1 North Division championships. Coach Chris Jewett leads his Mustang squad into the semifinals when Mira Costa will host No. 5 Agoura at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tom Farrell set a Mira Costa lacrosse single game record with eight assists and Austin Hafdell, Tajee Mobley and Chris O’Brien each scored four goals in the Mustang’s victory.

Mira Costa (14-3) captured the Bay League title with a 16-5 victory over Culver City to run its league record to 10-1. Ryan Silver scored four goals in the Mustang’s win.

Palos Verdes earned the second seed in the playoffs hosting Cate in the first round. Palos Verdes handed Mira Costa its only loss during Bay League action with a 12-11 win mid-way through the season.

In Division 2, Redondo’s boys team won its first playoff game in the program’s history with a 14-8 victory over Crespi.

Eddie Clites, Dillon Guth, Dominic Peluso and Taylor Romero scored two goals apiece and goalkeeper Chad Cimonek recorded 18 saves for the Sea Hawks. ER

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