The Mira Costa boys’ lacrosse team won a pair of contests earlier this week, including its first contest ever against an out-of-state team.
In its latest game, Mira Costa defeated Peninsula 16-14 in a close Bay League game at Waller Stadium last Tuesday.
“I thought we played well,” said Mira Costa head coach Aaron Karsh. “Peninsula is always a tough team to beat because they play with a lot of heart and passion so our team had to dig deep and find an extra gear. It was a nice to be able to play with a lead and we dug it out in the end.”
Lucas Menendez, junior, and Max Geoghegan, senior, each had five goals to lead Mira Costa. Senior captain Josh Maruyama and Emmitt Read each added two for the rest of the Mustangs’ scoring.
Cole Garvey did his part for the Mustangs in getting possession of the ball with 10 ground balls.
“The whole team put in an amazing effort and we’re glad to come out on top,” Geoghegan said.
Mira Costa led 11-6 at the half and 14-10 after three quarters, but the Panthers never quit to make it close at the end.
“They played a great game, they came out really strong,” said Mira Costa defenseman Derek Svenson. “We matched it in the second half. We didn’t have a great second half, but we brought it in the fourth quarter and made some key stops to secure the win.”
Mira Costa is currently 8-2 overall and 2-1 in the Bay League.
The score was tied 5-5 after the first quarter.
“They came out strong with three or four goals in the first few minutes, then we made run to open it up, then they came back, but we pulled it out in the fourth,” said Mira Costa’s Lucas Menendez.
The loss dropped Peninsula to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in league under head coach Lane Jaffe.
Costa versus Chatfield
The day before, Mira Costa hosted a team from Littleton, Colorado. The Chatfield High athletes are spending their spring break in the South Bay.
Mira Costa won 15-2, led by Maruyama who had four goals and four assists.
In addition, Dylan Mark, senior, Menendez and Geoghegan each scored three goals. Patrick Kupiec and Colby Sundeen also scored.
Mira Costa’s defense led by Cole Garvey (last year’s Bay League Defensive Player of the Year), Derek Svenson, and Tyler Zwagerman were up to the task and did their jobs.
Starting goalie Kieran Barksdale was tough in goal and was relieved by Hayden Schramm in the final quarter.
Charlie Wildermuth scored both of Chatfield’s goals.
Chatfield is 1-4 overall after the loss. The Chargers are coached by Ben Mack.
“It was great to see our guys click in all phases of the game,” Karsh said. “When all cylinders are firing, I think we can beat anyone out there. The next month will be a ‘control your own destiny’ type situation for us to handle our business. I’m excited to see our guys playing at such a high level, it’s a testament to all the hard work we’ve put in to get to this point.”
After the game, the two squads and their supporters socialized with fresh homemade tacos.
“Lacrosse is growing incredibly fast across the entire country, so it’s always great to play a team from another state and see how we stack up,” said Mira Costa Booster Club President Dave Boden. “I know Chatfield feels the same way and we thank them for making the trip. In a couple of weeks, we play a second great interstate event in addition to our regular schedule.”
Mira Costa will be hosting a second out of state team, but this time from the state of Washington. Eastlake High School near Seattle will be in town in a couple weeks on April 9 for a 7 p.m. start at Waller Stadium.