The Mira Costa boys lacrosse team continued their strong play with a convincing win over rival Redondo Union, 14-7, last Tuesday in the Bay League playoff semifinals.

Mira Costa jumped out to a big lead at the half, 12-3. Redondo Union played a better second half, but it was not enough against one of the top teams in league.

Mira Costa will now play Palos Verdes in the Bay League championship, which is Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Palos Verdes. The playoffs start next week with 16 teams and Palos Verdes and Mira Costa will be among them.

“Really proud of how we played all season long,” said Mira Costa boys lacrosse head coach Aaron Karsh. “Got everyone into the game. All the kids that have worked hard in practice all season long got some opportunities in the second half. We’re very excited to play for the Bay League championship on Thursday and excited to see what happens after that.”

Senior Dylan Mark led Mira Costa with five goals. Nick Butler added four scores. Josh Maruyama had three assists. Cole Garvey and Baker Harrington had five ground balls each.

“Came out fast with some clean faceoff wins and scored early,” said Mira Costa senior captain Jacob Fernandez. “Even Cole Garvey got a goal. Mostly we played really solid defense.”

Mira Costa will take a 13-3 overall record into the game against Palos Verdes. They lost to the Sea Kings in an earlier game.

“Wasn’t our best lacrosse out there, we could have played better, but I know on Thursday we’ll come out swinging and go for the Bay League championship versus Palos Verdes,” said Mira Costa’s Emmitt Read.

For Redondo Union, they will have to regroup.

“Tough start, had to dig out of a big early hole, but played tough, didn’t roll over at all, we fought our way out and even won the second half,” said Redondo Union boys lacrosse head coach Jesse Cox.

Redondo Union was led by Joe Scott and Josh Bettger with two goals each. Josh Cole had four ground balls.  Damon Moore, Will Bryan, and Tanner Robat had three each.

“I’m very proud of my team, even though we didn’t win, we came out there and gave it our all,” Scott said.

Redondo Union dropped to 8-7 overall.

“We did alright in the second half, first half was a bit slow, but we’re ready for this Thursday’s game,” said Redondo Union defender Will Bryan.

Coming into the game against Redondo Union, Mira Costa had won a couple key contests with wins over Sierra Canyon on the road and St. John Bosco at home on senior night.

They beat Sierra Canyon 14-10.

The defense stepped up holding Sierra Canyon to six goals until midway through the fourth quarter. Their 14 goals tied for the most against Sierra Canyon this season.

Against St. John Bosco, Mira Costa’s defense did a tremendous job with a first half shutout and did not give up a goal on even strength the whole game. Final score was 11-3.

In goal, Mira Costa goalie Kieran Barksdale had a strong effort with 13 saves.

Offensively, Lucas Menendez led the team with four goals. Seniors Max Geoghegan and Mark scored and Maruyama had five assists.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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