The Redondo Union girls’ lacrosse team has been the top team in all of Los Angeles County for most of the past decade under head coach Tom Borgia. This season is shaping up to be no exception.
The one major hurdle left is winning the Los Angeles County vs. Orange County championship which would put them in an elite status.
"We won back-to-back L.A. County championships in 2017 and 2018,” Borgia said.
The Sea Hawks are 133-30 under Borgia.
"We have been on top for a long time, going to seven L.A. County finals and winning five titles, while no other L.A. team has been to more than two finals and no team has won more than one,” said the coach. “We always have a big target on our backs and it can make a team’s season if they beat us."
For Bay League opponents, it has been even tougher.
"This is my 11th season coaching girl’s lacrosse at Redondo Union,” Borgia said. “Our Bay League record is at 88 wins and 8 losses, so there is always a lot of pressure on us to win. My girls respond to this pressure really well and they realize that because we have had such success for a long time they need to push themselves to keep our program on top."
This year the team has plenty of returning talent and are hoping to bring home a championship.
“We all have had high expectations for this season,” Borgia said. “We returned most of our offense from last year and they have been putting up big numbers, scoring 75 goals in five games. Our offense is always balanced which makes it hard to stop us as we have multiple options on offense and can score in bunches."
The Sea Hawks have several players who can score, which makes them tough to defend.
Jordan Davis, Emma Hodges, Brooke Tokushige, Addy Bass (team-high 20 goals) and Marianna Gamet all had 10 or more goals following their most recent game. Another player, Caitlin Hanniff was on the cusp of scoring in double figures and Sophie Ristorcelli can also score.
Hodges is a threat as a passer or scorer and leads the team in points. She had a team-high 27 points, 16 goals and 11 assists after the Peninsula game.
Defensively, Ava Blair and Sierra Dorn try to make it hard for the opposing offenses along with goalies Eva Lovell and Tatum Davis.
“They have been playing great,” said Borgia of his goalies.
Jazzlyn Rokosz and Jackie Loewenstein also start on defense.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing our team grow this season and I strongly believe that if we continue to train the way we are now, we can add another banner to our wall,” said Blair, who is a junior and one of team’s captains.
Borgia spoke highly of his squad.
“This team is a great group of girls to coach. They are very motivated and our captains are like coaches on the field. They have a lot of fun at practice and are always ready to go at game time. They have great chemistry and they are all about the team being successful.”
He expects some competition in league and L.A. County.
"I think we will be one of the top teams in L.A. County again but we will have serious competition this year again from Palos Verdes and now Westlake seems like a real force to be reckoned with. Both teams are fast and athletic like we are, so it should be a fun season."
Redondo Union defeated Peninsula 20-4 last Thursday on the road to improve to 4-1 on the season. Tokushige led the way with five goals and an assist.
With Redondo Union leading 7-4 late in the first half, they broke the game open with four goals to make it 11-4. In the second half, the Sea Hawks scored nine more times.
Gamet added four goals, Hodges had three goals, two assists. Davis also had three goals, two assists and Bass had two scores.
"We played a great game against Peninsula,” said Bass, who is a senior captain. “This game made our team stronger and ready to take on more competition like Oak Park, Mira Costa and Chaminade who we play this week."
"We were able to work out some kinks against some good competition,” said Tokushige, who is a junior captain. “Peninsula is continually getting better and are becoming real competitors."
She added, "I'm really looking forward to this season and what it has in store for us.”