The Redondo Union girls lacrosse team won Bay League for the 11th consecutive year after beating rival Mira Costa 24-6 in Redondo Beach last Friday. They will share the title this year though with Palos Verdes, which ended the season with a 22-0 victory over Culver City.
Both teams were 5-1 in league.
"I'm really proud of this team,” said Redondo Union girls lacrosse head coach Tom Borgia. “We lost some great players from last year’s team and there's always a lot of questions about next year after our season ends, especially after last year’s team was so dominant. This is a great group of really competitive girls who push each other in practice every day. One of the best senior classes I have had and it is certainly one of the best teams as well."
They are the No. 1 team in Los Angeles County and No. 2 team in Southern California.
"A big part of our success over the last 11 years is that we have always had multiple weapons on offense and it's hard to stop all of them,” Borgia said.
Sophomore Jordan Davis is the scoring leader on this year’s team with 51 goals. She also has 14 assists for 65 points.
“I think we really have a strong group of girls, that we work really well together,” Davis said. “There is really good team chemistry.”
Winning league is part of their culture now and is always a steppingstone to winning the Los Angeles County championship as well.
Their overall record over the past 11 years is now 171-30, according to Borgia.
This year might be the year they finally break through and win the Los Angeles-Orange County championship game. They are 0-5 in the last game of the season, but have been there more than any other Los Angeles high school.
“I feel like we have a really strong chance if we are on top of our game,” Davis said.
Now they will test their skills against the top team from Orange County, Foothill, this week right before the playoffs begin. Foothill is ranked No. 1 and is 13-0.
They have had only one close game all season, winning against La Costa Canyon 15-13. They score between 15-20 goals a game.
The game is important because Redondo Union played at Foothill last year and lost 15-4. If they can play a close game or win it will be a huge confident booster.
“I really look forward to playing them,” Tokushige said.
“It’s the top dogs (playing),” said Borgia.
The contest was played on Wednesday. Redondo Union will then play two more games against Marlborough, El Segundo to finish out the season and prep for the playoffs.
Some of Redondo Union’s other top players this year include Emma Hodges, who leads the team in assists with 35 and is one point behind Davis with 64. She also leads the team in ground balls. Addy Bass has 49 goals, which is second on the team and led the team the past two years. Brooke Tokushige has 41 goals and 15 assists and has already made a verbal commitment to UC Davis.
Other top players are Marianna Gamet, Sophie Ristorcelli and Caroline Brand.
Borgia is using two goalies in most of his games, Tatum Davis and Eva Lovell.
Against Mira Costa, it was a close game in the first 15 minutes of action in the first half.
Toskushige scored the first two goals. It was followed by a score by Hodges and two by Davis.
It was 5-4 in favor of Redondo Union, but then the offense came alive as the defense tightened its grip.
“I think the first half was good,” said Mira Costa’s Hannah Beck, senior, of the Mustangs’ play.
Seven straight goals by the Sea Hawks opened up the lead at 12-4 at the half.
Tokushige started the streak with two followed by Bass and two from Morgan Alonso. Tokushige, Bass followed Alonso with a goal each.
Redondo put the game away with five straight goals to start the second half.
“I think we played really well as a team,” Bass said. “I believe we are getting better every game, every practice.”
The Redondo Union defense was led by Ava Blair, Sierra Dorn, Jackie Lowenstein and Anna Corkery.
In the final stats, Redondo Union was led by Bass with seven goals, Tokushige and Davis had five each. Davis had three assists as well.
Redondo Union is 12-1 overall.
“We just have a really strong team this year,” Tokushige said. “We have a lot of girls that play club lacrosse. That helps out a lot. We just work really hard in the preseason and offseason.”
Mira Costa dropped to 6-11 overall and 1-5 in league.
“It is never an easy task playing Redondo,” said Mira Costa girls lacrosse head coach Amanda Cross.
Cross hopes some of her returning players continue to grow and bring the program more success starting next year.
“I think we have some enthusiastic young players,” Cross said. “We have some girls that are very interested in seeing the sport progress and they put in a lot of hours and I’m proud of them for all the hard work they have done this season.”
Mira Costa is going to lose a couple top players in Elysia Hall, midfielder, and Hannah Beck, midfielder-attack. But they have some underclassmen returning including Megan Rodriguez, sophomore midfielder.
“We have to keep working on defense,” Rodriguez said.
“We’ve done progressively better (as a team),” said Hall of her past three years on the team.