No. 1 seed Palos Verdes (20-2) overpowered No. 1 Palisades (16-4) Wednesday night, claiming the L.A. County championship with a 13-4 victory that wasn’t really close after the first quarter.
Palisades actually led late in the first period, but the Sea Kings put up two more to take a 4-3 lead into the second period, then stretched it to 8-3 at halftime. Palisades scored its last goal with about a minute left in the third to make it 9-4, but Palos Verdes stretched it out for the 13-4 final.
The Sea Kings dominated possession throughout, starting with senior faceoff specialist Romare Smith, and the offense peppered Palisades goalie Josh Roback all night. Midfielders Zack Fixen, Zach Henkhaus and Jake Macer, all seniors, controlled the tempo up top, while attacks Tony Romeri and Dean Dillenberg worked from down low.
In the end, the Sea Kings were simply too athletic — fast, strong and nimble — for Palisades at both ends of the field. The Dolphins flashed the ability that got them this far in short bursts, but they couldn’t maintain it and appeared to be on their heels, reacting to Palos Verdes, most of the night.
Palos Verdes now moves on to face Orange County champion Corona del Mar (23-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mission Viejo HS. CdM beat San Clemente (15-7) on Wednesday, 9-6.