On Thursday, LCC’s top-seeded girls lacrosse team clinched a berth in the section final with a 16-5 victory over Rancho Bernardo in the semis. The Mavericks will face rival Torrey Pines on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Helix.
The LCC girls dispatched Rancho Bernardo (12-6) with ease for the third time this season. Much like the first two meetings —- 10-5 and 15-5 wins by the Mavs —- there was little doubt from the outset.
Kylee Gibson scored the game’s first goal almost six minutes into the first half. Candelaria scored twice before the Broncos cut the deficit to 3-1 on a goal by Chaz Major.
But the Mavericks (17-4) scored the next eight goals to secure their spot in yet another final against Torrey Pines, which beat Coronado 9-8. The Falcons snapped the Mavericks’ 11-game winning streak with an 11-10 win in the regular-season finale.
“We wanted them,” said Candelaria, wearing an ice pack on her left knee. “This will make it even sweeter to play Torrey Pines in the finals.
“We played Coronado in last year’s finals, so it’s good to play someone new. But we really wanted another shot at Torrey Pines on Prom Night.”
The Stanford-bound Candelaria finished with six goals, giving her a team-high 77 this season. Jackie Mills, Kendra Keenan and Mills added three goals each, and goalie Sam Slavinsky made 10 saves.
“Part of the plan was to take control of the game right away, and when we had opportunities to go to the net, we had to score,” LCC coach Katie Dolan said. “We jumped on them pretty good all three times.”
Allison Proehl and Hannah Smith each scored two goals for the Broncos.
“We expected a battle to the end,” Broncos coach Kadi Stamper said. “We had to maintain possession of the ball, but we couldn’t do that very well.”