Season Ends for Pali High Lacrosse

Right: Macchio Rissone takes a shot in last week’s US Lacrosse LA playoff game at Chaminade. Palisades lost 12-6.
Photo: Steve Galluzzo

The result was a loss but no one on the Palisades High boys lacrosse team was hanging his head after last Tuesday’s season-ending 12-6 loss at Chaminade. The Dolphins’ program rose to new heights in its third year under head coach Kevin Donovan, winning its third straight City championship and cracking the top 10 in the LA County rankings while playing its toughest schedule ever.

“I thought we’d be seeded a couple spots higher but overall I’m happy,” Donovan said of the Dolphins’ being seeded 13th out of 16 teams. “We lost to them 15-7 the first time we played them way back at the start of the year. We won the second half today, so I’m proud of the effort.”

Macchio Rissone had two goals and one assist and Jack O’Rourke also scored twice for the Dolphins (11-9), who trailed 7-1 at halftime.

After a runner-up finish in the City Section tournament, Palisades’ girls squad also qualified for the US Lacrosse LA postseason, but lost  at third-seeded Westlake 14-2 in the opening round.