At one of the most beautiful high school campus and athletic facilities anywhere, the Dons of Cathedral Catholic hosted the St. Margaret’s Tartans in the 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Foundation game in San Diego. The Dons didn’t waste any time in showcasing coach Jim Mandler’s high-octane offense scoring quick and often. In short order, the Dons put five goals on the scoreboard. Senior middie Michael Kay (3 goals,1 assist) started the flurry off, followed by a pair from junior Noah Assaraf (2g) assited by Cole Wolfson. Senior attackman Nick Stiker (4g,2a) got in the act before senior Sam Tapia (5g) the Don’s scoring leader on the night, reeled of the first of his three tallies in the quarter. Tartan sophomore Nick Shanks (1g,1a) was finally able to penetrate the Dons stubborn defense with an unassisted goal at the 2:35 mark of the quarter. Quickly following Shanks, Sam Harnisch (3g,1a), who would later dazzle Tartan fans with a successful behind-the-back shot on goal, scored with 1:25 left. Tapia ended all scoring with 19 seconds left thus ending the quarter with the Dons on top, 7-2.
In the second stanza, five unanswered goals from the Dons’ Tapia, Kay, Stiker and the last from senior attackman Brian Rogers (3g) assisted by sophomore Ryan Fazio, (who had 3 assists on the night) put Cathedral Catholic in a commanding position. Dons’ goalie Will Howard and that pesky defense shut out the Tartans in the second, to put the halftime score at 12-2.
The third quarter saw a more balanced attack put forth by the Tartans, led by junior Paddy Fallon (3g, 3a) who scored twice and was followed by a rocket shot goal from Tartan senior Josh Davis (2g), assisted by Hunter Eddington. The Dons matched the Tartans with three of their own goals coming from; Kay, Tapia and Rogers – the latter assisted by Wolfson. The third quarter ended at 15-5.
The Tartan coaches; Miles, Riordan, McCarthy & Warren must have pumped up the team between quarters, because after an early Dons goal (Rogers) the Tartans reeled off four straight goals. Dons’ defender Kenan Yates spent significant time in the penalty box, aiding the Tartan attack. Sam Harnisch found the back of the Dons net twice – one of those being the crowd pleasing behind the back shot. Paddy Fallon got in the act (Shanks assisting) with a hard fought goal, and “Rocket Man” Davis drilled in the Tartans final score with 7:20 left. The Dons wrapped things up with a Stiker goal, ending the contest at 17-9. It’s worth noting, that per usual, Tartan junior face-off specialist Ryan Harnisch was dominant in the center X.
The game was played, and money was raised for a very good cause on Military Appreciation Day. Cathedral Catholic (9-2) next takes on Bishops on April 14th, while the Tartans (7-3) host Foothill on Tuesday the 15th at 4 p.m.
–MaxLaxOC.com staff report