Newport Harbor and Edison faced off in action Friday with the Sailors coming out on top 11-7. Harbor’s ball control offense and pressure defense proved frustrating for an Edison team that played hard all night. The Sailors continued their turnaround with their fourth win in the last five games.
Newport struck first 2 minutes into the game when Dane Flinn stuck one unassisted. Flinn had a big night with 4 goals and 1 assist. Chandler Pearce followed with an unassisted goal a minute later. Patrick Lynch found the back of the net off a feed from Race Mooers for the 3-0 lead 4 minutes into the contest. Edison answered with goals by Chad Apodaca on a fine assist from deeman Kenny Carmichael, and Conner Greif went top shelf.
From that point to the end of the half it was all Harbor. Alex Pearce threw the high heat on an assist from Chandler Pearce man up to spark the rally. Next up was deeman Max Durante right down PCH for a goal off the top pipe. Alex Pearce added another and Kyle Duffy added to the 8-2 halftime lead.
The pace settled down in the third quarter with the Sailors content to control the pace of the game and the score. Flinn and Pearce scored for the Sailors. Chad Apodoca and AJ McLean both tallied for the Chargers. There was no quit in Edison as they mounted a comeback in the 4th quarter. They ripped off three quick goals and got it to 10-7 before Harbor scored late to make it 11-7 final.
Away from the scoring, Duarte had a big night on defense for Harbor. He was a difference maker who frustrated the Edison attack all night, and he stuck one.The Edison Goalie Lane Adams must be mentioned. Harbor’s 10 man ride was giving the Chargers fits and he had the tough job of making a bunch of saves 0-1 or 0-2 on failed team clears. Tough spot and he stood tall and made some big stops.
Devin Arkison was a 3X All American at Hobart College. He is also a member of the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He has coached elite level high school and does specialized private defensive training in OC. He can be reached at email@example.com His most recently committed players are to Notre Dame, Denver and St Joes.