Tuesday night’s first round boys’ lacrosse game at Tustin High School featured something old and something new. Foothill High school, winners of seven Southern Section titles, hosted the newbies, Santiago High School. The Sharks were capping off their first year of CIF play with with a trip to the playoffs. Foothill won by a comfortable 20-6 margin, but the Sharks played well enough, particularly in the first half, to demonstrate their appearance was not a fluke.
The Sharks stayed right with Foothill up until the final two minutes of the first half when the Knights rattled off three unanswered goals to increase a tenuous 7-6 lead to a 10-6 cushion. The Knights wer in control for the rest of the game. While the offense clicked with 10 second half goals, the defense swarmed the Sharks and shut them out for the remainder of the game.
Foothill’s defense was lead by George Dalis, Tanner Boston and Dalton Rach . Boston had one of his best efforts of the season with two groundballs and four forced turnovers, Rach scored his first goal of the year. Goalies Ryan Blank (St. John’s) and Austin Mann had nine saves between them.
A dozen Knights got in on the scoring act. Kevin Kodzis (Holy Cross), Ellis Geis (Denver) and Nathan Skeen paced Foothill with three goals apiece. Other Foothill scorers were Evan Brown and Cole Falbo (two goals each); Matt Harris (2-1); Chris Reem (1-1); Josh Fox (1-2); Jack Tyson (1-1); and Gavin Raetz (1-1). Ryan Foy added an assist.
Santiago was led by Ruben Santana and Kyle Persek, who scored twice apiece.
Thursday’s second round against Trabuco Hills will be a rematch of a close game won early this season by Foothill.