Demarco Helps No. 9 Trabuco Hills Stops No. 7 Servite

The 9th ranked Trabuco Hills Mustangs opened their 2018 season on Thursday night with a game against Trinity League power and 7th ranked Servite Friars (1-1). The Friars totally dominated time of possession in the first quarter with the Mustangs only generating three short offensive possessions. Servite attackmen scored a behind the back goal near the conclusion of the first quarter to give the Friars a 2-1 lead.

Trabuco Hills goaltender kept things close for the Mustangs with two saves in the quarter and 10 for the night. Demarco’s night was highlighted by a beautiful save on a time and room shot from commit from 12 yards out.

Trabuco Hills’ versatility and athleticism at midfield were on full display all night. The trio of (1 goal, 2 assists), (3 goals, 1 assist) and (3 assists) helped steady the Mustangs’ offense and assisted the defense with consistent rides and clears. The night was somewhat of a coming out party for Mustangs senior LSM whose stick skills, speed and versatility were on full display. Alvarez logged heavy minutes on the defensive end, filled in at the faceoff X and had a highlight reel worthy sequence with a yard sale check and a toe drag move that was reminiscent of former Mustang and current University LSM .

AJ Switzer Trabuco Hills Boys Lacrosse plays some defense against Servite
Trabuco Hills midfielder (1 g, 2a) shows his two-way middie skills against Servite.

The contest was back and forth all night with the Mustangs holding an 8-6 advantage until they went on a run while dominating time of possession to put the game out of reach at 12-8. The Trabuco Hills attack line of (5 goals, 1 assist), (1 goal, 1 assist) and (2 goals) contributed heavily on the stat line and pressured Servite’s stout defensive unit all night with their rides.

Servite found the back of the net with 2 seconds left in the game off of a Mustang turnover for a final score of 12-9.

“We have a ton of respect for Coach O’Leary and his exceptional defense. It was great to see our guys pull through in such a hard-fought physical game,” said Trabuco Hills coach .

The Friars return to action at home on Saturday for a game against CDM while the Mustangs host Beckman on Monday.