Andrew Shin Helps St. Margarets Cruise Past Mater Dei

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO- Andrew Shin (5G) led No. 3 St. Margarets (4-5) to a dominating 15-3 victory over former Trinity League foe No. 9 Mater Dei (2-1, 8-3) on Thursday. The Tartans took their recent loss to Torrey Pines (8-0) to heart by cruising past the Monarchs. With the loss, Mater Dei had their four-game win streak snapped.

St. Margarets got off to a hot start, scoring seven goals in the first quarter and taking a double-digit lead into halftime.  The sharp-shooting Tartans scored on their first eight shot attempts. Down 14-1 lead after three-quarters, Mater Dei tacked on a couple of late goals but it wasn’t enough to prevent the 12-point loss.

“We had no fight in us [Thursday] and crumbled after they went up 3-0,” said Mater Dei head coach Johnny Rodriguez via text message. “The boys are young and have to learn about fighting through adversity.”

St. Margarets supplemented Shin’s dominant performance with a balanced offensive attack. Michael Chew (3G, 1A), Conrad Hampson (2G, 1A), Garrett Kuntz (2G), Stuart Pollard (1G, 1A), Richard Knight (1G), Max Martinez (1G), and Kevin Groeninger (2A) notched points for the Tartans. As a team, they also cleared successfully 18 of 21 times and had 37 ground balls.

While the Monarchs weren’t as glamorous offensively, they still received scoring contributions from Nick Sando (2G) and Zach Johsz (1G).  Mater Dei committed seven total penalties and lost 12 of 19 faceoffs.

St. Margaret’s will look to keep the momentum when they begin their Bay Area trip at Campolindo (7-2) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Mater Dei will look to get back in the win column on the road against Trinity League rival JSerra  (0-2, 1-6) on Tuesday 7 p.m. In their last matchup, Mater Dei defeated JSerra at home 14-2.

Brandon Ross
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