When Poway senior Nick Beeson (Bryant) came to the Titans three years ago as a heralded freshman midfielder, he was just adding strength to a Poway program that already featured such top scorers as Thomas Crabtree, Jack Dolan and Titan legend Jake O’Donnell. O’Donnell would set the Poway scoring record that season, before moving on to score goals at Drexel University, even as Poway’s next scoring leader was just getting started.
Beeson finished that journey Saturday in a 15-8 road win against San Clemente of Orange county. Beeson scored four goals to become the Titans’ new all-time goals leader with 120. Beeson and Titans junior attackman Harrison Greaves (4g) led a powerful offense against the Tritons. Poway, which lost a very close, 9-6 home game to St. Paul’s (Baltimore, Md.) on Thursday night, ran its record to 5-1 on the season. The Tritons fell to 2-1.
The Titans started slowly, as San Clemente showed off stellar interior passing and scored three early goals to take a two goal lead. The Titans rebounded on goals by Greaves and senior Owen Springett (UMBC), and the game was tied at the end of the first quarter. From there, Beeson started finding the net, and at the same time the Poway youth took over. Titans freshman middie Marquez White (Syracuse) registered his first hat trick of the season, while fellow freshman Teagan Bultman (Brown), dominated the face-off X, winning 21 of 28 face-offs to keep the Poway offense churning.
The Titans also got goals from sophomore attackman Eli Butler and junior midfielders Kobe Brown and Jack Estepp to round out the scoring. Junior attackman Jack Woodard added to his Poway assist lead, turning in four more to help his teammates find the net.
Brown led the way on defense for Poway, collecting 10 ground balls. Junior goalie Kellan Cutting turned in a solid performance in the net, saving 11 San Clemente shot attempts.
The Tritons were impressive early, especially in their transition offense, but they lost the time-of-possession battle because of Bultman’s face-off performance and were not able to match Poway’s scoring output.
San Clemente will return to action quickly, hosting conference rival El Toro on Monday, while Poway will return home to play a conference game against Mt. Carmel on Tuesday night.
Article and photo submitted by Poway Lacrosse.