Undefeated Foothill High unveiled a more deliberate pass-oriented offense Monday night against visiting Palos Verdes and the result reflected this season’s one-two punch – a 12-5 victory that combined multiple scorers with a slashing, nearly mistake-free defense.
Senior middie Warren Case scored Foothill’s first three goals and Denver commit Nate Marano took a pass near midfield and scored on a breakaway to give the Knights a 4-1 cushion after the first quarter. Case led the team with four goals and attack Marano added three.
Even when the defense lapsed, Foothill’s two goalies – Hank Lewis and sophomore Ryan Blank – came through. Each had four saves. Blank stopped two undefended shots on goal.
Attackman Nick Matzek added two goals. Holy Cross commit Kevin Kodzis, a sophomore attack, and attack Drew Boyd each had a goal and assist in providing some of the best passing of the night. Sophomore attack Nathan Skeen, dodging between defenders, added an assist; so did middie Ryan Falbo.
One of the night’s highlights came from Gordon commit Owenn Geis, a long-pole defender who grabbed one of his four groundballs and covered nearly the length of the field to score in the second quarter, opening a 6-2 lead. Marano and LSM Kieran Vaughn also had four ground balls each.
Sophomore middie Chris Reem, assigned to defend Palos Verdes’ swiftest players, had two caused turnovers. Danny Carter, a defenseman, led the team with three caused turnovers.
Austin Babb continued to impress at midfield for the 5-0 Knights, winning 11 face offs.
Palos Verdes was led by attack man Aiden Westley, who had three goals, and attack man Rizal Smith and middie Stanton Gilbertson, with a goal apiece.
Courtesy of Foothill Boys Lacrosse