With Passover right around the corner, it is only fitting that the Santa Margarita Eagles experienced four of the seven plagues (cancelled buses, illness, torrential rains, and the Cathedral Catholic lacrosse team) in San Diego County Friday night. The plagues started early in the day when starting goalie Griffin Rockey called in sick for school and the game (sophomore Max Vought performed admirably in his place and had some terrific saves). Next came the cancelled busses. The Eagles nearly had to forfeit the game when a local charter bus company cancelled not one but two (JV and Varsity) bus reservations on Friday afternoon (we are going to get the name of the bus company and publish it here so others don’t go through the same experience). To make a long story short, the Varsity needed a 15 minute delay in the start time to make the game on time.
Once the game started, the Eagles had to contend with the worst plague of all, the Cathedral Catholic Lacrosse team. The Dons showed all night long what it takes to be ranked as one of the Top 10 teams in the Western United States. The Dons scored within the first two minutes of the game and opened up a 4 -0 lead after the first quarter and 6 – 0 by halftime. Goalie Max Vought and the Eagles defense were under constant pressure, particularly in the early going. The Eagles had tremendous difficulty solving the Cathedral rides on clearing attempts and then difficulty maintaing possession against the Dons’ push-out defense when they did clear the defensive zone. Although Santa Margarita improved in both clearing and possession time as the game progressed, they never generated any real offensive pressure. Chris Angelich and Keaton Ebner scored the only two Eagles goals, both coming in the fourth quarter after the outcome of the game was already decided. To add insult to injury, the temperature dropped and the skies opened up with heavy rain just after half time.
So anyways, this writer hopes that the final three plagues pass before the Tesoro game on Tuesday night and that the Chosen Ones make it to the promised land in closer to 40 days than 40 years.
One final note on the game: The Cathedral Catholic families generously hosted the Santa Margarita players and families to some post game refreshments in their gym. A very nice gesture that was much appreciated.