Woodbridge hosted El Toro on Tuesday night, looking to get their first W of this young Orange County lacrosse season. The Warriors jumped out to an early lead but could not hang as the Chargers headed home with a 15-10 victory.
Two goals apiece in the first quarter from junior attackman Ben Robinson and senior middie Ben Berkow gave the Warriors a 4-3 lead after the first quarter. Junior middie Alex Howard set up Robinson’s second goal before senior goalie Dom Budetti turned some defense into offense with a long clearing pass that led to Berkow’s second goal and an assist for Budetti.
Unforced errors and penalties began to plague Woodbridge and benefit El Toro in the second quarter. El Toro registered six goals in the quarter to close out the half, 9-6. Berkow continued to give the El Toro defense fits, completing his hat trick before half time and assisting on junior attackman Jake Giglio’s goal.
It was Ben there, done that for Woodbridge in the third quarter with Ben Robinson completing his trick with an assist from Berkow. Robinson later returned the favor by setting up Berkow’s fourth goal of the game. Sam Turner also scored when he finished a pass from senior Joe Houston. Despite all Woodbridge scoring, El Toro increased their lead to 14-9 with five goals of their own.
The defense on both sides took control in the fourth as each team allowed only one goal to reach the final score of El Toro 15, Woodbridge 10.
Woodbridge defensemen Ryan Francis and Liam McCarty played solid D throughout for the Warriors, but 18 unforced errors were too much too overcome.
Woodbridge (0-2) has a week to get ready for their trip to Chaparral next Tuesday. El Toro (3-1) travel to Mater Dei on Friday to challenge the undefeated Monarchs.
–Special to MaxLaxOC.com