Foothill Uses big Second Half to Upset San Clemente

Irvine – The No.3 Foothill boys lacrosse team outscored No.2 San Clemente 8-3 in the second half to upset the Tritons 14-9 on Saturday at Portola High School in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division Playoffs. In addition, head coach Jon Fox earned their 200th win as a CIF-sanctioned team.

The Knights (13-10) will play top-seeded Corona Del Mar in the finals on Wednesday at Irvine High School at 7:30 p.m. The Sea Kings blasted fourth seed St. Margaret’s 13-4 in the other semifinal.

The Knights needed to rally in order to beat the Tritons. Foothill trailed 6-3 in the second quarter when it scored three consecutive goals to tie the score at 6-6 at halftime.

“The guys just believed in each other, they kept hustling and they kept working. San Clemente’s a great team with a lot of great players and we just had to keep battling,” Foothill coach Jon Fox said.

The two teams went back and forth in the third quarter but the Knights took a 9-8 lead thanks to a goal from Cole Falbo. Things began to unravel for San Clemente, as Ryan Foy extended Foothill’s lead to 10-8 and to top that, the Tritons were whistled for a cross check to the head, leaving them in a three-minute man down situation.

 Josh Sanchez got San Clemente to as close as 11-9 at the end of the third quarter. But that was as close as San Clemente got, as Foothill shutout San Clemente in the fourth quarter and charged its way into the county championship match.

“The faceoff game finally started to go our way a little bit because we lost a lot of those early and we just didn’t have possession time,” Fox said.

Ellis Geis led Foothill with seven goals, while Foy chipped in three goals. Falbo added two goals and Andrew Cumming had one goal. Goalie Austin Mann had nine saves for the Knights, which avenged their 10-9 loss to San Clemente earlier in the season.

For San Clemente (14-7) Matt Keany led the way in goals with three followed by Liam Nelson who had two goals. Sanchez, Farhadi Omeed, David Howren and Nick Lemus each had one goal while goalie Harrison Webb had four saves.

Teran Rodriguez
Teran Rodriguez has been a member of the MaxLax family for three years (going on four).