While many OC teens hit the beach or the slopes over spring break, Foothill Lacrosse took their game east where they were hosted by Baltimore area schools including Archbishop Curley, Calvert Hall, and St. Peter and Paul’s High Schools.
After one full travel day, the Knights hit the ground running with practice at the Under Armour practice facilities in the harbor. Then, as one of the 32 Under Armour Undeniable teams, they were treated to a VIP tour of UA’s massive headquarters including their state of the art workout facility, new product development department, and lunch in their teammate commissary.
That afternoon Archbishop Curley H.S. hosted the Knights in a well- matched game that ended in a 16-11 victory over the Friars. Although the Friars scored first, the Knights pushed to 5-2 1st quarter lead. The battle continued to a 7 -7 halftime tie with goals from Chris Hunter, Riley Ahern, Jack Tyson, Ellis Geis, and Andrew Cumming. ABC had a quick strike early in the 3rd period, to push to 7-8 before FHS answered back with additional goals by A. Cumming, Ahern, and Geis to land a 11-9 FHS advantage entering the 4th quarter. Austin Mann had 4 saves in first half and Ethan Sepulveda had six saves in the 2nd half. While FHS the defensive unit of George Dalis, Dalton Rach, Hunter Sincock, Kenny Algeo, Jake Deguzman, Mark Joy, Jake Caress, Joe Cumming, Mason Toll, and Grant Roess dialed up the defensive pressure.
The next day nationally ranked (13th) Calvert Hall welcomed Foothill for a game that would prove to be tough yet educational. The Knights hung tight early making good use of their possession time (the score was 3-1 at the end of the first quarter) before the Hall broke it open in the second period. Mann had 14 saves on the day vs some serious offensive firepower. Dalis lead the team with five groundballs, one caused turnover. Rach (2 gb, 2 CTO) also stood out on defense. The FHS offense leaders were Josh Fox (2g, 1a), and Geis (2g, 1a) and Cole Falbo (1g).
After a day off exploring Fort McHenry and the Baltimore Harbor by boat, the Knights traveled south to St. Peter and Paul’s High School. An early strike from Ryan Foy set the tone for the 3-1 first quarter but SPP pushed back and held the lead until the Knights tied it at 5-5 just before the half. The Knights defense got dialed in for the third quarter, holding SPP scoreless while the Knights surged to a 9-5 lead at the 3rd period.
It was an overall 8 point outing by Geis (5g, 3a). Strong faceoff play by Miles Smart and Michael Logan and second half goals by Troy Hofer, Chris Hunter, Wyatt Kayl, Britian Houssiere, Destry Burton, Foy and Falbo helped the Knights separate for the win. Isiah Calvillo, Tony DelCrognale, Graden Davis, Ethan Pittman, Grant Roess, Zane Von Hemert, Gavin Raetz, Blake Toll, and Justin Dupre applied added pressure for transition and turn overs at the midfield to help turn the games momentum. Sepulveda recorded five first half saves and Mann had two second half saves.
Over all three games, Geis was the leading goal scorer (11g) followed by Cumming (6g), Falbo (3g), Fox (3g) and Hofer (3g) with multiple assists also coming from Geis (5a) along with Falbo, Fox, Hofer and Tyson (1 each). Dalis swept up 13 ground balls with Rach (7 gb) and Joy (6 gb) doing their share. Dalis also led in caused turnovers (5 CTO) along with Joy (3 CTO) Rach (3 CTO) and Sincock (2 CTO). In goal, Mann had 18 saves and Sepulveda 11.
While players welcomed the beautiful east coast weather and challenging play, the hospitality shown by each team through joint team meals and conversations made memories these boys will remember for years to come. We were proud to represent Orange County and help push the awareness of the growth of the game in the West.
Contributed by Foothill Boys Lacrosse