The Marano brothers opened the scoring Monday against visiting Saint Viator and All-American attack Nate Marano (Denver) never really stopped – tying a career-best of eight goals as the nationally ranked Knights won 20-10 against a skilled Illinois team.
Foothill scored a season-best in goals, but also gave up a season-high number of scores as a 12-3 lead in the 3rd quarter gave way to late surge by Saint Viator. The Lions closed the gap to six after scoring three goals in less than a minute before Austin Babb (Ottawa) scored his second goal with a sprint off the faceoff to stop the run.
Long pole defenseman Matt Marano scored first among eight players who had at least one goal. Freshman attack Ellis Geis had three goals and an assist; attack Nathan Skeen had two goals and three assists; Middie Matt Harris scored two goals with his powerful left-handed shots from the outside; attack/middie Kevin Kodzis (Holy Cross) added a goal and assist; and attack Evan Brown scored his second goal of the season. Attack Drew Boyd’s crisp passes included three assists and attack Steven Oberly had two assists. The Knights’ offense, which has played a secondary role to the defense all year, may be moving from warm to hot. The 20 goals were the most Saint Viator has given up in its history dating back through 2005. Foothill defensive middie Nathan Knight had four ground balls and a caused turnover, and LSM Dalton Rach had four ground balls and two forced turnovers.
Ty Johnston and Patrick Murphy led Saint Viator with three goals apiece; Harris Coteus had two goals and two assists; and Mike Truppa and Tommy Danner had a goal apiece.
Saint Viator started its season with this tough OC spring break trip, facing St. Margaret’s two days ago, and Corona Del Mar tomorrow before returning to the Midwest.
Foothill, now 10-0, is in the middle of a crucial, four-game set before a trip to Boston next week. Next up is JSerra on Thursday and Great Oak of Temecula on Saturday.