With one of the deepest teams in the state, Foothill High Coach Jon Fox has to decide who will play when, where and for how long. Those kinds of decisions were kicked down the road for another week as the Knights went about 25 players deepSaturday night while upending host El Toro, 14-5.
Foothill Overpowers El Toro
Eight players scored, 7 players had assists and goalie Ryan Blank (St. John’s) made 7 saves behind the stellar defensive play of long-pole senior Danny Carter, among many others. Coach Fox rotated in players early and often.
The nationally ranked Knights, 5-0, jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter against El Toro, now 2-2, which didn’t score until 33 seconds before halftime.
Attack Nate Marano (Denver) had his second straight 5-goal game and added 2 assists. Freshman attack Ellis Geis had 2 assists and a goal; attack-middie Kevin Kodzis (Holy Cross) had 2 goals and an assist and other scorers were Cole Fergus, Cole Falbo, Drew Boyd and freshman Josh Fox. Attack Steven Oberly, warming up as a potential key contributor after missing a large part of last season to injury, had a busy fourth quarter with 2 goals.
Carter has begun setting the tempo for the Knights as much as anyone so far. The defense has not given up double-figures in goals in any game this year. As the Foothill offense has struggled to find synchronization, the defense has swarmed in many ways – Carter’s 1-on-1 skill; long-pole Matt Marano’s full-field coverage; LSM Jared Copeland, who has helped win face-offs with his stick skill and control (he had 4 ground balls); defensive middie Chris Reem, who has controlled the transition game and slowed fast breaks; and several other players who are coming of age. On Saturday, defensive middie Nathan Knight had his best varsity game and made a spectacular snag of a long pass and followed with a skip pass to Geis for a goal in the third period.
Leading El Toro in goals were Parker Core, with 2, and Clay Gilmour, Grant Henslick and Ryan Pauly.
Contributed by Foothill Boys’ Lacrosse