Foothill Pulls Away From Newport Harbor in Second Half

Andrew Cumming (pictured left) scored five goals and goalie Joey Garcia rejected eight of the 13 shots he faced to lead the Foothill boys lacrosse team to a 12-5 road victory over Newport Harbor.   After a see-saw first half that ended in a 3-3 deadlock, the Foothill defense locked down in the second half to allow the Knights to pull away for the W. 

used a pivotal third quarter and pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Newport Harbor 12-5 on Wednesday at Newport Harbor High School.

Easton Babb (pictured right) added three goals Kenny Seiler found the back of the net twice, and Troy Hofer and Kevin Forester added singletons to round out the Foothill scoring. 

Goals were hard to come by in the early going as the two opponents felt one another out.  Foothill finally scored the first goal of the game a little past the halfway point before Newport Harbor knotted the game at 1-1 with a goal from Luke Barnes. The Sailors took a 2-1 lead, which held up until the end of the first quarter, when Aidan Goltz scored at the 1:51 mark .

Aidan Goltz (4) looks to avoid Easton Jellerson (17) and Josh Anderson (19). (Photo credit – Teran Rodriguez)

The Knights tied the game at 2-2 when Cumming scored a wrap-around goal, but Newport Harbor retook the lead when Michael Morrison scored at the 4:19 mark. Seiler scored for the Knights a little over a minute later, tying the score at 3-3, which wound up being the halftime score.

Kenny Seiler takes a shot at the cage, as Garrett Rovazzini attempts to make a save. Photo credit – Teran Rodriguez)

“They’re [Newport Harbor] well-coached. Excellent team and they’re putting some pressure on us and our guys weren’t being patient enough and their goalie made some incredible saves too,” Knights coach Jon Fox said.

Foothill wasted no time attempting to pull away from the Sailors in the second half, as Cumming completed a hat trick 48 seconds into the third quarter. Forester followed up with his first goal of the game less than a minute after giving the Knights a 5-3 lead.

Jason Woods (13) looks to push the ball up the field while getting away from Jackson Sawall (5). (Photo credit – Teran Rodriguez)

Rhett Farmer broke the Sailors’ small dry spell at the 7:53 mark, cutting the Foothill lead down to 5-4, but the Sailors would never get any closer than that. The Sailors had their opportunities but thanks tot the  great goalie play of Joey Garcia, were unable to capitilize.  Garcia five of his eight saves and allowed only two goals in the second half.

“He did a great job, we expect great things from him and he stood up to the challenge and made some great saves on some tough shots,” Fox said.

Joey Garcia (12) possess the ball after making a save. (Photo credit – Teran Rodriguez)

Only leading 7-4 after the third quarter, the Knights added  three unanswered insurance goals to  start the final frame, giving them a 10-4 lead near the halfway point of the final quarter. Farmer broke another one of Newport Harbor’s dry spells with a goal at the 5:36 mark, but the Sailors were blanked the rest of the way, as Foothill’s defense and Henry Perkins 74% success rate at the faceoff circle (74% win percentage) were too much for the Sailors to overcome. 

“I think their sticks were a bit better tonight and their shooting was better tonight. They were making their shots when we were not and we need to shoot with more discipline,” Sailors coach Mark Todd said. 

Will Patterson (19) passes the ball up the field. (Photo credit – Teran Rodriguez)

Farmer led the Sailors with two goals while Garrett Rovazzini made 16 saves. Rovazzini earned praise from Todd and Fox on his stellar gameplay in the cage.

Dean Pistone (26) shoots toward the net, as Garrett Rovazzini prepares to stop the shot. (Photo credit – Teran Rodriguez)

“Garrett’s been doing a great job scouting our opponents. He makes shot charts of our opponents from game films and he’s scouting our opponents really well and he’s going above and beyond the coaches scouting reports and putting in his own scouting reports,” Todd said.

Next up for Foothill (4-1), a home game against No.6 Agoura on Saturday at 1 p.m. For Newport Harbor (1-1), they play Santa Margarita at home on Friday at 7 p.m.

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