It was fitting that All-American and Denver-bound Nate Marano scored the first goal of Foothill High School’s season-opener in a year of great expectations, as the Knights beat a talented and physical Tesoro High School, 14-8, at Los Alamitos High. It was the opening game of the 2015 Knights Challenge.
Foothill Starts Title Defense with A Win
Marano, a senior who is a key player along with his twin, defenseman Matt Marano, for the nation’s 25th-ranked team that aspires to repeat last season’s 21-1 championship year, scored early and then often at attack, with four goals and an assist.
Junior attack-middie Kevin Kodzis (Holy Cross) scored four goals, with two crucial scores keeping Tesoro at bay. He added an assist. Attack Nathan Skeen had the team’s best overall game, with three assists – including a one-on-one, behind-the-back score against a gutty and talented Tesoro goalie, Gunner Garn (Michigan) – and kept the offense in play with a five groundballs. Garn had seven saves.
Tesoro got four goals from Blake Warner and scored four times on man-up, but couldn’t overcome the deep, physical Knights. On defense, Foothill’s Danny Carter raced the length of the field for a goal and helped slow, at least somewhat, Tesoro’s excellent transition game. LSM Jared Copeland had two caused turnovers and grabbed four groundballs. Faceoff starter Austin Babb (Ottawa) had five groundballs.
Foothill goalie Ryan Blank (St. John’s) had five saves.
Foothill gave up a goal in the opening seconds – a seasons-long weakness – but led 2-1 in the first quarter and 8-3 at halftime.
Foothill hosts No. 10 Los Alamitos on Wednesday.
Tesoro hosts No. 5 St. Margaret’s on Wednesday.
Contributed by Foothill Boys’ Lacrosse