Saturday was expected to be a showdown between the best of Los Angeles and the best of Orange County. That game never appeared.
- One of the many standouts, junior defensive middie Chris Reem, warmed up his offensive passing with two assists – one to a streaking long-pole Matt Marano, the other on a pinpoint inside pass to attack Ryan Foy.
- All-American Nate Marano (Denver) scored two of his five goals, including a pass from behind the net by attack Nathan Skeen, who added another assist and a goal later in the game. Marano’s second goal came on a man-up pass from attack Drew Boyd, who had a goal and season-high four assists.
- Freshman Ellis Geis had a season-high three goals by penetrating inside, including two in the second quarter with one of those set up on fast-break passes from Matt Marano and defensive middie Joe Lengyel-Leahu. The play developed off of a forced turnover.
- As the offense was penetrating inside, the defense, led by senior long-pole Danny Carter and junior Jared Copeland, (both had three groundballs), smothered Loyola, which has been scoring in bunches all season long.
Foothill junior goalie Ryan Blank (St. John’s) made 11 saves and is looking more and more like an All-American candidate. He chased down two loose balls near goal and had several perfect clears.
The only problems in the Knights’ play were numerous penalties, a season-long issue.Foothill also got goals from junior Matt Harris, who had a season-high two goals, both of them time-and-room shots.
Defensive middie Nathan Knight added an assist, a forced turnover and provided good ball control in the transition game.
Loyola got three goals from Sean Smith and another from Michael Lira.