Fuller, Farmer Fuel Newport Harbor Rally

Joe Fuller scored the final three goals in regulation and then set up Rhett Farmer for the game-winner in the first overtime to give the Newport Harbor boys’ lacrosse team a thrilling come from behind 8-7 victory over Beckman on Friday night.  The victory snapped Newport Harbor’s three-game losing streak.

Mutual belief and resilience was the key tonight. We had a lot of things that we did not do right and a lot of things we could’ve done better. Anything we didn’t do is just the good things Beckman was doing. Credit to Beckman, they’re a good team,” Newport Harbor coach Mark Todd said.

The Sailors played catch up throughout the game and held only one lead in the game, the one that mattered.

Beckman controlled possession in the first quarter and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Sailors turned the tables on the Patriots in the second quarter, as they scored three goals and limited Beckman’s offensive possessions, sending the two teams into halftime tied at 3-3.

The Patriots took a 5-3 lead in the third quarter with goals from Jacob Sanders and Zack Carter. Newport Harbor brought the game to within a goal, but Carter was there to help push the Patriots’ lead up to two goals entering the fourth quarter.

Carter’s fourth goal of the night put the Patriots up 7-4 in the first two minutes of the final quarter.  Although things were looking bleak for the Sailors, Garrett Rovazzini (15 saves) was having a big night, and the Sailors were still in a position to win if they could only mount some offense. That is when Fuller took over the game and led the resilient Sailors into overtime.

Fuller scored the next three goals for the Sailors to tie the game at 7-7. In overtime, the Sailors won the faceoff and gave the ball to Fuller, setting up Farmer’s game-winning goal.

“In the huddle, coach [Todd] told us to find our find our inner-hero. For me, in past years, I didn’t feel like I was a part of the team, but this year, this team brought me in and I was really trying to play for them out there,” Fuller said.

Fuller led the Sailors with five goals and one assist while Race Mooers added two goals, and of course, Farmer had the game-winner.

For the Patriots, Carter led the way with four goals while Sanders, Ethan Edwards and Gavin Dunkert added one goal apiece. Cayden Seeber had eight saves for the Patriots.

“Credit to them [Newport Harbor]. They fought all game, they have some great players out there, they know how to finish and they were better [tonight],” Beckman coach Matt Cannone said. ” He [Seeber] has been doing an unbelievable job in the cage giving us what we need to get the W.”

Newport Harbor (3-4) puts its unbeaten home winning streak on the line when reigning county champion Foothill visits the Sailors on Monday at 7 p.m. Beckman (2-2) plays Mater Dei at home on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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