GLax Preview: No. 2 Foothill vs. No. 7 Santa Margarita

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Matchup: No. 2 Foothill hosts No. 7 Santa Margarita at Tustin High School. 5:30 p.m.

Previous Meeting: Foothill defeated Santa Margarita 12-9 on March 16.

How Foothill Got Here: The Knights topped Capo 15-4.

How Santa Margarita Got Here: The Eagles defeated San Juan Hills 21-11.

Players to Watch for Foothill: Seniors Emily Gaughran and Brie Ratkevich, junior Lauren Kilger, and sophomores Ava Brand and Brooke Williams provide much of the offensive output.  Junior goalie Becca Nailon kept opponents to less than eight goals per game.

Santa Margarita girls lacrosse

Players to Watch for Santa Margarita: Santa Margarita has utilized their many scoring options to average 16 goals per game since their hot streak began.  Erin DiBernardo and Katelyn Murphy are the big guns but Aidan Pike, Bella Martinez, Sidney Ruiz, and Maddie Bush are all 20-plus goal scorers. Kendal Orrantia and goalie Victoria Hoffman lead a stingy defense.

Final Take:

On paper, this is a rematch. In reality this is not the same Santa Margarita team that fell to Foothill 12-9 in mid-March. The Eagles are 10-1 since dropping that game and are averaging nearly 17 points per game in that span.

Tonight’s game can be defined as the irresistible force that is Santa Margarita’s offense vs. the immovable object that is Foothill’s defense. Foothill is allowing less than eight goals per game. SM’s Katelyn Murphy alone scored more than that in the Eagles’ last game. The Knights are one of only three teams to hold the Eagles to single digits this season. If Foothill can do that again, they have a very good chance of winning. If not, the Eagles have shown they can run and gun with the best of them.