Foothill’s Denver-bound senior attackman Nate Marano got things going early and often for the Knights by scoring in the opening seconds to kick off a six-goal night, helping Foothill to a 19-7 win over youthful San Clemente Thursday evening.
The Tritons momentum continued into the third stanza as sophomores Nick Lemus and Matt Keany scored, closing the gap to 8-5. But Foothill’s experience took over, leveraging an aggressive defense to dominate time of possession and cruise to the 19-7 final.
For the Knights, Nate Marano notched a “sock” trick, with six goals. Nathan Skeen added a hat trick with three scores. Austin Babb pitched in with two. Ellis Geis, Matt Marano, Jake Haigh, Steven Oberly, Matt Harris, Kevin Kodzis, Cole Falbo and Jared Copeland each scored once.