The Newport Harbor boys lacrosse team made sure not to go down to the wire like it did with its first two league game, as the Sailors beat Huntington Beach 11-3 on Friday at Newport Harbor High School. The victory gave the Sailors a season sweep of the Oilers.
“Our boys were focused. We had to be serious for 48 minutes, focused for 48 minutes. That was our big emphasis in practice,” Sailors coach Mark Todd said, also making note of how his varsity team saw the Newport Harbor JV boys lacrosse team lose a 7-6 heartbreaker to Huntington Beach before their game.
A hot start also benefited the Sailors, as they scored the first five goals of the game, jumping out to a 5-0 after the first period. The Oilers didn’t get their first goal of the game until the 4:57 mark of the second quarter when Michael Goodheart got them on the board.
The Sailors led 7-2 at halftime, but held the Oilers to only one goal in the second half, and eventually put the game out of reach. According to Todd, one big part of his team’s victory was winning the faceoffs and controlling the ball on offense more than the Oilers.
“In the first game against Huntington [Beach], we just took bad shots. Our guys were not sticking to our shooting script in the first game. We took much better shots [in this game,]” Todd said.
Rhett Farmer led the Sailors with four goals while Jared Rabin added two goals. Aiden Goltz, Hutton Wooters, Race Mooers, Zach Quinonez and Hunter Rouch each chipped in one goal for the Sailors while Rouch added three assists. Garrett Rovazzini and Jacob Farber split time between the cage, totaling seven and four saves.
Newport Harbor (7-5, 3-0) currently has a half-game lead on Los Alamitos (3-6, 2-0) in the Sunset League. The two teams face each other in a first-place showdown on Wednesday at Newport Harbor at 7 p.m. The Sunset League champion gets an automatic bid to the post season.
Huntington Beach does not have any games next week, but will look to get back into the win column, when they play Los Alamitos on Tuesday April 10 at 7 p.m. With the Oilers currently ranked 16th, most of their games are now considered crucial if they want to make the playoffs for the second straight year and the first under new head coach Michael Lacy.