Wild one last night at Tesoro High School with lots of talent on both sides of the field as the Titans took on the Corona del Mar Sea Kings. Tesoro goalie Jackson Brady had 15 saves, including one robbery to keep Tesoro in the lead late in the game, to help the Titans slow down a potent CDM offense and walk away with a 9-7 win.
Early on it was all CDM as they opened a 3-0 lead taking advantage of some early Tesoro turnovers that were created by CDM’s tough riding, which has been a staple of the program for years. They weren’t in the 10 man ride just yet, but still applied nice pressure and got some layups to take early control.
Tesoro chipped away, getting it to 3-2 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the pace of play slowed down a bit and Brady caught fire. He gave up just one goal in the quarter and that one he actually got his leg on. Unfortunately for Brady, the rip from 8 yards out still ended up in the back of the goal.
Tesoro’s defense was doing their part to help Brady as they turned up the defensive pressure caused a few turnovers of their own in Q2. Some very efficient shooting from the Titans at the offensive end helped Tesoro go into halftime with a 5-4 lead and it was tee’d up for a great second half.
Both teams played it fast between the lines ( clearing and riding game) and slowed it down once in the offensive end, so for a game with 16 total goals which is not particularly high scoring the action was fast and furious until the ball was settled.
The second half scoring started with a goal by Tesoro close junior defenseman Nate Warren on a slick give and go to 10 yard over hand rip top shelf. Warren was a factor all night with multiple tough ground balls and was very good in the clearing game. He showed Good vision finding the open man clearing the ball and ran by riders when necessary. Warren and his fellow defenders played with high energy all night.
CDM has plenty of firepower and it didn’t take long for them to make it a 1 goal game at 6-5 off a slick finish inside. It did not take long for Charlie Richardson (3g, 1a) to answer for Tesoro. Richardson converted a turnover into a 7-5 Tesoro lead by getting to the front of the goal and finishing off a feed from Grant Gordon with a dunk.
Enter Logan Ip of CDM The 20 22 middie scored unassisted on a righty shot on the run in the right alley that had the perfect location. 7-6 Tesoro.
Next up for Tesoro was Cole Pollard (2g) who caught a feed inside and buried it from eight yards out. Slick handle on another feed from Gordon. Just good lacrosse at this point both ways. Every ground ball was contested and not many fouls, so play wasn’t stopped much.
Tesoro did get one slashing penalty, just minutes after Pollard gave them the two goal lead and it was a costly one. Ip made the most of the EMO with his second goal in a row to make it 8-7 Tesoro late in the 4th quarter. It was coming down to the wire as the crowd continued to build on the excitement.
CDM had a couple of chances to tie it and with 1:34 to play in the game Brady made what has to be the play of the year thus far in OC hands down. CDM caused a turnover with a tough ride got the ball to Ty Caffarelli who had a point blank shot. Caffarelli appeared to have Brady beat with a fake low that sent the goalie dipping a bit. Caffarelli then went high with the shot, but Brady was only half way down and sprung back up to make the save with his face mask robbing CDM of the tying goal ( see picture, notice the ball). Straight up robbery. Final score was 9-7 as Tesoro busted a double and hit an open net with 22 seconds remaining.
The FOGO’s for Tesoro did a nice job. Attackman Lucas Newton for CDM doubled at FOGO and the 2 Tesoro FOGO kept fresh all game. Tesoro middie Aiden Ferris also made some plays in the clearing game that don’t show up on the score sheet, big game for him. Warren and Liam Doody combined for 12 ground balls to help limit CDM opportunities.
“CDM is so well coached in every facet of the game and we really had to be efficient with our possessions to slow down their transition opportunities and we were able to do that,” said Tesoro Head Coach Scott Grubert. “We also cleared well against their tough ride which we knew going in was key.”
Next up for Tesoro they’ll head to “the land of gracious living” to face Yorba Linda Thursday night. CDM travels to San Clemente on April 10.