No. 2 Poway continued their hot start to the 2016 season, cruising past Northern California’s Menlo School 18-2 Wednesday night. Poway senior attackman Jake Landon (Grand Canyon) set the tone early and finished with a dominating five-goal performance .The Titans again used stifling defense, balanced offense, and excellence at the faceoff X to produce their sixth win against just one loss.
Menlo kept it tight throughout the first quarter, and pulled within when Brody LaPorte‘s last-second hail Mary found the back of the goal. Any hopes the visitors had for an upset were squashed when Poway went on a seven-goal second quarter barrage led by Landon and Poway scoring leaders Nick Beeson (Bryant) and Brad Belasco (Westminster) to finish out the half up 11-2.
The Titans kept their foot on the gas in the 2nd half, adding seven more goals and allowing none, to finish with the score of 18-2.
Zane Abbott (Southwestern) and Nick Lammers won the majority of Poway’s faceoffs, allowing the Titans to get into their offense early and often. In addition, Poway was once again able to rely on a stingy defense to keep the pressure on the Knights. Poway’s goalie tandem of Kellan Cutting and Jake Butler (Arcadia), combined with shutdown defense and ground ball dominance by Jake Fiske (Bryant), Bailey McLaughlin (Colorado Mesa), and Tony Chassen, didn’t give the Knights many opportunities to score. Butler finished out the second half saving 7 shots and allowing no goals.
Poway got late goals from Chassen, Kienan Morrissey and Spencer Vierra to close out the Knights.
The 6-1 Titans don’t have much time to enjoy the win, however; as they return to Poway High School to face the Bishop’s School (4-1) on Thursday night. The Menlo School Knights fall to 2-4 and will continue their Southern California swing on Thursday against Torrey Pines.