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The Mater Dei varsity boys lacrosse team started slow on Saturday but finished strong to defeat the St. Margaret’s Tartans for the first time in program history.

The visiting Monarchs fell behind early as the Tartans built a 3-1 lead behind goals by Owen Binder, Will Stahl and Riley Chester .  However, with Lucas de La Paz dominating faceoffs (20/25) and goalie Nick Colignon (15 saves) and his defense buckling down, the Monarchs ended up leading 6-5 at halftime.

The Monarchs carried their momentum into the second half and when the final whistle blew, they swarmed the field to celebrate their 13-9 victory.

Mater Dei continued their season-long pattern of distributing the wealth at the offensive end of the field. Triston Jewell (4 goals) and Grant Portillo (3 goals) led a parade of eight different Monarchs who found the back of the net.  

Matt Groeninger paced the Tartans offense with a five point outing (2 goals, 3 assists). Binder and Stahl each finished the game with two goals. Makai Todd (1g, 2a), Chester (1g, 1a), and Seth Forstot (1g) rounded out the scoring for St. Margaret’s. Sebastien Chicas had 11 saves.

The Monarchs (4-0) will continue their season on April 7 against Los Alamitos. The Tartans (1-1) travel to Servite on March 30.

Contributed by Mater Dei boys lacrosse and St. Margaret’s boys lacrosse.