Nothing Compares to You as Santa Margarita Overcomes Servite in OT

With the final seconds of the first overtime ticking away and the Trinity League championship on the line,   directed an inside pass to   who took care of business and handed No. 4 Santa Margarita the win and the crown.

The Eagles have now won 17 straight Trinity League games and three consecutive league championships dating back to 2016 but none have come even close to matching the drama of this 11-10 instant classic with No. 11 Servite. Down by as many as four goals in the second half, the Eagles clawed their way back into the game to force the overtime

The Friars, who just seem to be getting better and better as the season progresses, began the game with a major chip on their shoulder after losing their first match to the Eagles earlier this season and won critical faceoffs and ground balls in the first half to go up 6-3 over Santa Margarita at the half. had three goals in the first half for Servite.

“[Charles] Daniels did a great job at the X,” said Servite head coach Tom O’Leary via text message. “[Jakob] Decano stood tall in cage, and [Hayden] Rodenbeck and [Jack] allowed us to keep our offense going.”

(left) had four goals (three in the first half) in Servite’s tough 11-10 OT loss to Santa Margarita on Tuesday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

The Eagles offense started to click in the third quarter with three goals, but the Friars kept coming with three of their own to maintain a three-goal advantage to go into the fourth. After being up 10-6, things began to change quickly for the Eagles with a big defensive turnover caused by that set up the Eagles run.

“Super competitive kid,” said Santa Margarita head coach . “[Ury] played his butt off, that was a super key.”

 was the first to chip away at the Friars’ lead.  Then  added two more to bring Servite’s lead to 10-9 Thanks to Parrino’s unassisted netter that tied the game at 10 a side with 2:42 to go in regulation, four quarters were not enough for these two talented Trinity League rivals.

To begin overtime, Servite had possession of the ball and could not capitalize, giving the Eagles their chance after a crucial ground ball was picked up by to set up Parrino’s pass to You for the game and league-championship winner.

“I’m just really proud of the guys and the culture that they kind of set up,” Guy said. “The expectations that they’ve set for themselves is a great accomplishment for this school and this program, and for our guys because I’m really happy for our seniors too.”

was a major catalyst offensively for the Eagles with one goal and three assists. He also picked up a crucial ground ball that led to the game winner in overtime over Servite on Tuesday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

Walsh (2 goals, 2 assists) and Allender (1g, 3a) both led the Eagles offense with four points apiece. You (2g, 1a), Parrino (2g, 1a), Wrightson (3g), (1g), and (1a) all had offensive tallies from the game Tuesday. had a terrific second half with five saves, three of which came during the fourth quarter.

“[Olsker] came up big in that fourth quarter and made some really big saves in the end,” Guy said. “He got into a rhythm and made some really big saves.”

The Friars offensively were led by Brennan’s four total goals and also received offensive tallies from (2g, 1a), (2g), (2a), Rodenbeck (1g), (1g), and (1a). Rodenbeck and each caused three turnovers and kept Eagles star Buchman for the vast majority of the game.

“This game needs to solidify that we are a top ten team,” O’Leary said. “As much as it stings we have mentally moved on to Mater Dei, the biggest rivalry in California.”

Both teams will be expected to gear up for the postseason on Thursday. As O’Leary said, the Friars will conclude their regular season campaign against top rival Mater Dei (2-3, 3-14) in Santa Ana, while the Eagles will square off against JSerra (0-5, 6-12).

 

 

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com