Old Guys Rule in SM Alumni Game

19 alumni from the Santa Margarita classes of 2006 through 2012 showed up at their old stomping grounds Saturday, sniffed the aroma of the fresh tacos in the evening , and noted that it smelled like….Victory! After spotting their younger Eagle brethren an early 4-0 lead, the alumni got down to business and headed to the taco stand with an 11-7 victory. Jack Cranston’s four goals led the way for the alumni.

The game began with newly annointed 2013 Captains Jake Grubert, Garrett Parsons, and Ravi Dhouni (Captain Brett Enochs was not able to attend the game) walking out to midfield to meet the alumni captains. The Varsity then started strong as they jumped out to 4-0 lead on goals from Junior Drew Webster (assist from sophomore Nico Houser), Junior Hayden Ruiz (two goals), and Konner Bremmer. The alumni then started to get organized and peck away at the lead as Barrett Kelly, Jack Cranston, and Connor Ebner scored the next three goals to make it 4-3. Sophomore Barron Stephanson then finished off a needle-threading feed across the crease from Ruiz ato increase the Varsity lead to two.

The momentum quickly switched back to the old guys as Cranston scored his second goal of the evening,and a seeing eye roller found its way from a scrum at the varsity crease to the back of the goal (alumni coach Blake Buckley was credited with the goal) to tie the game. Cranston gave the alumni the lead for the first time with a sizzling worm burner from about 12 yards out to make the score 6-5 at halftime.

The second half belonged to the alumni. JR Grubert scored on an assist from Connor Mullarkey to open the second half scoring. Chris Angelich scored on a nice feed from Konner Bremer to bring the varsity back to within one goal. The alumni then scored the next three as Ebner, Cranston, and Braden Kelly scored. Drew Webster finished another patented Ruiz feed to make it 10-7 before Coach Reppert donned his gear, took the Eagle defense to school, and scored on the crease to make it 11 -7 alumni.

The following SM alumni played in Saturday night’s game:

Connor Ebner (2012)
Josh Kang (2012)
Braden Kelly (2012)
Andrew Luher (2012)
Conner Mullarky (2012)
Ronnie Pisano (2012)
Kyle Rosenberg (2012)
Sam Applegate (2011)
Frankie Berry (2011)
Blake Buckley (2011)
Stephen Gould (2011)
Barrett Kelly (2011)
Jake Whelan (2011)
Tanner Yuhas (2010)
Jack Cranston (2009)
Ryan Curran (2009)
Justin Gabriel (2009)
Dan Applegate (2008)
JR Grubert (2006)