ANAHEIM- No. 4 Santa Margarita (1-0, 6-3) began Trinity League play with a bang, defeating No. 9 Servite (2-2, 9-4) 16-6 on Tuesday. The Eagles showed the offensive depth with six different goal scorers led by hat tricks from Nicholas Parrino and Ryan You.
Santa Margarita came out firing offensively to start the game, scoring seven unanswered goals in the first quarter. They extended that into a 10-1 advantage heading into halftime.
“We got off to a really good start,” said Santa Margarita head coach Adam Guy. “Ball movement was key for us. We really started moving the ball well early, shots started falling. They switched into their zone and we started to prepare for that. Got into our zone packages and we finished our opportunities. So that was a really good start for us.”
The Servite offense started to come alive in the third quarter but still the Friars lost ground to the Eagles. Santa Margarita took a 14-4 lead into the fourth quarter, and closed out the game with the 16-6 final score.
“We came out emotionless and stiff,” said Servite head coach Tom O’Leary via text message. “It was a 6-5 game in the second half. When you dig a hole of a nine goal differential in the first half, it’s challenging to come out on top.”
In addition to the Parrino and You hat tricks, Jack Fisher (2G, 3A) had a productive game. Quentin Buchman (2G), Jack Allender (2G), Michael Walsh (2G), Chase Lynch (1G) and Tobi Hipp (1G) rounded out the Eagles scoring. Lynch continued a season-long trend of faceoff domination by winning 20 of 26 faceoffs. The Eagles caused six turnovers.
“When they dropped into a zone, we went into our zone plays and just kept the ball moving,” Buchman said. “Defense can’t keep up with ball movement.”
Servite was led offensively by Trent Shimizu’s hat trick. Donovan Harper, Cole Brennan and Jack Terrones added a goal apiece for the Friars, who as a team shot the ball 27 times. Andrew Garcia had seven saves in net but was replaced by Jakob Decano before the second half. Dekano notched five saves.
“We pushed on the boys that this is how to build character as both an athlete and young men,” O’Leary said. “To work and play with heart and pride. The silver lining is that we didn’t stop playing until the game was done. Jakob Decano stepped in and played very well in the second half.”
Coach Guy was pleased with his team’s performance in their first league game of the season.
“It was a good statement for us,” Guy said. “Servite is a heck of a team and we get to play them again. We got all Trinity games this week, so not just a statement but just we’re ready to go and we’re excited.”
The Eagles resume play Thursday at 5 p.m. when they travel to Santa Ana to take on league rival No. 7 Mater Dei (3-1, 9-3). Meanwhile, Servite will look to return to being above .500 in conference on Thursday at 6 p.m. with a home clash against last place JSerra (0-3, 1-8).
Buchman recently de-committed from Bryant University and committed to play lacrosse at Boston University. The news was confirmed by Buchman on Twitter last week.
— Q (@Quentin_Buchman) March 27, 2017
“I have nothing but love for everyone at Bryant but Boston was just a better place for me,” Buchman said after Tuesday’s game. “It fit what I really want to do as my academic career goes on, what I wanted to major in, and it was just a better fit academically for me. And lacrosse is very nice there.”
BU is currently 9-2 on the season.