Pistorius, Bultman soar Falcons over Cubs in LA vs SD matchup

In one of the more anticipated matchups of the season between the No. 1 team in the West, (2-0), and the No. 1 team in Los Angeles, Loyola (4-1), it was the Falcons from San Diego who controlled the game with a 13-8 win in Laguna Beach on Saturday. (6g, 1a) led Torrey Pines offensively.

The Falcons stepped on the gas quickly, with (1g) scoring the first of five goals for Torrey Pines in the frame. Bultman won all seven faceoffs in the first quarter, and Pistorius led the charge with two of the five goals in the frame. The Cubs caught themselves down 5-1 after the first quarter.

The second quarter is when Loyola settled down and began to play their game, but the Falcons were right there with them.  Each team scored three goals in the quarter. (2g) led the Cubs with two of their four first half goals, but the Cubs still trailed Torrey Pines 8-4 at the intermission.

had two goals in the Cubs 13-8 loss to Torrey Pines on Saturday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxInc).

“The difference in the game is faceoffs,” said Cubs head coach . “That aspect of the game, put [us] in a hole early. I thought my guys battled back. I’m really proud of them. It proved to be a little to big of a hurdle for us today.”

It was all defense between Loyola and Torrey Pines in the third quarter, but an assist from (4g, 1a) to (1g, 2a) brought the Cubs to within three after three quarters. We now had a game.

“Alex is a big leader for us on the attack,” Cohen said. “I saw him get a few on the crease over and over again.”

The Falcons got off to a quick start with a fast netter from (4g, 3a) to give Torrey Pines a 9-5 lead with about 11 minutes left in the final frame. Fry responded three minutes later with an assisted goal from (1a) to bring the game to 9-6.

However, it wasn’t enough for the Cubs, and Erlbeck and Pistorius led the Falcons the rest of the way to give them the 13-8 win. This was Loyola’s first loss on the season, while Torrey Pines won their second game of the season in as many days.

’ seven-point performance was a major factor in the Falcons 13-8 win on Saturday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxInc).

“It was a tale of just runs,” said Falcons head coach . “We were on a 5-0 run, got sloppy for a little while then picked it back up and made some great plays. It’s our second game, we’re a couple weeks behind the LA teams, so we’re still figuring out some stuff.”

Like Cohen said, the clear difference in the game was at faceoff, where Bultman won 17 of 21 at the dot for Torrey Pines. This set up their offense, which also saw contributions from (1g) and (1g).

“We kept [Loyola] in the game by turning it over (after faceoffs),” Zissi said. “Loyola did us a bit of a favor today by exposing a lot of our weaknesses for us. This is a good reality check.”

Outside of Gaffney and Horowitz, the Cubs also got a goal (1g) and a point from (1a).

The Falcons return home to San Diego Monday to face Phillips Andover (MA) and the Cubs will hit the road to take on St. Ignatius on Thursday.

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