Poway Attack Provides Punch in Win Over Monte Vista

Poway has had the luxury of finding scoring among many quality midfielders this season. From all-time Poway scoring leader Nick Beeson (Bryant) to senior captain Owen Springett (UMBC) to freshman phenom Marquez White (Syracuse) to speedsters Kienan Morrissey and Matt Letteri, the Titans are not short on scoring options.

But Monday night, it was the balanced scoring of Titans attackmen Harrison Greaves, Jack Woodard and Eli Butler that enabled Poway, last season’s San Diego CIF champion, to take down Monte Vista (Danville), last season’s North Coast Section CIF Champion, in an 11-7 win on the Titans’ home field.

Butler, a sophomore, led all scorers with three goals on the night, while juniors Greaves and Woodard scored two each for the Titans, who move to 10-2 on the season.

Monte Vista senior Chris Ryan (Albany) opened the game hot with two first-quarter goals, but Poway’s trio of attacks found the net four times in the first half, and Beeson and White each added goals, as well. At halftime, the score stood at 6-4.

Poway then extended its lead on third-quarter goals by Morrissey and Greaves; and though the teams traded goals throughout the rest of the evening, the Mustangs could pull no closer than a three-goal margin, and the Titans left with a convincing win over a quality opponent.

Besides the offensive performances, several Poway specialists stepped up, as well, to seal the win for the Titans.Junior LSM Kobe Brown seemed to come up with clutch defensive stops every time the Mustangs closed in, finishing with five caused turnovers and nine ground balls. Freshman FOGO Teagan Bultman (Brown) won 15 of 21 faceoffs, and junior goalie Kellan Cutting was solid as usual in the cage, recording eight saves, including two of the highlight-film variety.

Ryan’s two goals led the Mustangs, who also got two from attackman Jonathon Kim. Chase Jolie, Tristan Patterson and Joe Peterson each found the net, as well, for Monte Vista, which fell to 9-3 on the season with the loss.

Poway gets right back into action Tuesday, traveling across the county to take on La Jolla. Monte Vista continues its swing through San Diego this week, facing Coronado on Wednesday and Cathedral Catholic on Thursday.

Article and photo contributed by Poway Lacrosse.