Poway Uses Balanced Offense, Strong D to Upend St. Margaret’s

The Poway Titans pushed their record to 4-0 on Friday night with a hard fought 12-8 home win over St. Margaret’s out of San Juan Capistrano.   The non-conference win was an important one for the Titans. St. Margaret’s has proven to be something of a nemesis to Poway for the past two seasons, beating the Titans in both of their championship seasons.  Despite the game remaining close early on, Poway’s balance and depth ultimately proved too much for the Tartans, whose record moves to 2-3 with the loss.

The Titans started quickly and ran out to an early 4-1 lead on the strength of goals from senior attackman Jack Woodard, senior midfielder Owen Springett (UMBC), junior LSM Kobe Brown, and sophomore attack Eli Butler before St. Margaret’s quickly pulled back to within one goal at 4-3.  The teams traded goals and the score stood at 6-4 at halftime in favor of the Titans.

In the second half, Poway turned up the heat on both sides of the ball.  Unable to create a time-of-possession advantage because of a very strong game at the face-off X by St. Margaret’s sophomore FOGO Stuart Pollard, the Poway defense was forced to step up by forcing twelve St. Margaret’s turnovers and collecting 26 ground balls.

Poway Junior Defenseman Chase Crawford led the way, forcing three Tartan turnovers and collecting three ground balls.  Junior Cam Gallagher added three caused turnovers and three GBs as well, and Poway senior Adam Voggenthaler, freshman midfielder Marquez White (Syracuse), and Springett all forced takeaways as well.  Kobe Brown scooped up nine ground balls on the evening.

On the offensive end, Poway pulled away in the third and fourth quarters, twice establishing six-goal leads before eventually finishing with the 12-8 win.  Titan attackman Butler led all scoring with three goals, his second hat trick in as many games.  Seniors Woodard and Springett continued their consistent season performances on offense, each netting two goals.   Juniors Harrison Greaves and Kienan Morrissey also added goals, as did Brown and White.   Woodard and White facilitated the offense for most of the evening with three assists each.

St. Margaret’s got goals from many sources as well, as five different Tartans put shots in the net.  Junior midfielder Michael Chew and attackman Garrett Kuntz each scored two goals, and St. Margaret’s also got one score each from sophomore attackman Kevin Groeninger and junior middies Marcus Knight, Trevor Peay and Conrad Hampson.

St. Margaret’s will take a long break and return home to take on Santa Margarita on Tuesday, March 21st.   Poway will face a very tough test next as they host St. Paul’s out of Brooklandville, Maryland on Thursday, March 16th.