Will the real Santa Margarita Eagles please stand up? Are the Eagles the team that scratched and clawed their way to an OT win in Poway? Are they the team that staggered through an 8-1 first half beat down to Foothill? Are they the team that jumped out to an early 5-1 lead vs. Servite only to watch it slip away? Or are the real Santa Margarita Eagles the team that played with determination and focus for 48 minutes on Friday night en route to an 18-4 victory at Mater Dei?
The Eagles rebounded from their two incomplete performances against Foothill and Servite by dominating in virtually every facet of Friday’s night game. Their balanced attack and lock down defense proved to be too much for the Monarchs on this night. Thirteen different Eagles participated in the scoring, and a steady rotation of long poles worked with goalies Ronnie Pisano and Ian Babcock to hold Mater Dei to just 4 goals. Garrett Parsons (three assists), Trevor Cook (two goals, two assists), Hayden Ruiz (two goals, two assists), and Andrew Luher (4 goals, 1 assist) led the Eagles attack. Also racking up offensive statistics were Kyle Rosenberg (1 goal), Michael Senecal (1 goal), senior captain Josh Kang (1 assist), RJ Mazelewski (2 goals), Skyler Rockey (three goals), Conor Ebner (2 goals), and Wes Schuler (1 goal), and Jason Miller (1 assist).
The Monarchs were led by freshman Oscar Gomez (1 goal, 1 assist), sophomore Nick Southron (2 goals), and Matt Brost (1 goal). Gomez and Southron stood out for Mater Dei all night long, and the young underclassmen showed that Mater Dei lacrosse has a bright future.
The Eagles jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first quarter as Cook opened the scoring for Santa Margarita with an unassisted goal at 9:27 of the first quarter. The Monarchs wasted no time in responding as Southron finished on a nice feed from Gomez to tie the game at 1-1 36 seconds later. Then it was the Eagles turn to respond quickly. Defenseman Garrett Parsons took a clearing pass from goalie Ronnie Pisano, carried the ball into the attacking zone, and found Luher open on the crease to make it 2-1 SM 51 seconds after the Mater Dei goal. 35 seconds later, Mazalewski’s unassisted goal put SM up by two.
Apparently the scoring flurry left the two teams in need of a breather because after four goals in just over two minutes, it took Mater Dei almost two minutes to make it 3-2 on an unassisted goal from Southron. Santa Margarita closed out the first quarter with three straight goals. Rockey scored on an assist from Webster, and Ruiz had two unassisted goals to make it 6-2 after one quarter.
The Eagles and Monarchs traded goals early in the second quarter to make the score 7-3. Ebner scored on a nice pass from Ruiz, and Brost scored unassisted on an EMO for the Monarchs. Wes Schuler scored with an assist to Cook to make 8-3. Then Parsons cleared again after collecting a pass from Pisano, and this time he found Rockey who made 9-3 Eagles. Andrew Luher then scored his second goal of the night, this time on an assist from Cook to make it 10-4. The Monarchs closed out the half at 10-4 on an unassisted goal from Gomez.
Santa Margarita scored eight unanswered goals in the second half: Mazelewski from Luher, Cook unassisted, Luher from Parsons, Luher again – this time unassisted, Rockey unassisted, Ebner from Ruiz, Senecal from Kang, and Rosenberg from Miller.