The Santa Margarita boys’ lacrosse team defeated Mater Dei by a score of 11-10 for the second time in two weeks to put themselves in the driver’s seat for a fifth straight Trinity League title. The Eagles are now 3-0 in league play, with all three wins coming against the two teams expected to be their chief competition, Mater Dei and Servite.
Similar to previous outing between these two teams, the outcome of this game was in doubt from the opening faceoff until the final whistle.
Conor Kentros got the Eagles started with first goal of the game but the Monarchs responded with two of their own to take a temporary 2-1 lead. When Ryan You responded with the first of his four goals off an assist from Zach Zahr, the pattern for the game was established.
Back and forth it would go for the rest of the evening, and the Monarchs held a precarious 5-4 lead at halftime. The Eagles threatened to pull away with with an early second half run that put them up 9-6. However, Pete Hagan (4g, 1a) and the Monarchs would have none of it. The Monarchs stormed back to tie up the game 10-10.
It looked like this one would be settled in overtime, until Jack Allender (3g) picked the most opportune time to complete his hat trick. We’ll let Twitter tell the story:
Kentros dents the crossbar and Allender grabs the rebound and scores! Oh my! Let’s go! 11-10 SM leads. 40 seconds left. Timeout MD.
The hill is going crazy!
— SMCHS Eagle Lacrosse (@SMEaglePride) April 10, 2019
The Eagles (5-6; 3-0) faceoff against former coach Adam Guy and the JSerra Lions (4-4; 0-1) on Thursday. Mater Dei (5-5; 2-2) looks to rebound against Servite on Thursday.