Anaheim- Trinity League conference play began Saturday afternoon in a beautiful 80-degree day as Servite boys lacrosse (1-0, 5-1) handled top rival Mater Dei (0-1, 4-2) 14-4 at Courage Field. The Friars are off to their best start in program history, while Mater Dei has dropped two in a row.
“Definite improvement throughout the week, said Servite head coach Tom O’Leary. “We had a good contest against Mission Viejo. We struggled a little bit against Trabuco. We definitely fixed some simple things we need to work on from Thursday’s game and the boys definitely progressed throughout the week.”
Servite brought their offensive firepower and scored five goals in the first quarter to gain an early 5-2 advantage. Sophomore midfielder Trent Shimizu (4g) fueled the Friars’ early surge with a first quarter hat trick. Servite kept pushing the issue in the second, taking an 8-3 lead into halftime.
The third quarter had the rivals trading goals, but Servite pulled away with five more in the fourth the secure the 10-goal victory. O’Leary was pleased with his programs overall effort through four quarters, especially against their top rival.
“Mater Dei is the biggest rivalry, I think in Orange County,” O’Leary said. “You get alumni that come out here from baseball, basketball, etc. It doesn’t matter. Mater Dei is the biggest rivalry and the biggest game for us. Schedules don’t matter at that point … less is more on defense, so if they wait for a good check or wait for a good opportunity to slide.”
Once again Servite demonstrated their ability to share the ball with eight Friars notching at least one goal. Shimizu, Donovan Harper (three goals, one assist), and Jack Terrones led the team in points with five (one goal, four assists) were the leading scorers. Joe Wyper (two goals) and Zach Williams (one goal, one assist) were also key contributors in the win.
The Monarchs got contributions from Sean Waterman with his three-goal output and Nick Sando who added a goal and two assists. Despite the effort from some of his guys, Rodriguez was not pleased with his team’s overall effort after dropping their past two games.
“It’s now on the kids,” Rodriguez said. “The coaches, all we ask them to do is to be able to do the things they do in practice, and be able to pass ,and catch, and want to pick up ground balls and want to fight for that and have that competitive edge. We don’t have any competitive edge right now.”
Both teams will resume action on Tuesday with Servite hosting Great Oak (2-4) at 7:30 p.m., while Mater Dei will look to get back to the win column in a road clash with Santiago (2-3), which is set to begin at 8 p.m.