After the powerhouse lacrosse teams from Foothill High and De La Salle had battled to a 3-3 halftime tie Friday night in Tustin, no one would have predicted a Foothill dominance in the second half that prompted a 12-6 rout.
Sophomore attack Nathan Skeen, given a starting job at the beginning of a 4-0 season, led the Knights with four goals, being repeatedly fed by pinpoint passes from Denver-commit junior attack Nate Marano, who was double-teamed for most of the night but managed four assists. Marano faced a classic matchup with De La Salle’s D-pole Mitchell Clinger. De La Salle led 2-1 and 3-2 in the first half before Foothill’s significant advantage in depth began to show itself.
Six Foothill players scored at least one goal, including middie Ryan Falbo and attack Nick Matzek, who had two goals and two assists each. Matzek was one of 10 Knights who had a caused turnover. Other scorers were middie Warren Case, with two goals and an assist; and sophomore middie Matt Harris. Sophomore starting attack Kevin Kodzis, a Holy Cross commit, had an assist.
LSM Kieran Vaughn led a stingy defense with four groundballs. Foothill’s defense has given up only single-digit goals in each game this season and was fortified again by two goalies – sophomore Ryan Blank and senior Hank Lewis.
But it was Skeen’s goal while prone on his back that tied the score at 3-3 just before halftime and led to an onslaught of six Foothill goals in the first seven minutes of the second half. De La Salle was led by attack Brook Rideau with three goals; attack Stephen Wilm with two goals; and a goal each by middies Brett Inglesby and George Waidelich.
Courtesy of Foothill Boys Lacrosse