SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO- The occasional rain shower that fell over St. Margarets Episcopal School on Tuesday did not dampen the instant classic that took place. The Tartans (3-4) beat former Trinity League foes Santa Margarita (3-2) 10-9 in four overtimes.
Adding to the drama was the fact that the Eagles are still looking for their first program victory over the Tartans. St. Margaret’s is a perfect 11-0 over the Eagles since 2009.
“Great game played by both teams,” said St. Margaret’s head coach Glen Miles. “Both teams are a little beat up, missing some guys. The guys that stepped in for Santa Margarita did a really nice job and our guys stepping in are doing the best they can as well.”
Jack Allender and Quentin Buchman jump-started the offensive attack for Santa Margarita in the first quarter. However, St. Margaret’s responded with a 5-0 run that carried over into the second quarter. The Eagles chipped away a bit but Tartans led the Eagles 6-4 at the half.
“They were beating us with their two-man game,” said Santa Margarita head coach Adam Guy. “They run a lot of two-man games, a lot of picks and they were kind of getting some open looks. It was mainly us. We were turning the ball over a little bit and offensively we really weren’t clicking in the second quarter and they were.”
Both teams traded blows in the third quarter, scoring three goals apiece to make it 9-7 in favor of the Tartans. Down two with one quarter to go, the Eagles scored two in the fourth, including Allender’s tying goal with 37 seconds to go in regulation.
After three back and forth defensive overtime periods, St. Margarets took the game in the fourth overtime period off Andrew Shin’s game winner.
“I’m very proud of them,” Miles said. “Body language is something we’ve actually been working on because we have a very difficult schedule. It’s going to be tough every single game.”
Despite the loss on the opposing sideline, Guy was proud of his team after the game.
“I’m not mad at my guys because they worked their tails off,” Guy said. “You can’t question the effort. You can’t question the hustle. Were there mistakes? Absolutely. But there were mistakes on [St. Margarets] end too. That’s part of lacrosse and that’s part of coaching, so I wasn’t necessarily upset with them. I’m proud of them and I want them to hold their heads up high.”
Buchman (2G, 1A), Allender (2G, 1A), Nick Parrino (2G), Michael Walsh (1G, 1A), Ryan You (1G, 1A) and Tyler Wrightson (1G) all scored for the Eagles. Chase Lynch won 15 of 25 faceoffs and Chad Cobb had 11 saves.
“I feel like we all put our heart into the game,” Cobb said. “Coming away with a loss was tough but we all put our hearts into the game. It was just unlucky.”
Garrett Kuntz (2 G, 3A), Conrad Hampson (3G) and Shin (2G) led St. Margarets in scoring. The Tartans kept the Eagles on their toes as they forced 21 turnovers and attempted 47 shots as a team.
St. Margaret’s will look to keep the momentum going after Tuesday’shard-foughtt victory when they host SoCal power Torrey Pines (5-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Santa Margarita will look to stop their two-game losing streak when they travel to Temecula to take on Great Oak (2-7) on Saturday at noon.