St. Margaret’s Continues Dominance over Santa Margarita

SANTA MARGARITA- One week after earning their first-ever win over Corona del Mar, the Santa Margarita boys’ lacrosse team was unable to pull off a similar feat against another nemesis. No. 2 St. Margarets extended their win streak over No. 5 Santa Margarita to a 10th season with a convincing 12-3 win on Wednesday. Dating back to 2009, the Eagles have never defeated the Tartans.

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“St. Margarets played really well,” said Santa Margarita head coach . “They exposed us with great ball movement and great team offense. They are the team we thought they were and we allowed them to dictate the tempo early.”

The Tartans started out of the gate hot with four goals in the first frame. However, the Eagles defense stepped up in the second allowing only one St. Margarets goal and went into halftime down 5-2, still very much in the game at that point.

A powerful second half by the Tartans was the ultimate difference in the game, outscoring the Eagles 4-1 in the third and 3-0 in the fourth quarter. St. Margarets head coach was real proud of his teams effort after the game, especially on the defensive side of the field.

“Defense played really well, very happy with our defense,” Miles said. “I was hoping to see a little more offensively from us in the first half, so I was disappointed in the first half, but pleased in the second half offensively. Defensively both halves I thought we played pretty well.”

(center) had two goals and two assists in St. Margarets’ 12-3 win over Santa Margarita on Wednesday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

The Tartans had a balanced offensive attack with contributions from (3G, 1A), (2G, 2A), (3G), (2G), (2A), (1G), and (1G). Defensively, the team caused six turnovers and quieted the Eagles usually potent offense with only one goal allowed in the second half.

It was a relatively quiet night offensively for the Eagles who received points from (1G, 1A), (1G), and (1G). The offense as a whole only had 13 shots and the team defensively only caused 3 turnovers.

The Eagles have now lost three of their last four games, and Guy wants to his team’s offense pick it up.

“When you can’t produce offense, they’re gonna score goals,” Guy said. “These kids have got to show that they care and play for each other.”

The Tartans host undefeated Faith Lutheran of Nevada (6-0) Friday and the Eagles host Harvard Westlake (Los Angeles) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com