taSt. Margaret’s Episcopal School continued its winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over top-ranked Corona Del Mar High School 12-11 in overtime.

Senior attackman Chase Williams (1g, 2a) (Haverford College commit) thrilled the home crowd by tying the score with just 24 seconds remaining in the game. Junior middie Josh Davis (4g, 1a) then netted the game winner with 54 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to give the Tartans a hard-fought victory over last year’s CIF Southern Section Champion Sea Kings. It was CDM’s first loss in Orange County in almost two years.

Both teams came out playing tight defense in the first quarter. CDM held a 1-0 lead at the end of the frame.

In the second quarter it was all St. Margaret’s who scored seven goals with crisp passing and precision shooting from the outside. Give the Tartan’s head coach Glen Miles and the whole Tartan coaching staff kudos for the disciplined, team-comes-first style of St. Margaret’s. Goals for the Tartans in the quarter included three from Josh Davis who had his biggest game of the season when it mattered most, two from junior middie Hunter Edington (2g) who is continuing to light it up from the outside, one from speedster freshman middie Nick Shanks (1g), and one from senior attackman Alex Waller (3g) game in and game out the hardest working Tartan on the field. CDM added a late goal in the second quarter with just 2 seconds left on the clock in the first half to reduce the Tartan’s lead to 7-2.

CDM is not a top ranked team for nothing however. In the third quarter the well-coached Sea Kings never panicked and were able to turn the tables on the Tartans scoring eight goals to rattle the home team and reduce CDM’s deficit to 10-8 at the end of the third. St. Margaret’s maintained its lead with goals from Alex Waller with two, and Denver-bound senior LSM (1g) off of an assist from another Denver recruit, sophomore middie Ryan Harnisch (1a).

The forth quarter was a wild one with CDM scoring three goals to overtake the Tartans and hold an 11-10 lead late in the game. Then, with the clock ticking down and after the Tartan’s defense made a big stop and transitioned the ball quickly to the offense with time for one more desperate play, Chase Williams roll-dodged from behind the cage and scored from close in beating the CDM netminder on a low to low shot to the far side. The crowd went crazy and at the end of regulation it was all tied up 11-11.

The 4 minute overtime was just as thrilling. Both teams had their chances in the first three minutes but both defensive units held. The Tartan’s senior goalkeeper Austin Birch (12 saves) made his two most important saves of the game on point blank shots from the CDM attackmen. The CDM goalie also denied the Tartan’s attempts to finish the game. Finally, with time running out again, Josh Davis made one of his signature dodges from up top going left and scoring on a hard high to high bomb to the upper left of the CDM cage to seal the victory for the Tartans.

The defensive workhorses for the Tartans closed down the high scoring Sea Kings and their top scorers senior attackmen Jack Ortlieb (Holy Cross commit) and Casey Mix when it mattered. Limiting CDM to two goals in the first half proved to be the difference maker in the game. It seemed like every time St. Margaret’s needed a critical ground ball or a big stop, especially in the overtime period, senior defenseman Brandon Suchand, Scott McGowan, sophomore defenseman , sophomore defenseman John Connelly, sophomore defenseman Mike McGraw, or senior defensive middie came up with the ball or forced a turnover allowing the Tartans to transition to offense. For the game, the defensive bruise crew for the Tartans collected 20 ground balls and was successful on 12 of 18 clears. Ryan Harnish was determined at the face-off X for St. Margaret’s winning 15 of 27 starts.

The victory improved the Tartan’s record to 13-4 while the Sea Kings dropped to 13-2.

The Tartans return to action on Tuesday night with another home game against Servite High School. The Sea Kings take on Marina High School on Tuesday night at CDM.

[Note: MaxLaxOC would like to update this article with information on the goal scorers for CDM. Please send information to [email protected]]

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