St. Margaret’s Knocks Off Harvard-Westlake

No. 3 St. Margaret’s prepared for their upcoming showdown with No.2 Corona del Mar by beating the No. 7 team in L.A., Harvard-Westlake, 17-6 on Friday night.  In doing so, the Tartans also avenged last year’s triple overtime loss to the Wolverines.   The Tartans were led by their Mr. Everything, Fernando Delgado (Villanova; pictured above). The versatile LSM/defenseman finished the game with a goal, an assist, and four groundballs in one of the more impressive demonstrations of two-way play that the OC will see this year.

Ryan Harnisch (Denver) wasted no time in setting the tone for the night, winning the opening faceoff and scoring before anybody had a chance to warm their seats. Nick Shanks kept the pressure on a minute later with his first goal of the night, and the Tartans were off and running.  The quarter ended with the Tartans ahead 4-1

Payton Fales, shown here making one of his 13 saves, had another solid performance between the pipes.
Payton Fales, shown here making one of his 13 saves, had another solid performance between the pipes.

Fueled by by 4 more goals and 2 assists by Shanks, the Tartans put the game away with a 10-point explosion in the second quarter.  In addition to Delgado’s goal and an assist, Ryan Harnisch added added a goal and an assist, Paddy Fallon dished out 2 assists, Samuel Harnisch put up 2 goals and an assist, and Kevin Cox scored a goal in the second quarter to make it 14-4 at the intermission.

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The return of a healthy Nick Shanks, shown here scoring, has bolstered an already potent offense.

Samuel Harnisch, Cox, and Nick Kuljis scored in the second half to complete the Tartan scoring.  Payton Fales had 13 saves and Ryan Harnisch had a perfect night at the faceoff X, winning 17 times in 17 tries.

Tommy Park and Drew Corlin led the Wolverines with two goals apiece.  Oliver Levitt and Roman Holthouse each added a goal.

Next up: The Tartans (15-2) host No. 3 Corona del Mar (12-0) on Wednesday in a game that could decide who gets the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Harvard-Westlake (7-5) travels to St. Francis – La Canada (4-9) on Tuesday.

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