St. Margaret’s Runs The Table in San Francisco

taSt. Margaret’s traveled to San Francisco for Spring Break to play in the Jerry Langkammerer Lacrosse Invitational held on the campus of St. Ignatius. The tournament featured eight elite teams from Northern California, Arizona, Oregon, and Southern California for a three-day tournament in the City by the Bay. After defeating Sacred Heart on Thursday, the Tartans continued their winning ways on Friday and Saturday with convincing wins over Marin Catholic 11-5 and Bellarmine College Prep 18-12.

On Friday it was the Tartan’s young guns on offense and a smothering defense that made all the difference in its victory over the highly ranked Marin Catholic Wildcats.

Both teams came out disciplined in the first half. The Tartan’s defensive limited Marin Catholic’s high-powered offense to just three goals at the midway point of the game and five for the contest. It seemed like every time St. Margaret’s needed a critical ground ball or a big stop senior defenseman Brandon Suchand, senior LSM Scott McGowan, sophomore defenseman Fernando Delgado, sophomore defenseman John Connelly, sophomore defenseman Mike McGraw, or senior middie Winston Robinson came up with the ball or forced a turnover allowing the Tartans to transition to offense.

These defensive workhorses for the Tartans along with senior goalkeeper Austin Birch closed down the Mustangs when it mattered limiting them to their lowest goal total of the season. Austin Birch had a strong game between the pipes with 11 saves never allowing the Wildcats to make a run and Scott McGowan and Winston Robinson are looking better and better each week. Brandon Suchand, Fernando Delgado, and John Connelly continue to play their workingmen with lunch pails brand of defense for the Tartans week in and week out.

First half goals for the Tartans were scored by junior middie Josh Davis (1g) who is showing everyone the precision and power of his long-range bombs, sophomore middie Oscar Gomez (2g), freshman attack Sam Harnisch (1g, 2a) who continues to amaze, and senior middie/defenseman Winston Robinson (1g) who had his first goal of the year. St. Margaret’s held a slim 4-3 halftime advantage.

In the second half it was all St. Margaret’s. Oscar Gomez added his second goal of the afternoon in the third quarter with a gutty individual effort through the middle of the Wildcat’s defense. Sophomore middie Ryan Harnish (1g) added a goal in the third quarter beating the Wildcat’s goalie cleanly off of a nice feed from freshman middie Nick Shanks (1a) who is being reward for his tenacious groundball work ethic by getting plenty of playing time. Goals were also scored by senior attackman Alex Waller (3g, 3a), who continues to produce points every game, senior attackman Chase Williams (1g), and sophomore attack Paddy Fallon (1g, 3a) who had his strongest game to date for the Tartans with three key assists to start the fourth quarter. In addition to his tireless ball carrying efforts junior middie Hunter Edington also added an assist for the Tartans. Ryan Harnisch had another dominating performance on face-offs to provide the Tartans with a critical possession advantage throughout the game.

In the end the Tartans were too much for the Wildcats coming away with an emotional 11-5 victory.

Saturday’s game against Bellarmine Prep was a two-team shootout on a soggy field under consistent drizzle.

St. Margaret’s unloaded for 18 goals against a team with a stingy defense that had just defeated highly touted Brophy Prep of Arizona and Redwood of Northern California over the two previous days of the tournament.

After the Tartans found themselves down 5-2 near the end of the first quarter, Chase Williams (6g, 2a) went to work unloading for three quick goals to tie the game 5-5 before the end of the first frame. Chase Williams had his most productive offensive game of the season for the Tartans, as the Bell’s goalie seemed to have no answer for the quick pass, unselfish offensive style of the Tartans. Josh Davis (2g, 1a) and Alex Waller (4g, 3a) also added key goals in the first quarter to keep the Tartans close.

Both teams added two goals in the second quarter with the St. Margaret’s tallies coming from Chase Williams and Josh Davis. The score was knotted up at halftime 7-7.

The Tartan’s offense ran away with it in the second half, as the St. Margaret’s squad scored seven goals in the third quarter and four more in the fourth. The scoring firepower was provided by Chase Williams, Alex Waller, Sam Harnish (5g), and Nick Shanks (1g, 1a). Hunter Edington was up and down the field again with the Tartans relying on him to have the ball in his stick as much as possible. Hunter also added an assist on offense. Paddy Fallon also added an assist for St. Margaret’s and played a key roll on the Tartan’s man up offense.

Defensively for the Tartans it was the same consistent play from Brandon Suchand, Scott McGowan, Fernando Delgado, John Connelly, Mike McGraw, and Winston Robinson. This time it was a bend but don’t break style employed by the Tartan’s defense allowing the Tartan’s 18-point offensive barrage do the talking. Ryan Harnisch dominated at the face-off x frustrating the Bell’s offense all afternoon, and senior middie Will Schmall added some key support on face-offs in the wet conditions. Austin Birch limited the Bells to five goals in the second half to preserve the victory for the boys from Southern California.

Senior attackman Riley Pok, senior middie James Yorke, and freshman attack Matt Karzak also saw action for the Tartans on Saturday.

The Tartans return to action on Tuesday night with an away game against Santa Margarita.

–MaxLaxOC.com staff report