Tartans Battle Tough Opponents During Annual Spring Break Trip

The St. Margaret’s boys lacrosse team took off on its annual Spring Break trip on April 3 to Northern California to face out-of-area competition and enjoyed some team bonding. The schedule weighed heavily with the prospect of playing a formidable opponent in St. Ignatius College Preparatory, ranked No. 1 in the West.

“This is always a special trip for the team,” said Tartans’ head coach Glen Miles. “I get to see how well the team is connected and for them to just have fun being together. They are making memories. We came very close to getting a very big win against a very talented team; I am proud of how we fought back after making some errors early in the game.”

In Thursday’s matchup against the St. Ignatius Wildcats, the Tartans fell behind in the first half 4-7. The Tartans slowly closed the gap, as defender Langston Sholl (1g) opened the third quarter with a goal to make the score 5-7. Senior Koa Todd (3g, 2a) scored a lefty bouncer to tie the game 8-8 as the third quarter ended.

The fourth quarter started with freshman Cooper Barkate scoring to give St. Margaret’s its first and only lead at 9-8, but St. Ignatius answered quickly, and soon extended its lead to 12-9. Senior Kevin Groeninger (1g, 2a) would score again late in the fourth to narrow the margin to 12-10, but St. Ignatius ran out the clock to claim victory. Other scorers were sophomore Nate Sanchez (2g, 1a), and single goals by senior Nico Vorzimer and freshman John Culley. Stuart Pollard was 17 of 26 at the X, and senior goal Zane Handy had 13 saves.

“I was proud of how we competed — with significant grit and fight,” said defensive coordinator Tom Groeninger. “It was a great experience to prep for life: a seven-hour bus ride, sleeping in the hotel … we were out of our typical routine, and varsity played two games in three days against strong competition.”

JV also faced some formidable opponents, hanging within one goal versus St. Ignatius JV for a majority of their game, but finally falling 5-8. Another day and another hour-long bus ride later, with the emerald green rolling hills as the backdrop, and windy rain blowing in, JV would defeat Redwood High School JV 12-5.

On Saturday, the varsity settled into a groove early against Bellarmine College Prep. The Tartans’ outstanding ball movement was on display, as most goals were assisted in a lopsided win — 18-5. Scoring was led by Groeninger (4g, 4a). Other players who had multiple points included Sanchez (4g, 1a), Todd (2g, 5a), Barkate (2g, 3a), John Culley (2g), and Will Reinkensmeyer (1g, 1a). Freshman Will Stahl, senior Stephen Deck and Pollard also notched goals. Pollard was 14 of 17 for faceoffs, and Handy counted six saves.

On the defensive side, seniors Jason Garrett (1 CTO), and teammates Sholl, Vorzimer, Alex Lanham, Duke Ballard, sophomore Shane Dzwilewski, and freshmen Hayden Chester and Halen Hickman-Goveia held the Bells to 5 goals on the day.

With the lead widened by the third quarter, Miles was able to clear the bench to give some younger players varsity time; freshman goalie Sebastien Chicas racked up four saves, and freshman Lincoln Dodd won 5 of 9 faceoffs.

The Tartans will face Yorba Linda tonight and Foothill on Thursday.

Courtesy of St. Margarets Boys Lacrosse

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