It was Harnisch time at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School on Saturday as the No. 4 Tartans defeated the No. 3 J Serra Catholic High School Lions 12-7. Senior Ryan Harnisch won 21 faceoffs and scored a goal while younger brother, junior Sam Harnisch, was picking up 12 groundballs and scoring four points (2 goals, 2 assists) to lead the Tartans. The Tartans claimed the victory on Saturday and the No. 3 spot in the Coaches’ Poll on Monday.
Nick Shanks got the Tartans started early with an unassisted goal in the first minute of the game to make it 1-0. J Serra’s only lead of the game came about midway through the first quarter when Logan Olmstead and Matt Saad scored back-to-back goals within a minute of one another to give the Lions a 2-1 lead. The lead would be short lived as the Tartans came right back with four unanswered goals from Paddy Fallon, Nick Iavarone (assisted by Ryan Harnisch), Shanks, and Kevin Cox (assisted by Fallon) to close out the first quarter.
The second quarter went scoreless until Iavarone ignited another scoring binge with his second goal of the game, this one assisted by Cox, at the 3:29 mark. Goals by Ryan Harnisch, Sam Harnisch (assisted by Eric Suh), and Cox (assisted by Sam Harnisch) followed in short order to make it 9-2 Tartans at halftime. In typical Tartan fashion seven different players factored in the scoring. J Serra outscored the St. Margaret’s 5-3 in the second half but it was not enough.
Cox (3g, 1a) and Sam Harnisch (2g, 2a) led St. Margaret’s with four points apiece. Shanks and Iavarone each scored a pair of goals. Fallon (1g, 1a) and Ryan Harnisch each added a goal, and Suh dished out one assist. In addition to the aforementioned 12 GBs for Sam Harnisch, Fallon picked up seven, Shanks picked up six, and Fernando Delgado recovered four helping their team win the time of possession battle.
Delgado, James Connelly, and Zack Shor led a defensive unit that shutdown the J Serra offensive machine, and helped Payton Fales to a relatively quiet afternoon between the pipes (9 saves).
Seven different scorers accounted for the Lions’ seven goals. Olmstead (1g, 1a), Yuta Murata (1g, 1a), Jake Schleppy (1g, 1a) and James Yanes (1g, 1a) led J Serra with two points apiece. Emerson Roth, Jim Inman, and Saad all contributed a goal.