Huntington Beach – Tesoro boys lacrosse coach Brian Dunn made his return to Huntington Beach High School on Thursday. Dunn had many great moments as head coach at HB prior to joining the Titans such as leading them to their first-ever winning season in 2010 and Sunset League championships in 2011 and 2013.
While Dunn was excited to be back at Huntington Beach, he made sure his current team wasn’t going to lose in its season opener. Behind three goals apiece from Carson Spooner (left above) and Ryan Harrington (right above), No.6 Tesoro beat No.15 Huntington Beach 11-8 at Huntington Beach High School.
“When we share the ball on offense, I think we’re pretty much unstoppable on that side of the ball. We’ve got a bunch of guys that all have outside range and inside finishing and when we play together, we play some pretty great lacrosse,” Dunn said.
The Titans wasted no time against the Oilers and built a 3-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. The Oilers didn’t get their first goal until Tyler Alexander got them on the board at 4:28 mark.
The Oilers didn’t have it easy against the Titans, as they played their first game under new head coach Michael Lacy, who took over for Mike Murtha after his team received the news a little under a month ago that Murtha had resigned. In addition to having a new head coach, the Oilers were without Tim Benson, who was sidelined with an injured pinky and knee.
The Oilers trailed 7-2 at halftime, but started to generate some offense as the game progressed, only trailing 9-6 after three quarters. But the Titans wouldn’t let the Oilers get any closer. Tesoro’s defense tightened up and created some offense with caused turnovers, which allowed the Titans to hold the lead for the remainder of the game.
The Titans also got contributions from Jason Moreta and Jonathan Gibson, who each had two goals while Luke Molinari added one goal. Braden Gaspar, who according to Dunn started playing lacrosse about a month ago, had four saves. Gaspar filled in for Hunter Souza, who will play for Tesoro next week.
For Huntington Beach, Donnie Schulte led the way in goals with three while Alexander was right behind him with two. Dylan McDonald, Michael Goodheart and Shane Sandoval had one goal apiece, while on defense, Grady Mercier had 10 saves.
Despite the loss, Lacy was pleased with how his team performed in against Tesoro.
“I am very proud that they brought it to a three-goal differential and it’s going to come in handy in our next games,” Lacy said. “[Mercier] played a stellar game as our main captain.”
Up next for Tesoro (1-0) a road game against El Toro on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Huntington Beach (0-1) plays Aliso Niguel at home on Monday at 7 p.m.