St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and Torrey Pines High School squared off Saturday night for the latest version of the Orange County vs San Diego County rivalry. St. Margaret’s came to the contest off of a grueling four-overtime win over Santa Margarita.
The Tartans also continue through the thick of one of the tougher schedules in Orange County having already played Loyola (no. 1 in Los Angeles), Foothill (no. 2 in Orange County), nationally ranked St. Paul’s from Baltimore, and Poway, the two-time CIF champions.
Torrey Pines, ranked #1 in the West and #22 nationally, presented perhaps the biggest challenge yet for the young St. Margaret’s squad. The 3-4 Tartans came into the game as underdogs to the Falcons who were in the midst of their own challenging schedule. Torrey Pines has started out 2017 with a string of wins against Cathedral Catholic in San Diego, Lawrenceville School from New Jersey, St Ignatius out of San Francisco and Loyola of Los Angeles.
Given the background of these two teams, the game got off to an expected early back and forth start with St. Margaret’s striking first with a fast break by Michael Chew, unloading to Marcus Knight who assisted Trevor Peay’s crisp finish in the back of the goal. This was followed up with a quick solo goal off of the face-off by St. Margaret’s Stuart Pollard. Pollard won 64% of the face off’s (14/22) through the night primarily against Torrey Pines’ Spencer Grant.
Despite their possession advantage, St. Margaret’s was unable to sustain their early success. Torrey Pines worked their solid offensive plan to score 9 goals with more than 6 different players involved led by Zac Friedland, Alex Pistorius, and Blake Erlbeck. The onslaught remained unanswered by St. Margaret’s until Garrett Kuntz’s third quarter goal assisted by Kevin Groeninger. Torrey Pines’ size advantage on defense combined with their aggressive play style continued to thwart St. Margaret’s but in the fourth quarter, with the game well in hand by the visitors from San Diego, the home team was able to add to the tally on a series of man-up opportunities. The final score was 14-7 with Torrey Pines coming out on top.
Torrey Pines enters a tough week with Arapahoe 3/28 followed by Regis Jesuit both perennial powers from Colorado. They will then play OC#1 Corona del Mar. St. Margaret’s plays Mater Dei on Thursday 3/30 followed by Campolindo and St. Ignatius both from San Francisco.
Courtesy of St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse