In a game that was a dogfight through three quarters, the Torrey Pines Falcons (11-7) used six unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to pull out a 10-6 victory over the La Costa Canyon (LCC) Mavericks (9-9) on Friday night.
The teams traded possessions for over five minutes before LCC got on the board first, as Jason Mummau scored off of a great dodge and pass by Connor Rafferty. Three minutes later, Torrey Pines’ Marc Lefferdink dipped and dunked to tie it up at one. Fellow Falcon Henry Hollen rounded out first quarter action, as he avoided slides for a great shot from the middle. Torrey Pines held the 2-1 lead at the end of the first.
Three minutes into the second quarter, LCC’s Jack McKeon beat his man down the left alley and found twine on a great shot to quell the Torrey Pines run and tie the game at two apiece.
Maverick goaltender Ben Fredericks made several great stops in the second quarter, including one while LCC was man-down. Despite Fredericks’ best efforts, Falcon Josh Sherman found the back of the net as the penalty released to regain the lead.
Shortly afterwards, LCC’s McKeon found teammate Michael Rice during a late Torrey Pines substitution that ends in a goal for the Mavericks. Mummau gave the Mavericks the lead back after collecting a loose ball by the goal and cashing it in for his second goal. Fredericks made another pair of great saves to close the half with LCC on top, 4-3.
At halftime, it seemed certain that the teams would trade goals all night. This seemed even more plausible as Torrey Pines’ Spencer Small found teammate Beau Botkiss for a great shot and goal with the long stick to tie it up at four to start the second half.
LCC was given a great opportunity to potentially seize the game, as Torrey Pines got called for a three-minute non-releasable foul for a high hit. The Mavericks picked up two goals on their man-up opportunity, as Rice put back his second goal of the night off of an assist from Andrew Beacham and McKeon added his second goal of the game on a great topside dodge and shot that went off-stick high.
Being on top 6-4 at the end of three, the home Mavericks aimed to keep the momentum rolling. The Falcons thought otherwise Ara Suhadolnik, assisted Lefferdink, closed the gap to one on a well-placed rocket that tagged the stick-side corner to stop the LCC run, as well as start their own. This was the first of six unanswered goals by Torrey Pines that turned the game around
Ro Wheeler tied the game on a garbage goal just 23 seconds later that gave the Torrey Pines bench and student section life. Ninety seconds afterwards, Small scored a goal to go with his assist as he swept across the top and got off stick high for the one goal lead. Three Falcon goals within two minutes seemed to take the air out of the Maverick defense, which played very stoutly in the first three quarters.
Three and a half minutes later, Suhadolnik scored off of a pass from Sherman to put the Falcons up by two, 8-6. The LCC defense pulled their goalie out late to try to force a turnover, but Jackson Lienhart throws the ball into an empty net with one minute remaining to make it 9-6. Lienhart scores another on an outside shot as the clock wound down to make the final score 10-6.
Max McGuire earned the win in net, making key stops throughout the game.
McKeon led the Mavericks in points, with two goals and an assist.
Sherman (1,1), Suhadolnik (1,1), Lienhart (2,0), Small (1,1) and Lefferdink (1,1) all chipped in two points apiece for the Falcons.
Both teams are back in action on May 5th. La Costa Canyon is back in action at Pacific Ridge, and Torrey Pines is on the road against Poway. Look for all of these teams to play hard, as the push for the playoffs continues.