Pulls Away from St. Margaret’s With Late Outburst

In a battle that lived up to the hype,  No. 1 in the West defeated No. 5 St. Margaret’s 11-7.  The Falcons who are also ranked no. 20 nationally were unable to shake free from the dogged Tartans until midway in the fourth quarter when they scored three goals within 90 seconds to unlock a 7-7 score.

“When we’re out in transition, we’re just more athletic and deeper than teams and that is our strength, so we got back to doing what we do,” said Torrey Pines head coach .

The game was physical throughout with both defenses keeping the score in check.  The Falcons took a slim 2-1 lead after the first quarter with both of their goals coming off costly turnovers from St. Margarets.

“[Torrey Pines] has a very good defense,” said St. Margaret’s head coach . “We were definitely tight to get started. A little nervous, unfortunately.”

The Falcons looked like they might pull away when they opened up a 5-2 lead in the second quarter but the Tartans reeled them back in with two late man-up goals to make it a 5-4 game going into the half.

led the Falcons with three goals in their 11-7 win over St. Margarets on Friday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

The Tartans had their best quarter in the third, tying the game at sevens.  With the defenses locked in, the score remained the same until midway through the final quarter and it looked like this one might go down to the wire.

However, things can change quickly when the Torrey Pines transition game kicks into gear and it did. The Falcons won a couple of clutch faceoffs and scored three goals within a minute and a half ahead of each other. A late goal secured the 11-7 win for the Falcons.

“We thrive in chaos and we need to get up and down because we’re athletic, so that’s sort of how we play,” Zissi said. “[St. Margarets] played a zone against us and tried to slow it down to their pace and they had some success, at least in the second and third quarter.”

(3 goals) and (3 assists) led Torrey Pines in scoring with three points apiece, and (2g), (1g, 1a), (2a), (1g), (1g), (1g), (1g), (1g), and (1a) contributed point tallies. had 10 saves in the cage for the Falcons.

had two goals and two assists in St. Margarets’ 11-7 loss to Torrey Pines on Friday in San Diego (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

(2g, 2a) and  (2g, 2a) led the Tartans offense with four points each, while  (2g) and (1g) also contributed offensively. St. Margarets had trouble figuring out Torrey Pines’ defense for most of the game, committing 11 turnovers.

Torrey Pines will take on Bishops School (7-3) on the road later today while St. Margarets will conclude their regular season on the road at El Dorado (6-7) on Tuesday.

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com