St. Margaret’s lacrosse leaves no doubt with scoring blitz to beat Foothill

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – St. Margaret’s outlasted Foothill 13-9 Tuesday to solidify its spot as the top lacrosse team in Orange County.

St Margaret’s (14-1) scored seven consecutive goals in the third quarter, with six of the goals coming in a three-minute span.

The Tartans led Foothill 6-4 at halftime then launched their scoring blitz at the start of the third period to essentially secure the victory.

Midfielder Conrad Hampson scored back-to-back goals to start the third quarter as St. Margaret’s extended its lead to four.

St. Margaret’s midfielder Conrad Hampson scored a team-high 4 goals in the Tartan’s 13-9 win over Foothill in a battle between the top teams in the county. Cameo by @ZachCav. @ocvarsity @SMESAthletics pic.twitter.com/Itus15CFyY

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After a Foothill penalty, Andy Shin scored and attackman Kevin Groeninger scored on the ensuing face-off to put St. Margaret’s ahead by six goals.

Garrett Kuntz scored and on the ensuing face-off and Hampson scored his fourth goal of the game to extend the Tartans’ lead to 12-4.

“Conrad has been a stud all year and he’s been waiting for this game a long time,” St. Margaret’s coach Glen Miles said of Hampson. “These guys all play together during the summer and this game means a lot to all of them.”

Midfielder Trevor Peay scored a man-up goal to finish the Tartans’ run and extend the lead to 13-4.

“The seniors took it upon themselves to not let them (Foothill) back into the game and own the first couple of minutes (of the third quarter),” Miles said. “Lacrosse is a game of runs, and fortunately it was a good run. Without it, we would have been in trouble.”

“We came together as a team,” Hampson said, “. . . (and) thought about what we needed to do. As long as we do what we’re supposed to do and run our plays, we can succeed.”

A major contributor to St. Margaret’s success was the dominant performance from face-off man Stuart Pollard. Pollard won 18 of 23 face-offs to help St. Margaret’s keep the ball away from Foothill’s high-powered offense.

“The face-off situation in the third quarter was obviously very helpful,” Miles said. “Stuart works really hard. It’s a big part of the game and some years you have somebody with that skill.”

“Face-offs were a really big part of the game. All those extra possessions and we just needed a few more,” Foothill coach Jon Fox said.

Foothill (15-3) scored the last five goals of the game. Andrew Cumming scored four goals for the Knights and Troy Hofer scored three goals.

St. Margaret’s and Foothill are the top two teams in the US Lacrosse coaches’ poll. Tuesday’s game impact where the teams are seeded for the US Lacrosse Orange County playoffs, which Foothill won last season.

“The playoffs will be interesting. But the first four or five teams in the playoffs can beat anybody else,” Miles said. “Seedings matter a little bit, but you have to beat everybody anyways.”

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Boys and girls lacrosse playoffs: Saturday’s scores, Wednesday’s schedule

Scores from Saturday’s games in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern California playoffs, and the schedule for Wednesday’s regional finals.

BOYS LACROSSE

ORANGE COUNTY AREA
Semifinals, Saturday
Corona del Mar 13, St. Margaret’s 4
Foothill 14, San Clemente 9

O.C. Final, Wednesday
At Irvine High, 7 p.m.
Corona del Mar (18-2) vs. Foothill (13-10)

LOS ANGELES AREA
Semifinals, Saturday
Palos Verdes 16, Agoura 8
Loyola 13, Oaks Christian 6

L.A. Final, Wednesday
At Mira Costa High, 4 p.m.
Palos Verdes (17-4) vs. Loyola (19-4)

Upcoming schedule
Orange County vs. L.A. championship game, Saturday, May 13, at Palos Verdes High, noon

GIRLS LACROSSE

ORANGE COUNTY AREA
Semifinals, Saturday
Mater Dei 9, St. Margaret’s 8
Foothill 10, Newport Harbor 2

O.C. Final, Wednesday
At Irvine High, 5 p.m.
Mater Dei (14-5) vs. Foothill (14-5)

LOS ANGELES AREA
Semifinals, Saturday
Chaminade 9, Cate 6
Redondo 11, Agoura 6

L.A. Final, Wednesday
At Mira Costa High, 7 p.m.
Chaminade (18-3) vs. Redondo (15-3)

Upcoming schedule
Orange County vs. L.A. championship game, Saturday, May 13, at Palos Verdes High, 10 a.m.

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