SUDBURY – Foothill Santa Ana left the warmth and gorgeous weather provided by the California sun to find a sleet storm and hail-covered Lincoln-Sudbury turf less than welcoming.
The Warriors scored eight of the game’s first 11 goals and held off the a comeback effort from the top-ranked team in California to finish with a 13-11 triumph Wednesday afternoon.
The Knights brought with them a star-studded squad with four division 1 commits, and none came with more hype than University of Denver committedattackman Nate Marano. L-S didn’t know much more than a name and reputation but its defense kept him quiet for the majority of the game. Marano did have five goals, but three of those didn’t come until the final frame.
“We had no idea about this team walking in,” Lincoln-Sudbury’s Nick Brindisisaid. “We knew [Marano] was a of a player but we’ve got good defenders. That’s one of the best kids we’ll face all yearoffensively. We knew we had to hit the body on him. We watched film and saw people chasing sticks on him; with a guy like that you got to hit the body. We shut that kid down which is really the turning point of the game.”
After surrendering the game’s first two goals the Warriors found their stride. Midfielder Harlan Smart scored two of his three goals to keep things even after one quarter.
L-S began to open things up in the second, stringing together four straight scores over a span of 3:31 to take a 6-3 lead at the half. Brindisi had a pair of goals and an assist in the second and finished with a game-high seven points (five goals, two helpers).
“We had a friend of the program come scout us the last two games, and we wrote it up in the locker room what the scout said about us,” Lincoln-Sudbury coach Brian Vona said. “A lot of guys got called out in that scout which was really interesting, and a few guys who stepped up today, Nick was one of them.”
LS drastically outshot Santa Ana, 38-20, but Santa Ana goalie Ryan Blank put on a stellar show in cage. The St. John’s commit turned away 14 Warrior shots.
“The goalie was excellent,” Vona said. “You have to change the plane against those guys, and that’s the only time we started scoring on them.”
The Warriors kept the pressure on the third quarter with a six-goal period. Connor McCarthy finished his hat trick in the third, and Eric Holden had his lone goal in the third. Holden also had three assists.
Santa Ana made a run in the second half, keyed by a pair of goals by Marano early in the fourth to cut the deficit to 12-9, but the Warriors defense kept the Knights off the board for the next three minutes, which gave the offense time to get a much-needed insurance goal midway through the fourth from Brindisi.
Cam Hyde, who won the postgame “dirty ball” award for his grittiness on the field, spearheaded the defensive effort for the Warriors.
“He was a shorty last year, and he’s coming into his own this year as a long pole,’ Brindisi said. “He had a ton of huge ground , pushed transition very well today. I’m excited for him; he’s been busting his in practice.”