St. Margaret's pours it on in fourth to claim title


MANHATTAN BEACH – The St. Margaret’s boys lacrosse team put the full assortment of weapons on display in Saturday’s U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section championship game.

The Tartans received goals from eight players, goalie Peyton Fales had 10 saves, including several big moments in the fourth period and faceoff specialist Ryan Harnisch turned in another dominant performance.

In the end, it all added up to a 14-8 victory for the Tartans over Palos Verdes to claim their second Southern Section title in the past three years.

The teams met in March with St. Margaret’s winning, 11-8.

“It was a fun season. We faced adversity in this game, and we were expecting that,” Harnisch said. “We won it in the fourth quarter. We won this as a team. It was a team win for sure … defense, offense, faceoffs, wings, goalie, everyone together.”

The game was tied at halftime (7-7) and 8-8 at the end of the third period.

Nick Shanks broke the tie with a goal with 10:51 left. The Tartans scored five more goals in the period (another from Shanks and solo goals from Samuel Harnisch, Patrick Fallon, Erik Suh and Nicholas Kuljis) to wrap up the game.

“We didn’t face too much adversity in too many other games,” Ryan Harnisch said. “It was interesting with the game tied toward the end.”

Suh led the Tartans with four goals. Shanks, Kuljis and Samuel Harnisch had two goals apiece.

Ryan Harnisch credited the team’s unselfish approach as a key in not only Saturday’s victory but throughout the season.

“It doesn’t matter who it is, upperclassmen, someone playing a different position, whoever has to make a play will make it,” he said. “It is not one guy trying to go through everyone. We run our plays and whoever has to shoot it, will shoot it.”

Fallon, Ryan Harnisch, Kevin Cox and Conrad Hampson had single goals for the Tartans.

The Tartans allowed just one goal in the second half and that came at the 8:27 mark of the third period.

“The defense struggle a little bit and then we had some little mistakes that we had to tighten up and I felt we did at halftime,” St. Margaret’s coach Glen Miles said. “They (Palos Verdes) played great defense as well,” Miles said. “We turned the ball over a little bit too much and for three quarters they made things really hard … it was a great team effort.”

St. Margaret’s defeated Harvard-Westlake in the 2013 Southern Section final.

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