La Costa Canyon has been one of Southern California’s best boys lacrosse teams for the last six years.
But the Mavericks were 2,745 miles away from home on Wednesday night, facing a Salesianum team eager to show them that East Coast lacrosse is superior. The Sals’ message came through loud and clear, as Troy Reeder scored five goals to lead the home team to a 12-5 victory at Baynard Stadium.
“It’s a pretty big rivalry, playing a team from the West Coast,” Reeder said. “We came out and showed them what we’re all about. It was a good opportunity to play a different style of game against a different style of team.”
La Costa Canyon, located in Carlsbad, Calif., is 106-13 over the last six seasons, and was 7-1 coming into this game. The Mavericks’ bus was involved in a minor accident near Baltimore earlier Wednesday, delaying their arrival by three hours. The game started 38 minutes behind schedule, but Canyon coach Jesse Foss said his team was ready.
They just weren’t ready for Reeder.
“[Reeder] was a little better than we thought he’d be,” Foss said. “We knew he was going to be good, we just didn’t know he would be so dominant. … He’s a lot more polished of a player than we expected.”
It was 2-2 after one quarter, with both teams trying to decipher the other’s style of play. But the Sals hit the accelerator in the second quarter.
Reeder scored on a pass from Samuel Fink. Michael Sanzone passed to Jason Kelly for a goal on a fast break. Reeder converted a pass from Bailey Martin. Kelly fired in an underhand shot off Sean Giampietro’s assist. Martin scored while the Sals were a man up, and Craig Zebrowski found the net just seven seconds after the Canyon penalty expired.
Just like that, Salesianum (4-2) led 8-2 with 3:46 left in the half.
“We just kind of realized that we were the better team, and we kicked it into a higher gear,” Reeder said. “We came out much more intense in the second quarter.”
The Mavericks have been to the East Coast before, playing in New York and Maryland on previous trips. They will play at St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) today and at Penn Charter (Pa.) on Saturday before returning home. But Wednesday’s loss was their most lopsided on the East Coast.
“We’ve gone to upstate New York and played a couple of their best teams, and we’ve done pretty well,” Foss said. “… As far as the scoreboard, [Salesianum] is definitely the best team we’ve played out here in a long time.”
Kelly added three goals, and Fink had two goals and two assists for Sallies. Giampietro didn’t find the net, but made a huge contribution with four assists.
“Everyone is doubling me quick, so I’ve got to look to move it,” Giampietro said. “All of my teammates are getting open in the right spots, and I’m just getting it through.”
The Sals often battle top teams from surrounding states, but this was their first matchup against a West Coast opponent.
“This was definitely a highlight on the schedule,” Giampietro said. “They’re coming from Cali, so we wanted to show them what East Coast lacrosse is like, especially Delaware.”