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St. Margaret's captured another Orange County Championship, beating Foothill 17-10 after successfully digging itself out of a three-goal hole early in the game. The Tartans controlled the second half, outpacing the Knights 11-4 behind the face-off prowess of OC Final MVP Stuart Pollard. The Holy Cross commit was tremendous all evening, going 29 for 31 at the x and notching an assist.
"Everyday we come out to work hard and I think it showed tonight," said Pollard. "We always try to focus on our team and our fundamentals, not what the opponent is doing."
The Tartans needed all that focus to overcome a physical Foothill squad who jumped out to an early 4-1 lead before St. Margaret's stormed back, eventually settling into a 6-6 halftime score.
St. Margaret's offense was potent as usual with freshman Cooper Barkate supplying four goals and three assists while sophomore Nate Sanchez stung the Knights with four goals and an assist. University of Utah commit Koa Todd led the Tartans on several scoring runs, winding up with four goals on the evening. Bryant University commit Kevin Groeninger added another milestone, becoming the first player in California state history to crack the 400-point mark with two goals and three assists. He now has 404 career points.
The Tartans will look to avenge last year's Southern Section title game loss to Loyola HS, drawing the Cubs again in the championship match. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at Mira Costa High School on Saturday, May 11.