By Michael Bower
By the time the Poway High boys lacrosse team showed some fight Tuesday night, 24 minutes had passed and Torrey Pines helped itself to a six-goal lead. There was no catching the Falcons after that.
Torrey Pines led by as many as seven in the first half and held the host Titans scoreless for the first 16-minutes, 28-seconds en route to an 11-4 win in a game between two of the top teams in the San Diego Section.
“I don’t know who that team was in the first half,” first-year Titans’ coach Zack Burke said. “We didn’t have the ball. We didn’t win a faceoff. We didn’t win the groundball battle. Torrey Pines wanted it more than us. They were the better team and they deserved to win.”
It was the first loss of the season for Poway (4-1), which will play in the eight-team Open Division section playoffs along with Torrey Pines in May. The Titans won just five face offs to the Falcons’ 14.
The defense gave up an unprecedented seven goals in the first 16 minutes of the game and eight goals by halftime. Before Tuesday, the Titans allowed no more than eight goals in an entire game.
“We kind of played timid,” Burke said. “All season so far we have been out pressing and bringing a lot of energy, but we really sat back and were not aggressive and that is not our style. In the second half, we came out as a different team, but it was too little too late. Give a team like Torrey Pines that kind of lead and it is lights out.”
Poway scored two unanswered goals to open the third quarter, pulling within 8-4. But Torrey Pines’ Corey Black, who finished with three scores, put a halt to the run with back-to-back goals. One positive for the Titans was they played right with Torrey Pines over the final 24 minutes.
“Torrey Pines is a team we have to go through to win the CIF championship,” Burke said. “It is good for my team to see a legit team play and play against them and say ‘OK, we can play with these guys.’”
Four different players found the back of the net for the Titans (Austin Greaves, Wyatt Miller, Ryan Sharpe and Jack Dolan). Leading the way for the Falcons was Eli Suhadolnik, who scored a game-high three goals.