It was a cold and rainy home opener but that seemed to bring the best out of the Seawolf transition offense and man down defense. Claremont kept the game competitive early, but the precision of Sonoma State smothered Claremont in the big win.
The first quarter quickly entered a lock at 2-2. Sophomore Hayden Dall then proceeded to score and assist on three consecutive goals to close the quarter at 5-2. “The rain made the beginning of the game pretty sloppy and difficult but I think we came together and finished strong,” Dall said.
The Seawolves were plagued by penalties to open the second quarter. Although their man-down defense played well, eventually it was too much to overcome and Claremont scored to make it 5-3.
Junior midfielder, Joey Piombo, scored three goals in the game. Piombo was a top three goal scorer for the team last year and is excited about the team as he enters his third season.
Multiple penalties initially troubled the Seawolves production, but penalty trouble did not bother the Seawolves for long. They would close the first half by scoring three goals making the score 9-4.
The second half would see the Seawolves pull away in the game. Bad passing paired with the pressure of Sonoma State’s defense constantly interrupted Claremont’s flow. Due to this, they struggled to transition and sustain offensive pressure.
The third quarter opened with goals from Piombo and Dall, quickly making the score 11-4. After Claremont scored, the Seawolves would then erupt for five consecutive goals. The third quarter ended with the score at 16-6.
The fourth quarter gave head coach Panchito Ojeda the luxury of trying some different combinations of players on the field. After a strong three quarters, goalie Jackson Feinstein was relieved and Andrew Moore was able to see some time in net.
With their defense playing well and the offense firing on all cylinders, Sonoma State would score all five goals in the final quarter, making the final score 21-6.
The offense was led by senior standout, Angelo Lagomarsino and sophomore, Hayden Dall. They had a clear connection in the game, scoring and setting up many of the Seawolf goals. With Dall scoring six and Lagomarsino scoring five, the Seawolves have plenty of offensive talent to be excited about this season.
Lagomarsino, who serves as a captain on the team, was proud of the team with their first game and win of the year, “I feel good about the game. We played a lot of man down defense but our goaltending and man down squad played outstanding,”
The men’s lacrosse team, which have a storied history of winning and success, have their eyes set on winning the championship this year.
The Seawolves next game is at Rancho Cotate High School against Santa Clara on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 pm.