Seawolves comeback effort falls short against Santa Clara

Chippy, scrappy, and physical.

You simply can’t talk about Sonoma State Men’s Lacrosse game versus Santa Clara without using these words. The first quarter started fast, just not in the way the Seawolves would have wanted. 

Within the first five minutes, they would find themselves in an early 3-0 hole to the visiting Santa Clara Broncos.

And that 3-0 lead would soon be expanded to 7-0  by Santa Clara, due to multiple illegal hit penalties committed by Sonoma State forcing them to play the undesirable man-down defense. 

“The team just needs to limit the penalties, and just calm down on some of the late hits and the pushing and shoving,” senior Angelo Lagomarsino said.

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But when things seem to be getting out of hand for the Seawolves, junior Justin Baer netted a goal late in the first quarter, not only getting the boys in white on the board but also providing a much-needed spark for the Seawolves.

“Just seeing that first goal go in, it just kind of flipped a switch in our heads, and really helped us refocus and give us a spark we needed,” said senior Brent Tovrea.

At the start of the second quarter, it was clear that the Seawolves were re energized, as they came out full throttle going on a 4-0 run with goals coming from Tovera, freshman Hayden Dall, and junior Joey Piombo.

And to go along with the uptick in offense, the Seawolves defense stepped up as well holding the Broncos attack goalless for 14 minutes.  

The only blemish of the quarter would come in the form of a Santa Clara goal making it at an 8-5 game at half time.

This, unfortunately, would be the closest the score would be for the rest of the game, as similar issues would arise for Sonoma State in the second half.

The third quarter would start with both teams trading goals, including the second of the day for Piombo.

However, Santa Clara would proceed to rattle off three more goals in the quarter making it a 12- 6 game and forcing the Seawolves to call a timeout.

Sonoma State would again mount another comeback effort with goals from team captains Spencer O’Reilly and senior Angelo Lagomarsino, marking it a 12-8 game heading into the fourth quarter. 

The Seawolves would score one more goal, courtesy of Chase Barloga, with eight minutes left in the game.

However, it would be to no avail, as the final nail would be put in the Seawolves coffin when Santa Clara scored their thirteenth goal of the game with four minutes left to go in the game. A goal that was again aided by a Sonoma State penalty.

Overall, the same mistakes such as poor passing and untimely penalties would prevent Sonoma State from finding the same offensive groove they were in all of the second quarter, and it ended up costing them the game. 

Lagomarsino talked after the game about how the team would deal with the loss. “Obviously it’s not the result that we wanted, but we just have to take what we can from it and learn. We just have to stay positive and keep moving forward,” he said.

The team now sits at 1-1 at the very early stages of the season, and look to get back into the win column next week as they will battle against Bay Area rival Stanford University, Saturday, Feb. 23.