A scoring spurt over the last five minutes of the first half and five goals by Erik Adamson and Cameron Cole gave Foothill its fifth consecutive U.S. Lacrosse South Division 1 boys' championship. Naturally, it was a five-goal victory.
Top-seeded Foothill beat second-seeded St. Margaret's, 15-10, on Wednesday at Mission Viejo High with a stellar defensive effort at the end of the first half.
Foothill will attempt to win its fifth consecutive Southern Section title on Saturday, 2:45 p.m., at Redondo Union High. The Knights will play North representative Mira Costa.
St. Margaret's (14-3) was a game opponent, especially in the early going. The Tartans held a lead until Mitchell Pok scored with 9:19 left in the half to tie the score at 4-4. Foothill (17-4) put the squeeze on St. Margaret's offense for the rest of the half. Adam Dainko, Cole and Josh Peterman scored over the last five minutes before the break for a 7-4 lead.
That was the separation Foothill needed to hold off the Tartans the rest of the way as the champions prevented the challengers from scoring consecutive goals. Adamson scored three goals in the third quarter and Foothill took a 10-6 lead into the fourth quarter.
It's the second time St. Margaret's fell short in the championship to Foothill; the Tartans also lost in the 2008 South final.
Foothill played without team captain Brad Bochesa for the second consecutive game. He was injured in an accident at home when he ran through a plate glass window. He won't play for the rest of the season. Mason Flannery, who played in place of Bochesa, scored two goals.
Josh Giglio had 17 saves for Foothill.
Pok led St. Margaret's with three goals, while Alex Waller and Matt Duenes scored twice each.