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Warriors hold off Chaparral, 7-4

On Wednesday, March 10, the Fallbrook boys’ varsity lacrosse team kicked off the season against the Chaparral Pumas. The two teams seemed equally matched in the beginning of the game. However, the Warriors proved that they were the better team as they pulled away with a 7-4 victory.

In the first quarter, the pace of the game was slow as both teams struggled to consistently maintain possession of the ball. Chaparral gained the momentum when they scored eight minutes into the quarter. Fallbrook grew more comfortable with the ball movement as the game progressed, and Warrior Austin Jenkin was able to tie the game.

The players were sharper in the second quarter. One minute into the period, Fallbrook’s Jared Yeatman gave the Warriors their first lead. Two minutes later, Chaparral tied the game once again. The Warriors displayed a volatile fast break attack when Erik Jenkin scored two goals in the final minutes of the second quarter. At halftime, Fallbrook led 4-2.

The third quarter served as an opportunity for the Warriors to extend their lead. Troy Monson scored five minutes into the quarter and Yeatman scored his second goal to give Fallbrook a 6-2 lead.

Chaparral tried their best to make a comeback, but the Warriors key players held the Pumas to two goals in the final quarter. In addition, Fallbrook’s Scott Vancil shut the door with another Warrior goal. The final score was 7-4.

After a respectable season last year, the Warriors hope to improve and make the CIF Playoffs this year. Seniors made up half of the varsity roster last year, and this season the team is very young. Many may consider this season to be a rebuilding year. However, there is much talent within the underclassmen as well as veteran leadership within the upperclassmen.

After the game, Erik Jenkin said, “We played a great game. We struggled with passing the ball, and we’ll have to work on that during practice the next few days.” The Warriors did find some trouble moving the ball in settled situations. Their fast break game was heavily relied upon for scoring opportunities.

Fallbrook’s rookie head coach, Paul Morgan, was pleased with the performance of his young team. “We only have two or three seniors on the team. Eighty to ninety percent of our team is underclassmen. We need them to step up this season and mature,” said Morgan. He stressed that his players must hustle and avoid making careless errors late in games for the team to gain successful results this season.

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