Lechuza stomps Equuleus, 14-8, in
Hampton Cup opener
By Alex Webbe
Lechuza (Victor Vargas, Mariano Gracida, Juan Martin Nero and Tomas Goti) played
the part of a rude house guest by drubbing Equuleus (Martin Pepa, Magoo Laprida,
Mariano Gonzalez and Joe DiMenna) 14-8 on the Equuleus home field Friday afternoon
in the opening match of the 2013 Hampton Cup.
Mariano Gonzalez scored the only goal of the first chukker to put Equuleus on top, 1-
0 after the first chukker of play, but that would be their last lead of the game. Lechuza
racked three goals in the second chukker—all on penalty goals—while shutting out the
Equuleus offense for a 3-1 advantage. Tomas Goti scored twice and Juan Martin Nero
added a gal for the lead.
Lechuza team captain Victor Vargas scored the opening goal of the second chukker, 4-
1, but Equuleus stormed back. Gonzalez responded with a pair of goals (one from the
field and one on a penalty shot). Lechuza continued to lead, but Equuleus cut the lead
down to a single goal, 4-3, at the end of the first half.
The fourth chukker belonged to Lechuza as Nero added three more goals and Mariano
Gracida scored his first goal of the day. Equuleus was shutout for the second time
and Conditions didn’t improve for Equuleus much in the fifth. Gracida scored twice
and Vargas and Goti (penalty conversion) each scored once, extending the Lechuza
lead to nine goals, 12-3. Gonzalez converted a pair of penalty shots for Equuleus, but
Gracida’s third goal of the chukker ended the scoring with Lechuza firmly in control of a
Lechuza cruised through the final chukker, picking up a single goal from team captain
Victor Vargas. Martin Pepa scored his first goal of the afternoon, and Gonzalez scored
twice in the 14-8 loss to Lechuza.
A balanced Lechuza attack had Gracida and Nero scoring four goals apiece. Goti and
Vargas each scored three goals for the win. Equuleus got seven goals from Gonzalez
and Pepa added a single goal in the 13-8 loss.
Saturday’s action in the 2013 Hampton Cup will feature White Birch (Del Carroll, Joao
Ganon, Mariano Aguerre and Peter Brant) and Heathcote (Steve Lefkowitz, Naco
Taverna, Tommy Biddle and Nick Manifold).
The game will mark the return of White Birch 9-goaler Mariano Aguerre to the lineup
after being sidelined for a number of weeks with a knee injury.