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East Bay Boys Lacrosse Notebook

By Matt Smith
Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 3:27 pm in Lacrosse.

Back at the end of March and beginning of April, the Amador Valley High School boys lacrosse team hit a rough patch.
The Dons lost two of three games, losing to De La Salle and Monte Vista by a combined score of 26-16 in a pair of East Bay Athletic League games.

“First of all, both De La Salle and Monte Vista are very good lacrosse teams,” Amador Valley coach Rory Manley said. “We were actually playing well before those two losses. We are a young team, 22 juniors and four sophomores, and we seem to play better each week.”
Since then, the Dons won seven matches in a row, winning those by a combined score of 90-36. This streak moved the Dons back to No. 2 in the East Bay Boys Lacrosse Rankings, and moved them to 13-2 overall.
“We are playing well now, the hustle, teamwork and camaraderie has all came together,” Manley said. “Our three-game trip to San Diego was a great team event capped by a close and exciting one-goal championship win over a very good and very classy Santa Margarita Catholic lacrosse team. That momentum carried over in our second game against last year’s NCS champion San Ramon Valley.”
More importantly, it has made them 8-2 in EBAL play, remaining two games behind unbeaten De La Salle. Now, the Dons get a chance to seek a little revenge on the team that handed them their worst loss of the season, a 13-7 defeat at home.
“We are very anxious to play this very good lacrosse team again,” Manley said. “In our first game they found a hole in our defense and exploited it very well and jumped out to an 8-1 lead. We want to play our best game of the year on Tuesday.”
A win would put Amador Valley just a game behind the Spartans, and would make the final two weeks of EBAL play, very, very exciting; as if it wasn’t going to be already.
Monte Vista, Foothill and San Ramon Valley could all very easily finish somewhere between second and fifth.
The stretch run in the EBAL, and the run towards the post-season, should be very interesting.

Question and Answer with Amador Valley’s Flaherty

This week I spoke with Amador Valley sophomore Mitch Flaherty, who westsidelax.com named as the top sophomore lacrosse player in the Western States, from Minnesota to the West Coast. He has a cannon, unleashing a shot that can travel from 90-95 mph.

Most people in the NCS lacrosse world know you have a very fast shot. Is there a secret behind it?
There is no real secret to a fast shot. It’s all fundamentals and how much torque you can create using your whole body.

How do you think Amador Valley will stack up to the other top teams in the NCS playoffs?
This year has been a very surprising year for us. In my opinion, we can play with even the toughest competitors in NCS.

What got you into lacrosse?
Well, a bunch of my neighbors were lacrosse players and I played with them every once in a while so that’s what pretty much got me hooked.

What is your favorite high school lacrosse moment or memory?
My first goal freshman year against Redwood in overtime to win it.

What movie or song/songs on your iPod get you the most pumped up before a game?
Say Yeah-Wiz Khalifa, Hood Mentality- Ice Cube, Show Me My Opponent- Lil Wayne.

Rankings

The only change is Bentley climbing up one spot to No. 12, knocking Cal down to No. 13.

1. De La Salle (12-2)
2. Amador Valley (13-2)
3. San Ramon Valley (9-7)
4. Monte Vista (10-6)
5. Foothill (10-6)
6. Acalanes (10-3)
7. Berkeley (11-1)
8. Las Lomas (9-3)
9. Piedmont (9-6)
10. Clayton Valley (13-3)
11. Miramonte (9-6)
12. Bentley (9-4)
13. California (7-9)
14. Campolindo (7-8)
15. College Park (8-4)

League standings

BCL
Team Overall League GB
Cardinal Newman (10-5) 7-0 -
Marin Ac. (9-2) 9-2 -
University-SF (12-5) 6-1 1
Bentley (9-4) 8-4 1.5
Lick-Wilmerding (6-7) 3-4 4
Sonoma Ac. (3-7) 3-6 5
Urban-SF (3-7) 3-7 5.5
Head-Royce (2-7) 1-7 6.5
Stuart Hall (0-10) 0-9 8

BSAL
Team Overall League GB
Berkeley (11-1) 6-0 -
Piedmont (9-6) 5-1 1
Bishop O’Dowd (4-11) 3-4 3.5
St. Mary’s (3-9) 1-5 5
Davis (4-11) 1-6 5.5

DFAL
Team Overall League GB
Acalanes (10-3) 7-0 -
Las Lomas (9-3) 6-1 1
Miramonte (9-6) 6-2 1.5
Campolindo (7-8) 4-4 3.5
Dublin (4-10) 3-5 4.5
Alhambra (4-11) 2-7 6
Dougherty Valley (1-14) 0-9 8

DVAL
Team Overall League GB
Clayton Valley (13-3) 5-0 -
College Park (8-4) 4-1 1
Northgate (5-7) 1-4 4
Berean Christian (1-9) 0-5 5

EBAL
Team Overall League GB
De La Salle (12-2) 10-0 -
Amador Valley (13-2) 8-2 2
Monte Vista (10-6) 7-3 3
Foothill (10-6) 6-4 4
San Ramon Valley (9-7) 6-4 4
California (7-9) 2-8 8
Livermore (5-9) 1-9 9
Granada (1-14) 0-10 10

For questions, comments, to report scores, update standings or add players to the watch list, please email Matt Smith at mhsmith78@gmail.com.

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