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East Bay Boys Lacrosse Notebook

By Matt Smith
Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at 4:42 pm in Lacrosse.

The playoff brackets have been announced, and I am glad to see that the North Coast Section’s lacrosse playoff committee got it right.

Five East Bay Athletic League teams got into the playoffs, which is the way it should have been. Those teams were De La Salle, Monte Vista, Amador Valley, San Ramon Valley and Foothill.

“There were definitiley five strong EBAL teams,” De La Salle coach Bob O’Meara said. “They are all deserving to be in NCS. They got the 12 strongest teams.”

And as I predicted last week, Las Lomas and Miramonte snagged the final two at-large berths.

The De La Salle Spartans, ranked No. 1 in our East Bay rankings for much of the season, claim the No. 1 seed by virtue of winning the EBAL crown.

Despite two losses late in the year, the Spartans are probably still the favorite, even though O’Meara is quick to point out that the top seeds are all very tough.

“I think the four top teams are really playing great lacrosse,” O’Meara said. “There are going to be some great games coming down the road. Amador Valley and Monte Vista are playing well right now and Acalanes has a tremendous defense and can match up well with pretty much anyone.”

Those two aforementioned losses were both one-goal defeats and came at the hands of Amador Valley and Monte Vista, which tied for second in the EBAL. The Mustangs edged out the top-ranked Dons 10-9 in the final week, giving De La Salle the crown, but is also gave them the No. 2 seed.

Amador Valley will be No. 3 and Acalanes is No. 4. Those teams all have first-round byes.

Berkeley earned the No. 5 seed with a tremendous 16-1 seasons, and will host University-San Francisco, the champions of the Bay Counties League.

San Ramon Valley, the defending champs, are No. 6 and will face Redwood of the Marin County Athletic League. Foothill earns the No. 7 and will face No. 10 Miramonte. Las Lomas earns the No. 8 and will travel to face No. 9 Clayton Valley.

Here is how the bracket shakes out:

 

FIRST ROUND

Wednesday, May 13

No. 9 Clayton Valley v. No. 8 Las Lomas

No. 5 Berkeley v. No. 12 University-SF

No. 7 Foothill v. No. 10 Miramonte

No. 6 San Ramon Valley v. No. 11 Redwood

Byes: No. 1 De La Salle, No. 2 Monte Vista, No. 3 Amador Valley, No. 4 Aacalnes.

 

Rankings

 

Monte Vista will be the top-ranked team in the poll when the playoffs starts, with the Dons dropping just one spot. Acalanes won the Diablo Foothill Athletic League, despite losing to Miramonte. The Dons went 2-1 last week and move up to No. 4.

Congratulations also goes out to Clayton Valley for winning the Diablo Valley Athletic League. Berkeley wrapped up the Bay Shore Athletic League the previous week.

 

1. Monte Vista (14-6)

2. Amador Valley (15-2)

3. De La Salle (14-4)

4. Acalanes (14-4)

5. San Ramon Valley (11-9)

6. Foothill (12-8)

7. Berkeley (16-1)

8. Las Lomas (13-4)

9. Clayton Valley (17-3)

10. Miramonte (13-7)

11. Piedmont (11-8)

12. California (9-11)

13. Bentley (9-6)

14. Campolindo (9-10)

15. College Park (10-6)

 

League standings

 

BSAL

Team Overall League GB

Berkeley (16-1) 8-0 -

Piedmont (11-8) 6-2 2

Bishop O’Dowd (4-13) 3-5 5

Davis (5-13) 2-6 6

St. Mary’s (3-11) 1-7 7

 

DFAL

Team Overall League GB

Acalanes (14-4) 11-1 -

Las Lomas (13-4) 10-2 1

Miramonte (13-7) 9-3 2

Campolindo (9-10) 6-6 5

Dublin (5-13) 4-8 7

Alhambra (4-14) 2-10 9

Dougherty Valley (1-17) 0-12 11

 

DVAL

Team Overall League GB

Clayton Valley (17-3) 9-0 -

College Park (10-6) 6-3 3

Northgate (6-10) 2-7 7

Berean Christian (2-12) 1-8 8

 

EBAL

Team Overall League GB

De La Salle (14-4) 12-2 -

Amador Valley (16-3) 11-3 1

Monte Vista (14-6) 11-3 1

San Ramon Valley (11-9) 8-6 4

Foothill (12-8) 8-6 4

California (9-11) 4-10 8

Livermore (5-13) 1-13 11

Granada (2-17) 1-13 11

 

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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  • EBAL FAN

    Lacrosse post season –

    Saw Foothill-Amador the other night. Foothill is pretty banged up (six players out) and still pushed Amador with basically the Foothill JV team on the field. Can’t figure out Amador at all — win in San Diego, come home, beat De La Salle on the road, then lose to Monte Vista and struggle against a Foothill team which is a shell of it’s early season self. Throw a dart at the top three teams and there’s your NCS champ…whoever shows up to play wins this… Acalanes was out scouting the AV-Foot game, but I don’t think they could get much as both teams were average at best.

  • Steve Shankings

    How do you have Campolindo ranked 14th Miramonte Las Lomas and Acalanes beat them by double digits with their backups in….