By Matt Smith
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 at 1:16 pm in Lacrosse.
The East Bay boys lacrosse team was announced today, and the first team appeared in the newspaper.
Here are the first, second and third teams.
MVP: Kyle Riddle, Amador Valley, attack, Sr. — Riddle was the most dangeroud scorer in the East Bay this year, winning EBAL MVP honors after scoring 102 points which includes 87 goals and 15 assists. He also had 52 ground balls and was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American.
COACH: Edward Hill, Berkeley — Hill took the Berkeley program over from a very good coach in Mike Costanza, and in his first season at the helm of the Yellow Jackets, he guided them quite far into the North Coast Section playoffs. Hill took the ‘Jackets all the way to the NCS semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Berkeley. However, along the way, Berkeley was able to avenge what was its only loss to that point. Early in the year, Berkeley lost to Acalanes, 7-3, but in the quarterfinals (after a win over University-San Francisco) the Yellow Jackets got pay back. They topped Acalanes 6-5, which set them up with a chance at top-ranked De La Salle. Hill, a former player at Berkeley, graduated in 2002 and soon found himself at his alma mater as the man in charge after working with Costanza for a number of years.
Harrison Cooper, De La Salle, attack, Sr. — Cooper was a very potent scorer for the Spartans and could score in bunches. He scored three goals in the NCS title game and finished with 57 goals and 23 assists as he was named first team All-EBAL.
Ryan Lieber, Monte Vista, attack, Jr. — Lieber did it all for the Mustangs as he helped them to the NCS title game. He could score, netting 43 goals, he could pass, handing out 27 assists and he could play defense, coming up with 49 ground balls.
Gabe Garcia, Foothill, attack, Sr. — Garcia was named to the first team All-EBAL as he led Foothill in points. He scored 52 goals this season, had 18 assists and also had a game against San Ramon Valley on March 31 where he scored eight goals.
Nick Richards, De La Salle, middie, Sr. — Richards was the heart and soul of the Spartan team that won the NCS crown. On top of being a great guy on face-offs, he also scored 47 goals and had 32 assists. He was named oto the U.S. Lacrosse All-American team.
John Chee, Berkeley, middie, Sr. — Chee was uncanny on face-offs because he just did not lose. He won an unprecedented 90 percent of his face-offs and he scored 66 goals and had 21 assists. Chee was named as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and co-MVP of the BSAL..
John Solomon, Monte Vista, middie, Sr. — Solomon was the best face-off guy in the EBAL, which says quite a lot. he won 65 percent of his face-offs on top of scoring 50 goals and coming up with 13 assists. He was first team All-EBAL.
Zach Nichelman, De La Salle, long stick middie, Sr. — Nichelman was pretty new to the long stick middie position, but it didn’t show as he was regarded as the best in the area. Nichelman is bound for Bryant University in Rhode Island after helping lead the Spartans to the NCS crown.
Ryan McVay, De La Salle, defender, Sr. — McVay was an absolute force on the Spartans defensive line, and he personally saw to it that it was hard to score when you played De La Salle. A first team All-EBAL performer, who also got into the act with a pair of goals and three assists.
Robert Mull, Acalanes, defender, Sr. — Mull was named the MVP of the DFAL and for good reason. He finished the season with 114 clears, he came up with 106 ground balls and on top of that he scored five goals and had 12 assists.
Trevor Moriarity, Monte Vista, goal keeper, Sr. — Moriarity, widely regarded as the East Bay’s best goalie, was very hard to score on for opponents. In a game where a save percentage in the 40s is considered good, he stopped 58 percent of the shots he faced and had 140 saves.
Mitch Flaherty, Amador Valley, attack, Soph — The sophomore with the lightning fast shot scored 33 goals, had 23 assists and picked up 47 ground balls for the Dons.
Andrew Bruce, De La Salle, attack, Sr. — Bruce was one of the top scorers for the Spartans, contributing 54 goals and 17 assists.
Paul Wells, Acalanes, attack, Sr. — Wells played a big role for the Dons in winning the DFAL, scoring 53 goals and he had 28 assists.
Jack Bergman, Acalanes, attack, Sr. — Bergman was the ying to Wells’ yang, scoring 60 goals and contributing 42 assists. He scored 102 points on the season.
Louis Jacobus, Clayton Valley, middie, Sr. — Jacobus was named the MVP of the DVAL and for good reason. He scored 11 points on the year with 72 goals and 39 assists.
Sean Mullin, De La Salle, middie, Jr. — Mullin was a spark plug for the Spartans with his speed and athletic ability. For the season he had 38 goals and 26 assists.
Russ Rudow, San Ramon Valley, middie, Jr. — Names as a first team All-EBAL middie with Richards and Mullin, Rudow scored 41 goals and had 29 assists for the Wolves.
Ryan Terada, Monte Vista, defender, Sr. — Terada was a force on the defensive end for the Mustangs, coming up with 43 ground balls.
Matt Hettwar, Amador Valley, defender, Jr. — One of the top defenders in the EBAL, Hettwar had 34 ground balls and forced 21 turnovers.
Teddy Wilm, De La Salle, goal keeper, Soph — Wilm was splitting time when the season started but emerged as a star for the Spartans. he stopped 43 percent of the shots he faced and had 74 saves.
Dario Trento, Clayton Valley, attack, Sr. — Trento was a very good scorer for the Eagles, scoring 80 points with 47 goals and 33 assists.
Trevor Stotka, Las Lomas, attack, Sr. — Stotka was a premier scorer in the DFAL, showing that by earning first team All-League and scoring five goals in a playoff game against Clayton Valley.
Josh Redhair, San Ramon Valley, attack, Sr. — Redhair was named second team All-EBAL as he had 53 goals and seven assists.
Connor Jackson, St. Mary’s, attack, Sr. — Jackson was named the co-MVP of the BSAL despite playing on a last place team. With little around him, he scored 22 goals and had 20 assists and will play at Oberlin College in Ohio.
Trevor Wolf, Berkeley, middie, Jr. — Wolf played a big role in the Yellow Jackets success this season as he scored 22 goals and had 25 assists.
Logan Quinn, Acalanes, middie, Jr. — Another fine player on a high-scoring team, Quinn had 56 goals and 20 assists for the Dons.
Mikey Lambrecht, Foothill, middie, Jr. — Despite missing a good portion of the season, Lambrecht was a second team All-EBAL performer as he had 16 goals and 13 assists on the year.
Troy Dillingham, Monte Vista, defender, Sr. — Dillingham was usually around the ball for the Mustangs defense, coming up with 69 ground balls.
Jason Koth, Foothill, defender, Jr. — Koth was a defender who always stuck with his man, and he came up with 36 ground balls and he forced 23 turnovers.
Harrison Bagdan, Acalanes, goal keeper, Soph — Bagdan saved 67 percent of the shots he faced for the Dons this season.