Something is going right for the Acalanes High boys and girls lacrosse programs.
Both teams are tied for the Diablo Foothill Athletic League lead, with the boys checking in at 10-5 overall and 7-1 in DFAL action, while the girls are 8-6 overall and a perfect 6-0 in circuit play.
“I think for both teams it really starts with the enthusiasm for the sport. I know as far as the boys teams go, we have been getting less and less players from the usual feeder programs every year, but the kids that do come are completely dedicated to getting better and enjoying the full experience that the players before them had,” Acalanes boys coach Brent Ringwood said. “They really step up and it is fun to watch. On the girls side, I know they have an amazing coaching staff. Kelly Jasso and Allannah Taylor get the best out of those girls every year and they love what they do. Both programs want to compete against the best that Northern California has to offer and for that reason we are competing for the league title every year.”
The Dons boys and girls are two of the best in the East Bay as the girls are ranked No. 6 in the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay online lacrosse rankings, while the boys check in at No. 7.
Both teams have played a solid schedule. The Lady Dons have played six East Bay Athletic League play, and have also played St. Ignatius.
“We always try and compete against the EBAL schools every year. The DFAL has a number of programs that are just starting up, and for that reason playing our league schedule is not as respected when it comes time to seed teams for NCS,” Ringwood said. “Both the boys and the girls have to schedule the best competition that they possible can in order to give our teams the best chance possible to make the playoffs.”
The boys have played three EBAL teams and have played Bellarmine Prep. These schedules should have the Acalanes squads ready for North Coast Section play.
“There are good games and bad, and all are good experiences for the guys,” Ringwood said. “We’ve played three EBAL teams and we got a serious wakeup call against the first team (Monte Vista), a good bounce back win (Amador Valley), and played competitive game with San Ramon Valley. Those games plus playing some of the best teams that Sacramento and San Jose have to offer really prepared us for our big league rivalry games versus Miramonte and Las Lomas. If we make NCS this year we will know that we can play with anyone out there.”
EBAL races winding down
Another week, another big round of games in the East Bay Athletic League.
On the boys side, the biggest one comes in the form of a Friday matchup with San Ramon Valley visiting Amador Valley. The Wolves are tied atop the league with De La Salle, while Amador is a game back.
“The word huge is the most commonly word used in our league because every game is huge,” San Ramon Valley coach Peter Worstell said. “Until somebody figures it out, every game is huge. If you don’t show up, you’re gonna get beat. That’s the flavor of our league this year.”
Foothill and Monte Vista are looking to stay a game back at worst as these two teams are 6-3 (along with Amador Valley) and will face California and Granada, respectively.
De La Salle at 7-2 is technically leading the league with two head-to-head wins against the Wolves. The Spartans face Livermore.
In the final three games, Monte Vista, Amador Valley, Foothill, De La Salle and San Ramon Valley will all beat up on each other and a league champion will emerge from this dogpile.
“The second round of league is monstrous,” Worstell said. “There’s nothing like being in street fights like this. The players love it and the coaches love it.”
On the girls side, Monte Vista is unbeaten at 9-0 in EBAL play and has the league all but wrapped up, while Carondelet is in a solid second place at 7-2.
Amador Valley, Foothill and California, all at 5-4 will be jockeying for league and playoff positioning in the final three games, which will feature some battles.
Ranking the boys side is impossible. They just keep beating each other. Monte Vista assumes the top spot for this week.
On the girls side, Granada had a nice over Cal, but going 1-1 in the week has the Matadors holding at No. 8 in the rankings. The girls top five is becoming a shuffle as well.
1. Monte Vista
2. Amador Valley
3. De La Salle
4. San Ramon Valley
10. Las Lomas
1. Monte Vista
5. Amador Valley
Berkeley (9-4, 4-1)
Piedmont (11-4, 4-1)
Bishop O’Dowd (7-6, 3-3) 1.5 GB
Davis (9-4, 3-3) 1.5 GB
St. Mary’s (0-13, 0-6) 4.5 GB
Miramonte (10-5, 7-1)
Acalanes (10-5, 7-1)
Campolindo (10-4, 5-3) 2 GB
Las Lomas (7-7-1, 5-3) 2 GB
Dublin (3-10, 2-6) 5 GB
Dougherty Valley (1-15, 1-6) 6 GB
Alhambra (2-12, 0-7) 6.5 GB
Clayton Valley (8-6, 3-0)
Northgate (8-4, 3-1) .5 GB
Berean Christian (7-6, 1-2) 2 GB
College Park (1-11, 0-4) 3.5 GB
De La Salle (10-5, 7-2)
San Ramon Valley (12-2, 7-2)
Monte Vista (8-5, 6-3) 1 GB
Amador Valley (10-5, 6-3) 1 GB
Foothill (10-4, 6-3) 1 GB
California (8-6-1, 3-6) 4 GB
Livermore (7-8, 1-8) 6 GB
Granada (3-11, 0-9) 7 GB
Davis (8-4, 5-0)
Berkeley (8-9, 5-2) 1 GB
Piedmont (3-6, 3-4) 3 GB
Bishop O’Dowd (5-6, 3-4) 3 GB
Clayton Valley (5-11, 2-5) 4 GB
Northgate (2-5, 2-5) 4 GB
Acalanes (8-6, 6-0)
Campolindo (9-4, 6-0)
Miramonte (11-4, 6-2) 1 GB
Las Lomas (5-9, 3-4) 3.5 GB
Dougherty Valley (5-9-1, 2-5) 4.5 GB
Dublin (2-9, 1-6) 5.5 GB
Alhambra (0-8, 0-7) 6.5 GB
Monte Vista (14-0, 9-0)
Carondelet (13-2, 7-2) 2 GB
Amador Valley (9-4, 5-4) 4 GB
Foothill (9-6, 5-4) 4 GB
California (10-5, 5-4) 4 GB
Granada (8-7, 3-6) 6 GB
San Ramon Valley (5-10, 2-7) 7 GB
Livermore (2-11-1, 0-9) 9 GB