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.
Last year, the San Ramon Valley High School boys lacrosse team went 20-3, easily winning the North Coast Section title.
This year, they lost three times in their first six games, but don’t underestimate the Wolves.
Just a few quick hits this week.
I want to touch on the Monte Vista lacrosse team first. I just got my first look at this team, and it’s no wonder they nearly beat De La Salle, losing 12-11 in overtime a couple of weeks ago.
After beating Amador Valley and then going 1-2 in a very competitive tournament in Portland, the Mustangs look like they are playing their best lacrosse.
Considering how competitive the East Bay Athletic League is, you think that the De La Salle Spartans would want to take a breather when they played non-league games.
But not this Saturday.
As if lacrosse in the East Bay Athletic League needed to get any better.
With it already being the strongest league in Northern California, De La Salle High School joins the league and makes it one of the strongest league’s in the entire state.
Need proof that the sport of lacrosse is growing in Northern California?
Look no further than Martinez, California.
The rankings were shook up this week with Las Lomas knocking off top-rated California 8-5. This win moves Monte Vista up from No. 2 to No. 1, despite not playing a game. The Mustangs will have a chance to back up the top rank when they face No. 5 Foothill tomorrow in one of the biggest games of the week.
The sun is finally starting to shine and soon it will be spring. Lacrosse season is just getting started in the North Coast Section and with the more sun we have, the more games there will be.
I took over the lacrosse beat last year, but got into it late so I couldn’t give the sport the coverage it deserved. This year will be different.
Another week, another photo gallery courtesy of the photo and multimedia staff here at the BayAreaNewsGroup. Enjoy.
We are running a three-part series on high school coaches. The series started Monday with stories on coaches who are starting out. Tuesday’s package will be on coaches and what they endure to stay at it, and Wednesday we will close with coaches who got out. What’s surprised me is the candor of which coaches spoke of their respective hardships, especially in dealing with parents. It used to be whenever a coach told a reporter about anything in that realm it was prefaced by “this is off the record.” These days dissatisfaction with a coach is much more out in the open and thus many coaches are more willing to talk about these instances. Just checking the Times discussion boards or any other such boards demonstrates that. Another example of how life has changed in the cyber-era.