(one of the all-time great games- Liam Harris is still denied!)
For some reason, the Giants love to start off the season by going to SoCal to let the Padres and Dodgers completely embarrass them. It is sad and miserable, but thankfully it is an 162 game season and the Giants will redeem themselves in September. Luckily, one NorCal team has decided to peak in April and it is the Saint Ignatius lacrosse team. The perennial lacrosse power in California plays every game with a target on their back and have built up ferocious rivalries with many of their opponents. This week, SI faced-off against two of its longest rivals: University High School and De La Salle. The former battled SI last night and failed to reverse the recent trends in the rivalry. UHS, a much smaller school than SI, was one of the original Bay Area schools to have a lacrosse team and as a result, became a constant adversary for San Francisco lax dominance. Despite UHS’ long-time success, they have always fallen to SI, some of which were the most memorable games in NorCal lax history. Nevertheless, the last few years the games have been blow outs and last night was no exception as SI rolled to an 18-7 win, improving their record to 11-2 overall.
The De La Salle rivalry, also known as The Holy War, is much more a dogfight these days and Monday night was no different. These two Catholic schools always play for more than just the scoreboard and finish the contests with a post game prayer and meal. Between the lines though, there is no love lost as every ground ball is desperately fought over and every hit is delivered with a little more intensity. Like the UHS games, SI has always seemed to come out victorious in their meetings with DLS, although all the games have been hotly contested with some ending in OT. In fact, the last two years, SI has come in with an early season loss to San Ramon Valley while DLS has beaten SRV in that time span. Maybe DLS should schedule SI for a game in March rather than April because SI has greatly improved since that last 11-10 loss to SRV a month ago. SI played arguably their best game of the season has their defense shutdown an explosive DLS attack. The Wildcat defense held DLS to four goals all game and only one in the second half. A large part of this effort is thanks to SI freshman goalie, Cyrus Scott, who has greatly matured in past weeks and made five huge fourth quarter saves to preserve the victory. With stellar defense behind them, Matt Emery, Bobby Gray and JW McGovern broke open a 4-3 game by scoring five unanswered goals in the decisive third quarter that proved too much for the Spartans to overcome.
SI looks to finish off this busy week by beating WCAL foes, Mitty and Bellarmine, before preparing to square off against their San Diego enemies, Torrey Pines and Coronado. Hopefully, their fortunes against SoCal teams will be more favorable than the Giants.