Two things were apparent on Friday night at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium: the Davis High boys lacrosse team is light years ahead of Lincoln, and the Blue Devils are even deeper than they look.
Behind the solid performances of players up and down the roster, DHS blew past the Trojans, 17-2. In the process, the locals improved to 5-4 and gave head coach Nick Juri more than a few reasons to be optimistic about where his team stands heading into the second half of the season.
“This game went down exactly how I wanted it to go down,” Juri said. “I’m a big fan of boring games. When we’re able to do this, especially against a league opponent, it kind of shows how we’re progressing and growing this season. We’re in a spot where we need to be at.”
Some of the better Blue Devil contributions Friday came from younger players who have flown under the radar for much of the season. Backup goalie Vikram Prathap gave starter Will McPherson the night off and ended up earning the game ball after holding the Trojans to two goals in the first half and none in the second. Freshman Jake Hammond took the vast majority of the face-offs for DHS, winning nearly all of them, and sophomores Sam Eaton and Liam Neville added several key plays on the offensive end of the field.
“Some of the guys who are (in their) first year on varsity, they kind of lacked confidence in the beginning of the season, (they were) not really sure if they maybe deserved (to be at) or belonged at the varsity level,” Juri said. “Seeing what the competition is like, they’re able to kind of build their confidence and play with confidence and play into the system … They’ve come along way and they look good, so our depth is definitely showing now.”
The Devils also got solid play from their usual suspects as Michigan-bound senior Mikie Schlosser scored four goals and fellow upperclassman Willie Hawkins chipped in another two tallies.
It was Schlosser who set the rout in motion with a quick goal less than four minutes into the game. After Mark Bruemmer added a second Davis goal, Schlosser struck again on a long shot that he launched in stride.
From there, DHS added six more goals to build an 8-2 halftime lead. The Blue Devils added nine more goals in the second half with Neville capping off the night with a nice score.
For the locals, Ryan Amesbury posted a hat trick, with Bruemmer, Daniel Rowan and Kian Reno each adding two goals. Aiden Delplanque and Neville rounded out the scoring with one apiece.
The Blue Devils now turn their attention to games against Cardinal Newman (at home Friday at 7:30 p.m.) and Granite Bay (April 9).
“(Cardinal Newman) is a decent team. They’re not stellar, but that’s not a conference game,” Juri said. “And then right after spring break, we’ve got Granite Bay on Tuesday. That’s going to be what I think it will come down to in terms of the league championship, us and Granite Bay. So that Tuesday game, it’s at Granite Bay, so that one is going to be tough, so we’re going to have to be tuned up for that one.”
— Reach Will Bellamy at email@example.com