PLEASANTON — A 13-7 road win over Foothill on Wednesday assured that the Davis High boys lacrosse team’s strong 2014 season will continue for at least one more game.
The seventh-seeded Blue Devils broke an early 2-2 tie, then built on their lead the rest of the way to capture their North Coast Section tournament opener. DHS (15-5) will travel to take on No. 2-seed San Ramon in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
On Wednesday, the Falcons scored first but Devil Sam Eaton tied things at 1-1 with the first of his five goals. Before the first quarter ended, the teams had traded tallies again, with Liam Neville dodging a defender to pick up the first goal of his hat track.
Neville added two assists.
The second quarter saw senior Mark Bruemmer work his passing magic as assists to Eaton and Kian Reno gave Davis an advantage it would not relinquish. Neville scored again before intermission and a key ground ball recovery by Connal Hart kept the lead at 5-2 heading into halftime.
“Great team effort (Wednesday),” said Blue Devil coach Nick Juri. “We played with urgency and we played for each other.
“Sam Eaton had a huge game … (and) Mark Bruemmer and Rowan Hart set up a ton of goals because they dodged aggressively and looked to feed the ball to their open teammates.”
After the break, Foothill scored twice, cutting it to 5-4, before Liam Condon advanced the ball across midfield and passed to Neville, who fed Eaton for the finish. Within a minute, Rowan Hart scored on an inside roll, and later, Eaton rattled the cage off a pass from Bruemmer to put DHS ahead 8-4 after three quarters.
In the fourth, Hart duplicated his inside roll for another tally, Bruemmer scored twice and Jake Hammond — who Juri said did a great job all night on face-offs — found Eaton for his last goal. Neville then put a bow on the game by completing his hat trick.