If only the North Coast Section would agree to start its boy lacrosse playoff games about 30 minutes later …
On Friday, the Davis High boys lacrosse team dug itself an early hole for the second straight postseason outing. But this time, even a valiant effort over the final three periods wasn’t enough in a 12-4 loss at Monte Vista in the NCS quarterfinals.
It marked the second consecutive season that the Blue Devils made the quarters, only to be eliminated by the Mustangs.
Two days after bouncing back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Granite Bay, DHS fell behind 5-0 to Monte Vista in Friday’s opening period.
“Monte Vista executed offensively and defensively and we didn’t,” Devil coach Nick Juri said of the first quarter.
With the Mustangs maintaining ball possession for nearly the entire 12 minutes, the local defense gave a good effort despite the goals allowed. Senior Rudy Buhlman, a key Davis defender for the past few years who will play next season at Dominican, led the way and goalie Will McPherson made five of his 14 saves in the period.
Finding inspiration in that strong defense, the Blue Devils changed the momentum in the second quarter. Kevin Klenzendorf got DHS on the board when he scooped up a rolling ball and fired into the net and later, off a takeaway by Connal Hart, senior Willie Hawkins went end-to-end for another tally.
After winning the second quarter, the Devils trailed 6-2 at the half.
Following intermission, more solid defense from Davis — including takeaways from Sam Gellen and Kian Reno — and outstanding face-off work by Reno (10-of-14 on the night) wasn’t enough to stem the tide.
Reno added three forced turnovers and Ryan Amesbury had a pair of fourth-quarter goals for the Blue Devils. Other DHS players forcing turnovers included Mikie Schlosser, Kelby Spore, Logan Davis, Gellen, Hart and Hawkins.
“We gave everything we had, but Monte Vista is a great team,” Juri said. “It is tough to go out like this and never fun to end the season. We now need to focus on the next season and keep our heads held high.”
The Devils finished the year at 17-4, including an undefeated run through 12 games of Sacramento Valley Lacrosse League play.