Despite a 6-5, double overtime loss at Granite Bay that ended late Tuesday night, the Davis High boys will host Lincoln in a Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference playoff contest on Friday night.
Tuesday’s match, which was to decide the SVLC’s regular-season title, was a defensive battle.
The Blue Devils (13-6, 5-2) took a 4-2 lead on Sam Eaton’s third goal of the game in the third quarter. However, the Grizzlies held DHS to just one goal the rest of the way, including two scoreless overtime periods.
Devil coach Nick Juri said he was proud of his team’s effort, but complimented the play of Granite Bay.
The Davis defense matched the Grizzlies’ toughness as goalie Vikram Prathap recorded 13 saves, fellow senior Daniel Pardee earned six ground balls and 12th-grader Connal Hart and Liam Condon each scooped three grounders. Pardee, Hart and Condon had one interception apiece, as did senior enforcer Sam Gellen, who added one ground ball.
After a 1-1 first period, in which senior Ryan Amesbury had the local goal, Eaton gave the Blue Devils the lead with two second-quarter tallies.
In the third, Eaton completed his hat trick after teammate Liam Neville stole the ball and passed to assistman Kian Reno. Down 4-2, GBHS scored twice before the end of the period to even things up.
But, when Griffin McNamara fought to the top of the crease, then scored while getting hammered, it was the last time DHS would find the net.
Juri said his team will do a better job of capitalizing on its opponents’ mistakes when the Devils play Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brown Stadium.