SAN RAMON — It was a learning experience for the Davis High girls lacrosse team Tuesday on the road against a confident San Ramon Valley squad that was coming off of a victory over three-time defending North Section champion Carondelet.
Still, the Blue Devils got better as the game went along, eventually succumbing 16-8.
It was a strong finish for DHS (1-3), which was down 14-4 at one point.
Devil junior Sarah Bloise was hardly intimidated by the 6-1 Wolves, who Davis coach Jenn Morris called “a very aggressive and fast team.”
Bloise netted six goals, one off an assist from freshman Nicole Pugh, who had the other two local tallies. Both players had good all-around games, picking up ground balls and winning draw controls in the midfield.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devil defense also played well, with senior Chelsey Nickell and sophomore Anna Belenis leading the charge.
“I like a lot of things we are doing on the defensive end,” Morris said. “There are a few little things we need to fix, but they are a hardworking group. I think once we figure out how to better control the pace of the game our scores will reflect the great job they are all doing.”
Morris added that DHS needed to play more as a team on offense, something it did much better as the game wore on:
“San Ramon really played a great game against us, their style of play puts pressure on the ball all over the field and it took us a while to figure out how to handle this. But, during the second half we started working together more, working for better shots, passing, finding each other and by taking the time off the clock on offense to help keep the ball away from their attackers.”
The Devils open league play this week as St. Francis (Thursday) and Granite Bay (Friday) are at Brown Stadium for 7:30 p.m. contests.