Last month, St. Francis conquered the Davis High girls lacrosse team, handing the Blue Devils just their second Sacramento Valley League loss.
One month later, the Troubadours had no such luck against a much-improved DHS squad that used a good all-around performance to win 15-5 at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium.
Early on, Tuesday’s match looked like it might follow the same script as the first contest. St. Francis won the opening face-off as Ryleigh Bone snatched the ball away from a pack of waiting Devils. The speedster caught the Davis defense by surprise, immediately finding a streaking Hayley Kusserow, who gave the Troubadours a 1-0 lead just 46 seconds in.
St. Francis continued to win draws giving the visitors consistent ball possession for the first five minutes of the game.
Eventually, after a Troubadour turnover, Blue Devil star Kylie Drexel found herself with the ball. This time, it was Drexel’s turn to catch the defense sleeping as she used sheer speed to leave five defenders in the dust. By the time the defense had turned around, the score was already tied at 1-1.
That tally opened the floodgates for DHS …
After a Sarah Bloise goal, Kelly Chuck found a slicing Drexel in front of the goal and she coolly rolled the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs to make it 3-1.
On the next possession, the Troubadours double-teamed Drexel near midfield, trying to force her into a turnover. But the USC-bound senior was unfazed, instead she pulled off a move that resembled a Kobe Bryant fallaway jumper. Her pass found teammate Ceci Cajandig, who performed a perfectly timed slide and scored.
After St. Francis cut the lead in half at 4-2, Devil Kiki Tanaka saw a streaking Chuck who flew through the heart of the defense scored the first of her two goals on the night to regain Davis’ three-goal advantage.
The Troubadours called a timeout, but nothing could slow down the Blue Devil train. Right after the short break, DHS got three unanswered goals — two from Drexel and another from Chuck — to extend its lead to 8-2 going into halftime.
“We have just been putting it all together,” said Devil coach Jenn Morris. “Our defense is coming up strong (and) our offense, they’re finally connecting and it’s great to watch.”
In the second half, great off-ball movement set up a Bloise goal before Drexel scored her fourth tally of the day after juking a defender nearly out of her cleats.
Still, the onslaught didn’t stop as the speedy Bailey Gary flew down the right sideline and found a waiting Lani Chang. To beat two defenders, Chang pulled off an ankle-breaking spin move then finished to make it 11-2.
After another Bloise goal, the Troubadours actually showed some life, putting in three unanswered goals.
“We had little breakdown,” Morris explained. “We got a little sloppy in the midfield because we started thinking it was easy. They just didn’t go as hard as they were (going) when it was close.”
If the St. Francis mini-run generated any sort of hope in the Troubadours, Chuck stamped it out by completing her hat trick and extended the Davis lead to 13-5.
Tanaka was involved in the final two goals of the night, first scoring then facilitating No. 15. With Tanaka waiting behind the goal for passing lanes to open up, Chuck made a sharp cut and Tanaka sent a nifty no-look lob pass for the assist.
Notes: Drexel added two assists to her four tallies while Chuck had four goals and one dime. Bloise scored three and Tanaka finished with two goals and two assists. … The Blue Devils will try to carry the momentum into a road match at Oak Ridge on Friday.