After playing three straight tough opponents, and losing each game, the Davis High girls lacrosse team badly needed a win.
And even though another strong opponent was at Brown Stadium Thursday night, the Blue Devils got the victory they craved, beating St. Francis, 10-8.
DHS (2-3) jumped all over the Troubadours from the start, as Sarah Bloise sprinted through the St. Francis defense for her first of five goals on the night before the game was two minutes old.
Thirty seconds later, Devil freshman Camille Renaud found senior Delaney Coleman, who found the back of the net. Bloise struck again soon after, coming around the goal to put Davis ahead 3-0.
St. Francis briefly rebounded to cut the lead to 3-1, but it would be the visitors last goal for a while as the Blue Devils responded with another 3-0 run.
The spurt started on a fast break, as sophomore Abby Meyer scooped up a loose ball and ran down the field to set up Bloise.
“Sarah Bloise started off strong,” DHS coach Jenn Morris said after the game. “Abby Meyer had a good game through midfield, she just came up with some good plays.”
Less than a minute later, another Devil shot found its way into the goal when the locals used a series of weaves to spring Hannah Denton for the tally. Renaud then went from one end to the other to put Davis ahead 6-1.
“I thought (Thursday) was one of our smartest games offensively,” Morris said. “We were using the clock and taking control of the game a little bit more.”
But it was at that point that the Troubadour finally came to play, going on their own three-goal run to cut the Blue Devil advantage to two with 5:43 remaining in the first half.
Bloise then traded goals with St. Francis before intermission and the second half started with DHS up 7-5.
While the first half was filled with high-paced offense, the rest of the game was a defensive struggle. The two teams spent most of the half forcing turnovers and harassing the opposing ball handlers, which cut down the scoring.
Still, the Devils managed three goals after the break with Bloise, Coleman and Elizabeth Leshuk all finding the net.
That gave Davis enough of a cushion that a late SFHS goal didn’t matter. Following that tally, the locals used a ball-control offense to close out the win.
The Blue Devil have a quick turnaround, with another tough matchup set for Friday when Granite Bay (4-1) comes to Brown Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
“I know they’re a pretty skilled team, and they’re very smart,” Morris said. “We’re going to have to change up our defense a little bit.”
— Reach Spencer Ault at firstname.lastname@example.org