When the St. Francis Davis High girls water polo squads get in the pool, especially with a championship on the line, neither team is going to run away with the game.
Case in point: Tuesday’s match at Jesuit for the Delta Valley Conference title.
The Blue Devils survived a fourth-quarter Troubadour charge, then scored the game’s final three goals to finish off an 11-7 victory.
“I told the team when we met (Monday), they are going to go on a run, we just have to brace ourselves,” said DHS coach Doug Wright. “And it will be up to us to get through it — and to answer.”
After allowing St. Francis to score the first goal of the game, the Devils took leads of 3-1 and 7-3 and had an 8-4 advantage late in the third period. But that’s when the hosts made their run, cutting it to 8-7 midway through the fourth.
That’s when the Davis defense stiffened and held the Troubadours scoreless the rest of the way to improve to 19-7 and 6-0 in league play.
It was the usual suspects handling the Blue Devil scoring as Lauren Owens had four goals, Heather Johnson and Colby Stapleton posted hat tricks and Mara Dominguez added the final tally.
But in a rivalry game like this — the two squads have met in the Sac-Joaquin Section championship contest each of the past nine seasons and 10 of the past 11 — teams need contributions from up and down the roster to prevail. Wright said Emme Van Vorhis, Haley Blackwell and Alyssa Alvarez each gave DHS great minutes off the bench.
Notes: Stapleton’s goal in the final seconds of the 2012 section title game gave the Devils a 9-8 win over SFHS. … The Troubadours feature three Davis residents on their roster: sophomore Maggie Oys and sisters Marisa, a senior, and Julie Zanobini, a sophomore. All three are key contributors for St. Francis and have played for Wright as part of the Davis Water Polo Club. Marisa Zanobini scored two goals to lead her team and her younger sister added one of her own.