Downpour of goals lifts Devil boys lacrosse team

By From page B1 | April 02, 2014


DHS' Ryan Amesbury reacts after scoring a goal in the first quarter of the Blue Devils' 22-1 win over Lincoln on Tuesday at Brown Stadium. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

While Mother Nature was literally making it rain, the Davis High boys lacrosse team was making it rain goals Tuesday night at Brown Stadium.

The only question was which was coming down harder as the Blue Devils trounced Lincoln, 22-1, in the midst of an incessant downpour.

The win, which came in its Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference opener, pushed DHS’ record to 8-2 on the season.

With water everywhere, it was only fitting that the Devils opened the floodgates early when it came to scoring. Ryan Amesbury notched the locals’ first goal just 1:51 into the game, as Davis worked the ball around to establish an open look. Liam Neville seconded Amesbury’s tally two minutes later and, in the blink of an eye, goals by Daniel Rowen, Mark Bruemmer, Logan Davis and Neville had the Blue Devils up 6-0 with plenty of time left in the opening period.

“I loved how they came out on fire,” said DHS coach Nick Juri. “(We) started fast, ran the offense, got the looks we were looking for … we looked good.”

Goals off the sticks of Sam Eaton, Aidan Delplanque and Amesbury made the score 9-0 by the end of the first quarter, with Davis registering an assist on Eaton’s net-finder.

The second period was much of the same, as Griffin McNamara, Neville and Eaton each converted twice, while Jake Hammond and Amesbury had single goals.

By the time scoring deluge had ceased, it was halftime and the Devils led 17-0. The deficit was more than enough to turn on the running clock for the second half of the contest, a change that was welcomed with open arms by the brave-but-wet souls in attendance.

“The attack kind of took it over,” Juri said. “It was nice to have Liam Neville back, we were missing him the last couple games. Ryan Amesbury (was) playing a little gimpy all game, but he was finding the net.”

It wasn’t just the local offense that was at the top of its game, as the dominant Davis defense made Trojan scoring threats few and far between. Lincoln found itself being physically harassed by the Blue Devil back line, which made it hard for the visitors to get anything going.

And a large DHS advantage on face-offs — thanks to Hammond, Connal Hart and Jackson Herget — kept the Trojans from even possessing the ball for large chunks of the matchup.

Neville rattled the cage twice in the second half to finish with six goals and three assists. Hammond, McNamara and Rowen also scored after the break as the Devils cruised to victory.

Next up for Davis is a road game Friday at Bella Vista. The Blue Devils bucked the Broncos, 10-5, earlier in the season, but with rain once again in the forecast for Friday the conditions could even the playing field.

“I expect a fight,” Juri said. “We’re playing them at their field, and it’s just going to be a mud pit, so we have to come mentally prepared and ready to go.”

— Reach Spencer Ault at [email protected]

Spencer Ault

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