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DHS' Griffin McNamara makes an athletic move on Tuesday in the Blue Devils' 17-3 victory over Terra Linda at Brown Stadium. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

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From page B1 | March 26, 2014 |

The Denver Broncos were in the Super Bowl longer than Terra Linda was in Tuesday’s boy’s lacrosse game at Brown Stadium.

Seven different players score for Davis High in a resounding 17-3 victory, which came on a field that was still damp from intermittent showers throughout the day.

“We came out with fire, we came out with intensity which we have to do,” Blue Devil coach Nick Juri said after his team improved to 6-2. “That was kind of the message at the end. We need to come out with that kind of fire, that kind of intensity, that kind of focus against every team that we play. The guys played with confidence (Tuesday).”

DHS started out quickly, scoring three goals in the first five minutes, and dominating the possession battle so thoroughly that the Trojans (0-5) didn’t register their first shot of the match until more than halfway through the first quarter.

The Devils took their time when they had the ball, waiting for good opportunities to present themselves before shooting. Three such opportunities occurred in a flurry of highlight-reel goals in the second quarter.

First, Daniel Rowen found Kevin Willefert at the back post with a cross-field pass. Though the feed was high, Willefert was able to catch the ball at full extension with just one hand on his stick.

The Davis attacker then took one step and rifled a submarine shot into the back of the net, drawing oohs and aahs from a crowd of about 50.

About a minute later, Jed Arvin dropped his shoulder and cut sharply to the left so fast that his defender tripped and fell over.

Arvin then slung a pass over to Griffin McNamara, who was able to easily finish his second of three goals on the night.

Shortly after that, Arvin left another defender in the dust and hit Willefert at the back post. But instead of shooting, Willefert dished the ball to McNamara, who one-timed it into the back of the net to give the Blue Devils a 9-0 lead heading into halftime.

“The philosophy is dodge on them,” Juri said of his team’s affinity for passing, patience and unselfishness. “Make them react. Move the ball and then attack again. What we want to do is we want to keep the ball moving as fast as we can and strike from anywhere and take advantage of whatever the defense gives us. It only takes one guy to make a split-second late decision.”

Though Terra Linda came out and scored the first two goals of the second half — in two minutes on its first two shots — Rowen responded quickly with a coast-to-coast run that ended with his first of two goals on the night.

“He came to play (Tuesday),” Juri said of Rowen. “The guys fed off his energy.”

That goal effectively clinched the game and DHS began subbing players in to try and get everyone playing time. Even with the liberal substitutions, the Devils still managed to score seven more goals.

Notes: Davis outshot the Trojans 39-13. … Ryan Amesbury led the locals with four goals on the night while McNamara and Mark Bruemmer each recorded hat tricks. Isaiah West, Rowen and Willefert had two goals apiece and Logan Davis contributed one. … The Blue Devils began the game with Connor Spann in goal, but inserted Ryan Mack for the final period, which was played with a running clock because DHS was leading by 12 or more goals.

— Reach Evan Ream at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam

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Evan Ream graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore. He loves soccer more than any person rationally should. "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly
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