The Davis Knights’ U15 boys lacrosse team took sole possession of first place in the NCJLA Sacramento North division with two close victories last weekend.
In the first matchup, Sam Eaton scored the second of his two goals in the second overtime period to send Davis over the Gold Country Stampede, 10-9. Jed Arvin netted a game-high four goals for the Knights, while Emory Filmer, Jake Guida and Isaiah West had one apiece. Jake Hammond took a third quarter face-off unassisted for a goal that rounded out the Davis scoring.
Yared Haile was credited with three assists for the locals, whose defense was led by Connor Amesbury, Sachin Kumar, Riley Swift and goalie Wiley Wilson, who had eight stops.
In the second contest, Eaton and West scored two goals each as Davis beat the Redding Redhawks, 8-7. Haile chipped in a goal and Arvin’s well-placed fourth-quarter pass to Filmer led to the deciding goal of the match.
Wilson led the defense with seven saves, and got help from defenseman Brian Johnstone. Key efforts by middie Elan Sonstein and attackmen Jake Dickson, Josh Rix and Ryan Mack pushed Davis to 6-1 on the season.
The Davis Knights’ U13 squad continued to shine in its fourth game of the season, beating the Sierra Foothills Eagles, 9-2. Teamwork was key for Davis, who finished with an impressive 36 shots on goal.
The Knights’ first goal was scored by Zacchary Dante, off an assist by Justin Reno. Rowan Hart, Sion Gellen, David Zingaro and Joe Blakewell also had goals for Davis, with Jack Beckman and Nathan Hornbuckle adding assists.
The second half saw back-and-forth play, with the Knights staving off the Eagles’ attempts to take control of the game with three more goals. Blakewell put in a long shot, before Aidan Mager and Reno rounded out the Davis scoring, while Hunter Harris had an assist.
The Knights also played excellent defense. Goalies David Zingaro and Devon Kim kept Sierra in check with help from a Davis defense that was strong despite the bumpy grass terrain.
The list of players with groundballs for the Knights is long, showing the balance of the Davis defense. Beckman, Blakewell, Ethan Iacono, Reno, Zackary Dante, Gellen, Robert Dudman, Hart, Mager, Garret Spanglet, Travis Young, Harris and Liam Condon all contributed in this area.