Two weeks ago, the Islander Boys Lacrosse Team had a bit of a downturn to their season, losing games to San Marcos and Cathedral Catholic. However last week, the Islanders under the direction of Head Coach Alex Cade, righted the ship and ran off three straight victories. In order, they defeated Tamalpais High School from Mill Valley 11-1, long-time rival Poway 8-7, and Patrick Henry 12-2.
Cade said of his team, “We had four games with only four days off between games, which is a challenge. The Boys responded well. There are still a few things we aren’t doing well, which we are focused on improving. The kids aren’t discouraged, and we only have three losses. Having a challenging regular season schedule, we’ve accomplished that mission. Now we’re getting the Boys ready for the post season.”
In the Tamalpais game, four Islanders scored two goals each and that quartet included Andrew Larratt, Daniel Bell, James Witthoft, and Devin Schulte. Single goals were scored by Andrew Bell, Reese Packard and Casey Harris. Assists went to Schulte, Neil Capin and Harris. Joe Walsh was credited with six saves in goal, and Capin was the team leader in groundballs recovered with six. Four players recovered three groundballs each including Witthoft, Schulte, Dominic Friedly, and Robert Logan.
Poway, which is traditionally one of the best Boys Lacrosse programs in the CIF San Diego Section, came to Coronado last Wednesday. “That was a good game,” Cade explained. “Again we were coming off little rest and the Boys responded and fought hard. Our weaknesses are getting better, and both our offense and defense played well for the most part. They have a good goalie who had a bunch of saves and we went at him. We had the lead, and Poway crawled back into the game. They are well-coached, but we gutted it out at the end. Our upper classmen figured out a way to make a play and win the game.”
The game-tying goal came after a face-off win by Shulte, who sprinted downfield and scored. The game-winner came on an assist from Harris, who fed Miguel Serrano for the goal. Cade added, “Walsh made a bunch of critical saves down the stretch.” Walsh was credited with nine saves in the contest. Schulte dominated the scoring stats with five goals, with single goals coming from Serrano as mentioned, Bell, and Witthoft. Groundball leaders included Schulte with five, Friedly with four, and three each from Walsh, Bell and Packard.
Seven Islanders scored in the 12-2 win over Patrick Henry. Harris, Packard, Capin, Schulte and Serrano scored two goals each, with Daniel Bell and Andrew Bell scoring once each. Assists, included Capin with three, Witthoft with three and Serrano with one. Andrew Bell and Harris each recovered five groundballs to lead the Islanders.
The Islanders hosted Granite Bay Monday night and are scheduled to be off for the rest of the week, except for practice sessions. “We need to get healthy and improve on some things,” Cade said. “We’ll do a lot of film work and then go out and practice what we just watched on film. The Boys are dedicated to this mission and they are continuing to be positive and supportive teammates. Culture wins titles and we have embraced that.”