Women’s lacrosse falls to Monte Vista despite strong first half

Courtesy photo by Courtney M.W. via Creative Commons
Courtesy photo by Courtney M.W. via Creative Commons

By Nathan Curtis,
Bluedevilhub.com Editor–

After returning from Spring Break, the Davis High women’s varsity lacrosse team hosted the Monte Vista Mustangs on Tuesday, Mar. 31. Although the first half was evenly matched, the Mustangs eventually took advantage of Davis’ week off, defeating the Lady Blue Devils 14-­9.

“I’m not unhappy with the way they played,” head coach Jenn Morris said. “Yeah, we want to win those games, but it gets us ready for what’s coming in league, and it gets us ready for playoffs.”

Monte Vista (9-­1) struck first in the contest, but sophomore Camille Renaud found the opponent’s net soon after to even the score at 1-1. Renaud led the locals in scoring, ultimately tallying 4 goals by the end of the contest.

Monte Vista responded to Renaud’s goal with two of their own, but Davis engineered another response. Fresno State-bound senior Sarah Bloise capped off a terrific drive with a goal, followed by another goal from junior Julia Zabala.

Delivering a power combo to the Davis defense in retaliation for Zabala’s goal, Monte Vista quickly scored three in a row, making the score 6­-3.

Just when it seemed like it was over for the locals, Renaud scored her second goal after driving through the Mustang defense. This sparked a brilliant comeback by Davis late in the first half.

Senior Elli Meinert quickly scored off a feed from teammate sophomore Tess McDaniel, followed by another goal, this time from sophomore Nicole Pugh.

The locals also featured some brilliant defense in the closing seconds of the first half, including takeaways by juniors Anna Belenis and Sarah Sherwin.

But after the half, the brilliance ended for Davis. The Blue Devils only managed to score twice in the second half while Monte Vista scored seven, resulting in the 14­-9 loss.

“Once they started shutting down our driving plays we forgot to move and open up the passing options,” Morris said.

“We’ll just clean up our passing and catching because that always helps in the transition,” Bloise added.

Davis’s next game is on Thursday, April 2 against Redwood.

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