By Ellie Baker,
After beating visiting team Campolindo 18-6, members of the Davis High men’s lacrosse team doused its head coach Nick Juri with a cooler full of water and brought out an enormous cake on March 7. The team was not just celebrating the skillful defeat of their opponents, but the dedication and commitment of Juri, who earned his 100th win.
“[Coaching has] been a huge part of my life for a long time. You know, I’m the lucky one. Yeah we work hard, but these guys work harder every single day,” Juri said.
DHS laxers did service to the important occasion, playing a beautifully executed game that featured seven assisted goals, a multitude of draw controls and nine saves by senior goalie Wade Matern.
One standout of the night was Cole Koeberer, a senior attacker who sent seven shots into the net and assisted two goals.
“He just carried the momentum in; he took the offense on his back,” Juri said.
Smart teamwork between senior captains Bradley Kishaba and Koeberer set the momentum of the game from early on, as Kishaba snatched the draw, attracting defenders before assisting Koeberer to tally the DHS men’s first goal, just 15 seconds after the first goal of the night by Campolindo. Those 15 seconds would be the only lead Campolindo would see for the remainder of the game.
DHS pulled away from Campolindo in the first period, marking seven goals to Campolindo’s one. Senior Nate Soeth emerged as another consistent scorer, tallying two goals in the first period and five overall.
The win came after a Friday home victory (9-7) against Miramonte.
“That Miramonte game just really got our momentum up, and I think we’re going to keep moving up” Koeberer said.
DHS will look to earn coach Juri’s 101st win on Tuesday against College Park.
“Juri has been such a great coach for our team. He knows so much about the game, has experienced so much, he’s personable, and knows how to coach us while all having a great time,” Kishaba said.
Juri’s passion for the team and skill as a coach is clear from the sidelines.
“Seeing these guys grow up and move on to bigger and better things– that’s what it’s all about and to see these guys grow up right in front of you- that’s pretty awesome, Juri said.