Danville Express

Sports - April 20, 2007

Mustang lacrosse takes on state's best

Monte Vista boys reach tournament finals to lose 4-8 to SI

by Rachel McMurdie

Monte Vista High boys lacrosse team proved to be a dominant competitor among the state's best teams, beating No. 2 ranked Torrey Pines 8-3 in the second round of the Jerry Langkammerer Invitational last Friday.

The tournament pitted some of the state's elite lacrosse teams against each other in a three-game single elimination battle. The Mustangs, known for their shut-down defensive style, routed the Southern California powerhouse during a second-half surge. Monte Vista's Brett Oliveira scored a game-high three goals and Tim Iversen added two for the Mustangs, who led 3-2 at halftime. Mustang goalie Dylan Westfall, a junior with the makings of an All-American candidate, had 12 saves in the win.

With the SoCal-NoCal rivalry settled, the Mustangs went on to play West Bay rival St. Ignatius in the championship game Saturday. The Mustangs, ranked No. 13 in the state, were the last team that had defeated the Wildcats, but the Wildcats, who this season have been undefeated and are ranked No. 1 in the state, earned the tournament championship win 4-8.

The Mustangs (11-2) lost their only other game of the season to Foothill-Santa Ana and, undefeated in league, are hoping to claim their third consecutive North Coast Section title this year.

Softball

San Ramon Valley girls softball team upset American High (Fremont) with a 2-1 win in game two of the Standley Cup Tournament last weekend. The Wolves, now 12-2 overall, lost their first round game 4-0 to Santa Rosa's Montgomery High.

In other tournament play over the weekend, the Mustangs received a boost of confidence after handing Castro Valley its first loss of the season. Monte Vista delivered a 3-5 win over Castro Valley, in the first round of games during the Livermore Stampede tournament. The Mustangs rallied with five runs in the sixth inning to hand the Trojans their first loss. Monte Vista trailed 3-1 heading into the sixth, when it used three hits, mixed in with four Castro Valley errors to get the five runs.

In the sixth, Castro Valley loaded the bases with no outs, and threatened a comeback, but the Mustang defense stepped up to the challenge. Senior Maggie Johnson, who's headed to Columbia in the fall, struck out Jamie Esmeyer for the first out, then got Collene Roe to ground back to the pitcher for the easy force at the plate. With the game on the line, Johnson struck out leadoff hitter Mariah Cameron to end the game.

E-mail photos to Editor@DanvilleWeekly.com.

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