Danville Express

Sports - May 18, 2007

Local lacrosse teams share league title

Mustangs avenge loss, clinch co-championship

by Rachel McMurdie

In a drama-filled Friday night game at San Ramon Valley High School, the Monte Vista boys lacrosse team ended its regular season with a 10-7 win over the San Ramon Valley Wolves, avenging an early-season loss and sealing its spot as East Bay Athletic League co-champions.

Monte Vista shares its co-champion title with the Wolves, who knocked off the Mustangs in the first half of the league season in a 13-4 upset.

The teams finished the EBAL season 11-1, but the Mustangs (16-4, 11-1), by virtue of a better second-half record, earned the automatic berth to the North Coast Section playoffs. San Ramon Valley, which was seeded second by the NCS committee Sunday, will also compete for the NCS title.

The Wolves (15-5, 11-1) were to play seventh-seeded Marin Catholic (14-7) while the Mustangs, seeded first, played Amador Valley (12-7) on Tuesday, May 15, in the first round. If both teams advance through the two rounds of playoffs this week, they'll meet again Saturday, May 19, for the NCS championship. If it's anything like Friday's game the crowd won't be disappointed.

Monte Vista set the tone early Friday night, taking a 3-0 lead over the first quarter. But San Ramon tied the game at 3-3 at the half. With the Wolves back in the game, the two teams fought back and forth. Monte Vista took a 7-5 lead before the Wolves tied it 7-7 with 10:51 to play. But in the final 10 minutes, the Mustangs made the plays they needed, scoring three times to get the win.

Matt Hartman scored four times to lead the Mustangs, while sophomore Brett Olivera had three assists, two on Hartman goals. Monte Vista goalie Dylan Westfall had 22 saves.

Matt Rudow had three goals to lead San Ramon Valley, with Cam Giroux and Patrick Sornsin each picking up two assists.

Swimming

San Ramon Valley boys swept all three relay events and got individual wins from Byron Gruendl, Porter Kalbus and Taylor Herman to capture the EBAL swim title at Amador Valley with 553.5 points last Friday. Monte Vista (317.5) was a distant second, followed by California (301).

The Wolves went on to break the EBAL meet record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, by shaving nearly a second off the meet record time of 1:29.12, set in 2002 by Monte Vista, by finishing in 1:28.24. The Wolves also won the 200 medley relay by nearly six seconds in 1:38.44. Gruendl won the 50 freestyle in 22.38 and Kalbus took the 100 butterfly in 53.19. Other Wolves wins included the 400 freestyle relay (3:20.07) and Herman in the 100 backstroke (55.56).

Monte Vista, led by a pair of wins from Paige Bradley, won the girls title with 521.5 points. Bradley won the 200 individual medley in 2:08.43 and set a meet record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.60.

Track and field

San Ramon Valley senior Kelly Fogarty set two personal records and helped launch her team to first place in the 400 relay at Saturday's East Bay Athletic League track and field finals held at Amador Valley High School.

Fogarty set top marks in the 100 (11.92) and the 200 (24.49). Earlier in the day she led the Wolves to first-place victory in the 400 relay (48.89). The highlight for Fogarty was the 100, where she managed to break the 12-second mark, 0.20 seconds faster than her previous personal record.

In boys competition, Chris Krychev of Monte Vista qualified for the state meet in both the shot put and the discus. At Saturday's league finals, Krychev won the shot put with a huge toss of 61-feet, 9-inches - over six feet ahead of the second place finisher - then took the discus with an easy heave of 176-81/2, a mark 15 feet clear of second place.

E-mail photos to Editor@DanvilleWeekly.com.

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