"Our kids thought they had scored to send it to overtime. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be and it is sad that a game of that magnitude had to end that way," said Monte Vista Coach Mike Emerson.
"De La Salle is a very good team and nothing should take away from their accomplishment. I am also very proud of our guys and the way they kept battling. I told each and every one of them to hold their heads high because of the way they played."
The Mustangs (18-5) defeated De La Salle earlier in the season and in every game since 2003, including last year's championship game and the previous year's semifinals. Saturday it looked like they might clinch the title again.
With less than a minute to play, Monte Vista senior Bryson Woodbury scored two goals less than 12 seconds apart cutting the Spartans' 8-5 lead to 8-7 with 23.8 seconds left.
The Mustangs took possession with less than four seconds on the clock, which failed to start as they began their rush to the net. Zakk Souza scored the apparent tying goal with less than a second showing, but the referees waived off the goal and ordered 3.2 seconds put back on the clock.
When Monte Vista started its next charge, though, the clock read 40 seconds, and play had to be stopped again. Finally with the clock issues sorted out, the Mustangs made a final run. Bret Oliveira missed a last-second shot wide, settling the Spartans win.
Monte Vista beat Piedmont 5-3 in the semifinals to advance to the title game. De La Salle reached the finals after a 5-1 win over No. 2-seeded San Ramon Valley.
"I always tell our guys that the most important thing is to leave it all on the field and let the chips fall where they may," said Emerson. "Our guys certainly did that. They gave every ounce of energy and effort that one could give. Unfortunately for us this time, the chips just didn't line up."
"The important thing to do from here is learn from these blunders to ensure they don't happen again," Emerson added.
In other lacrosse news, several Monte Vista players were named 2007 EBAL All-League players. Kyle Donovan and Ben Wang were honored on first team defense. Ryan Terada was named to first team (utility) Long Stick Mid-Field. Brian Woodburry, attacker, and Dylan Westfall, goalie, were named all league second-team. Matt Hartman, Aran Canton, Ross Kitchin and Matt Silva were awarded honorable mentions.
Track and field
Monte Vista throwing star Chris Krychev took first place with a record-breaking 62-foot 11-inch throw at the Tri-Valley Area Championship meet at Granada High School on Saturday.
The mark bests the league record by more than five feet. Entering the weekend, only two high school athletes in the state had thrown farther than that mark this season.
On his third attempt, Krychev had his furthest throw yet, but he committed a foot fault. The attempt sailed more than 65 feet, which easily would have been a region record. The senior also won the discus (173-8).
San Ramon Valley's Kelly Fogarty had the top times in the girls 100 (12.11) and 200 (25.27). She also ran a leg on the Wolves' winning 400-relay team (48.93).
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