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Barons make history-making trip to CIF girls lacrosse finals Phillip Brents | Fri, May 23 2014 01:45 PM

The Bonita Vista High School girls lacrosse team made history by becoming the first Metro Conference team to advance to a San Diego Section championship game. Though the second-seeded Barons finished runner-up to the top-seeded San Marcos Knights in Tuesday’s Division II final at Del Norte High School, the standard for the sport in South County has clearly been set.

“When they presented us with the second-place trophy after the game, the kids were all smiling,” BVHS coach Ernesto Luna explained. “It was a good feeling. They were all excited to earn that trophy, It was pretty cool.”

The Barons ended their season with an otherwise outstanding 17-4 record after Tuesday’s 12-5 loss to the Knights (18-5). Bonita Vista became the first Metro team to win two playoff games in the same season and the first to advance as far as the championship round.

Luna’s squad represented itself well, holding a 3-2 halftime lead despite being heavily outplayed.
“They were really dominating the game and we capitalized on a couple of fast breaks,” the BVHS coach noted. “They had a little bit of nervous energy while we were relaxed because no one expected us to be there.

“Our defense held up and our goalie stopped at least 10 goals. They peppered her.”

Melinda Miranda scored the Barons’ opening two goals while Liz Des Enfants scored the team’s third and fifth goals and Nicole Ellorin scored the team’s fourth goal.

Lauren Gonzalez, the Metro’s 2014 player of the year, received the CIF sportsmanship award for her team.

Luna remained complimentary of the division champions. “They had a lot of technique and tactics — some of the goals they scored were unbelievable,” the Baron coach said. “If they were in Division I, they would have made the playoffs there also.”

Bonita Vista edged third-seeded Eastlake, 8-7, in an all-Metro semifinal match-up on Saturday.
The hosts led, 5-2, at halftime and sprinted out to a 7-2 lead early in the second half before the Titans (15-5) regrouped to outscore the Barons 5-1 down the stretch run.

Gillian Stargensky’s hat trick goal with 1:10 to play in regulation narrowed Eastlake’s deficit to one goal on the scoreboard. However, the Barons were successful in managing to hold possession to run out the clock.

Des Enfants led Bonita Vista with four goals and two assists while Zoe Montoya scored twice and Gonzales and Miranda each scored once.

Luna called the semifinal victory “surreal and unbelievable.”

“It’s all those things mixed into one,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the girls.”

Saturday’s game was originally scheduled to be played last Thursday, but was moved to Friday to accommodate AP testing, and then was cancelled by the San Diego Section because of the wildfires spreading throughout North County that closed schools in that area and hindered travel to other parts of the county.

However, after canceling games on Thursday and Friday, the section office allowed athletic competition and practices to resume on Saturday.

All six of the section’s girls lacrosse games were moved to Saturday, with winners in each of three divisions advancing to play in Tuesday’s championship triple-header.

In Tuesday’s Open Division title game, La Costa Canyon defeated Canyon Crest Academy, 12-9, while Cathedral Catholic held off Mission Hills, 11-8, to win the Division I final. 

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