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Bonita Vista boys lacrosse team piling up victories to start 2013 Phillip Brents | Fri, Apr 05 2013 03:09 PM

The Bonita Vista boys lacrosse team got off to a slow start in its game Wednesday against visiting Mar Vista, holding onto a narrow 2-1 lead through the opening quarter of play.

But once the game went further along, so came more goals for the Barons -- enough to add up to an 8-4 victory and a meteoric 7-2 start to the season.

Can this year's BVHS squad challenge for the Metro Conference title?  The Barons will find out when they travel to Eastlake on Monday (April 8) for an important showdown with the preseason favorite Titans.

Eastlake, which is also 4-0 in league play, is 8-2 overall.

Robert Rodriguez paced Bonita Vista to its second consecutive win by scoring four goals. Wesley Walters and Jason Bergardo each contributed a goal and assist while Matt Pineda and Salomon Gonzalez each scored one goal and Paul Diaz tacked on one assist.

Goalie Giancarlo Dongo accumulated 13 saves in front of the net.

Previously, on Monday, the Barons opened the week with a 12-4 victory at Montgomery.

Bergado scored four goals, Rodriguez had three goals, Andrew Ooi scored twice, Diaz had five assists and Dongo had 11 saves for the Barons.

Bonita Vista, which opened the season with a 13-4 non-league loss to Monte Vista, has won seven of its last eight games.

Eastlake has won six games in a row, including is last two by a combined score of 34-0 (16-0 against Southwest on Monday and 18-0 against Chula Vista on Wednesday).

The Barons will host three-time defending Metro champion Otay Ranch this coming Wednesday (April 10). The Mustangs are also 4-0 following wins this past week against Chula Vista (26-0 on Monday) and Southwest (20-0 on Wednesday).

Returning Metro Player of the Year Jake Weidner had seven goals in the game against Chula Vista and five goals in the match-up against Southwest to give him 43 goals on the season.

Also in the game against Chula Vista, Chris Villanueva led the Mustangs' underclassmen with four goals while goalkeeper D.J. Earls received credit for the shutout.

Metro Conference 2013 Standings

Eastlake 4-0, 8-2
Bonita Vista 4-0, 7-2
Otay Ranch 4-0, 4-4
Hilltop 3-0,  5-3
Mar Vista 0-3, 1-3
Montgomery 0-4, 2-5
Chula Vista 0-4, 0-5
Southwest 0-4, 0-8

Monday, April 1
Eastlake 16, Southwest 0
Otay Ranch 26, Chula Vista 0
Bonita Vista 12, Montgomery 4

Wednesday, April 3

Bonita Vista 8, Mar Vista 4
Eastlake 18, Chula Vista 0
Otay Ranch 20, Southwest 0
Hilltop 8, Montgomery 1

Friday, April 5
Foothills Christian at Otay Ranch, 6 p.m.
Olympian at Southwest, 7 p.m.
Hilltop at Mar Vista, TBA

Eastlake 16, Southwest 0

Ryan Hayes led the Titans with three goals and one assist, followed by Casey Stanko, Jordan Vicente and Garrett Miele, who each contributed a goal and assist. Stanko and Christian Haffner led Eastlake with 11 ground balls. Hayes tops the team with 35 points while Stanko leads with 21 goals.

Hilltop 8, Montgomery 1
Senior attackman Justin Lillard led the victorious Lancers with five goals while senior middie Ben Bernebe scored twice. The Lancers have won three of their last four games.

Eastlake 18, Chula Vista 0
The host Titans led 10-0 at halftime.

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