The Bonita Vista Barons defeated the Otay Ranch Mustangs, 11-5, on Sept. 20 to pick up their first Mesa League victory this season. The win evened the Barons' league record at 1-1 while the Mustangs fell to 0-2 in league play.
Otay Ranch lost 11-5 in its league opener to Mater Dei Catholic on Sept. 18.
The game was the third of the season for Bonita Vista and the fourth for the Mustangs, who previously defeated Chula Vista and San Ysidro in non-league play.
James Cevallos led BVHS with six goals while Adaam Ostrowski added three goals and Jan Garay and Robert Rabago each scored once.
The game started slow for the Barons, who ended the first quarter holding a 2-1 lead after Otay Ranch scored the game's opening goal.
Bonita Vista expanded its lead to 8-2 at halftime.
"Once our starters got in, we started scoring," BVHS coach Betty Alexander said.
Mack Glass led the Mustangs with three goals while Jake Weidner scored twice. Glass was impressive in the water throughout the game, showcasing why he has to be considered one of the top players in the league. Weidner, who played water polo as a sophomore but not as a junior last year, entered the pool as the Metro Conference's reigning boys lacrosse player of the year.
Bonita Vista will participate in this weekend’s 24-team Fall Classic tournament in East County along with Metro rivals Otay Ranch and Mater Dei Catholic. The Barons are included in pool play alongside La Costa Canyon and Point Loma.
"It should be a very competitive field," Alexanders said.
Otay Ranch's pool includes Mira Mesa and San Pasqual; Mater Dei Catholic's pool includes El Cajon Valley and Patrick Henry.
Four East County pools will be used on Thursday (Sept. 27): Valhalla, El Cajon Valley, Helix and Monte Vista. The tournament continues Friday (Sept. 28) and Saturday (Sept. 29) at Valhalla, Helix and El Cajon Valley.
Eastlake defeated host Helix, 11-4, in non-league play on Tuesday (Sept. 25) behind three goals from Daniel Lord. The defending Mesa League champion Titans participated in the annual America's Finest City tournament over the previous weekend.
Eastlake finished 2-3 at the AFC tournament while battling some of the best teams in Southern California. The Titans opened play with a 19-11 setback to a strong Cerritos team that eventually placed fifth in the tournament field. Eastlake then dropped a three-goal decision to Fallbrook.
The Titans recorded their first tournament victories against Crespi and Poway before bowing out with a three-goal loss to Palm Desert.
"The three Kyles (Kyle Shauer, Kyle De Alva and Kyle Kowalski) are coming along and learning," EHS coach Chris Barrick said. "Overall,we played to our potential and the tournament was good for us."
Eastlake dropped a key Division I match-up against visiting Rancho Buena Vista On Sept. 27. The game was close through the mid-stages of the third quarter at which time the Longhorns began to pull away. RBV led 12-6 in the early minutes of the final quarter.
"We'll probably see them in CIF," Barrick said in reference to the match-up against the Longhorns.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Carlsbad, 12-10, in the championship game pitting San Diego Section superpowers at the opposite end of the enrollment spectrum. The Dons, buoyed by tournament MVP Jacob Fujioka, improved to 9-1.
Coming soon: Clash of the Titans — Hilltop vs. Eastlake
Championship fortunes in the Mesa League are likely to turn on Monday, Oct. 8, when Hilltop hosts Eastlake in a highly anticipated game at the Parkway pool. Varsity game action is scheduled to get under way at 2 p.m.
Both teams rate the best in the league as well as in the entire Metro Conference this season.
Hilltop defeated Southwest, 20-2, in a non-league match-up on Sept. 19. Lancer scoring leader Nick Howard led all scorers with 12 goals while Nick Norton and Maurizio Martinez each scored twice.
Hilltop competed last weekend at the Irvine tournament, finishing 1-3 but with an asterisk. The Lancers lost to Woodbridge (19-10) and Breckman (14-7) in pool play but defeated Milliken in the playoffs before falling to Santa Ynez (18-10).
Milliken was the tourney’s No. 1 seed and it took a late goal in overtime from Carlos Uribe to seal the 12-11 victory. Howard had eight goals.
Howard had seven of the Lancers’ 10 goals in the loss to Woodbridge and tallied the bulk of Hilltop’s goals in the losses to Breckman and Santa Ynez.
“Howard was double- and triple-teamed most the tournament and was still able to notch 24 goals,” HHS coach John Salts said.
Howard also totaled 39 steals in the four games in Irvine.
Howard has racked up 75 goals, 83 steals and 31 assists in the Lancers' opening eight games of the season.