It's three down and six to go for the Eastlake High School’s boys lacrosse team as it prepares to close out regular season play with nine consecutive games against Metro Conference opponents.
The Titans, ranked 14th among the 49 teams in the San Diego Section, improved to 3-0 in conference match-ups, 2-0 in Mesa League play, after recording a 15-4 victory against the visiting Bonita Vista Barons on Monday.
While a late spurt ballooned the score in the hosts’ favor, anyone at the game will say the final score was misleading. The Barons gave their one time arch rivals everything they could handle — for a half.
Then the roof caved in.
“We scored 16 goals in the first half against Hilltop (in a 20-1 win on April 14) and actually had to put the brakes on,” EHS coach Nestor Rosas said following Monday’s latest lopsided win. “We only three goals in the first quarter today, so go figure.”
Rosas attributed the slow start against the Barons, a playoff qualifier last year, to a lack of extended practice time since the team’s last game the prior Monday at Hilltop.
“We got some more touches in the second half and that seemed to get us going,” the Titan sideline boss said.
Once junior co-captain Jordan Vicente got going, there was little stopping him. He scored the game’s opening two goals to give Eastlake (9-3 overall) a quick 2-0 lead and proceeded to reel off four of the Titans’ opening five goals to stake his team to a 5-2 halftime lead.
The defending league champions broke the game open with 10 second-half goals, including a 4-0 run in the pivotal third quarter as Eastlake took a 9-2 lead into the final period.
Vicente finished the game with seven goals and one assist while senior co-captain Ryan Hayes contributed a goal and three assists. Senior co-captain Jake Randall and freshman Paris Delgado each scored two goals in the fourth quarter while junior Andrew Gisler contributed a goal and asssit, junior Kaleb Cordova and sophomore Michaelangelo Agiurre each notched one goal, and senior Garrett Miele picked up one assist.
Junior Christian Haffner led the Titans with 10 ground balls while Vicente had six scoops.
Bonita Vista (1-2 in league play, 5-6 overall) kept the score close early on. The Barons trailed 2-1 on a goal by Thomas Sullivan early in the opening quarter and made the score 3-2 on a goal by Diego Cervantes to open the second quarter.
But Eastlake’s offense was not to be denied as the Titans exploded for 10 unanswered goals to lead 13-2 midway through the fourth quarter.
EHS freshman goalie Nathan McPeak was credited with three saves while allowing three goals.
Hunter Randolph and Jason Bergado each scored goals for the Barons, who host Santana (3-7) in a non-league game on Thursday.
The Titans return to play Friday with an important league game at Olympian, off to a school-record 9-2 start. Game time is 6 p.m.
Eastlake opened its nine-game conference end-to-season run with a 21-0 win at Chula Vista on April 10 and have now outscored conference foes by a combined 56-5 margin in three games.
Eagles return to flight, out-gun Hilltop 10-5 down the stretch
The Olympian Eagles, off to a school record 8-1 start before being grounded in last Thursday’s Mesa League opener against the visiting Otay Ranch Mustangs with a 7-6 loss, returned to flight on Monday by defeating host Hilltop by a 10-5 score.
Olympian (1-1 in league play, 9-2 overall) and Hilltop (0-3 in league, 5-9 overall) were involved in a tight contest until the Eagles soared in the final quarter. The teams played to a 3-3 standoff in the first quarter, with Olympian taking a 4-3 lead at halftime. The Eagles led 6-4 heading into the final quarter before outscoring the Lancers 4-1 to secure the five-goal victory.
Christian Benitez led the visitors with three goals while teammate Alex Medina scored two goals and Kaelan Agoncillo, Fernando Medel, Michael Machuca, Carlo Reyes and Kennedy Furst each scored one goal.
Anthony Hughes led the Eagles with eight ground balls while winning four of five face-offs. J.C. Madrid allowed five goals but otherwise was the game’s hero with 24 saves.
Olympian held a 3-2 halftime lead on Otay Ranch in its league opener but the visiting Mustangs rode past the hosts with a 3-0 third-quarter outburst to take a 5-3 lead into the final quarter. The Eagles scored three times in the final period but Otay Ranch managed to score twice to record the one-goal victory.
Reyes and Medina each scored two goals and one assist to lead Olympian in what head coach Keith Quigley termed a “tough loss.” The Eagles scooped up 37 ground balls and received another stellar effort from Madrid with 25 saves.
LAX/619 summer team signups
LAX/619 will be fielding teams in the upcoming Pacific Lacrosse Boys Summer League July 6-27. Age divisions include boys youth (ages 6-9), boys middle (ages 10-13), boys junior varsity (ages 14-16) and boys varsity (ages 15-17). Enrollment numbers will determine the number of teams; if there are high enrollment numbers for certain divisions, tryouts may be necessary.
The summer play package includes 11 games: two on four Sundays and one on three Wednesdays. Games will be played at Rancho Bernardo High School. Graduating seniors cannot participate.
Cost is $220 prior to May 16 and $250 between May 17 and June 1. Players will need their own equipment, though some equipment is available for use. Cost includes team shorts (those without a LAX/619 pinnie will need to purchase one for an additional $25).
Early registration is recommended. Download a waiver at www.PUCKidz.com. For more information, call (619) 573-7115.
Pacific Lacrosse Festival
LAX/619 will be fielding a varsity tournament team to compete in the Pacific Lacrosse Festival June 28-29 at Rancho Bernardo High School. There may be tryouts and/or a junior varsity team depending on enrollment numbers. Cost is $100 payable before May 16 and $130 between May 16 and June 1. Players must be registered and paid by June 1.