Men’s Lacrosse Secures NCS Berth

Kaitlin Fenn, Staff Writer

The men’s lacrosse team faced Dougherty Valley on Friday, May 3 and pulled out a 15-10 win in front of the home crowd.

Starting from the first face off the Mats came out with intensity, and the result was a comfortable 8-0 lead after the first quarter. Nick Sheehan scored three goals in the first half for the Matadors, helping them secure an 11-2 lead over the Wildcats after two quarters of play. They scored four more goals after halftime and kept up their defense to finish off the Wildcats.

During the fourth quarter, captain John Pugliesi ‘13 broke his collarbone on an offensive possession when a Dougherty Valley player slammed into him.

“No one really knew the extent of his injury but a lot of people were concerned about him. I know what he’s going through because the same thing happened to me last year. But we’re going to keep going and try to get as many wins as we can for him,” Mac Lavis ‘14 said.

After beating Dougherty, the Mats headed to Acalanes on Tuesday, May 7 to go up against an undefeated Dons team that was looking the clinch the DFAL title. Despite their desire to leave with an upset victory, the Mats just couldn’t handle Acalanes’ powerful offense, and lost 19-8.

The team is now 8-3 in the league, in second place behind Acalanes, and 10-9 overall.

The Mats have qualified for NCS, and with playoffs just around the corner, they want to end their regular season play strong in their last home game against Alhambra tomorrow, May 10.

Although it’s still too early to say what their chances look like in NCS, they’re “going to have fun and go for it” according to Lavis.

Before their game tomorrow the team will be having “Senior Night” to honor their seniors Nick Sheehan, John Pugliesi, Joey Forman, Griffin Schram, Paden Hugener, Tyler Pejza, and Carter Bertelsen.