The Mat’s last home league game, on Friday, May 10 against Alhambra was canceled after Alhambra forfeited. On Tuesday, May 7 in the Bulldog’s game against Campolindo, heated tempers led to fighting, and even parents got involved. Due to tension among the team the Alhambra coach thought it best not to play their last game against the Mats.
The forfeit counted as a win for Miramonte, and their final league play record ended at 9-3.
“We took advantage of not having a game and rested. Now we have the playoffs and there will be some tough competition we’re going to face in order to make it all the way to the finals,” Mac Lavis ‘14 said.
The Mats earned a sixth seed in NCS and played their first round game on Wednesday May 15 at home against the 11th seed, Sonoma Academy.
“It was exciting getting a home game because we didn’t think we were going to play at home again,” Willie Talbot ‘14 said.
They crushed the Coyotes, winning 17-3 in their last home game of the season. By the end of the first quarter the Mats were up 5-0, and by the end of the half they had a comfortable 12-1 lead, with three goals each for captains Joey Forman ‘13 and Nick Sheehan ‘13. Sonoma Academy came out in the first minute of the third quarter to add to their score and make it 12-2, but they wouldn’t get much further. The Mats went on to score five more goals, and only allowed Sonoma Academy one.
Their second round game will be a rematch against Piedmont, at Piedmont, on Friday, May 17. The Highlanders won big, 19-8, the last time the two teams met, but this time around the Mats are looking to upset the third seed on the road to the NCS championship.