Boys lacrosse: Vikings overpower the Saints to stay undefeated
The La Jolla High School boys lacrosse team remains undefeated in the Western League after a resounding 15-2 win against St. Augustine on April 15.
The Vikings (6-0 Western League, 8-3 overall) overpowered the Saints with a stiff defense and a high-powered attack that featured junior Connor Usselman, sophomore Tyler Cook and senior Reid Martin.
The tone of the game was set early on when successive goals by Martin and junior Mike Elliot created a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes. The Vikings’ attack was consistently giving the Saints’ defense trouble. Drives inside by Usselman and Martin created scoring opportunities throughout the game.
The Saints seemed like they could keep up when they snuck through the La Jolla defense to score their first goal of the game, a low corner shot that went by Vikings senior goalkeeper Max Scott’s right leg.
With four minutes left in the first quarter, the Vikings turned the ball over to give the Saints another possession and a chance to continue to cut down the Vikings’ early 3-1 lead. However, St. Augustine could not capitalize, and La Jolla continued to increase the deficit when freshman Finn Walsh scored the Vikings’ fourth goal with under two minutes to play in the game’s first quarter.
After a timeout by coach Tom Duerr, La Jolla ran a clever play with under a minute left in which Cook made a dash down the middle of the defense, and received a perfect pass from Usselman that he buried in the back of the net towards the end of the quarter, making the score 5-1.
The Saints (1-1 Western League, 2-10 overall) showed some flashes of solid play, but after the first quarter of the game in La Jolla’s Gene Edwards Stadium, it had become obvious that this year’s Vikings squad was too talented and too disciplined to lose to their Western League rival.
St. Augustine was determined not to give in to La Jolla so easily in the second quarter, where they dominated time of possession for the first five minutes. They were ultimately unable to take advantage of the Vikings’ slow start, however, and Cook scored his second goal of the game at the conclusion of his team’s first meaningful possession in the second quarter.
At halftime, the score was 8-1 in favor of La Jolla, and the Vikings were far from done. The Saints scored their second and final
goal of the game with just over ten minutes left in the third quarter, making the score 8-2. The rest of the game was dominated by the Vikings. La Jolla plays St. Augustine again on Friday, April 24 at St. Augustine. The Vikings will try to maintain a perfect league record.
In other prep sports
■ Bishop’s girls lacrosse soundly defeat rival La Jolla Country Day
The Bishop’s School girls lacrosse team beat La Jolla Country Day in a lopsided 16-1 victory on April 16.
The Knights (2-0 Coastal League, 7-1 overall) demonstrated their prowess during the Thursday afternoon home game, where they dominated time of possession against a La Jolla Country Day team that barely managed to produce any offense.
Bishop’s plays against their other cross- town rival, La Jolla High, on Friday, April 24 at Bishop’s.
■ La Jolla softball unable to stay undefeated in Western League
After a huge win against Point Loma on April 7, the La Jolla High softball team lost in successive league games against University City and Cathedral Catholic on April 9 and April 14, respectively.
The loss to University City is a disappointing one, as the Centurions have a 5-9 record overall. La Jolla (9-8 overall) could not bounce back from a seven-run third inning by the Centurions.
The Vikings were aiming to upset league favorite Cathedral Catholic, but the Dons (4-0 Western League, 14-5 overall) were too much for the Vikings, who were unable to score in the 9-0 loss.
La Jolla plays a home game against league rival Clairemont High on April 28.