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Northern California High School Lacrosse: Monte Vista Boys Lacrosse Defeats De LaSalle 10-7 On May 27 To Win CIF-North Coast Section Div I Lacrosse Championship (Video)

Western High School Boys Lacrosse Rankings: La Costa Canyon (CA, 23-0) Is Ranked #1 Followed By St. Ignatius (CA), Foothill (Pleasonton, CA), De LaSalle (CA) And Cherry Creek (CO)

   1   La Costa Canyon           99.06    9  23- 0- 0  CA
2   Saint Ignatius Prep       98.98    5  20- 2- 0  CA
3   Foothill                  98.65   10  18- 5- 0  CA
4   De LaSalle                98.63    1  18- 6- 0  CA
5   Cherry Creek              98.45    6  17- 2- 0  CO
6   Arapahoe                  98.26   13  16- 2- 0  CO
7   San Ramon Valley          98.11    7  17- 5- 0  CA
8   Mercer Island             98.01   14  21- 1- 0  WA
9   Foothill-Santa Ana        98.00   11  18- 4- 0  CA
10  Colorado Academy          97.76  111  15- 2- 0  CO
11  Corona Del Mar            97.50  102  18- 3- 0  CA
12  Amador Valley             97.41    3  15- 8- 0  CA
13  Bellevue                  97.12   21  20- 3- 0  WA
14  Chatfield                 96.89   73  14- 3- 0  CO
15  St Margarets Episcopal    96.89   26  15- 3- 0  CA
16  Torrey Pines              96.84   45  17- 3- 0  CA
17  Monte Vista/Danville      96.80    2  13- 8- 0  CA
18  Issaquah                  96.67   29  18- 5- 0  WA
19  Sunset                    96.65   95  20- 2- 0  OR
20  Brophy Prep               96.42   32  18- 2- 0  AZ

Northern California High School Boys Lacrosse: De LaSalle Boys Lacrosse (18-6) Defeat Foothill To Win Second Consecutive CIF-North Coast Section Championship


Chris Pereira, one of the top offensive weapons for the De La Salle High lacrosse team, didn’t do any scoring for most of Friday’s North Coast Section boys final against East Bay Athletic League rival Foothill.

But when he did come through, it was in a big way. He scored the tying goal with 10 seconds left in the fourth period and scored the winner at the 2:46 mark in double overtime to give the Spartans (18-6) back-to-back titles with an 11-10 victory at Dublin High.

For more:   http://www.contracostatimes.com/sports-headlines/ci_15187354

NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Recruiting: Ithaca Men’s Lacrosse (2-6) Recruited West Coast Freshmen Ed Dainko (Santa Ana, CA) And Andrew Bruce (Lafayette, CA) To Play Lacrosse At The Highest Level

For most athletes on the men’s lacrosse team, home is anywhere from two blocks from campus to a neighboring state along the East Coast. This season, though, two Bombers can say their hometown is not anywhere near the eastern portion of the United States.Freshmen Andrew Bruce of Lafayette, Calif., and Ed Dainko of Santa Ana, Calif., bring not

From left, freshmen Andrew Bruce and Ed Dainko hang out in Dainko’s room Monday in Hilliard Hall. Bruce has played in seven games this season and Dainko has seen action in six. Allison Usavage/The Ithacan

only a different area code to Ithaca, but a whole new outlook on lacrosse as well. Out of the 6,256 undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens at Ithaca College, Bruce and Dainko are two of the 92 students from California.  

Three thousand miles separate their hometowns from the college campus. As the time jumps forward on their way to the East Coast, the level of lacrosse leaps even further.

“I was told it was good lacrosse,” Dainko said. “I just wanted to come east and play here and see what the competition was like.”

In 2009, six men’s lacrosse teams participated in the National Division I, II and III Men’s Lacrosse Championships. Four of the teams — Division I Syracuse University and Cornell University, Division II Le Moyne College and Division III SUNY-Cortland — are all located within 100 miles of one another in New York. From that pool of teams, the Orange and the Red Dragons came out on top at Gillette Stadium as national champions.

Those 2009 championships are the prime example of the East Coast’s dominance in the college lacrosse landscape. Only seeing that excellence from afar, curiosity is what brought Bruce and Dainko to this side of the country.

“I had heard the East was faster, bigger and just more powerful,” Bruce said. “It’s proven to be true. The pace of play is so much higher.”

As a couple of the West’s premier high school players, the two athletes put themselves in the toughest lacrosse environment out there.

Ithaca Men's Lacrosse Freshman Long Stick Middie Ed Dainko (Foothill High School, Santa Ana, CA) played for CIF-Southern Section Champion Foothill Knights in 2009. Photo by LaxBuzz.

“It’s a lot more competitive,” Dainko said. “The good players on the West Coast can compete just fine with the good players on the East Coast, but there’s more good players here because it’s been around for a little longer. It’s definitely drawn a lot of players from back West.”

For coaches, finding the special players that are miles away is not easy. Head Coach Jeff Long would not have known either player if he had not attended the California Gold Lacrosse Camp. With a tryout and strict selection process, the best lacrosse players in the West are able to show off their talent for coaches in every division, which is one of the only ways to stick out.  

“There’s a lot of really good athletes playing the game out there on the West Coast,” Long said. “We’ve had one or two kids a year from California. It’s a pretty good connection for us right now.”

For the above-average lacrosse player looking to play at an elite level, the opportunities in the West are slim, since most of the surrounding schools only have club teams.

“There are more schools to play at in the East,” Dainko said. “There aren’t any DI lacrosse programs in the state of California, but they do have club teams.”

The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, which is not affiliated with the NCAA, is where most of these Western club teams can be found. None, though, have the tradition or reputation that the athletes were looking for.

“I had heard of Ithaca a little bit before being recruited, being one of the top DIII programs, so I had a little interest in them,” Bruce said.

The continued success of the college’s athletic program was something Long could easily sell to get the athletes to look at venturing far beyond their home state.

“The school is attractive no matter where you’re from,” he said. “We’ve got a little bit bigger reputation, and we are pretty well known on the West Coast because of the L.A. school and just the nature of the college itself.”

While the longevity and tradition of lacrosse in general is different on the two coasts, the athletes are not. There is a culture among lacrosse players, and that is the idea of what the athletes describe as being a “bro.” By being athletic, but part of a brotherhood at the same time, lacrosse teams often have the strongest team bonds in sports. It can be stereotyped as laziness, but senior Roniel Bencosme said it helps the team stay loose.

“Though a bro is mistaken for nonchalant, he is just relaxed and is playing as hard as any other sport,” he said.

Date Opponent Result
3/02 at Scranton   L,  12-5
3/10 at Union   L,  11-2
3/12 vs. Geneseo   L,  17-7
3/15 at Whittier   W, 11-3
3/17 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson   L,  12-7
3/24 at Oneonta   L,  9-7
3/27 at Maritime   W, 15-5
3/31 at St. John Fisher   L,  13-4
4/07 CORTLAND 4:00 pm
4/10 RIT 1:00 pm
4/14 UTICA 4:00 pm
4/17 NAZARETH 1:00 pm
4/21 at Elmira 4:00 pm
4/24 at Hartwick 1:00 pm
4/28 at Alfred 4:00 pm
5/01 STEVENS 1:00 pm
Coach: Jeff Long

While feeling like part of a family far away from their real families, the two athletes, both business majors, are becoming more comfortable in their pads and cleats. Each has earned a spot on the bus traveling, and Bruce has even scored six goals so far this season, showing that the best of the West can live up to the standard in the East. As an outsider from California, Bruce’s  success shows that fitting into that mold has not been a problem.

“It was a little different for me in the beginning,” he said. “Of all the different lax teams I’ve played on, I feel like every one has had that same kind of mentality, so it fits together pretty well.”