NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Re: NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Postby Billax » Thu May 19, 2016 3:04 pm

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In 2012, when I was last up to date on Divisions, DI was 1,400 or more students and DII was 1399 or less students. At that time, DII schools could play up if they elected to do so. I remember that Acalanes, then a VERY good DII program, gave some thought to moving up to DI for the playoffs.

Of course, all these numeric qualifiers and elective choices could easily have changed in the last four years.
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Re: NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Postby Grampa Lax » Thu May 19, 2016 4:29 pm

NCS for the sport of lacrosse for 2016 outlines these divisions based primarily on the arbitrary enrollment of either above or below 1400 students. Yes u can petition up but not down. Note Marin Catholic plays at a Div 1 level for its girls but div 2 for the boys. Also Novato has less than 1400 kids but the girl's have petitioned up and tonight play for the championship in Div 1 against MV and are heavily favored. See below for those divisions and the enrollment levels for the participating schools.

Specifically go to the North Coast Section website. Hit Sports then lacrosse and then "2016 divisions". It's all laid out there and is copied below.


LACROSSE DIVISIONS 2016 (Attachment K)
BASED ON 9-12 2014-2015 YEAR ENROLLMENT
LAST UPDATED: 4/18/16
DIVISION I (1401 & ABOVE) UP TO 16-TEAM BRACKET
AMADOR VALLEY 2615
BELLA VISTA 2032
BERKELEY 3191
CALIFORNIA 2668
CARONDELET (G) 1612
CASA GRANDE 1759
CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER 1973
COLLEGE PARK 2074
DAVIS 2754
DE LA SALLE (B) 2074
DOUGHERTY VALLEY 2658
DUBLIN 2057
FOOTHILL (Pleasanton) 2139
GRANADA 1992
GRANITE BAY 2164
JESUIT(B) 2198
LAS LOMAS 1544
LINCOLN 2928
LIVERMORE 1771
MARIN CATHOLIC (G) 746(p13)
MONTE VISTA 2290
NORTHGATE 1686
NEWARK MEMORIAL 1850
NOVATO (G) 1332(p14)
OAK RIDGE 2345
RANCHO COTATE 1468
REDWOOD 1729
SAN RAMON VALLEY 2173
ST. FRANCIS(G) 2078
WASHINGTON 1830
WINDSOR 1793


DIVISION II (1400 & BELOW) UP TO 16-TEAM BRACKET
ACALANES 1375
ALHAMBRA 1219
BAY SCHOOL (B) 329
BENTLEY (B) 315
BEREAN CHRISTIAN (G) 428
BISHOP O’DOWD 1186
BRANSON 321
CAMPOLINDO 1254
CARDINAL NEWMAN 609
CASA ROBLES 1349
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 1074
DREW (B) 280
HEAD-ROYCE(G) 358
JUSTIN-SIENA 671
LICK WILMERDING 478
MARIN ACADEMY 400
MARIN CATHOLIC (B) 746
MIRAMONTE 1155
NOVATO (B) 1332
OAKLAND MILITARY INST.(B) 352
PETALUMA 1366
PIEDMONT 862
SAN MARIN 1031
SAN RAFAEL (B) 1211
SF UNIVERISTY 389
SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 1022
SONOMA ACADEMY 273
ST. MARY’S CHS (Berkeley) (B) 628
ST. MARY’S (Stockton) 907
STUART HALL (B) 400
TAMALPAIS 1331
TERRA LINDA 1112
URBAN SCHOOL 379
YGNACIO VALLEY 1111
P= Petition
G= Girls Only
B= Boys Only
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Re: NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Postby coastlaxer » Fri May 20, 2016 12:23 am

Comparison for the two teams this weekend for NCS Div 1. Both teams very similar.

Monte Vista

MIdfield:
This midfield is really nice, no doubt one of the more and slick and versatile units being able to sling it around and hustle back on defense. Look for Piombo or Ryan to initiate from up top.
Joe Piombo-SR
Chase Jollie-SR
Chris Ryan-SR
Zack Salamida-SOPH
Jake Salamida-SR
Joe Peterson-SOPH

Attack:
Where the Mustangs really shine is their attack lineup, all seniors with great chemistry and plethora of moves.
Devin Spencer-SR
Wiley Bonham-SR
Poochie Stemler-SR

Defense:
Not a bad defense unit, held up by a senior, they play consistent and reserved. Well composed nothing to scoff at.
Deandre Ross-SR
Stephen Kragen-SR
Leyi Smith-JR
Carson Bull-SOPH

Goalie:
Really solid goalkeeper, takes up space and very agile.
Joe Tabor-SR


De La Salle

Midfield:
The main highlight of the De La Salle team is the speed midfield. Filled with all seniors, they will be the leaders for this game.
Brook Rideau-SR
Ross McDonald-SR
Connor Lencioni-SR
Jackson Thuma-SR
Connor Maloney-SR
Ryan Jones-SR

Attack:
A younger line of attack for the Spartans, being all sophomores and having two lefties, it will be interesting to see how they perform in such a big game.
Chris Koenig-SOPH
Mike Balousek-SOPH
Adam Wong-SOPH
Nathan Rumpf-SOPH

Defense:
The core of the DLS team is their defense, all big, fast, and aggressive.
Ben Allen-SR
John Burke-JR
Sean Rigly-JR
Andrew Morgan-SOPH

Goalie:
A good sized goalie, good hands and nice clears.
Jonny Coletta-JR
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Re: NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Postby Grampa Lax » Fri May 20, 2016 2:18 pm

From Coastlaxer wrote
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Comparison for the two teams this weekend for NCS Div 1. Both teams very similar"

From Turfdoggie after regular season game of DLS and MV ( April 30 2016) wrote
"MV's seniors absolutely dominated the game last night. Tabor was a beast in the cage all night long, and didn't give up anything soft. DLS finally started getting some feeds to the inside late in the game, but it was too little too late for the Spartans. The Mustangs have an underrated defense that is very consistent from game to game.
On offense, the MV attack unit absolutely took DLS's defense apart. Lots of unselfish play and great passing from the MV offense. Just too many threats all over the field for DLS to hope to stop that offense"


Coastlaxer presents a thoughtful evaluation and comparison of position by position of DLS and MV for tomorrow’s game ( I think that the two middies for MV Jolie and Ryan are only Jrs and not Sr’s who will return to wreck havoc on their EBAL rivals next year) Coastlaxer concludes that the two teams are similar.

Maybe both teams are similar but they are not equal. In their first matchup MV lead 11-2 going into the fourth quarter ultimately winning 14-6. It wasn’t close. I’m afraid that DLS doesn’t match up well with MV.

The only way to even have a remote chance of beating this team is with an outstanding defense. a decent offense and a little luck.

SRV had the formula and a plan for an upset with a suffocating defense ( holding MV under 10 goals) offensively a half dozen goals 6 on 6 a couple goals in transition and a couple goals when a man up.

SRV has that kind of defense with 5 players with Div commits as juniors. (Princeton, North Carolina, Bryant, Denver and Marquette ) It worked almost in game one which was 3-2 at the half but in the end just not enough pop for SRV as no goals in transition nor a man up and they lost 8-6. Again in the semifinal game the SRV defense held 4-4 at the half and SRV forged into a 6-5 lead in the third quarter but the continued pressure by MV( being on defense coupled with an ankle injury to their defensive captain Joey Carrington in the third quarter) broke the defense and MV scored 3 goals to lead 8-6 at the end of three. There was no comeback final 12-8 MV.


I don’t think DLS has that kind of defense that can hold MV under 10 goals. Turfdoggies description of the first game is right on.
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MV attack unit absolutely took DLS’s defense apart"

That is the matchup that DLS just can’t IMO meet, Numbersman you may be a Monte Vista homer but think you are being too polite and conservative in predicting a MV win by 2-3 goals. See no reason why there won’t be a similar result as in the first game. MV is just too good a team to expect an upset. MV by 6-8 goals
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Re: NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Postby BHSVIDEODAD » Sat May 21, 2016 9:17 am

Thanks for all the great discussion and analysis. Amazing for a forum in 2016. Takes me back to the early 2000's when my son played for Berkeley and the forums were still lively. Sounds like MV is a big favorite, but that is why they play the game.
Should be fun.
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Re: NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Postby shortstick » Sat May 21, 2016 2:51 pm

6-6 tie at half. MV jumped to 4-0 lead in first 5 min. Then DLS started winning faceoffs and got back in game. Pretty even overall. DLS defense holding their own against MV which is the early story of the game.
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Re: NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Postby shortstick » Sat May 21, 2016 3:34 pm

And MV runs off 7 straight. Shutting off DLS in 2nd half. 13-6 with 1 min left. Final 14-6 MV Mustangs
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Re: NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Postby Grampa Lax » Sat May 21, 2016 5:53 pm

Final Monte Vista 14-6 in a game closer than the score indicates. Although interestingly it was the exact same score as their regular season meeting.The Mustangs jumped off to 4-0 lead in the first few minutes and it looked like the rout was on.
However DLS clawed back trialing 4-2 with less than a minute to the end of the first quarter. Devin Spencer scored with only 10 seconds to go to make it 5-2. But on the faceoff won by DLS's Connor Maloney he scored on a desperation shot form 30 yards out with seconds left that rolled through the legs of Joe Tabor making it 5-3 . This seemed to energize the Spartans and the second quarter belonged to them. DLS dominated all aspects of the game scoring two goals by Connor Lincioni and a goal just before the half by Brook Rideau leaving it tied at the half 6-6. DLS was playing with great skill and emotion and this game looked for a while like there could be a possible upset. The Spartans had come to play.

However MV in the 3rd period reasserted themselves as their superior depth and stick skills began to dominate. Their two Junior middies and play makers Chase Jolie and Chris Ryan each scored as did senior Poochie Stemmler to make it 9-6 after three. The Mustangs just have too many weapons. They just keep coming at you and wear down even the best defense. The fourth quarter was more of the same as the DLS defense just couldn't keep up and the offense couldn't score . Fourth quarter scores were added two each by Joe Piombo, two by frosh Ryan Emerson and with only a minute left a goal by Willey Bonham made the final 14-6. DLS played very hard better than I thought they could. Their goalie Junior Jonny Coletta made some great savers. The Mustang goalie JoeTabor shook off only a fair first half for him to play very well in the final two periods. DLS frankly had few chances in the second half producing only 3 or 4 shots on goal.

So to answer the question " Who can beat Monte vista" the right answer was no one. Their undefeated season will be marred only by an asterisk as they were forced to forfeit their first game of the season to Marin Catholic for playing an ineligible player. Congratulation to the Mustang on another wise fairy book season. Champs of the EBAl, North Coast section Champs and undefeated on the playing field . Doesn't get much better than that.



In the Div 2 final played in Marin, Marin Catholic beat Bishop O Doud 18-9 for its third straight championship and four out of the past six years since lacrosse was broken down to two divisions. That is quite an accomplishment for the Wildcats. They even have a 1-0 win over Monte Vista although not on the playing field.
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Re: NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Postby carrera » Sat May 21, 2016 9:21 pm

Thanks for all of the reports!
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Re: NCS lacrosse championships 2016?

Postby Grampa Lax » Sun May 22, 2016 8:06 am

From the East Bay Times their online story for the Championship game.



Monte Vista beats De La Salle for NCS lacrosse championship


By Daniel Mano


dmano@bayareanewsgroup.com

Posted: 05/21/2016 05:30:38 PM PDT | Updated: about 14 hours ago

DANVILLE -- Monte Vista High boys lacrosse completed a storybook season Saturday afternoon by shutting out De La Salle in the second half of the North Coast Section Division 1 final en route to a 14-6 victory.
Devin Spencer, who had two goals and four assists, said he had an "unbelievable feeling" while fellow captain Wiley Bonham used the word "unreal." Joey Piombo, who scored a hat trick, called it "crazy" and coach Joe Rabinowitz added this: "It's amazing, man. It's surreal."

The Mustangs (22-1) finished undefeated on the field to capture the program's fifth section title after also winning the East Bay Athletic League crown. Prevailing Saturday should ensure their top ranking regionally per LaxPower.com despite their lone loss, a season-opening forfeit against eventual NCS Division 2 champ Marin Catholic for unintentionally using an illegal player.


"To go out, EBAL champs, No. 1 in the West, No. 1 in California, and then NCS champs ... To top it off against De La Salle, which is such a great team," said Bonham, who had two goals. "You couldn't have asked for a better senior season."

Monte Vista concluded things by surging to a 4-0 lead early in the first quarter and, after the game was tied at halftime, by blanking the visiting Spartans (17-6) while scoring eight times.
"We adjusted at halftime and the defense shut it down," Spencer said. "Offensively we stayed patient in the second half and the goals came to us."
Chase Jolie found net early in the third quarter off a pass from Chris Ryan, before Poochie Stemmler and Ryan each got their second goals of the game and Bonham added another.
Then Spencer set up freshman Ryan Emerson on back-to-back scores "to pretty much ice it for us," Bonham said. Piombo and Bonham hit insurance goals to give Monte Vista a victory by the same score in the teams' regular-season matchup.

Meanwhile the Mustangs defense held the Spartans, who averaged just over 12 goals a game this season.

"We locked it down. We didn't give them anything easy," Rabinowitz said. "We kind of buckled down, just focused up and communicated more efficiently."

Jonny Coletta had 11 saves and Matthew Lencioni led De La Salle with two scores in the programs' fifth head-to-head matchup at this stage. Lencioni's two straight anchored a 5-2 run that ended with Conor Maloney winning a faceoff and slinging in a 40-yard equalizer at the halftime horn.

"They clamped down a lot after (an early) timeout and started chipping away," Rabinowitz said. "You can't let a team continue to build momentum off situations like that."

A huge help in hampering that was Dominic Piombo.

"He had a couple ground balls he probably shouldn't have gotten to. He was in 22's head all day," Rabinowitz said in reference to Brook Rideau, the Spartans' main offensive threat. "Dom played his tail off. The twins (Dom and Joey) are pure hustle players. Those kids are amazing."

The coach, who clearly influenced Monte Vista's run in his first year at the helm, deferred praise.

"All credit to the players," Rabinowitz said. "We have incredible players on this team."

And an incredible ending for those Mustangs, walking into the sunset as champions.
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