By Tommy Fellner
The Acalanes Women’s Lacrosse team (0-1), defending NCS champions, fell to Monte Vista 15-8 this thursday night in their 2015 season home opener. Monte Vista’s high scoring offense proved to be too much for the Lady Dons as the team ceded its first match of the season.
Acalanes had lost some key players from last season such as Chloe Landry, a NCS first team selection and currently a member of the California Berkeley Lacrosse team, and Kate Fellner, the DFAL Most Valuable Player as well as a player for the UC Davis lacrosse team. These two left some very big holes to fill for this year’s team.
This year, the Lady Dons have a seasoned group of veteran players. Four year varsity players such as Alyssa Mueller, Caroline Newman, Caith Wright and Ellie Higgins will lead the team, comprised of seniors and juniors, this season.
In the beginning of the game, the Lady Dons appeared to have all of the momentum. Junior Sophie Ross scored the first goal of the season for the Lady Dons, as well as giving them a 1-0 lead. Acalanes then scored again to put themselves up 2-0.
The Lady Dons had been able to hold off the Mustangs’ attack, but finally the Lady Dons’ defense broke down and Monte Vista scored two quick goals to tie up the game.
Acalanes then came back with a goal of their own, this time it was senior co-captain Caroline Newman, putting the Lady Dons up 3-2.
Monte Vista responded with a goal from senior star player Amanda Outcalt. This back and forth continued with Ross scoring her second of the game, followed by another Outcalt goal.
With the score tied, senior co-captain Caith Wright found the back of the net, putting the Lady Dons up 5-4 about midway through the first half. Outcalt then scored her third of the game, evening the score.
Monte Vista dominated the rest of the half and put up four more goals while holding off Acalanes. The Mustangs had all the momentum until senior Ellie Higgins scored with a minute remaining in the half and cut the deficit to 3.
Out of the break the Mustangs went back to work and widened the lead to 4. Monte Vista then scored again, before Newman stopped their run with her second goal of the game. The score now read Monte Vista 11 Acalanes 7.
Monte Vista continued to dominate on offense and control the possession of the ball. Outcalt scored another goal, her fourth of the game to put the Mustangs up 5 with only 5 minutes left to play.
Junior Sophie Ross scored her third goal of the game soon after and Monte Vista tallied on two more goals to close out the game and walk away with a 15-8 victory.