By Tommy Fellner
The Acalanes Men’s Lacrosse team, the top seed in the NCS playoffs, defeated Marin Academy 13-5 to advance to the NCS title game for the third consecutive year.
In the first quarter the Dons came out hot and senior captain Sam DeRoque got the scoring going early with the first goal of the night to give Acalanes the lead. Junior Nathan Brickman backed up the score with a goal of his own, giving the Dons a 2-0 lead at the end of the first.
Marin Academy began to find its footing on defense and limited the Dons’ offensive attack. Only Brickman was able to sneak in a goal, adding to the Dons’ early lead. Marin was also stopped by Acalanes’ stifling defense and goalie Nate Welcomer. Acalanes led 3-0 at the half.
Out of the half Acalanes scored first widening their lead, but Marin Academy was finally able to get on the board, narrowing the lead to 3.
Acalanes responded to Marin’s goal with three more of their own, but Marin tacked on another before the end of the third quarter. The score read Acalanes 7 Marin Academy 2.
In the fourth Acalanes increased their offensive attack and the goals just kept dropping. Brickman scored his third goal of the night, giving himself the hat trick. Junior Nathan Lee also rifled a shot past the goalie to extend the lead further for the Dons.
Toward the end of the fourth, Acalanes cleared its bench, allowing players brought up to varsity and other underclassmen to get some playing time in a big game atmosphere. Acalanes easily hung onto the lead and advanced to the NCS finals.
The Dons will face off this Friday at 7 against foe Marin Catholic, whom the Dons have faced for the past 5 consecutive years in NCS finals. In 2014 Acalanes lost in overtime and in 2013 the Dons won 9-8.
Some individual standouts were Nate Welcomer, saving 5 of 7 shots on goal. In the scoring column, Brickman led the way with his hat trick. DeRoque went an amazing 9 for 9 on faceoffs and junior Jack Thoren played spectacular on defense and totaling up three pass interceptions.