By GERARDO RECINOS
In the first two years of John Sasaki’s time at the helm of the Lady Bulldog lacrosse program, the team had won a total of four games. Last season the team matched that total in a full season.
And now, with five games having been played, the team has already matched that mark with a 16-2 win over Newark Memorial on Tuesday, March 8.
The 4-1 start to the season is the best ever by the young program led by Sasaki and coach Richard Philbrook.
The Bulldogs looked great against the visiting Cougars, scoring at will early on. Alhambra had 10 different goal-scorers on Tuesday evening.
It wasn’t just the goalscoring that was in it’s best form, the passing and vision from the midfield and attackers was brilliant.
Kelby Fuss continued her run of form by scoring twice, including the opener, on Tuesday. That brings her tally to 17 in her last four games. She didn’t see as much time once the score line got out of hand, but made the most of her chances early on.
Sarah Mills, one of the team’s captains, also made the most of her time on the ball.
She followed up Fuss’ opening goal with one of her own from a rebounded shot. Mills was in the area waiting to pounce on any ground ball in the area and was rewarded for her positioning.Before 10 minutes had gone, Alhambra had found the back of the net four times. On the fourth goal, Isa Mendoza played a peach of a pass to a running Ellie Smith, who scored from close range. Smith had two goals on the evening, while Mendoza had one to add to her assist.
In the 15th minute of play in the first half, Alhambra had three shots on goal in a single minute of play, but couldn’t do anything with it.
In fact it would be a whole five minutes before they could find the net again, and when they did it was defender and captain Luiza Daberdaku who made good on a long run.
Before the half ended the Bulldogs were in full on goal-scoring form. They netted five goals before allowing one in the final minute of play to the jubilant Cougars, whose coaches were counting their shots on goal, each with increasing excitement.
Goal scorers Daberdaku, Johana DeBrauwere and Audrey Pardini all helped seal the victory in the second half, as Alhambra made sure to make multiple passes on offense before attempting a shot in show of good sportsmanship.
As they did in the first half, with almost no time remaining on the scoreboard, Newark struck again on a shot spilled by the Alhambra keeper.
The Cougars once again celebrated only their 12th goal in the month of March after a big loss coming to Bishop O’Dowd on March 4, and a loss to Salinas on March 2.
The Bulldogs will have a week of before their next game against Mercy-San Francisco on March 15. The last time these two teams played in 2014, the Bulldogs were victorious by a score of 16-11.