By GERARDO RECINOS
Unlike baseball, the varsity lacrosse boys reversed their fates from their previous game in a positive way, by thumping Dublin 14-1 on Tuesday night for their first league win of 2016.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in Diablo Foothill Athletic League play, but more importantly have started to get back some of their injured players who missed a big part of their preseason.
Alhambra ripped apart Dublin by scoring early and often. But it wasn’t like usual. Sometimes bigger teams just out run smaller teams because they know they won’t be able to substitute enough players in to keep every player well-rested.
But what Alhambra did on Tuesday night against the Gaels was pass their way through the defense of Dublin and convert high-percentage shots from close range.
Recently returned leading scorer Jason Rubio opened the scoring for Alhambra in the third minute of play to open his DFAL account. Rubio was shutdown by Miramonte in the DFAL opener.
Junior Cole Malinowski followed up Rubio’s goal with one of his own less than a minute later, before turning provider for Jack Eaves’ goal two minutes after that.
The Bulldog trio of Malinowski, Eaves and Logan Wright combined for a slick set of passes in the seventh minute before Wright slammed home from close range.
Eaves would score once more from close range near the end of the opening quarter, while Marc Moore scored his second DFAL goal with 30 seconds left on the clock in the first period.
The Bulldogs let off a bit in the second quarter, probably after being instructed to slow down the game by coach Al Boyce.
Still, in the third minute of play in the second quarter, senior John Au’s long range shot was spilled by the Dublin keeper only to be slipped in by Eaves for the seventh Alhambra goal.
Rubio followed that effort up with a 20-yard screamer. He and Eaves would score once more each before the half ended. Rubio’s third goal of the game was also a long-range screamer that beat the keeper.
The senior would finish the game with five goals to take back the team’s scoring lead from Moore. The junior attacker had two on the night to take his total for the season to 18, while Rubio’s five put him at 20. Eaves follows the two closely with 18 himself after four on Tuesday night.
Dublin managed to get a single goal long after Boyce introduced the second and third string players into the game, but with a running clock there was little else Dublin could do.
The Bulldogs will visit Dougherty Valley on Friday March 25 for their third DFAL game of the season. Over the past two years, Alhambra has lost to four games to Dougherty Valley, but only by a total difference of six goals across the four contests.