The Bulldog boys lacrosse team put up one of their best performances of the season on Tuesday night, fighting a tough Miramonte team in a home loss.
The last time these two team’s faced each other in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League opener on the road, the Matadors wiped the floor with the Bulldogs, beating them 14-2.
This time around Alhambra stayed with the Matadors all the way until the final buzzer, putting together a much better performance in the 12-6 loss.
After the game coach Al Boyce was still visibly less than ecstatic, we’ll chalk that up to competitive spirit, but he was clearly pleased with what his players did on the field.
But it didn’t necessarily start out that way. In the first period of play Miramonte possessed the ball at will. They were methodical in their approach, but it didn’t take them long to find the back of the net.
Attacker Aedan Gallivan got the opening goal from a nifty spin move he used to lose his defender before beating the goalkeeper. Sophomore Sawyer Essabhoy got the second from a tight angle due to some smooth team-passing from Miramonte.
Before the interval between quarters, the Mats were up 4-0 with a big defeat seeming to be in the cards for the Bulldogs.
One of the seniors stepped up to give the team hope with one of the only bright spots in the first half of play. Jayke Bobrowski scooped a shot off the ground and was up ended all in one motion. When he got back to his feet he was thrilled to see he had scored.
But Miramonte would scored twice more to take a 6-1 lead into the break.
While 6-1 was still a good result for Alhambra, their offensive output was paltry compared to some of their other outings. Too many long passes from defenders left them susceptible and they paid.
But to start the second half they got some momentum. Jack Eaves, the only Bulldog on the night to score more than once, knocked in his first, which was followed quickly in succession by Cole Malinowski and Marc Moore’s first goals of the night.
Jason Rubio was unlucky to not make it three goals in a row for Alhambra. He was denied by a nice save from the Matador keeper. Miramonte responded, but Alhambra continued to fight back with Eaves’ goal in the final minute of the third period leaving the score at an unlikely 8-5 mark.
“That was our quarter,” Boyce told his boys after they walked off the field.
But things would soon get back to normal. The third placed Mats outscored the Bulldogs 4-1 in the final period of play, with only a consolation goal by Rubio to show for their efforts in the final period of play.
With the loss the Bulldogs fall to 5-10, but remain out of the DFAL cellar as of Tribune deadline.