By GERARDO RECINOS
As the calendar turns to April, the competitive part of the Alhambra girls lacrosse team rears its head. The Lady Dogs started off hot with a 4-2 record.
But their 12-2 loss to College Park on March 24 proved that the Bulldogs had a lot more difficult match ups on the schedule.
In their first six games, the Bulldogs won four, and were narrowly defeated by Las Lomas. The Knights were a North Coast Section playoff competitor last year.
After the solid run of form, there was a little bit of tension at Knowles Field. Knowing that a solid team like College Park was coming into town, and because of the rivalry.
The match up lived up to the billing in terms of physicality, but the Falcons were clearly the better team. The Pleasant Hill team scored three goals in the opening three minutes.
Goals from senior Brooke Betcher, and juniors Madelynne Avila and Kally Cunningham started the rout. And then Falcons went off.
In a span of eight minutes they nearly tripled their lead. College Park pressured the Bulldogs into making poor passes and picked them off to start the offensive.
In fact the only thing that stopped the Bulldogs from getting shut out in the opening half was the continuing amount of cards the flew from the referee’s hands.
That was what allowed Alhambra’s Mimi Vo to get the lone Bulldog goal in the half.
Late in the first half, College Park took a blow that threatened to change the course of the match. A late foul was deemed excessive and saw a Falcon player shown a red.
Down a player, the Falcons still looked dominant. A few minutes into the second half, the Falcons had another player sent to the bench for an excessive foul.
But even then, down two players for the rest of the match, the Falcons continued to play the more expansive lacrosse.
It wasn’t until the Falcons had a third player sent to the bench with a red card, that the Bulldogs got their second goal.
Lexie Ramos, one of the team’s senior captains, assisted another senior, Kelby Fuss.
Fuss’ goal broke a brief deadlock where neither team could break the other down. But from that point on neither team could play the style they wanted to. Even when the Bulldogs closed the game out with a four-player advantage, the Falcons scored once more, all the while shutting down the Bulldogs.
Despite the advantage, Alhambra found themselves not connecting on their passes, while the Falcons just broke up everything they could.
By just disrupting play and keeping the ball away from the Bulldogs, the Falcons were able to see off their rivals from Martinez without much fight.
As of Tribune deadline, the Bulldog girls are 4-5 on the season, and 3-5 in league play.