Source: Valley Roadrunner

Jags’ offense in first two boys lacrosse wins

by Dan Kidder Roadrunner Correspondent

March 20, 2014

In only its third varsity season, the Valley Center boys lacrosse program is finding new ways to make its mark.

The Jaguars went 1–12 in their first varsity season, then made a tremendous leap to winning 16 games—including two playoff wins—in 2013, earning the No. 2 seed and advancing to the semifinals in the CIF Division IV playoffs along the way.

This season, the Jags moved up two divisions and have been preparing for a tight race between a handful of talented programs.

But through their first two games, the Jaguars have fit right into their new division and have racked up some impressive offensive numbers already.

Valley Center won its first game of the season 12–8 over Serra, scoring the first six goals of the game before letting up out of mercy and inadvertently letting the opposition back into the game.

Then on Friday night, the Jaguars held their home opener against Francis Parker and didn’t take their feet off the gas pedal in a 14–1 win.

The Jags built a 3–1 lead in the first quarter behind a pair of goals from Ian Leek, then increased the lead to 9–1 by halftime. They added four more in the third quarter before settling in and scoring only once in the fourth.

Jason Brewster, a defender last year who moves up to play offense this season, came through with five goals, while Leek totaled four, John Luna had three and Jason Blasius had two.

“We didn’t want to be jerks, we just wanted to make sure we put the game away, especially after the last one,” head coach Robert Talley explained. “This was a statement win for us. We had a game plan and we executed it to perfection. Everybody knows Francis Parker won Division II last year, and when all the other teams look up our score tomorrow, they’re going to say ‘That Valley Center team up there in the middle of nowhere, they’re not giving up a lot of goals.’ We knew this would be a big test, and we passed this one. Now we raise the bar a little higher. That’s why we scheduled our scrimmage with Carlsbad and why we’re playing Francis Parker and Grossmont early in the season. We have to be able to hang with all of them if we’re going to make an even bigger name for ourselves.”

The Jaguars hosted Grossmont on Tuesday and they play at Fallbrook on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before playing at University City next Monday at 6 p.m.