DANVILLE -- The De La Salle High lacrosse team bounced back from an early deficit, then held off a fierce charge by host Monte Vista to win 12-11 Friday in a battle between two of the top teams in the state.
Entering Friday's game, De La Salle was ranked fifth in the state and Monte Vista was ranked eighth according to laxpower.com.
"It was definitely a team effort," said De La Salle's Stephen Wilm, who scored the eventual game-winning goal with 4 minutes, 27 seconds left in the game and finished with a team-high four goals.
Monte Vista (9-5, 0-1 East Bay Athletic League) held the momentum late in the first quarter with three straight goals to break a 2-2 tie. But De La Salle (6-2, 2-0) scored the next six goals of the game and never trailed after that.
"Definitely, things were not going our way in the first quarter. They definitely slowed down our offense, so we had to put in some things to speed it up," De La Salle coach Bob O'Meara said.
The Spartans' Cade Bailey scored two of his three goals during that run. But Monte Vista was not going to give up.
De La Salle held a 10-6 lead with 11:07 left in the fourth quarter, but Monte Vista scored three straight goals over the next six minutes. The Spartans' Jack McCormick broke the Mustangs' scoring streak with a goal for an 11-9 De La Salle lead, then 40 seconds later, Wilm found the net again for a 12-9 De La Salle advantage.
Monte Vista charged back behind goals from Wiley Bonham and Brad Housley, with Housley's goal occurring with 42 seconds remaining. The Mustangs regained possession of the ball with 18 seconds remaining deep in its own territory, but was unable to score.
"First of all, great effort by both teams," Monte Vista coach Mike Lambrecht said. "My guys didn't quit. They played with great heart right to the end."
Bonham and Housley each had three goals to pace Monte Vista. Teammate Devin Spencer added two goals. De La Salle goalkeeper Alec Bruce had 10 saves.
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