The Carondelet High lacrosse team's wait for a North Coast Section championship is over.
The top-seeded Cougars scored the first six goals of Friday's night Division I title game at Dublin High to help earn a 15-9 win against Foothill and claim the program's first NCS title.
Carondelet has steadily built up its program in recent seasons, making the section playoffs the last four years and the semifinals in the last two. This year, after a 3-2 start, the Cougars closed the season with an 18-game win streak.
"This is a great day and this feels awesome," Carondelet coach Rick Jeffery said. "This is great for the school and the girls trained and practiced so hard. This is really a tribute to them."
The second-seeded Falcons' strategy at the beginning of the game was to try and possess the ball and slow down Carondelet's offense. It worked for the first three minutes, but the Cougars took things over once they took possession.
Hannah Cooper, Cali Castagnola and Erin Jeffery combined for eight goals and five assists in the first half as Carondelet (21-2) built a 9-3 halftime lead.
"Their game plan was to definitely slow the game down because they know we're a fast team and good in transition," Jeffery said. "It worked at the beginning, but once we got the ball, we were able to score at will."
Foothill (16-7) scored the first three goals of the second half to cut Carondelet's lead to three. But Jeffery and Castagnola answered with goals to help put the game away. Castagnola and Kerianne Hunt both scored four goals the Cougars.
Devon Lutz and Laura Klein scored three each for Foothill.
Division II girls
Acalanes 12, Marin Catholic-Kentfield 10: Behind a sterling second-half effort, the second-seeded Dons beat the No. 1 Wildcats to win the Division II championship game in Kentfield.
Acalanes outscored Marin Catholic 5-0 over a 15-minute span in the second half to take control. Devon Frazer had three goals and three assists to lead Acalanes (18-4), which won its first NCS title in girls lacrosse since 2005.
"Honestly, I think it took us 25 minutes to settle into our game," Acalanes coach Kelly Jasso said. "Our passing game really stepped up. We've got a lot of team speed, but if you're moving the ball well you're faster than any one player.
"They moved the ball well in the first half, and we picked it up in the second."
The Dons and Wildcats (20-2) traded the lead six times in the first 30 minutes before Acalanes' offense kicked into gear. After Marin Catholic's Megan McCullough scored with 21:43 left in the game, the Dons scored five unanswered to take a 12-7 lead with 5:41 to go.
The Wildcats' desperation offense led to three goals down the stretch, but Acalanes held on to possession and ran out the clock to take the championship.
"This team has worked so hard all season, and it's just a phenomenal group of players," Jasso said. "Our core of seniors has just been the glue that's held us together."
Courtney Neff had two goals and an assist for Acalanes, and Elizabeth Landry had three scores and an assist. Rebecca Frank scored twice and Chloe Landry had a goal and an assist.
-- John Dugan,
Division I boys
Monte Vista 10, De La Salle 7: The second-seeded Mustangs beat the No. 1 Spartans in the Division I title game to capture their fourth section crown. Monte Vista's victory also avenges its loss to De La Salle in the 2009 championship game.
In mid-April, the Mustangs had a 7-6 record and weren't considered a threat to compete for the Division I championship. But they finished their season on an 11-game win streak, which included two wins over the Spartans.
"After a trip to Southern California the boys really bonded and I attribute the turn around to that as much as anything," Monte Vista coach Mike Lambrecht said. "All year, these kids were all heart."
De La Salle (20-4) scored the first goal midway through the first period, but did not score again until the 10:52 mark of the third. In that time, Monte Vista (18-6) scored seven unanswered, getting two each from Jack Michel, Casey Hock and Jared Welker to take a 10-2 lead after three quarters.
The two-time defending champion Spartans put a scare into the Mustangs, scoring five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to narrow the gap.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent
Division II boys
Marin Catholic 8, Acalanes 7: The host Dons (18-4) fought all the way back from a 7-2 deficit only to give up the game-winning goal to the Wildcats (16-4) in the championship just 14 seconds after tying the game.
Patrick Rooney scored the go-ahead goal, coming out from behind the Acalanes net and beating Harrison Bagdan on the left side of the net with four minutes, 53 seconds left.
"They came back strong in the second half," Rooney said. "When the game got tied up, I knew we had to make a play. I just saw my opportunity and took it."
Robbie Stern had scored on a breakaway to tie the score for the Dons.
Top-seeded Acalanes continued to press in the final minutes. No. 2 Marin Catholic all but wrapped up the game when Kyle White intercepted a centering pass from Trevor Felt with 25 seconds to go.
The Wildcats then played keepaway. The Dons got possession and a whistle with four seconds left, but couldn't do anything, leaving the Marin Catholic players to celebrate, with sticks, gloves and helmets littering the field.
Wildcats goalkeeper Michael Podshadley made 13 saves, including four in the fourth quarter. Bagdan made seven saves.
Chris Hill had three goals for Marin Catholic. Felt and Stern each had three goals for Acalanes.
The title was the first for the Wildcats. This is the first year NCS has had multiple divisions.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent