Boys’ Lacrosse Make Noise in First Matchups


After a dismal one win inaugural season, the boys’ lacrosse has started by flipping their narrative. Defeating their first two opponents, they opened up the season with a 2-0 record. Led by a group of senior and junior returners from last year, the team comes in with more experience.

This group, seniors Garrett Graham, Antonio Esteva, and junior Tommy McCabe led the team attacking, being the goal scorers for the team. This group is supported by a large group of other returning players, proving to be more effective with the year of experience behind them.

Their first game was against the St.Vincent de Paul Mustangs, the only opponent they beat last year. This gave them a great opportunity to start the season with a win. They made most of this chance, winning a close game five goals to four.

The goals were scored by Esteva (1), Graham (1), McCabe (2), and freshman Dalen Lopata (1). This was backed by a defensive effort led by juniors Malik Jackson-James and Connor Cheeseman that held the Mustangs to only four goals. 

This combination resulted in another victory in their second game, as they faced the San Rafael Bulldogs at home. The Dragons began strong and jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter, and then ended the half up 9-3. The Dragons cruised in the second half, and outlasted the Bulldogs trying to even.

They even won the second half in all, by a score of 4-3, ending the game with an impressive seven goal win, 13-6. The Dragons offense was effective in this game, with more than half their goals coming from the trio of leaders once again with Graham (3), Esteva (2), McCabe (2). Aiding the defense was sophomore goalie, Nicolas Cope, who boasted an impressive 17 saves against the Bulldogs.

Although tougher competition is on the horizon, the Dragons show promise after their inaugural season last year and hope to put SVHS lacrosse on the map in Sonoma County.