The 101 HS Black teams from Sonoma and San Francisco attended the RipTide at Oceanside event hosted by 3D Lacrosse. Both teams had a tremendous event, playing strong lacrosse far from home.
101 San Francisco commenced the Riptide on fire, beating Earth Lacrosse by a score of 13-4 and sneaking by 3D Southland 4-3 in a barn burner. In the last game of the day, 101 SF battled SD United, who would go on to be the eventual champions, 7-8. A bit of a slow start found them in the hole, but the team chipped away under the guidance of coaches Sean Meacham and Tommie Franceschini. The offense was paced by Josh Herz, Dylan Deinstbier, and Jack Depenaloza and rallied to close the gap to one multiple time. Defensively, we were anchored by Aleks Bialeks and Cole Irie in the goal.
101 Sonoma, lead by coach Ben Hewitt, started Saturday beating Lacrosse Force by a wide margin and had the team prepared heading into their game against the Santa Monica Dragons. Ultimately the Dragons prevailed after 101 Sonoma gave up three early goals. However, the team bounced back, took control and beat the LaxDawgs 18-3 in the final game of the day. Sonoma Black was balanced on offense with Mason DePoala and Olin Piotter leading the charge. Defensively the team was lead by goalies Guy Lyons and Jacob Neal as well as defenders Dylan Guth and Kobi Buckley.
Both teams headed into playoffs for Sunday. On Sunday San Francisco was not able to overcome a bit of a lull in the first half in which the Dragons went on a run and lost. Meanwhile, Sonoma spotted SD United 3 early goals in transition and then played them to a 5-5 game the rest of the way. The teams got to face each other in the final game of summer for both teams. A heated but friendly battle ensued and Sonoma was able to squeak out the win to finish the summer with another podium finish in 3rd, while San Francisco took 4th, their best finish of the summer.
Both teams represented 101 Lacrosse well on the field and we were able to get them in front many college coaches. I was incredibly impressed with how hard the boys battled against some tougher teams and it was good to see that even in these high-level recruiting tournaments our program is competing for top billing. This was evident in that fact 101 Lacrosse had 8 All-Stars between the two teams out of 38 total players. That is over 20% of the roster. Congratulations to each of our All-Stars!
I am looking forward to working with these guys and continuing to help them achieve their goal of playing college lacrosse at the highest level. It was an incredible summer, and now with a bit of rest, we will get back to building each young man’s route to success! Many of these young men will be coming to play for our HS Elite team in the Western Invitational on July 12-13 in Salt Lake City.
All Stars (from left to right)
Jack DePenaloza (2019, SF )
Zev Revis (2018, SF)
Aleks Bialek (2018, SF)
Cole Irie (2018, SF)
Olin Piotter (2018, Sonoma)
Isaiah Blomgren (2018, Sonoma)
Mason DePoala (2018, Sonoma)
Dylan Guth (2019, Sonoma)
Cole Flores (2018, Sonoma)
Our Youth Teams, Girls HS, and Sonoma HS Gold teams will all be back on the practice field on Tuesday ready to continue building their route to success.