Sunday, March 9, 2014

There and Back Again

The Galena Grizzlies began their 2014 campaign with a trip to Northern California for the Redding Jamboree. After going 1-2 in that adventure the team returned home for some practice and then some scrimmages vs. local HSLL teams the first weekend of March. All of that was in preparation for the team’s second trip to California to play two teams in the Petaluma area: Casa Grande and Rancho Cotati. Galena had never faced either in these teams in the history of the program.

The first game of this return trip was played against Casa Grande as the undercard game to an MCLA game showcasing Chapman and Sonoma State. The Grizzlies were more than happy to oblige their hosts from Petaluma as this was going to be a great opportunity to see (and play) some very good lacrosse teams.
On Friday night (3/7) Galena faced off against Casa Grande. The Grizzlies knew that Casa Grande was a very skilled team. The home team came out of the gates very fast and scored the first several goals of the game. Galena was reeling a bit as the speed and depth of the Casa team caught them by surprise.  However, Galena still managed to get a few possessions on offense. Unfortunately, not all of those possessions produced scoring opportunities, and the ones that did were not converted. Galena netted a couple by the end of the game, but Casa confirmed that they are indeed one of the top teams in Northern California and secured a victory over Galena in 13-2 game.
The second portion of this road trip saw Galena play Rancho Cotati in Rohnert Park. Rancho and Galena matched up well with one another skill-wise, but Galena came out flat in the first half. The game was within a few goals at halftime, but Rancho pulled away in the third quarter as Galena could not match the goals that Rancho would put up. Though the final score was 12-6 in Rancho’s favor, the game was much closer on the ground (we never say that!) and this is one that we’d love to play again. Though the grass was thick, Galena did take some lessons away from this game.
The JV team continued to develop as they also played two games vs the local teams. Similar to the Redding games, the young team was somewhat over-matched in skill, but the hustle and team play were starting to come along. Overall, another good weekend of learning for the JV team.

Go Grizzlies!   

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