Cross Country Team Shines at NCS … on to State!

Cross Country Team Shines at NCS … on to State!

The Varsity Cross Country team had a great showing at the North Coast Section (NCS) Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 23rd.

The boys team took 2nd place and are heading to State on November 30th. Nicole Frigon was a state qualifier as well! Outstanding effort by all – congratulations!!

Perfect. Lady Dons Win State, Finish 27-0

Perfect. Lady Dons Win State, Finish 27-0

The Lady Dons saved their best for last to deliver a thoroughly dominant performance and defeat Sacred Heart Prep 10-2 in the Final of the CIF Division 1 Regional Championship played at Independence HS in San Jose. The win meant the Dons finished with a season record of 27-0, extended their win streak to 54, and became the first NCS team to record back to back undefeated seasons. Their opponents, #2 seed Sacred Heart Prep Gators, arrived at the final as CCS Champions with an undefeated record in league play and an overall record of 26-3 (their 3 losses all to the Dons).

A large and noisy crowd had gathered in San Jose for the finals and Dons supporters were in good voice, displaying their blue colors prominently. After the introductions and anthems were over the Dons swam over to take final instructions from Head Coach Misha Buchel and assistants Pat Reid and Chris Lanier. The tension was evident as both teams started nervously and looked to work an early opening. As the first quarter progressed the Dons began to gain the upper hand with their offence exerting more and more pressure while their suffocating defense was clearly frustrating the Gators. The deadlock was broken when Mary Beth Heffelfinger set up Jewel Roemer to score with a strong shot and then, as Sacred Heart began to tire, goalie Ava Donleavy threw a perfectly weighted pass to find Jewel Roemer breaking fast down the center to score. It was 2-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Jewel Roemer Fires Away

The second quarter began in the same fashion with both sides showing strong defense. Back and forth the adversaries swam but the longer the contest went on the stronger the Dons looked and counter by counter the Gators were tiring. The depth of the Lady Dons bench had always been a strength and now it began to show as the Dons were able to rotate and keep fresh swimmers in the water. Sophomore, Heidi Heffelfinger, took advantage to score the next two goals, first turning strongly after a pass by Alana McCartney had set her up and then breaking fast onto another long pass from Donleavy. Sacred Heart was wavering but they refused to give up and came back with a goal of their own to make it 4-1. However, the Lady Dons were in ruthless mood and rather than allow the Gators back into the game, they stepped it up to score another goal from Roemer and then deliver a dagger blow at the buzzer with a powerful shot into the corner from Brooke Westphal. At half-time it was 6-1 to the Dons.

The third quarter continued with the Dons oppressive defense closing down and frustrating the Sacred Heart offense while the Dons continued to create opportunities at the other end. Claire Rowell scored with a strong shot off an assist by McCartney, then McCartney scored one of her own before Mary Beth Heffelfinger added a third goal for the quarter after a fast break. The Gators were struggling to live with the Dons fast paced attack and when the Gators tried to build an attack of their own the Dons were all over them, blocking shots, intercepting passes and stealing possession with Alex Mould, Caroline Schirmer and Jewel Roemer at the heart of the Dons defensive efforts. After three quarters it was 9-2. 

In the final quarter the Lady Dons were able to relax and play out time. Roemer scored one last goal and the seniors, Mary Beth Heffelfinger, Mala Neuman, Jewel Roemer and Brooke Westphal came in for the final few minutes as the Dons cruised to a 10-2 victory. The final buzzer sounded and it was time for the coaches to get wet as the whole team celebrated in the pool, including injured senior Zoe Benisek who ruptured her ACL five games into the season.

Coach Misha Buchel Goes for a Swim

In the game Jewel Roemer scored four goals with others from Heidi Heffelfinger (2), Alana McCartney, Mary Beth Heffelfinger, Claire Rowell and Brooke Westphal. Alana McCartney made two assists with others from Claire Rowell, Alex Mould, Heidi Heffelfinger and Mary Beth Heffelfinger. Alex Mould made three steals with others from Caroline Schirmer (2), Alana McCartney, Heidi Heffelfinger, Jewel Roemer and Brooke Westphal. Jewel Roemer made three field blocks with others from Caroline Schirmer and Alex Mould. Claire Rowell drew three exclusions with others drawn by Alana McCartney and Jewel Roemer.

Lady Dons Polo Advance to D1 State Championship

Lady Dons Polo Advance to D1 State Championship

The Lady Dons continued their march to the CIF NorCal Championship Final with a comprehensive victory over the Davis HS Blue Devils on Thursday evening. In doing so, they took their season record to 26-0 and extended their winning streak, going back two years, to 53.

After starting slowly in the last few games, the Dons came ready to play and quickly got on the scoreboard with a deftly taken goal from Claire Rowell with what is becoming her trademark no look backhand, assisted with a pass in from Alana McCartney. Davis quickly pulled one back, but the Dons went further ahead when Mary Beth Heffelfinger pushed in a loose ball after a shot from Alex Mould was blocked by the Davis goalie. Another goal from Mary Beth Heffelfinger followed and then Jewel Roemer stole the ball from her opponent and cruised in on goal before putting the ball beyond the reach of the goalie. Davis managed to stop the flow with a goal of their own but the Dons finished the quarter strong with another goal from Rowell after a precise cross cage pass from Caroline Schirmer. It was 5-2 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Lady Dons moved through the gears and took total control, stifling the Davis attacks and scoring more goals from Rowell, Roemer, McCartney and Brooke Westphal. At half time it was 9-2 and the contest was as good as over. The second half proved to be low scoring with just one goal in the third quarter when Roemer scored after breaking fast and being found with a long pass from goalie Ava Donleavy. In the fourth quarter the Dons rotated through their squad and scored two further goals from Roemer and Heidi Heffelfinger. The final score was 12-3 putting the lady Dons through to the final on Saturday. Jewel Roemer scored four times with further goals from Claire Rowell (3), Mary Beth Heffelfinger (2), Alana McCartney, Heidi Heffelfinger, and Brooke Westphal. McCartney made two assists with others from Schirmer, Mould, Alexa Carter, Heidi and Mary Beth Heffelfinger. Rowell, Mould and Roemer each made two steals with others from McCartney, Mary Beth Heffelfinger and Elle Forschler. Ava Donleavy made five saves and Audrey Cox one.

The Dons will play for their first ever State Championship against Sacred Heart Prep at Independence HS in San Jose at 3.40pm on Saturday.

Girls Water Polo Cruises to Easy First Round State Victory

Girls Water Polo Cruises to Easy First Round State Victory

Following the emotion of an NCS Championship on Saturday evening the Lady Dons returned to the Acalanes pool on Tuesday for a first round match in the CIF NorCal Division 1 Championship and to defend their unbeaten record. The NorCal Championship is for the best high school teams in Northern and Central California and the Lady Dons are seeded one. Notably, this is the Dons first trip ever to the NorCal Championships. They were also seeded #1 last year but fires and smoke cancelled the tournament so this is unfinished business!

Their opponent, the number 8 seed, St Francis HS Lancers from Mountain View had qualified by making the semi-final of the CCS Open Division Championship and arrived with a 19-8 record. After the noise and intensity of Saturday’s final everything seemed a little flat, and that was how the Dons started. In a first quarter of stray passes and fluffed shots it took more than 3 minutes for the first goal and to everyone’s surprise it was the Lancers who struck first. The Dons seemed lackadaisical and Coach Misha Buchel called an early timeout to reset the team’s energy. The break had the desired effect with the Dons looking sharper and goals from Claire Rowell and Jewel Roemer put the Lady Dons in front at the end of the first quarter, but not before they had contrived to miss a penalty shot and a number of other chances. If the Lancers were thinking they had an opportunity for an upset their hopes were to be quickly dashed in the second quarter as the Lady Dons found their rhythm and scored seven unanswered goals from Mary Beth Heffelfinger (2), Claire Rowell, Jewel Roemer (2), Heidi Heffelfinger and Alana McCartney. It was 9-1 at half time and the game was effectively over.

In the second half the Dons took the opportunity to rotate the squad and give everyone game time. Goals from Alana McCartney and Caroline Schirmer made it 11-1 after three quarters. Further goals from Alana McCartney, Heidi and Mary Beth Heffelfinger gave a final score of 14-2. Alana McCartney, Mary Beth Heffelfinger and Jewel Roemer all scored three goals with other goals for Heidi Heffelfinger (2), Claire Rowell (2) and Caroline Schirmer. Mary Beth Heffelfinger made three assists with others from Jewel Roemer (2), Claire Rowell (2), Alana McCartney, Emma Miller, Caroline Schirmer and Alex Mould. Alex Mould made three steals with others from Alana McCartney (2), Caroline Schirmer (2), Emma Miller and Brooke Westphal.

Next up a semi-final against Davis HS at 5pm on Thursday 21st November at Acalanes!

Girls Tennis: Eliza Bates wins historic NCS Singles Championship, a first for Acalanes Girls Tennis!

Eliza and Coach Drew

Eliza and her teammate Jasmine Toni qualified to compete in the NCS championships for singles. The 2 day tournament was played at Mill Valley Tennis Club. Jasmine won her opening round 6-2 7-6 , but fell to the# 3 seed in her second round. Eliza competed at a very high level to win her semi-final match 6-3 7-5 against senior Sophie de Groot from College Park. She faced senior Solia Valentine from Berkeley in the finals. The first set started poorly with a quick few games against her, but Eliza fought back to even things up and then played very solid in the tiebreaker to take the first set 7-6. Eliza then took her game up a notch and didn’t drop another game to finish 6-0 for the championship. Congratulations girls for representing Acalanes well. One for the record books! The tournament has been played with a girls’ division since 1977 and this is the first time a champion has come from our school! The boys’ division started in 1915 and only 3 boys from Acalanes have won in the years 1995, 1966 and 1960.

First Girls NCS Champion from Acalanes EVER! 40+ years of tournament
Eliza and Jasmine Class of 2021

We Win!

We Win!

Dons down College Park in impressive win 16-10 NCS Div 1 champs

Drive to victory
Play-by-Play
Prd – TimeTeamEvent
  End of Game
  College Park2 – 2 – 3 – 3 — 10
Acalanes3 – 4 – 7 – 2 — 16
4th – 0:00End of the 4th Period
4th – 0:27CLPKGoal scored by 4
Even Strength – CLPK 10, ACAL 16
4th – 0:45ACALExclusion on 9 Ethan Walker
4th – 1:01CLPKExclusion on 15

4thCLPKShot taken by 15 , saved by 1 Parker Tompkins
4th – 1:39ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin
Even Strength – CLPK 9, ACAL 16
4thCLPKShot taken by 2 , saved by 1 Parker Tompkins
4th – 2:28ACALGoal scored by 14 Jay Mills, assisted by 6 Mac Darin
Powerplay – CLPK 9, ACAL 15
4th – 2:30CLPKExclusion on 10
4th – 3:01CLPKGoal scored by 16
Powerplay – CLPK 9, ACAL 14
4th – 3:23ACALExclusion on 6 Mac Darin
4th – 3:39CLPKGoal scored by 16
Even Strength – CLPK 8, ACAL 14
4thCLPKShot taken by 7 , saved by 1 Parker Tompkins
Corner
4thCLPKShot taken by 11 , saved by 1 Parker Tompkins
4thACALShot taken by 6 Mac Darin
Missed
4th – 5:59CLPKExclusion on 5
4thCLPKShot taken by 7
Hit Post
4thACALShot taken by 6 Mac Darin, saved by 1
Corner
4th – 7:00ACALSprint: 11 vs. 22 William Stryker
Acalanes Wins
4th – 7:00Start of the 4th Period
3rd – 0:00End of the 3rd Period
Franklin Sports Water Polo Pool Goal
3rdCLPKShot taken by 11
Hit Post
3rdCLPKShot taken by 10 , saved by 1 Parker Tompkins
Corner
3rd – 0:37ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin
Even Strength – CLPK 7, ACAL 14
3rd – 0:55CLPKGoal scored by 11
Even Strength – CLPK 7, ACAL 13
3rd – 1:08CLPKTimeout taken by College Park
Full Timeout
3rdACALShot taken by 8 Eli Berkowitz
Hit Post
3rd – 1:31CLPKExclusion on 16
3rdCLPKTurnover by College Park, stolen by 14 Jay Mills
3rd – 2:00ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin, assisted by 8 Eli Berkowitz
Powerplay – CLPK 6, ACAL 13
3rd – 2:02CLPKExclusion on 8
3rdACALShot taken by 22 William Stryker, saved by 1
Corner
3rdCLPKShot taken by 16
Missed
3rd – 2:50ACALExclusion on 17 Andrew Sappal
3rd – 3:00ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin
Penalty Shot – CLPK 6, ACAL 12
3rd – 3:00CLPKExclusion on 4
Penalty Foul
3rd – 3:15CLPKGoal scored by 16
Even Strength – CLPK 6, ACAL 11
3rd – 3:30ACALGoal scored by 22 William Stryker, assisted by 1 Parker Tompkins
Even Strength – CLPK 5, ACAL 11
3rdCLPKShot taken by 10
Hit Post
3rd – 4:22CLPKGoal scored by 9
Even Strength – CLPK 5, ACAL 10
3rdCLPKShot taken by 9 , saved by 1 Parker Tompkins
Corner
3rd – 5:07ACALGoal scored by 22 William Stryker, assisted by 6 Mac Darin
Powerplay – CLPK 4, ACAL 10
3rd – 5:26CLPKExclusion on 8
3rdCLPKTurnover by College Park, stolen by 22 William Stryker
3rd – 5:56ACALGoal scored by 22 William Stryker, assisted by 7 Mike Winther
Powerplay – CLPK 4, ACAL 9
3rd – 6:06CLPKExclusion on 10
3rdCLPKShot taken by 7
Missed
3rdCLPKTurnover by College Park, stolen by 22 William Stryker
3rd – 6:43ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin
Even Strength – CLPK 4, ACAL 8
3rd – 7:00ACALSprint: 11 vs. 22 William Stryker
Acalanes Wins
3rd – 7:00Start of the 3rd Period
2nd – 0:00End of the 2nd Period
2nd – 0:06CLPKGoal scored by 4
Even Strength – CLPK 4, ACAL 7
2nd – 0:24ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin
Even Strength – CLPK 3, ACAL 7
2ndCLPKShot taken by 10
Hit Post
2nd – 1:00ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin
Penalty Shot – CLPK 3, ACAL 6
2nd – 1:00CLPKExclusion on 16 , drawn by 2 Charlie Bettencourt
Penalty Foul
2ndCLPKShot taken by 10
Missed
2nd – 2:23ACALGoal scored by 7 Mike Winther, assisted by 14 Jay Mills
Even Strength – CLPK 3, ACAL 5
2ndCLPKTurnover by College Park, stolen by 3 Peter Archer
2nd – 3:20CLPKGoal scored by 2
Even Strength – CLPK 3, ACAL 4
2nd – 4:34ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin, assisted by 22 William Stryker
Powerplay – CLPK 2, ACAL 4
2nd – 4:05CLPKExclusion on 8
2ndCLPKTurnover by College Park, stolen by 14 Jay Mills
2nd – 4:48ACALExclusion on 8 Eli Berkowitz
2ndCLPKShot taken by 11 , saved by 1 Parker Tompkins
2ndCLPKTurnover by College Park, stolen by 6 Mac Darin
2nd – 6:11ACALExclusion on 17 Andrew Sappal
2nd – 6:47CLPKExclusion on 2
2nd – 7:00ACALSprint: 5 vs. 17 Andrew Sappal
Acalanes Wins
2nd – 7:00Start of the 2nd Period
1st – 0:00End of the 1st Period
Mikasa Shotmaker Rebounder
1stCLPKShot taken by 10 , saved by 1 Parker Tompkins
1stCLPKShot taken by 6
Hit Post
1stCLPKShot taken by 4
Blocked by Defense
1st – 1:26ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin, assisted by 2 Charlie Bettencourt
Powerplay – CLPK 2, ACAL 3
1st – 1:43CLPKExclusion on 10
1st – 1:54CLPKGoal scored by 2
Even Strength – CLPK 2, ACAL 2
1st – 2:15ACALGoal scored by 2 Charlie Bettencourt, assisted by 7 Mike Winther
Powerplay – CLPK 1, ACAL 2
1st – 2:26CLPKExclusion on 7
1stCLPKShot taken by 11
Hit Post
1st – 3:00ACALExclusion on 8 Eli Berkowitz
1stCLPKShot taken by 2
Missed
1stACALShot taken by 6 Mac Darin
Hit Post
1st – 4:10CLPKExclusion on 7
1stACALShot taken by 2 Charlie Bettencourt, saved by 1
1st – 4:31ACALGoal scored by 14 Jay Mills, assisted by 2 Charlie Bettencourt
Even Strength – CLPK 1, ACAL 1
1st – 6:16CLPKGoal scored by 8
Even Strength – CLPK 1, ACAL 0
1st – 7:00ACALSprint: 7 vs. 14 Jay Mills
Acalanes Wins
1st – 7:00Start of the 1st Period
1st – 7:00ACALStarters for Acalanes: 2 Charlie Bettencourt, 3 Peter Archer, 6 Mac Darin, 7 Mike Winther, 14 Jay Mills, 22 William Stryker
1st – 7:00ACALStarting at goalie 1 Parker Tompkins
1st – 7:00CLPKStarting at goalie 1
Acalanes Stats
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7Mike Winther1123000
8Eli Berkowitz1011200
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10Kyle Rosenblatt0000000
11Scott Murphy1000000
12Jon Davis0000000
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Frosh Dons Finish Strong at 6-3

Frosh Dons Finish Strong at 6-3

From Tahoe to Alhambra

It seems like it all went so fast, yet it all started back in the Summer before the boys were even technically Acalanes Students. They have come so far in such a short period of time, thanks to great coaching and a commitment to Dons Family. The Frosh Dons ended up averaging over 100 yards per game on the ground with 12 TDs, and over 188 yards per game through the air with 24 TDs. Consistency on the line was a big factor in offensive production, with Tyler Murphy, Miller Smith, Lex Jung, Nathan Kim and Marcus Julian starting every game. Nine different players carried the ball over the course of the season, Tobias Schwing leading the way with 348 total yards and 6 TDs, on a Heisman-worthy pace of 11.6 yards a carry. RBs Ben Foox, Kaleo Feinberg and QB Kyle Bielawski also chipped in with rushing TDs over the course of the season. Eight different players caught passes over the year, including two from QB2 Luke Dulik and one from Jake Takeuchi on a WR pass. Ethan Torres was the home run king, averaging 28.13 yards per catch with a team long 74-yard TD. Theo Stoll, Andrew Habas, Jake Takeuchi and Tobias Schwing also added TD receptions in addition to Ethan. Defense developed a bit slower, but in the end 30 kids ended up with at least one solo tackle, led by Strong Safety Coco Gannon with 21. The Dons’ D also had five picks, two each by Mason Michlitsch and Andrew Habas and one by Nikko Woodson, and 27 sacks, led by Miller Smith, Tobias Schwing and Tyler Murphy with five each.

Offensive MVP: Kyle Bielawski #9

Cool Kyle Bielawski, led the offensive juggernaut this year, throwing for 1,466 yards and 24 TDs with a 61% completion percentage. Kyle also carried the ball 49 times (most on the team) for a 4.78 yard per carry average and rushed for 3 TDs. Throughout the season Kyle was a steadying influence, running the offense with efficiency and at high speed, standing tall in the pocket, hitting receivers in stride, buying time when it was needed and not being afraid to pull it and run when the opportunity arose.

Defensive MVP: Tyler Murphy #62

Tyler “Braveheart” Murphy was a disruptive force on defense, collapsing opponent’s offensive lines and making lives miserable for the visiting QBs. Tyler led or tied for the lead in fumbles recovered (2), fumbles caused (1), tackles for loss (9) and sacks (5). His tireless push moved the line of scrimmage and many times forced teams to double him, allowing the Dons’ other defenders to run free and make plays in the opponent’s backfield.

Special Teams: Theo Stoll #13

Theo “Theopedo” Stoll was a terror to opposing defenses all year. All up he scored 11 TDs, including 9 on Kick Off returns with a per game average of 35.75 and a long of 90 yards. He also led the team in punt returns averaging more than 19 yards a return with a long of 28. Every time Theo touched the ball, the crowd erupted as he juked and sped across the field leaving a myriad of defenders in his wake, rarely stopping before he hit paydirt.

Special Teams: Andrew Huchingson #2

Andrew “Clutch” Huchingson, showed amazing improvement over the course of the season. From his tentative first few kick offs and extra points, to the booming blasts of the second half of the season. Huch ended up 5 for 7 on extra points, with no opposing Kick Offs returned for TDs and two expertly executed onside kicks recovered by Acalanes.

Most Improved: Tyler Worthington #5

Tyler “Shark” Worthington may have taken a few games to find his sweet spot, but once he found it as Nose Tackle in the middle of the defense, he made up for lost time quickly. Even though he only started a little more than half the games at NT, he led the team in Fumbles Caused (2) and finished 3rd in Tackles for Loss with seven. In probably the toughest game, Tyler fought through illness to continually penetrate and disrupt the Campolindo offense, with numerous big plays to stymie the Cougars.

Coaches Award: Andrew Habas #18

Andrew “Hey Hey” Habas was electrifying from the beginning of the season all the way to the end. Whether it was returning kick offs, catching slants over the middle and taking it to the house, or snagging pick sixes while dropping into coverage, Andrew scored in pretty much every way imaginable this year. His ten total TDs was augmented by an extra point, and included the longest TD of the year, a 91 yard Kick-Off return for a TD. Unofficially he also led the team in TDs called back, including a long return in the last game of the season against Alhambra.

Our Dons Family

See you all next year!

Girls Tennis NCS Semifinalists

The Dons beat San Ramon Valley 5-2 last Thursday to advance to the Semi-Finals. Eliza Bates, Jasmine Toni, Analese Ruczynski, and Martha Burns all won their singles matches. Zoe Cate and Michelle Goll teamed up to win doubles. Celebration hot chocolates to round out the evening, THANKS Coach Drew!

Saturday brought a semi-final match up against league rival Miramonte. Unfortunately, the Dons were outmatched this time although Martha Burns and Ella Morris in her debut Varsity singles match pulled out two beautiful individual victories! Congratulations Lady Dons on a fantastic season! DAL champs and NCS semifinalists. Good luck and thanks for all the memories to our senior teammates: Zoe Cate, Aly Sweeney, Madi Price, Rachel Minden, Chambit Miller, Alyssa Armanino, Kate Bishopp.

SENIORS

Repeat NCS Championships for Girls Water Polo

Repeat NCS Championships for Girls Water Polo

It took the Girls Water Polo team 25 years to win its first ever NCS Open Championship. It took one year to get their second. The Lady Dons made it back to back NCS Open Division championships after winning a hard fought final against local rival Miramonte. It was not the prettiest game. The Dons struggled for their usual fluency and at times were indebted to goalie Ava Donleavy, who made a string of fine saves, but in the end they got the job done and in the process took their season record to 24-0 and extended the winning streak to 51.

On a chilly evening the game was played under the floodlights in front of a raucous crowd with standing room only. However, despite the intense atmosphere for the second game in succession the Dons began slowly and found themselves a goal down to the opposition’s first attack. A quick rally saw Jewel Roemer score with a strong shot from a pass from Alex Mould but as in the semi-final the Dons stumbled again and found themselves down 1-2. It could have been worse but for a strong right hand from goalie Donleavy keeping out a goal bound shot. The Lady Dons continued to look tight and nervous and were thankful when a stunning, no look, backhand goal from Claire Rowell off an assist from Alana McCartney brought them level. Now the Dons could relax and start to play and as the quarter progressed the Dons began to gain the upper hand, shutting down the Miramonte attack and creating opportunities at the other end. Roemer converted a five meter penalty shot from a foul on Rowell before a delightful long pass from Donleavy found Roemer breaking fast, Roemer caught the ball and in one motion shot past the goalie to gasps of admiration from the crowd. It was 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.

If the crowd thought that was the signal for goals to flow they were to be disappointed. Defenses remained on top and clear opportunities were scarce. The second quarter brought just one goal each, with Roemer converting for the Dons with another strong shot from an assist by McCartney. It was 5-3 at half time. The second half continued in similar fashion with few opportunities for either team. The Dons continued to edge ahead but each time Miramonte hauled them back. McCartney scored first for the Dons from an assist by Rowell and then Roemer converted a second five meter penalty shot after a foul on Rowell. It was 7-5 after three quarters with all to play for. The Dons started the fourth quarter brightly and were rewarded with an outstanding goal from Brooke Westphal who swept the ball into the net with a scoop shot that brought the crowd to its feet, the pass in coming from Rowell. Refusing to lie down, Miramonte responded with a goal of their own. The final minutes saw Acalanes run out the clock to win 8-6 and remain undefeated. Roemer scored five goals, two of them penalty shots, with other goals from Rowell, McCartney and Westphal. McCartney and Rowell contributed two assists each with another from Mould. Rowell and Mould made two steals each with others from McCartney, Roemer, Schirmer and Westphal. Goalkeeper Ava Donleavy made 9 saves.

The Dons now progress to the CIF state championships with a home game against Saint Francis of Mountain View at 5pm on Tuesday 19th November.

Dons Summit Tamalpais in NCS Division 1 Semifinal 10-9

Dons Summit Tamalpais in NCS Division 1 Semifinal 10-9
Patience is a virtue
The Dominator
Play-by-Play

Tamalpais2 – 1 – 3 – 3 — 9
Acalanes5 – 1 – 1 – 3 — 10

4th – 0:00End of the 4th Period
4th – 0:04ACALTimeout taken by Acalanes
Full Timeout
4thTAMAShot taken by 7 Willem Palmer
Missed
4th – 0:27TAMAGoal scored by 4 Max Pollack
Even Strength – TAMA 9, ACAL 10
4th – 0:33TAMATimeout taken by Tamalpais
Full Timeout
4thTAMAShot taken by 10 Connor Stauffer, saved by 1A Zack Benisek
4thTAMATurnover by Tamalpais, stolen by 7 Mike Winther
4th – 3:16ACALTimeout taken by Acalanes
Full Timeout
4thTAMAShot taken by 10 Connor Stauffer, saved by 1A Zack Benisek
4th – 3:37ACALGoal scored by 8 Eli Berkowitz
Even Strength – TAMA 8, ACAL 10
4thTAMATurnover by Tamalpais, stolen by 2 Charlie Bettencourt
4th – 4:25TAMAExclusion on 9 Lucien Roose
4th – 4:38TAMAGoal scored by 4 Max Pollack
Even Strength – TAMA 8, ACAL 9
4thTAMAShot taken by 10 Connor Stauffer, blocked by 2 Charlie Bettencourt
Blocked by Defense
4th – 5:28ACALGoal scored by 7 Mike Winther, assisted by 6 Mac Darin
Even Strength – TAMA 7, ACAL 9
4thTAMATurnover by Tamalpais, stolen by 6 Mac Darin
4th – 5:47ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin, assisted by 1A Zack Benisek
Even Strength – TAMA 7, ACAL 8
4th – 6:28ACALNow playing goalie for Acalanes 1A Zack Benisek, replacing 1 Parker Tompkins
4th – 6:28TAMAGoal scored by 10 Connor Stauffer
Even Strength – TAMA 7, ACAL 7
4th – 7:00ACALSprint: null vs. 22 William Stryker
Acalanes Wins
4th – 7:00Start of the 4th Period
3rd – 0:00End of the 3rd Period
Franklin Sports Water Polo Pool Goal
3rdTAMAShot taken by 10 Connor Stauffer
Hit Post
3rd – 0:51TAMAGoal scored by 10 Connor Stauffer
Even Strength – TAMA 6, ACAL 7
3rd – 1:06ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin
Powerplay – TAMA 5, ACAL 7
3rd – 1:09TAMAExclusion on 6 Aidan Forbes
3rdTAMATurnover by Tamalpais, stolen by 6 Mac Darin
3rd – 2:15TAMAGoal scored by 6 Aidan Forbes
Even Strength – TAMA 5, ACAL 6
3rdACALShot taken by 14 Jay Mills
Missed
3rdACALShot taken by 2 Charlie Bettencourt, saved by 01 Nikita Valajev
Corner
3rd – 3:54TAMAExclusion on 10 Connor Stauffer
3rdACALShot taken by 17 Andrew Sappal, saved by 01 Nikita Valajev
3rdTAMATurnover by Tamalpais, stolen by 1 Parker Tompkins
3rdACALShot taken by 2 Charlie Bettencourt
Missed
3rdACALShot taken by 7 Mike Winther, saved by 01 Nikita Valajev
3rdTAMATurnover by Tamalpais, stolen by 14 Jay Mills
3rd – 6:33TAMAGoal scored by 4 Max Pollack
Even Strength – TAMA 4, ACAL 6
3rd – 7:00ACALSprint: 5 Ethan Zener vs. 17 Andrew Sappal
Acalanes Wins
3rd – 7:00Start of the 3rd Period
2nd – 0:00End of the 2nd Period
2ndACALShot taken by 2 Charlie Bettencourt, saved by 01 Nikita Valajev
2nd – 0:14TAMAExclusion on 9 Lucien Roose
2nd – 0:28TAMAGoal scored by 4 Max Pollack
Powerplay – TAMA 3, ACAL 6
2nd – 0:53ACALExclusion on 22 William Stryker
2ndTAMAShot taken by 8 Myles Cherry, saved by 1 Parker Tompkins
Corner
2ndACALShot taken by 22 William Stryker
Hit Post
2ndTAMATurnover by Tamalpais, stolen by 7 Mike Winther
2ndTAMAShot taken by 4 Max Pollack
Hit Post
2ndACALShot taken by 3 Peter Archer, saved by 01 Nikita Valajev
2ndTAMAShot taken by 4 Max Pollack, saved by 1 Parker Tompkins
2nd – 5:03ACALGoal scored by 2 Charlie Bettencourt
Even Strength – TAMA 2, ACAL 6
2ndTAMAShot taken by 4 Max Pollack, blocked by 5 Ethan Del Rosario
Blocked by Defense
2ndTAMATurnover by Tamalpais, stolen by 14 Jay Mills
2nd – 6:39TAMAExclusion on 7 Willem Palmer
2nd – 7:00ACALSprint: 5 Ethan Zener vs. 17 Andrew Sappal
Acalanes Wins
2nd – 7:00Start of the 2nd Period
1st – 0:00End of the 1st Period
Mikasa Shotmaker Rebounder
1stTAMAShot taken by 7 Willem Palmer
Missed
1stTAMAShot taken by 7 Willem Palmer
Hit Post
1st – 0:43ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin
Even Strength – TAMA 2, ACAL 5
1st – 1:09ACALExclusion on 22 William Stryker
1stACALShot taken by 6 Mac Darin
Hit Post
1stTAMAShot taken by 10 Connor Stauffer
Missed
1st – 2:32ACALGoal scored by 14 Jay Mills, assisted by 7 Mike Winther
Even Strength – TAMA 2, ACAL 4
1st – 2:52ACALGoal scored by 2 Charlie Bettencourt, assisted by 14 Jay Mills
Even Strength – TAMA 2, ACAL 3
1st – 3:41TAMAGoal scored by 10 Connor Stauffer
Powerplay – TAMA 2, ACAL 2
1st – 3:54ACALExclusion on 3 Peter Archer
1st – 4:19ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin, assisted by 1 Parker Tompkins
Even Strength – TAMA 1, ACAL 2
1stTAMAShot taken by 9 Lucien Roose
Missed
1st – 4:49ACALGoal scored by 6 Mac Darin
Powerplay – TAMA 1, ACAL 1
1stACALShot taken by 22 William Stryker
Hit Post
1st – 5:15TAMAExclusion on 5 Ethan Zener
1st – 5:31TAMAGoal scored by 9 Lucien Roose
Powerplay – TAMA 1, ACAL 0
1st – 5:50ACALExclusion on 2 Charlie Bettencourt
1stACALShot taken by 6 Mac Darin
Blocked by Defense
1st – 7:00ACALSprint: 5 Ethan Zener vs. 14 Jay Mills
Acalanes Wins
1st – 7:00Start of the 1st Period
1st – 7:00ACALStarting at goalie 1 Parker Tompkins
1st – 7:00TAMAStarting at goalie 01 Nikita Valajev
Acalanes Stats
##NameSh.GAPTSEXDEXSTL
2Charlie Bettencourt5202101
3Peter Archer1000100
4Liam Stephenson0000000
5Ethan Del Rosario0000000
6Mac Darin7516002
7Mike Winther2112002
8Eli Berkowitz1101000
9Ethan Walker0000000
10Kyle Rosenblatt0000000
11Scott Murphy0000000
12Jon Davis0000000
14Jay Mills2112002
15Mitchell Franklin0000000
17Andrew Sappal1000000
22William Stryker2000200
1Parker Tompkins0011001
1AZack Benisek0011000
##NameGASVSvPCTSTL
1Parker Tompkins72.2221
1AZack Benisek22.5000