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!

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.

Girls Polo Wins 50th in a Row – Advances to NCS Final

Girls Polo Wins 50th in a Row – Advances to NCS Final

After a comfortable win in the first round of the NCS playoffs the Lady Dons moved onto a semi-final against San Ramon Valley HS on Wednesday night. The Dons were looking to take their season record to 23-0 and extend their winning streak to 50, going back to 2018. SRV reached the semi-final after a 10-7 victory over Las Lomas HS in the first round and arrived as the fourth seed and EBAL champions. On a cold evening, the game started frenetically with mistakes at both ends as both teams showed their nerves. To the crowd’s surprise, SRV struck first with a sharply taken back hand giving them an early lead. Acalanes countered with a goal from Claire Rowell on a fast break off a long pass out from goalie Ava Donleavy, but SRV came again and took a 2-1 lead. For a moment the Lady Dons looked rattled to find themselves behind but gradually they took control and another goal from Rowell after a pass from Heidi Heffelfinger followed by goals for Roemer on a fast break and Heidi Heffelfinger from an assist by sister Mary Beth made it 4-2 at the end of the first quarter. That was as close as it was to get as the Dons settled into their game and moved through the gears.

The second quarter brought a goal from Rowell with an assist from Brooke Westphal, a five meter penalty shot from Roemer after a foul on Caroline Schirmer and a goal for Mary Beth Heffelfinger with an assist by Roemer to make it 7-3 to the Dons at half time.

The game continued to be tight in the second half with no quarter given and the third quarter brought just two goals, both for the Dons and both for Alana McCartney, the first with an assist from Alex Mould and the second assisted by Roemer. It was 9-3 after three quarters. More of the same in the fourth quarter as the Dons extended their lead with goals by Westphal after an assist by Roemer, another five meter penalty shot by Roemer after another foul on Schirmer and a final goal from Rowell with an assist by Roemer. The score finished 12-5 to the Dons putting them into the NCS final. Rowell scored four goals with further scores coming from Roemer (3), McCartney (2), Heidi Heffelfinger, Mary Beth Heffelfinger and Brooke Westphal. Roemer made four assists and five steals, with other steals coming from Rowell (4), McCartney (3), Mould (3), Heidi Heffelfinger, Mary Beth Heffelfinger, Schirmer and Westphal.

The final will be played at 6pm on Saturday at Acalanes against Miramonte HS where the Dons look to repeat last year’s first and only NCS Championship for the team.

Lady Dons Go For 50th Straight Win Tonight

Lady Dons Go For 50th Straight Win Tonight

Come cheer on your Lady Dons Water Polo Team tonight, 6:30 at Acalanes Pool, where they face San Ramon Valley in the NCS Semi-Finals. With a win they advance to the finals and would notch their 50th straight victory dating back to last year. In that campaign the Dons finished a perfect 27-0 while this year they currently sit at 22-0.

Catch a double header … the boys team plays immediately prior, game time 5:30.

Lady Dons Roll to First Round Win in NCS Water Polo 20-3

Lady Dons Roll to First Round Win in NCS Water Polo 20-3

Thursday night saw the first round of the NCS Championship Open Division with the Lady Dons seeded one after winning the Diablo Athletic League (Foothill). The first round game was a match with eighth seed, College Park HS, who had won the Diablo Athletic League (Valley). College Park proved to be an inexperienced team and the Dons jumped out to a quick start when Alana McCartney intercepted a pass out from the goalkeeper before keeping her cool to open the scoring. Two goals for Claire Rowell followed quickly, the first after a quick break from Jewel Roemer followed by an exquisite pass to Rowell. Not to be left out, Roemer got in on the act with two goals of her own, the second a five meter penalty shot awarded after a foul on Alex Mould. A further goal from Heidi Heffelfinger from an assist by Emma Miller made it 6-0 to the Dons at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter continued to be one way traffic with another five meter penalty shot for Roemer, after another foul on Mould, followed by two more goals for Rowell, another goal for Roemer, and a goal each for Mary Beth and Heidi Heffelfinger to make it 12-0 at the half.

The Dons took the opportunity to show the strength of their squad in the second half and gave valuable experience to their Freshman Amigos. Audrey Cox took over in goal from Ava Donleavy and at the other end the goals continued to flow with two more from Rowell, the first converting a five meter penalty shot from a foul she had earned, and other scores from Sarah Potter, Mary Beth Heffelfinger, Alana McCartney and Maizie O’Hare to make it 18-2 after three quarters. Two more goals in the last quarter from Potter and Sarah Archer left the final score at 20-3 to the Lady Dons. Final statistics showed Rowell scored six goals with others from Roemer (4), Mary Beth Heffelfinger (2), McCartney (2), Heidi Heffelfinger (2), Potter (2), O’Hare and Archer. Ava Donleavy made two saves and Audrey Cox eight saves.

Next game will be on Wednesday in the semi-final against San Ramon Valley.

Lady Dons Water Polo Finish Regular Season 21-0 – Onto NCS!

Lady Dons Water Polo Finish Regular Season 21-0 – Onto NCS!

Power outages, fires and cancelled practices have become the norm for a team that has not lost a game since 2017, but the Lady Dons ended their DAL season in style with another win to take their season record to 21-0 (6-0 DAL) and extend their unbeaten run to 48 games. Next up the NCS playoffs. The Dons were forced to play their final game, and celebrate Senior night, at Las Lomas HS after the recent power outages, but that didn’t knock them out of their stride or stop them cruising to another comfortable win.

The Dons started the game with both of their injured seniors, Zoe Benisek and Mala Neuman, in the water and relied on Jewel Roemer to win the sprint and allow them to sub out immediately. Pleasantries over, the Dons set to work and were soon one up after a goal by senior, Mary Beth Heffelfinger. More goals quickly followed as Dons senior, Jewel Roemer scored four times in quick succession to put the Dons up by five. By the end of the first quarter the score was 7-0 after a second goal for Mary Beth Heffelfinger and one for sister Heidi. With an advantage built, the Dons rotated their squad and took their foot off the pedal to cruise to victory. Further goals came from Sarah Archer, Caroline Schirmer, Alana McCartney and a fifth for Roemer. The final score ended 11-5 with Roemer scoring five goals, Mary Beth Heffelfinger two, and other goals from Archer, Schirmer, McCartney and Heidi Heffelfinger. Now onto the NCS playoffs with the first round next week.

Finally, a mention for the Lady Dons seniors celebrated tonight: Zoe Benisek, Mary Beth Heffelfinger, Mala Neuman, Jewel Roemer and Brooke Westphal.

Girls Water Polo Wins NorCal Invitational – Moves to 20-0.

Girls Water Polo Wins NorCal Invitational – Moves to 20-0.

This weekend the top 16 teams from Northern California gathered in Atherton for the NorCal Invitational Championships hosted in the impressive surroundings of the Sacred Heart Schools. The Lady Dons traveled as defending champions, backed by an unbeaten season record, but were expecting fierce competition from Sacred Heart Prep, Davis HS, SoQuel HS (Santa Cruz), Leland HS (San Jose) as well as local East Bay rivals Campolindo HS, Miramonte HS and San Ramon Valley HS. However, after a grueling championship game where the Dons almost let slip an 8-2 lead, they emerged victorious to extend their unbeaten season to 20-0 and make it back-to-back Norcal Invitational Championships. Going back to last season, the winning streak now stands at 47, but the wins are getting tougher to come by.

With injuries to a number of the Varsity players the Dons chose to call up Freshman Amigos Audrey Cox, Elle Forschler, Daylor Williams, Alexa Carter and Sarah Archer to bolster the squad. With some feisty performances, the Amigos showed that the Dons have a healthy future to look forward to.

The first game for the Dons was on Friday morning against Gunn HS of Palo Alto, one of the tournament co-hosts. Gunn showed themselves to be a game but inexperienced team and the Dons quickly moved through the gears to build an 8-2 lead by the end of the first quarter. More of the same followed and the Lady Dons were able to give their whole squad game time as they eased to a comfortable win 23-7. Audrey Cox played the whole game for the Dons and made 10 saves while at the other end the goals came from Heidi Heffelfinger (6), Claire Rowell (4), Jewel Roemer (2), Alana McCartney (2), Mary Beth Heffelfinger (2), Daylor Williams (2), Caroline Schirmer, Brooke Westphal, Sarah Archer, Elle Forschler and Alexa Carter.

The Dons were through to the last eight to meet SoQuel HS on Friday afternoon. SoQuel had proved a tough team earlier in the season, but this time the Dons came out fast, pressing hard and countering rapidly to put SoQuel on the back foot right from the start. Two goals each from Rowell and McCartney gave the Dons a 4-1 lead and another from Schirmer made in 5-1 at the end of the first quarter. The Dons turned up the heat in the second quarter, scoring eight goals, with four from Roemer (including two 5 meter penalty shots drawn by Rowell and Mould) and other goals from McCartney, Rowell, Mary Beth Heffelfinger and Heidi Heffelfinger. The score at the half was 13-3.  The Dons took the opportunity to rotate through the squad in the second half but the goals continued to come with scores for Rowell (2), Heidi Heffelfinger (2), Archer, and Roemer. By the end of the game it was 19-7 to the Dons with the goals coming from Rowell (5), Roemer (5), McCartney (3), Heidi Heffelfinger (3), Schirmer, Mary Beth Heffelfinger and Archer. Ava Donleavy made 9 saves and Roemer made 4 assists.

Saturday saw a midday start for the Dons and a semi-final against Davis HS who had earned the right to face the Dons with a good win against Miramonte HS the evening before. The Dons had unfinished business against Davis after their earlier game in the season had been called off midway through the fourth quarter with the Dons holding a slim 6-5 advantage. The tension showed as both teams started slowly and struggled to convert opportunities. Donleavy made a good save in the Dons cage and at the other end chances went begging. Eventually the Dons favorite combination came good as Roemer supplied Rowell with the assist for the first goal. A goal for Roemer made it 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter remained tight before Heidi Heffelfinger worked an opening for Schirmer to score and then Rowell supplied the pass for Alex Mould to fire into the roof of the cage. Another goal for the Roemer to Rowell combination and a goal for Brooke Westphal made it 6-3 at the half. The third quarter proved decisive as the Dons took over and stretched away scoring five goals from Roemer (3) and Rowell (2) to make it 11-5 after three quarters. The Lady Dons closed out the game in the fourth quarter with goals from McCartney and a second from Mould to make the final score 13-6. The final scoring showed four goals each for Roemer and Rowell with other goals from Mould (2), Schirmer, Westphal and McCartney. Donleavy made 10 saves and Roemer drew 5 exclusions.

Sacred Heart Prep overcame a tough Campolindo HS team in the other semi-final to give the match up everyone wanted to see in the Championship game, the defending champion Acalanes Dons against the tournament hosts Sacred Heart Prep Gators. The Gators (20-2) have had an excellent season and are favorites to take the CCS title, their two losses coming in close games against the Dons. As Sacred Heart prepared for the championship game it was clear that they were relishing the chance for another crack at the Dons, this time in their home pool. The previous encounters had been hard fought with no quarter given and the third installment was to prove the same. The Dons, however, were up for the fight and jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead with goals from Rowell, Roemer (5 meter penalty shot drawn by Westphal), McCartney and Schirmer. The Gators were stunned for a moment but hung in to finish the quarter down 6-2 after further Dons scores from Roemer and Rowell. The Dons pushed the lead out further in the second quarter with goals from Rowell and Schirmer but just when it seemed that Sacred Heart might crumble, the Gators started their fightback drawing a succession of exclusions and starting to convert their 6 on 5 opportunities. The half ended 8-5 with the Dons seeming to still hold a comfortable lead. In the third quarter Sacred Heart continued to work hard and claw their way back into the game, restricting the Dons could to one score by Schirmer. The third quarter ended with the game too close for the Dons liking at 9-7. A tense final quarter saw Sacred Heart continue to press but the Dons score twice through Westphal and Roemer and eventually closed out the game as 11-10 winners. The Lady Dons were Norcal Champions for the second year running but it had certainly been too close for comfort. Donleavy made 8 saves and goals came from Roemer (3), Rowell (3), Schirmer (3), McCartney and Westphal. Roemer made 3 assists.

Overall in the tournament Rowell scored 16 goals with other goals from Roemer (14), Heidi Heffelfinger (9), McCartney (7), Schirmer (6), Mary Beth Heffelfinger (3), Westphal (3), Mould (2), Williams (2), Archer (2), Forschler and Carter. Roemer made 11 assists with others from Mould (6), Westphal (6), Rowell (6), McCartney (4), Mary Beth Heffelfinger (4), Schirmer (2), Heidi Heffelfinger, Miller, Forschler and Williams. Roemer made 6 steals with others from Mould (5), Forschler (3), Schirmer (2), McCartney (2), Mary Beth Heffelfinger, Rowell, Miller, Heidi Heffelfinger, Westphal, Williams, Carter and Archer. Roemer drew 10 exclusions with others drawn by Mould (5), Rowell (3), Westphal (2), McCartney (2), Carter (2), Mary Beth Heffelfinger, Heidi Heffelfinger, and Schirmer. Mould, Rowell, Schirmer and Westphal also earned 5 meter penalty shots for the Dons. Roemer made 6 field blocks and Mary Beth Heffelfinger one. In the cage Ava Donleavy made 27 saves and Audrey Cox 11.

Lady Dons Water Polo Takes Down Mats – Continues Streak to 16-0

Lady Dons Water Polo Takes Down Mats – Continues Streak to 16-0

The Lady Dons confirmed that they would be back to back DAL champions as they continued their unbeaten streak with a hard fought victory away to local rival Miramonte and extended their season record to 16-0. The game started slowly with both teams struggling to work an opening and defenses on top. Chances were limited and when an opportunity arose Ava Donleavy made a good save in the Acalanes goal. It took until the fourth minute to break the deadlock when after a crisp exchange of passes Jewel Roemer scored the first goal for the Dons. Acalanes continued to press and further chances were converted by Mary Beth Heffelfinger and Roemer to make it 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter continued in the same vein with the Dons just on top but chances in short supply. After more strong defense from the Dons, a quick pass out from Donleavy found Roemer and Alana McCartney breaking fast to create a two on one and, after a rapid exchange of passes, McCartney scored for the Dons. In attack, Claire Rowell continued to work hard for the Dons and was rewarded with a score to make it 5-0 at the half.

The third quarter started with an early goal from Miramonte but that only inspired the Dons to kick on and two goals from Roemer and one from McCartney took the score to 8-2. However, if the Dons thought the game was over they had to think again as Miramonte dug deep to pull the score back to 10-6 at the end of the third despite Rowell and Roemer scoring further goals for the Dons. The fourth quarter proved to be scoreless as both sides tired and defenses continued to dominate. A final score of 10-6 meant the Dons remain undefeated and have secured back to back DAL championships. Roemer scored 5 goals with further goals from McCartney(2), Rowell (2) and Mary Beth Heffelfinger.

The JV team looked to come back from a loss to Miramonte the finals of last weekend’s NorCal Championship, where they fell to the Mats 14-2. After a hard fought game they fell again to the Mats, but this time the score was much closer, 6-4.

Next up for the Varsity team is the NorCal Invitational this weekend in Menlo Park where they will face fierce competition from the best that Northern California has to offer.