Just when last week’s back-and-forth game between Los Altos and Mountain View highs looked destined for overtime, Austin Silver saved the day for the Spartans. He scored with three seconds left to lift his team to a 10-9 win over the Eagles in boys lacrosse.
Assisted by Kyle Arrillaga, Silver scored on what Mountain View coach Joe Juter called “a very nice under move.” It allowed the host Spartans to get over on rival Los Altos April 15 in a non-league contest that featured five lead changes and six ties.
“The momentum was clearly in Los Altos’ favor at that point, so if we did not get that goal and went into overtime, we would have had our backs against the wall,” said Juter, whose team trailed 7-6 after three quarters. “It was a fortunate opportunity that was capitalized on by tremendous heads-up play by a senior leader.”
Silver scored twice in the game; teammate Dean Trammell tallied a team-high four goals.
“We were fortunate to have great face-off play by Jose Morales, who was the MVP for us yesterday,” Juter said of the junior, who won 14 face offs. “He really stepped up for us to prevent what would have been a disappointing loss for us.”
Los Altos, which established its lacrosse program five years ago, has never come closer to beating Mountain View.
“It was a disappointing loss, but (I’m) proud of the way our guys played tough and hustled throughout the entire game,” coach Greg Mengis said.
AJ Guralas paced the Eagles with three goals and three assists; Victor Ruiz contributed four goals.
Dave Huffman and Steven Jenab, who split time in goal, combined for 17 saves.
“Both did an excellent job clearing the ball,” Mengis said of his goalies, whom Juter praised as well. “(Defender) Casey Hanni led an excellent defensive effort with a number of groundballs, takeaways and defensive stops, along with (providing) some great senior leadership, excellent clearing passes and decision making.”
Los Altos, second to Woodside in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division at 5-1, dropped to 8-6 overall with Friday’s 11-6 non-league loss to Palo Alto. Guralas notched four goals. Goalies Huffman and Jenab “had another great day,” Mengis said, combining for 16 saves.
Mountain View, meanwhile, beat Burlingame 7-5 in an SCVAL El Camino Division game. The win boosted the Spartans’ record to 2-3 in league and 6-5 overall.
“Moving forward, we hope to make the playoffs and see what we can do from there,” Juter said.
Lancers fall to Bells
In another battle of rivals, Bellarmine toppled visiting St. Francis 14-9 in West Catholic Athletic League play April 16.
Sean Elmurib recorded three goals and an assist for the Lancers, who dropped to 2-2 in league and 12-4 overall.
2014 lacrosse: Los Altos High School vs. Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier