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Sharks lacrosse defeats Viewpoint 14-8

A Viewpoint defenseman attempts to block Sharks senior Duke Conrad (right). Photo by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
1:58 pm PDT March 17, 2014

It was a tale of two halves that ended in a 14-8 victory for the Sharks against the Viewpoint Patriots on Thursday, March 13.

“We started slowly today and we didn’t execute the game plan from the beginning,” said head coach Mark DeOliveira, “but we worked through it, made adjustments at halftime and came out the second half with a whole new game.”

The Sharks had a rough first half that left them out-hustled, out-executed and trailing three points behind the Patriots. 

“We really got dominated in the first half, but in the second half we hustled them and we executed well,” DeOliveira said. “We settled down and played Malibu lacrosse and when we played Malibu lacrosse, we won in the second half.”

With a lot of “gray hairs” in the first half, DeOliveira said his team did well in being able to push through to victory.

“What we did exceptionally well was being able to put those first-half woes behind us,” he said. “In the second half, the team was able to shed that and start fresh – and when we start fresh and when we execute from the start, we’re pretty good.”

While two Sharks, Ethan Krase and Alex Averna, recently recovered from – respectively – an injury and an illness, DeOliveira indicated that they were two of Thursday’s key players.

“Ethan had a lot of ground balls for us and Alex had a great hustle that played into a goal and changed the momentum in the second half,” he said.

DeOliveira also remarked that Elliot Quartz “had a stellar defensive game by shutting down the Patriots’ No. 1 guy” and that Duke Conrad  “had a gritty performance” full of “tough, hard work. He is one of those do-it-all midfielders [and] he takes our face-offs, plays offense and defense.”

The Sharks’ victory  March 13 directly followed a 13-3 defeat by Harvard Westlake on March 11.

Looking forward to their match against Oak Park on Tuesday, March 18, DeOliveira said he hoped the team would deliver the momentum it gained in the second half of its match against the Patriots and use that momentum to its advantage.

“Oak Park is a worthy opponent and they’re going to be really good,” he said The momentum here will carry us through and we’ll start strong against Oak Park.”

The results of the match against Oak Park on Tuesday, March 18 are not published in this article as they occurred after deadline.

The Sharks’ next match is at home against rivals Oaks Christian at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21.