On a beautiful December 5th afternoon at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), the host Vaqueros sought to dethrone the Diablo Valley College (DVC) Vikings, who were in search of their third consecutive CJCLA championship. The game started at 3:00 p.m., and saw the fired up Vaqueros score the first goal of the game. After the Vikings tied the score, the relentless SBCC squad once again scored to take a 2-1 lead late in the first quarter. Prior to the end of the quarter DVC managed to tie the score, so after one quarter the score was 2-2…and it was “game-on” for both teams. For the high scoring Vikings, scoring only two goals in a quarter was unusually low, a tribute to the Vaqueros as they swarmed the Vikings and challenged every possession. The Vikings, taking advantage of a SBCC non-releasable conduct penalty, opened the 2nd quarter man-up and scored two quick goals to take a 4-2 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Viking fans wondered if their squad would go on a run and put the game away; the Vaqueros had other ideas, as they scored the next goal to make it a 4-3 DVC lead. Then as the Vaqueros were trying to clear the ball, all league attackman, Wesley Greason dislodged the ball and stick from an SBCC player near the crease and scored his fourth goal of the game for a 5-3 Viking lead. The Vaqueros though would not be vanquished as they scored the next two goals to tie the game for the third time, making it 5-5. The Vikings scored just before the half ended, taking a 6-5 lead into the intermission.
The Vikings bolted into the second half, scoring six unanswered goals, and shutting down the Vaqueros’ offensive threats, taking what amounted to an insurmountable 12-5 lead. The Vikings built as much as an eleven goal lead in the second half on their way to their third consecutive state championship, and the final score was 20-10.
Congratulations to the DVC Vikings’ players and coaches on their tremendous season, going 13-3 overall. Congratulations to the SBCC Vaqueros who played with great skill, heart and passion in the championship game and throughout the season. A tremendous rivalry has dawned between these two terrific lacrosse teams that proudly represents the state’s community college lacrosse players and the CJCLA’s efforts to expand community college lacrosse to many more community colleges.