The Cate School boys lacrosse team traveled to Goleta last week to take on Dos Pueblos in a Channel League matchup on April 4. Trailing 5-1 after two quarters, the Rams battled back in the second half, but came up short, dropping a 9-6 decision. The loss puts Cate at 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the Channel League. The Chargers improves to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in league.

The match got off to a slow start with neither squad cracking the scoreboard in the first quarter and leaving the field tied at zero. Cate came into the match with a couple of injuries to key players suffered earlier in the week—junior midfielder Will Anderson and junior goalie Peter Buckley. As a result, the Rams inserted sophomore Adrian Binns at goalie from the JV team, making his first appearance of the season for the varsity. “He actually did very, very well for us today,” said Cate coach Andrew MacDonnell. Binns made two big saves in the first stanza, one that he snatched out of the air in the opening minute of the match, and the other on a bouncing ball toward the end of the period to help shut down the Chargers. 

The home team got on the board first, when John Essig found Jake Spencer in front of the Rams goal to make it 1-0 with 10:50 left till the midway point. However, a little more than a minute later, Cate answered when Dylan Vincent connected with Anthony DuPrau who hurled one into the back of the net to tie the game at one. But less than a minute later, Essig darted up the middle to net the go-ahead goal for the Chargers, making it 2-1. 

Chargers’ goalie Justin Juarez came up with a big save with less than seven minutes left till the half to preserve the one-goal lead. Following a time out, Dos Pueblos found a burst of energy, scoring the game’s next three goals. Ethan Kahn notched the first two, one on an assist by Essig, and another where Kahn went right into the teeth of the Rams’ defense to give his team a 4-1 lead. Jack Horton tallied his first goal of the night, and the lead grew to 5-1 by halftime.

Cate came out the second half on fire, as Vincent tallied his first goal of the night on an assist from Charlie Heyman to put the score at 5-2 with 9:56 left in the third. With 7:29 left, the Rams’ Peter Firestone found himself all alone in front of the net, scoring on the breakaway to cut the deficit to 5-3. “We had a roster today of 13 …, and we only played 11 of the guys, to even compete with Dos Pueblos today was impressive,” explained MacDonnell whose team has only three seniors. In comparison, the Chargers came in with a roster of 21 with 14 seniors.  

Dos Pueblos scored the next two goals to extend their lead out to 7-3. Vincent tallied another goal for the visitors with 18 seconds left in the quarter, and the Rams trailed 7-4 going into the fourth. The sophomore scored three goals for the game to lead Cate and Firestone, a senior, registered two. 

In the fourth, Vincent’s final goal cut the lead to 7-5, but the Chargers added another and closed out the 8-6 win. The Rams are back on the road to play Santa Barbara on Thursday, April 11, with the ball being dropped at 4 p.m. 

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