Grizzlies find treasure at Golden West Lacrosse

Granite Bay finishes second in high profile showcase tournament
By: Staff Report
-A +A
A weekend at Treasure Island produced a silver medal for the boys lacrosse team from Granite Bay High. The Grizzlies swept through their bracket at the All West Lacrosse Showcase, toppling a number of Bay Area powerhouses, before losing in the tournament’s championship game. The event was held at the new facility on Treasure Island, sitting above the San Francisco Bay midway between San Francisco and Oakland. Granite Bay opened play in the prestigious gold division with a 7-3 win over De La Salle of Concord Saturday morning. De La Salle is a top 10 powerhouse in Northern California and finished the 2010 season as the No. 4 team in the state according to rankings from LAXPower. Will Harkin and Justin Dean each scored two goals each to lead the offense and Harkin also dished out a pair of assists. The balance of the scoring came from Chris Denham, Erik House and Zack Burger with one goal apiece. Later in the day, the Grizzlies took care of a strong team that featured the combined forces of Acalanes High in Lafayette and Campolindo of Moraga. Granite Bay took care of the Gamecocks by an 8-3 count. The game featured a well-balanced scoring attack from the Grizzlies as six different players found the back of the net. Harkin, Denham, Dean, Greg Marks, Vince Milo and Alex Towne all scored goals. Greg Marks won a remarkable 7-of-10 face-offs and goalie Brad Ludwig had eight saves while allowing just two goals. The game was played under a bright blue sky but still managed to have a “rain” delay. Just a few minutes into the second half, a line of sprinklers came on and forced the game to be finished up on a rugby field across the street. The final contest was an 8-3 win over Marin Catholic, a college preparatory school in Marin County. Harkin was the big scorer, while Alex Torres and Burger each added goals. The final game in the bracket came Sunday morning against the state’s 35th-ranked squad, Clayton Valley. Harkin again took control of the scoring firing in five goals on eigfht shots. Torren Ragan scored two goals and Dean, Milo and Towne each tallied once. With the win Granite Bay earned its place in the championship game one Sunday afternoon. The title game opponent was Top Cheese, a team that was comprised of select players from five schools in the Los Gatos and Palo Alto area. The team was well coached and appeared to have scouted the Grizzlies. Their defense was very tough and made it difficult to get close to the goal. However, Will Harkin would not be denied and fired a rocket from the left side for the first goal of the game. Top Cheese came right back with a goal of their own to tie the score. In the second period, Harkin again found the net and the Grizzlies were up by one but Top Cheese against hit on the equalizer and then immediately added another score to take a 3-2 advantage. Towne cashed in his only shot opportunity of the game three minutes before intermission to the upper right side of the net to tie the game. The Grizzlies came out of the break fired up but just could not get the breaks they needed. Just three of their 24 shot attempts found the back of net. Top Cheese was able to break the tie in the fourth minute of the third period and add three more goals by the end of the game to win 7-3. Harkin finished the tournament with 16 goals to lead all Granite Bay scorers. Goalie Brad Ludwig had 25 saves as the team finished 4-1 and outscored its opponents 33-16 overall.