The Sonoma State men’s lacrosse team finished up their season last weekend after a tough game against the University of California, Berkeley in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League tournament. The game took place at Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park.
“The season coming to an end is somewhat bitter-sweet, sure it would have been nice to continue on and get a shot at making the National Tournament, but now we as a team have free time to start preparing for next season,” said defenseman, Ryan Hampton.
Luckily for the Seawolves, they did not have to travel far.
Other teams competing in the tournament included: Stanford University, University of Nevada, Reno, Santa Clara University, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, University of California, Berkeley, and Sonoma State University.
The winner of the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League tournament will earn an automatic qualifying spot in the 2019 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championships sponsored by Under Armour.
Sonoma State came off of a huge win against Stanford University on April 20 in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League quarterfinals.
It was an overtime upset that led the team to play California, Berkeley in the semi-finals. Joey Piombo tied the game in the last six seconds of the game leading the team to play in overtime. Senior Brent Tovrea scored the game-winning goal and the final score landed at 15-14.
“I think we started developing our own style on both sides of the field. The different new players that came in changed the way we operated during games and we adapted to that new style throughout the year,” said Tovrea, “I think we built great chemistry and learned to play together as the year went on and that led us to play our best games later in the year.”
Sonoma States’ win against Stanford University in the quarterfinals was huge for the team considering Sonoma State lost to Stanford University 7-4 earlier in the season.
Their quarterfinals success proved the team has grown and developed throughout the season, setting them up for success for the start of next season.
Unfortunately, Sonoma State lost to California, Berkeley with the score of 19-10 last weekend in the semi-finals. Although it was a tough loss, goals were scored by Piombo, Tovrea, Hayden Dall, and Angelo Lagomarsino. The loss concluded Sonoma States 2019 season and they finished out their season with a record of 7-9.
The first goal of the game was scored by Piombo which was followed up by a big run by California, Berkeley. Sonoma retaliated by inching their defense back but that did not keep California, Berkeley from scoring numerous goals. California, Berkeley moved on to play Santa Clara in the finals and claimed the winner of the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League tournament.
“We as a team grew to understand how each of us play on an individual level which in return helps us flow together as a team”, said Hampton, “our younger guys including freshman and sophomores gained the experience they needed to make a bigger impact in the coming years. We are young, but we’ve proven that we are hungry and not going anywhere anytime soon.”