Lacrosse Boys Go 3-1 to win City League

For the first time in decades, the Canyon Hills Boys Varsity Lacrosse team placed first in the San Diego City League. Despite half the team being freshmen, the Rattlers fought to win a deserved first place spot. 

During their spring preseason, the future did not look bright for the lacrosse team.

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Midfielder Nicholas Nelson (right) takes a shot against Mater Dei Catholic on March 15th. (Ben Bekkerman)

“Coming into league, we were 3-14. Since we’re competing at varsity level, most of the players we faced were upperclassmen who  were technically and physically superior. We struggled to beat most of the teams we played, but I didn’t let our non-conference record affect my confidence,” he remarked. “We went there and played our best.”

The Rattlers’ first opponent was Morse, a school that would finish bottom of the league. The lacrosse team showed no mercy, winning 9-3 and getting into second place. 

Led by senior captain and top scorer Fabian Diaz, Canyon Hills followed up with a narrow 9-8 win over Clairemont.

The biggest setback came on April 29 when facing Lincoln High away. The game ended in a 5-2 loss.

“Lincoln was very aggressive and physical. We were better technically, but it didn’t make a difference. We were also missing a few key players,” stated defender Luke Miller.

Following the first three games, Canyon Hills was placed second in City League. The Rattlers had the final game versus the undefeated Preuss.

“Preuss was the best team in our bracket, so beating them would be no easy feat,” said captain Fabian Diaz. “We needed to play our best to secure the top spot, and we did.”

Preuss’ defense was strong, but they struggled to contain Canyon Hills’ relentless attacking prowess.

As soon as the whistle blew, the Rattlers moved quickly to open the scoring. Senior Fabian Diaz and freshman Nicholas Nelson dominated the field, both netting a combined seven goals. An additional hat trick from forward Max Carrizales solidified the commanding performance. 

Preuss, a team known for their disciplined defensive tactics and quick counter attacks, posed a formidable challenge. However, Canyon Hills’ defense, led by Moises Altamirano and Luke Miller, stopped the Tritons from breaking through. 

Goalkeeper Dillon Cauley also had a decisive role in the victory, denying many goal-scoring opportunities with acrobatic saves. The final whistle ended the game with a score of 10-8.

“It was an indescribable feeling,” claimed Nelson shortly after the win. “All of our hard work and determination payed off. I love the team, and I can’t wait for what the next season has to offer.”

Coach Johnathan Adlam praised his team’s efforts, highlighting their dedication to training and their unwavering commitment. “These players have shown tremendous growth and development throughout the season,” he remarked. “We knew these matches would be tough, but our players rose to the challenge. Their hard work and discipline have paid off, and I couldn’t be prouder of what they have achieved.”