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The Inquirer - Diablo Valley College

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The lacrosse team holds up their sticks during the Sept. 14 scrimmage. The team plays against four-year schools for pride.

Uncrowned kings

Photos by DANIELLE BARCENA

Lacrosse continues to reign over 4-year teams TOM RIZZA Staff writer

Midfielder Louis Jacobus dodges players. He is one of 48 students on the lacrosse team this semester.

Terry Armstrong, lacrosse club advisor, stands in the announcer’s box watching the team. He started the club with Al Boyce and 20 students in 2008.

Midfielder Chris Banks cradles the ball on Sept. 14. He is one of the many students waiting to play against four-year schools.

Lacrosse players wait and prepare for the first scrimmage of the year.

sociation, or MCLA, season. Although they won’t be playing for a championship, The clang of sticks hit- the Vikings play for someting pads and plays being thing bigger: pride. The Lascreamed from the sidelines crosse club is one of the only echoed through Viking Sta- DVC teams that regularly dium as the DVC Lacrosse competes with four-year uniclub kicked off the season versities. Not only do they with their “White and Green” compete, but they win. Since scrimmage on Sept. 14. it’s inception, the team has The audience experienced pulled in victories against pure excitement while watch- schools like Stanford, UC ing the state’s top-ranked Davis and San Jose State. community college Lacrosse “We love to surprise them,” club. In fact, DVC has the Armstrong said with a smile. only community college team Furthermore, every time a in California, making it one Viking Lacrosse player takes of the most unique clubs on the field, their opponent is campus. effectively scouting them. In In late 2008, advisor Terry the past three years, 20 playArmstrong, staff coordinator ers have transferred on to Al Boyce and five dedicated four-year programs at UC players sat in a cramped coun- Davis, UC Santa Barbara and seling office and drafted ideas University of Nevada, Reno. on how to form the club. “We take pride in good reThe first challenge was be- cruiting,” Boyce said. “Some ing able to fill a 20-man roster of these guys might have had in order to lock up field time. a bad game at a tournament After signing up 19 players in in high school or have made total, the a leap in “We take pride in team was improveone memment good recruiting.” ber short. since be“We ing scout~AL BOYCE needed the ed, and Lacrosse staff coordinator field time,” we’re able Boyce exclaimed. “So I told to provide them a second Terry to put my name down look.” on the roster as a fourth As the club moves forstring goalie. We didn’t even ward, they continue to brainhave a third string goalie, storm ways to get a chance at it just meant we had to pull a championship. someone from the stands be“What we’re trying to sugfore I suit up.” gest to the MCLA is a comSince then, word of mouth munity college league with and the club’s individuality the creation of other clubs helped the club explode into in Northern California, but what it is today; they are field- that’s a ways away,” Arming a 48-man roster. “The strong said. “They still don’t team is really starting to come know what to do with us.” together as a family,” said first Although they aren’t afyear midfielder Octavio Mar- forded that chance for glory, tinez, “we have a lot of po- it doesn’t discourage the team tential to do great things.” on the field. In the press box “A lot of high schools in at the first scrimmage, Boyce the East Bay have good pro- sat back in his chair and said, grams, but as far as college “We’ll play anybody.” programs go there is a big The Vikings are looking gap for talented players to get forward to a season better on teams. We are happy to fill than last year as they prepare that gap,” coach Jon Skinner to show off their grit and said. intensity on the field against Since the DVC Lacrosse University of Pacific at 7:15 team is the only community p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 college team in the state, they at Viking Stadium. are not allowed to play in the spring during the official Contact TOM RIZZA at trizza@ Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse AsTheInquirerOnline.com


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