Boys' Lacrosse: Week in Review for March 7

San Ramon Valley (CA) is making a habit of staging early-season upsets.

The Wolves (2-0) toppled boys' lacrosse giant Saint Ignatius Prep for the second consecutive season behind a thrilling 11-10, 2OT victory on Saturday. After a nerve-racking first overtime that saw both teams exchange a barrage of opportunities, senior attack Chase Miller scored the game-winner in the second OT session off a feed from midfielder Patrick Worstell.

Saint Ignatius Prep is the defending West Catholic Athletic League champions and a consistently dominant program. Since 2006, the Wildcats have only lost seven games, with two coming by the hands of San Ramon Valley.

"A high school team is only as good as its local youth program," San Ramon Valley coach Peter Worstell said. "Our current crop of players have been here for a long time and it's now starting to show. Our mission is to do the same thing that Saint Ignatius has been able to accomplish. We want a team that resonates with the community and develops young men with good traits. We are fortunate and happy that we are building something here that is challenging that great program."

In the most recent showdown, North Carolina recruit Michael Tagliaferri scored a game-high six goals for San Ramon Valley en route to the win. The Wolves held the Wildcats to only one goal at halftime before giving up nine scores in the second half.

"We felt that they had way too much talent to be down multiple goals for an extended period of time," Worstell said. "We had 16 unforced turnovers. You can't hand them the ball that many times and not have it end up in the back of the net. In the third, they took advantage of the opportunities and made their run."

Along with Miller, Jackson Brown added two goals for San Ramon Valley (2-0) while goalie Cameron Bowlby notched 17 saves. Penn State recruit Jordan Weiss also dished out four assists. For Saint Ignatius Prep, Matt Emery, Johno Gibbons and J.W. McGovern combined to net six goals in the season opener.

Saint Andrew's Opens 2011 Season With Impressive Wins

Moving to Florida action, Saint Andrew's (FL) notched two impressive season-opening victories against Lake Highland Prep (4-1) and Winter Park (3-1), 16-9 and 16-10, respectively. Despite a coaching change, a tough schedule and arguably the most competitive field the state has seen in years, it appears the Scots will continue to set the bar in Florida lacrosse. Meanwhile, in a District 3 showdown, Nease improved to 4-0 overall following a nail-biting 8-7 overtime win over Bartram Trail.

As for Texas notables, defending state champ Highland Park tripped up a much-improved Austin squad, 7-6, thanks to Campbell Puckett's game-winner with 3:47 left in the fourth quarter. The Scots are now 3-1 overall after falling in their season opener against The Woodlands.

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