MA Varsity Boys Lacrosse team headed to section semis
Dave Allen, Marin Independent Journal
Individual excellence was easy to spot when Marin Academy faced Novato High in the second round of the North Coast Section Division II playoffs on Friday in San Anselmo. But, according to Wildcats coach Josh Frechette, it took the group playing as a team before it could earn its most-important victory of the season.
Outscoring fifth-seeded Novato by eight goals in the second half, the fourth-seeded Wildcats earned an 18-8 victory to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals where they will face a rematch against No. 1 Acalanes.
"(The offense) was playing as six individuals in the first half, but we were able to work as one in the second half and you saw the difference," said Frechette, who acknowledged that a thin Novato (10-7) roster allowed MA (14-6) to use its depth against the gritty Hornets.
"Every chance we got we told the players that this is what we expected from Novato. They are not a team that gives up. They are not a team that goes down easily."
Novato took enough strong shots to keep pace with the Wildcats, but senior goalie Dylan Slack would not let the Hornets capitalize. He finished with 17 saves, while Jack Herzog led the offense with five goals and two assists.
"Dylan is awesome back there. He makes all the difference," said Herzog, a junior. "Our playoff experience (in past years) is helping and now we know we have to work even harder if we want to make the final."
Marshall Cummings scored four goals with an assist for the Wildcats, while teammate Will Robbins added four goals. Spencer Janney had two assists and a goal for MA. Chase Rudy led Novato with four goals and an assist, while Quinn McKone added two goals and an assist.