AV Girls Lacrosse defeats Granada 18-5 in Round One of NCS playoffs


Emma Vollgraf

Coach Kyle Riddle talks to the team during a timeout.

Sydney Queen, AVT Page Editor

Amador Valley girls lacrosse defeated Granada High School by a score of 18-5 on May 2. The Dons took an early lead in the game, scoring five goals before the Matadors earned one point. Amador led 11-3 at halftime and continued extending their lead to finish the game with a  victory.

“We played as a team. We worked together to set each other up, which helped us to come out on top,” said captain Maggie French (‘23).

Following a second place finish in the EBAL division, AV Girls Lacrosse earned the third seed in the NCS playoffs out of sixteen teams. Many players are proud to see their determination throughout the season being rewarded with a high seeding.

“It’s super exciting being the third seed. We have all put in so much effort this year so it’s great to see it pay off and be reflected in the seeding,” said captain Sophia Falcione (‘24).

Each player had an opportunity to play during the game, including JV players Olivia Marcoux (‘25), Brooklyn Harmon (‘25), and Siena Lucero (‘25) who are being pulled up for playoffs. The players had just one practice with the varsity team prior to the game.

“The JV girls that got pulled up for NCS brought tons of energy to the field and fully contributed to our win tonight,” said French.

The Dons are optimistic about the remainder of NCS, with high hopes to defeat the Monte Vista Mustangs on May 4. Due to their seeding, Amador will host that game on their home turf.

“We are going on to the second round to play Monte Vista this Thursday at home. If we win that game we will go on to the semi finals next Tuesday,” said Falcione.

At their upcoming practices, the team plans to continue drilling the basics and improving their overall performance. They aim to keep up their winning streak and stay in a few more rounds.

“We can always improve on the fundamentals: stick work and communication,” said French.

Throughout their victories, the team remains grateful for the support and leadership of head coach Kyle Riddle, a math teacher at Amador boys lacrosse alumni who took on the coaching role for the first time this year.

“He really shows that commitment can get you so far. He started pre-season workouts with us in the fall and has put in so much time and energy into this team, while learning girls lacrosse throughout the season. As a first time lacrosse coach, he was able to pull together and coach a team that went on to seed third in NCS,” said Falcione.