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Story and photos by Liz Alper
March 17, 2017 (El Cajon) - In the midst of Helix basketball’s playoff run, spring sports have begun in East County’s high schools and on St. Patrick's Day, Valhalla High boys lacrosse traveled to Grossmont for an early season conference matchup which marked the beginning of conference play. Both teams are struggling in the young season; the Norsemen are 0-4 and the Foothillers are 0-3.
Ry Wilcox struck first for Grossmont in the first quarter with a nice goal up front. Less than a minute later, Ryan Cruz scored the second Foothillers goals to make the score 2-0 Grossmont. Kyle Cruz made it 3-0 with a slapper down the middle. The Hillers took a little break from scoring, but with 3:27 left, Cameron St. John made it 4-0 Grossmont. A wrister made it 5-0 Grossmont and that was the score after one quarter of play.
The teams switched sides for the second quarter and the Grossmont onslaught continued with two goals within 10 seconds of each other to make the score 7-0 Hillers. Cody Young added one more before the half was out and the Foothillers led 8-0 after 24 minutes.
Chris Latham picked up right where he left off in the third quarter, netting his second goal of the game, a bouncer into the cage, for a 9-0 Grossmont lead. Young netted his second a few minutes later and the Hillers reached double digits with a 10-0 lead. The quarter of seconds continued when Cruz scored his second and Grossmont led 11-0. Latham was the first to secure the hat trick and Grossmont led by a dozen. Latham scored number four and Grossmont ended the third quarter up 13-0.
Grossmont added two more in the fourth and Young got his hat trick to make it 15-0 Foothillers. Cruz followed that up with his hat trick to make it 16-0 Grossmont. Time ran out, the bloodshed stopped and Grossmont picked up their first win of the season, while the Norsemen fell to 0-5.
The Hillers travel to Lakeside on Monday night to face the Vaqueros of El Capitan. Match time is set for 7:15 p.m. As for the Norsemen, they're in action Monday night as well at home against Santana. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m.