Jamie Lee scored seven goals to lead an offensive field day for the Berkeley High girls lacrosse team on Saturday, as the Yellowjackets closed out the 2000 regular season with a 16-2 annihilation of Robert Louis Stevenson, at the BHS home field.
“I think it’s a confidence-builder,” said Lee, who missed her season-high by a goal. “We had a chance to work on some things. It was like a practice.”
With a spot in this week’s league playoffs already clinched, the BHS squad went into Saturday’s matchup with last-minute adjustments in mind. The ’Jackets begin postseason play this Wednesday, when they visit Monte Vista in a first-round showdown.
“We were using it as a tune-up game for playoffs,” Berkeley High coach Lia Farley said about the final home game. “We worked on things we need to use against Monte Vista this Wednesday, like midfield defense, and double-teams.”
“We focused on getting the double-teams. It was good, because there was room for mistakes,” Lee added. “Their defense was pretty bad, and once you get one-on-one with the goalie, it’s hard for the goalie to win.”
While Saturday’s competition pales in comparison to the challenge awaiting Berkeley High this Wednesday, Farley is not concerned that her team has become complacent with its recent winning streak. According to the coach, the ’Jackets have already faced Monte Vista so many times over the years, that there will be no element of shock.
“They know exactly what the competition’s going to be,” said Farley, whose squad has beaten the Mustangs in the first round of the playoffs the last two years. “I don’t think (the RLS) game helped or hurt anyone’s confidence, since it was such a blowout. They know they can take on Monte Vista.”
The Mustangs, who defeated the ’Jackets in both 2000 regular-season meetings, bring a consistent offensive attack to the field, as well as a tenacious midfield known for hustling to loose balls. Berkeley High will also have to contend with Monte Vista’s physical style of play, which has taken the Yellowjackets out of both games this season.
“I think we’re ready,” Lee said. “We’ll come into the game ready to play.”
Wednesday’s matchup begins at 4 p.m. at the Mustangs’ home field.