Bay claims first win in lacrosse program history 

click to enlarge Setting the tone: Senior attackman Zev Newman scored five goals and played a huge role in Bay’s first boys’ lacrosse victory in school history. - DOUG KO/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Setting the tone: Senior attackman Zev Newman scored five goals and played a huge role in Bay’s first boys’ lacrosse victory in school history.

Until Tuesday, the Drew School boys’ lacrosse team had a leg up on fellow first-year program Bay School.

The Dragons won their first varsity game in school history with a 14-3 victory over Bentley on March 14, while Bay lost its first three games of the season.

That all changed with an 18-10 Bay victory over Drew on Tuesday at a rain-soaked Maxwell Family Field on the Cal campus, giving the Breakers their first varsity boys’ lacrosse win in school history.

“This is something they’re going to have with them for the rest of their lives, having the very first win in the history of the school,” Bay coach Eric Kreiger said. “They should be proud to be a part of it.”

Senior Dre Bergeron led the Breakers (1-3) with a team-high seven goals, but the most polished Bay player was senior attackman Zev Newman, who scored five goals and doled out several assists.

Newman, a soccer player and the starting point guard for the Bay boys’ basketball team this season, is also an experienced club lacrosse player.

“Zev had a great game today, but he’s the biggest asset in practice,” Kreiger said. “He shows the young guys what it takes to be a top player.”

Newman worked his way through the Drew defense seemingly at will, but also seemed to play at half-speed at times in order to get the other Bay players involved.

“It’s a team sport and Zev did a great job today of making sure it wasn’t one guy going against six defenders,” Kreiger said. “It was great that he was able to recognize that and that’s what makes the team better, him making everyone else better.”

The Dragons also had a standout senior performance, but he has a significantly different backstory. Julian Faro-White led Drew with seven goals against Bay and also scored four goals against Bentley, but only picked up lacrosse in the winter.

“He’s a big, strong athlete and a very good soccer player, but has never played the game before,” Drew coach Brian Ledyard said.

The driving rainstorm that pounded the players and the field throughout certainly didn’t encourage quality lacrosse plays, especially for two young programs, but Ledyard was optimistic about moments of solid play.

“We’re looking for moments of good lacrosse and I felt we had some of those moments,” Ledyard said. “We could have just gone away, right away, and we didn’t, but we’re still trying to figure out what we’re doing with a lacrosse ball.”

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