Big Shots: Bobby Braun, Coronado (Calif.)

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Coronado attackman Bobby Braun in action against St. Ignatius. Braun netted two goals and two assists, helping the Islanders to a 7-6 win that snapped the Wildcats unbeaten run in California boys' lacrosse.

WHO THIS IS: Bobby Braun, a senior attackman from CoronadoHigh School in San Diego, Calif. Braun is likely headed to SantaBarbara City College next year and isn't sure yet about playinglacrosse there.

WHAT HE DID: Braun played a big role in Coronado’s landmark7-6 victory over St. Ignatius last Saturday. He got two goals and twoassists, having a hand in all three of his team’s second-half goals inthe victory. Coronado had a 4-3 halftime lead. Braun scored the fifthand sixth goals and assisted on the seventh as the Islanders held onfor the victory.

WHY WE NOTICED: Actually, this is a game that a lot of peoplenoticed. St. Ignatius had not lost to a team from California sinceDanville Monte Vista handed it a 12-8 loss on April 4, 2006, accordingto Coronado looked like it was going to run away withthis game, jumping out to a 7-3 lead in the second half, but theIslanders had to hold on, as St. Ignatius made a late run. The Wildcatsheld Coronado scoreless after about midway through the third quarterand got the game’s final three goals. St. Ignatius cut the lead to onewith 31 seconds left, but Braun’s Islanders did not break. The victorysparked a huge celebration to the side of the Coronado cage. A largemass of Islanders formed a circle, jumping up and down and screaming.Braun scored the two key goals late and added two assists, all of whichproved to be crucial .

WHAT HE SAID: "A lot of people were saying St. Ignatius can’tbe beat, but we think we have a shot going into any game. We’re kind ofa scrappy team, [working on] winning the ground balls, riding well andplaying physical. It was a huge win for us and allows us to be moreconfident against our San Diego opponents. We are a team that focuseson one game at a time, putting forth all we have as a team, quarter byquarter. This win allowed our younger players to see how we measure upin California high school lacrosse. We were extremely excited to havestopped St. Ignatius’ California winning streak. It was great for oursenior classmen because we had never beaten them, and we start outevery season with a game against them."

Video: St. Ignatius vs. Coronado - March 21, 2009 from Sports TV on Vimeo.

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