The Casa Grande boy's lacrosse team defeated Petaluma on Friday night, 11-8, in a hard fought back and forth contest between the two rivals.
The teams traded the lead four times before the Gauchos pulled away by a slim margin midway through the last quarter.
Junior midfielder Joe Reid led the way for Casa with four assists and two goals, followed by sophomore attackman Angelo Lagomarcino, who put three goals in the back of the net. Junior midfielder Cody Hughson had one assist and scored the game's final two goals to seal the deal for the Gauchos.
"This was a tremendous win for us tonight," said Casa Grande head coach Ben Hewitt. "It's always a big deal for us to beat our crosstown rivals, but this also earns the program its fifth straight conference title, which is important to us because we want to play well against our county based competition."
Petaluma was led by senior midfielder Eric Hunsicker, who scored three goals for the Trojans. Senior midfielder Maxwell Krieg also scored twice.
"Petaluma is a very well coached team with a number of talented players," Hewitt said. "They are always a fantastic challenge that pushes us to get better, and we look forward to it the whole week leading up to the game itself. We have a great deal of respect for their program and the level of lacrosse they bring each time the opportunity is presented to face them. It's a real honor to have those guys as our rival."
This was Casa's second victory over Petaluma this season, having won the first match up. 10-9. Both Casa Grande and Petaluma advance as the No. 1 and and No. 2 seeds going into the quarterfinals of the NCJLA playoffs. Additionally, each program is projected to have a number of players as members of the NCJLA All-League Team.