CONCORD -- Jack McCormick is the first to admit his career with the De La Salle High lacrosse team didn't end the way he wanted it to.
After winning the East Bay Athletic League title, De La Salle entered the North Coast Section Division I playoffs as the No. 1 seed. But after a quarterfinal win over Las Lomas, the Spartans were upset by No. 4 Novato in the semifinals.
McCormick and his teammates, hoping to go out on top after losing in the section title game last season to San Ramon Valley, were stunned.
"I think, if you asked all of the seniors," McCormick said, "we would want to play that game over again."
Although the conclusion to the season wasn't what he was wanted, McCormick, who is headed to Dartmouth, can still be proud of the journey.
McCormick had 49 goals and 34 assists in 17 games, was named the EBAL's Most Valuable Player and was selected a U.S. Lacrosse All-American.
For those reasons, McCormick was named the Bay Area News Group's East Bay Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.
McCormick was a first-team All-East Bay selection in 2012 as he became one of the better finishers in the area. But this year his goal was to involve more of his teammates in the offensive attack.
One example was De La Salle's April 12 game against Monte Vista. McCormick scored just once, but six other De La Salle players found the net as the Spartans picked up a critical 12-11 win.
The victory was part of a nine-game winning streak that carried De La Salle to the EBAL title.
"I felt that if I did that more often this season, we would be better off as a team," McCormick said.
As McCormick grew up, he played club lacrosse with teams like the Alcatraz Outlaws and now the Golden State Titans. But his time with the De La Salle program was the most rewarding. "The competition you face in club lacrosse is great," McCormick said. "But with high school lacrosse, it's all about your goals as a team. I'll have a lot of great memories."