LAFAYETTE -- The Acalanes High girls lacrosse team proved to be the class of the NCS Division II tournament once again, capturing their second straight championship and third in four years with a 21-9 victory over Piedmont on Thursday.
Chloe Landry, a four-year varsity player headed to Cal, led Acalanes with seven goals. Kate Fellner added five -- all before halftime -- and Ellie Higgins had four for the Dons, who outscored their opponents 62-15 in their playoff championship run.
Six different players scored for Acalanes.
"Our defense is really important but I think our offense is really dominant because it's not just one person scoring, our whole team can score," said Landry, who also had four assists. "So if they try to block off one girl, we know that everyone can score and everyone's a threat."
Acalanes (16-6) got off to an excellent start, bolting out to a 3-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. The Dons never trailed and led 9-4 at halftime.
Piedmont (17-2), playing in the finals for the first time in school history, was led by Maddie Baum's four goals.
The Highlanders got as close as 6-3 with 7:48 left in the first half, but Fellner answered with two straight goals for Acalanes.
It was just the second loss of the season for Piedmont.
Acalanes finished the season with wins in seven of its last eight contests under first-year head coach Whitney Campitiello.
"Our key has been working as a team," Campitiello said. "We can't just let one person handle the ball. We have to get it around, we all have to get a chance to score. I think being able to trust in each other has been a big hurdle for us this year, and we've been able to overcome that and dominate."
Division II Championship Acalanes 21, Piedmont 9
Halftime: Acalanes 9, Piedmont 4. Scoring: P -- Baum 4, Zangwill, St. Clare, Burnett, Ramsey, own goal; A -- Landry 7, Fellner 5, Higgins 4, Newman 2, Ross 2, De Roque. Assists: P -- Burnett. A -- Landry 4, Fellner 4, Newman 2. Saves: Keating (P) 4, Taun (P) 2, Repstad (A) 5, Jwainet (1). Records: Acalanes 16-6, Piedmont 17-2.