Monthly Archives: June 2008

Starz Cup Championship Update


North Division Review

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The north division opened Starz Cup Championship play at the beautiful Campus El Segundo this past weekend.  With Youth and Middle School brackets being played on Saturday and High School and Elite on Sunday, the turf got a serious workout!  Heat in the low 90’s turned the sidelines into the perfect pop up tent advertisement.  Players and parents found shade under the tents as they watched the competitive action.  The 101 Starz made their innagural appearance winning a number of games at the Youth and Middle School level and playing a veteran OC Starz Elite team tough on Sunday.   South Bay and Hill Starz got their rivalry off to a hot start as the two Youth teams went at it early Saturday morning.  Hill’s youth team prevailed but expect the rematch tomorrow to be tight. 

At the High School level we had four new programs on display, the Culver City Starz, the Lions Starz, the 101 Starz, and the Breakers Starz all competed in their first weekend of Starz action.  Culver City got off to a great start and impressed with two strong wins.  Lions Starz and Breakers are both talented teams who will certainly be in the mix for the Starz Cup come August 2nd. 

With games in the South Bay, Irvine, and Las Flores this weekend, competition in the North Division will continue to heat up!

South Division Review 

 WCS PictureCompetition in the south division opened at Rancho Bernardo HS with Youth, Middle School, High school and Elite all having games.  The usual suspects were strong as the Shredderz, Laxdawgs, and RC played well at all levels.  The Olympian Youth team got their first taste of South Division competition and did well splitting their first two games to open the summer at 1-1. Fighting through unseasonably hot weather, Quad City HS team went 2-0 to open up the season, as did the Rebels A team.  

Elite action opened as RC knocked off the SD Pride for a season opening victory.  The Jr. Rip played well in their first Starz games ever and, the Shredderz opened the season with a victory over a tough OC Elite club.  This weekend will bring some highly anticipated matchups back to Rancho Bernardo High School as the first game of the day Saturday pairs perennial powers RC and Shredderz at 2 pm.  Good luck to all of the Southern Division teams in their second weekend of competition!


Girl’s and Mini Starz
SB Girls Play

Action for both the Girls Starz and Mini Starz programs begins this coming weekend.  With Girls High School play opening at Venado Middle School in Orange County and Middle School play at Valley Center Primary School (14249 Fruitvale Rd, Valley Center, CA 90282).   Mini Starz games are kicking off in Manhattan Beach at Mira Costa HS, as well as at Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego.backyard_1  Starz will have Wagner Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach, Karen Rife on hand at Venado MS to watch the games and evaluate the Starz Girl’s program.  We are lucky to have a Division 1 head coach at our first weekend of games and look forward to applying her constructive criticism to the program.

Mini Starz has it’s largest participation in the history of the program this summer with teams from the Valley to San Diego competing for the Starz Cup Trophy.  Good luck to all of the Mini Starz teams playing this weekend!




And Now For Something Slightly Different…Polocrosse..

The growing global popularity of polocrosse is taking two Upcounty teens below the equator next week to promote the sport in Australia.

Nick Balogh and Shannon Molsky, both 17, will travel to New South Wales on Tuesday as part of the American Polocrosse Association’s youth development team. They and their four teammates will compete against Australian squads during the 23-day trip and serve as ambassadors for the sport, which is like lacrosse on horses.

“It’s really a fast-paced, exciting game for all ages,” said Molsky, a Germantown resident who began riding when she was 8. “You see little kids playing and old men playing. It’s a lot of fun.”

Balogh and Molsky, who both graduated from Poolesville High School this year, were introduced to the game through the Potomac Pony Club, which began offering polocrosse lessons about five years ago. Polocrosse seemed more exciting than such traditional horse sports as dressage or show jumping, Balogh and Molsky said, and they took to it immediately.

“I liked that it was more of a game,” said Balogh, who lives in Boyds and began riding when he was 4. “It’s a race or it’s jumping or showing your control over the horse.”

Polocrosse began in England as a way to exercise horses but developed as a sport in Australia in the 1930s, according to the American Polocrosse Association. Two teams of three compete on a 160-by-60-yard field, each player on horseback with a bamboo racquet. A match consists of four to six eight-minute periods called “chukkahs,” and the object is to throw the ball through the opposing team’s goal posts.

Balogh and Molsky practice several times a week and compete in national tournaments, which are nearly every weekend in the spring and fall. They were selected for the APA’s 31-member 2008 youth development team but had to separately apply for the Australian tour, according to the team’s coach, David Brooks of North Carolina.

The teens have been competing as part of the United States Pony Clubs’ regional polocrosse program, but members of the group’s Potomac Pony Club are starting a group this year: the Sugarloaf Mountain Polocrosse Club.

“We’re hoping the bug will catch on and it will start to snowball,” said Kathleen Balogh, Nick’s mother. There are 6,000 polocrosse players worldwide, according to the APA. The sport is slowly growing in the United States and is concentrated especially on the East Coast, Brooks said, where the number of tournaments has tripled over the past several years.

The Montgomery teens said they are unsure whether they will continue competing after going to college in the fall. Balogh will study engineering at Virginia Tech, and Molsky plans to pursue interior design at East Carolina University. But both have already sought out the closest barns to their respective campuses.

“It’s an addiction. It really is,” Molsky said. “You can’t get enough of it. It’s an adrenaline rush.”

To learn more about the Sugarloaf Mountain Polocrosse Club, contact Dee Cook For more about the American Polocrosse Association, visit

Spring Orange County All-League Boys Lacrosse Teams



MVP: Brandon Morris (Mission Viejo, Jr.)

First Team: Bryce Hirschburg (Aliso Niguel, Sr.); Brandon Morris (Mission Viejo, Jr.); Hudson Parker (Mission Viejo, Jr.); Duke de Lancelotti (San Clemente, Jr.); John Grubert (Capistrano Valley, Jr.); Colin McCracken (Mission Viejo, Jr.); Scott Anderson (Tesoro, Sr.); Chad Bollman (Aliso Niguel, Sr.); David Wallace (Mission Viejo, Jr.); Greg Sherman (Mission Viejo, Jr.)

Second Team: Taylor Brooks (Tesoro, Sr.); David Fallon (Tesoro, Sr.); Taylor Strane (Capistrano Valley, Sr.); Dylan Denso (Dana Hills, Jr.); Matt Grey (San Clemente, Sr.); Preston King (Tesoro, Jr.); Brian Ewing (Capistrano Valley, Sr.); Scott Graves (Tesoro, Jr.); Josh Leff (San Clemente, Jr.); Nick Werner (Tesoro, Sr.)

Honorable Mention: Ethan Heine (Dana Hills, Jr.); David Klassen (Aliso Niguel, Sr.); Ted Chung (Mission Viejo, Sr.); Cameron Evangelo (Tesoro, Jr.); Charlie Johnson (Capistrano Valley, Sr.); Patrick Olney (Mission Viejo, Jr.); Andrew Grandstaff (Capistrano Valley, Sr.); Anthony Kaspar (Dana Hills, Jr.); Bryan McCarthy (Aliso Niguel, Jr.); Ryan Tuley (Dana Hills, Jr.)


Offensive MVP: Hunter Steffien (St. Margaret’s, Sr.)

Defensive MVP: Kelly McMinn (JSerra, Sr.)

First Team: Connor Edgecomb (St. Margaret’s, Jr.); Max Sutro (St. Margaret’s, Sr.); Jeremy Baileys (St. Margaret’s, Jr.); Jeff Askin (St. Margaret’s, So.); Eric Evans (JSerra, Jr.); Kyle Snyder (JSerra, Jr.); Brendan Yount (JSerra, Jr.); Jack Cranston (Santa Margarita, Jr.); Michael Fice (Santa Margarita, Sr.); Tristan Pace (Servite, So.); Kevin Murphy (Servite, Sr.)

Second Team: Mark Aghajanian (St. Margaret’s, Jr.); Dorian Farhang (St. Margaret’s, Sr.); Brad Smith (St. Margaret’s, Jr.); Devin Dugard (JSerra, Sr.); Bobby Brown (JSerra, So.); Chris Whitman (JSerra, Sr.); Justin Gabriel (Santa Margarita, Jr.); John Eastman (Santa Margarita, Sr.); Omair Syed (Santa Margarita, Sr.); Mike Churnok (Servite, Sr.); Bruce Statton (Servite, Sr.)

Honorable Mention: Alex Brolick (St. Margaret’s, Jr.); Cameron Hiller (St. Margaret’s, Sr.); Sammy Inman (JSerra, Jr.); Max Luburic (JSerra, So.); Chris Fox (Santa Margarita, So.); Cameron Kilar (Santa Margarita, Jr.); Sean Cameron (Servite, Jr.)

Tara Arolla: WSL California Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year

La Costa Canyon Senior Attack Tara Arolla

2007: Brandi Jones, Poway
2006: Haley Geller, Berkeley


By James Joseph
WSL Senior Features Writer

Tara Arolla did not begin playing lacrosse until the winter of her freshman year of high school.

But just a couple months after she learned how to throw and catch, Arolla tried out for the team at La Costa Canyon — and emerged with a spot on the Mavericks’ varsity.

“It was really incredible how quickly she learned,” La Costa Canyon Coach Katie Dolan said. “She’s a gifted athlete, so it came naturally. And she worked hard on it.”

Natural ability plus hard work added up to a standout career for Arolla. In four seasons, she scored a jaw-dropping 296 goals and dished out 97 assists. And from 2006 through 2008, with Arolla prominently involved , the Mavericks won 63 of 66 games.

“Tara stepped up for our program even as a freshman — immediately she was a contributor and played a huge role on the team,” Dolan said. “And every year after that, she continued to grow as a player and added more value.”

Arolla’s play crested her senior year, when she scored 98 goals and added 24 assists to lead La Costa Canyon to a 23-0 record, a second consecutive CIF-San Diego Section title, the No. 2 ranking in WSL’s Top 25 and the top spot in WSL’s California rankings.

“She really shined and led the way for us,” Dolan said.

Arolla, who will be playing NCAA Division I lacrosse next season at UC Berkeley, capped her career by scoring five goals and assisting on another in the Mavericks’ CIF-San Diego Section championship game victory over Coronado. The title game triumph was La Costa Canyon’s 37th straight victory, and it completed a perfect season that even Arolla said was unexpected.

“I’d never had a perfect season in high school,” Arolla said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Dolan noted Arolla’s quickness, “explosive” speed and shooting ability as what made her such a good player. But Dolan was quick to point out that Arolla did not rely on her athletic ability alone.

“She was always looking for new ways to improve her game,” Dolan said. 

Cameron Piorek: Rehabilitation At The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland

Cameron will still be released on Thursday from St. Jude, but he will NOT be going home to Laguna Niguel. Instead, he will be staying at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Brea Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Sunday, he and Brandon and his Grandparents will board a plane and head off to The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the center that treated Christopher Reeve and it a leading center in the world for spinal cord recovery and rehabilitation. It was a huge victory for Kelly to get this opportunity and a VERY special Thank You goes out to all of the people who helped make this happen. For more information on the center, please go to their website at

While at the center, Cameron will undergo four to five hours of VERY intensive rehabilitation therapy every day for the next three weeks. He will then return home for an addtional six weeks of treatment at the St. Jude Outpatient Center in Brea. It is hoped that he can then begin rehabilitation at Project Walk in Carlsbad, California.

In addtion to all of his rehabilitation, Cameron will also be catching up on his school work. At this point, he will only need to complete the work for his World History class. He is looking forward to September, when he can resume classes at Aliso Niguel High School with his classmates as a JUNIOR!!

The Piorek’s are still planning on having a coming home party for Cameron, but it will now be rescheduled for when he comes home from Baltimore.

Please continue to keep Cameron, and his family, in your prayers !!

The Orange County Register will be coming to the Embassy Suites on Saturday to interview Cameron and take pictures of him with his flag. They will be featuring Cameron on the front page of the Aliso Niguel News, which is published by the OC Register. It is distributed on Thursdays, so look for it either next week or the following week. Whichever week it is printed, the same article will also be printed in the Sunday paper of that week.

San Diego Hall of Champions Announces 2008 High School Girls All-County and All-Section Teams

 Selected by league coaches under the auspices of the San Diego Hall of Champions. Selection committees can recognize athletes in excess of the authorized number, but only those whose names will appear on the Hall of Champions certificates are listed below.

North County Conference
First team – Tara Arolla (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Ashley Inman (Poway) Jr.; Jackie Candelaria (La Costa Canyon) Jr.; Becky Trees (Torrey Pines) Jr.; Tori Cameron (Torrey Pines) Sr.; Kelly Jablonski (Poway) Sr.; Liz Donahue (Poway) Sr.; Melanie Garces (Westview) Sr.; Taylor Fiehler (Valley Center) Jr.; Anne Morgan Yeatman (Rancho Bernardo) Jr.; Brooke Smith (Carlsbad) Jr.; Haleh Nourani (La Costa Canyon) Sr.
Second team – Mailin McCormley (Westview) Sr.; Torre Price (Valley Center) Jr.; Holly Hayes (Westview) So.; Anessa Jamison (Poway) Sr.; Samantha Slattery (Carlsbad) Jr.; Alexa Golden (Torrey Pines) Jr.; Katie Trees (Torrey Pines) Fr.; Erin Menefee (Mt. Carmel) So.; Kristen Sondag (La Costa Canyon) Jr.; Liza Dutcher (Rancho Bernardo) Jr.; Barb Thunder (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Lauren Carter (Poway) Sr.
Player of Year – Tara Arolla (La Costa Canyon).                                                             Tara Arolla

League champion – La Costa Canyon.

City Conference
First team – Melissa Humphrey (Coronado) Jr.; Hannah Sebenaler (Coronado) Sr.; Greer Goebels (Coronado) Sr.; Bria Phillips (Coronado) Sr.; Alyssa Litten (Coronado) Sr.; Margaret Nettleton (La Jolla) Jr.; Mia Cohen (La Jolla) Sr.; Mackenzie Gloven (La Jolla); Jr.; Megan Moser (Patrick Henry) Sr.; Lauren Nardi (Cathedral Catholic) So.; Tawni Gotbaum (Cathedral Catholic) Sr.; Gina Holslag (Scripps Ranch) Jr.
Second team – Kristen Dillard (Patrick Henry) Sr.; Anna Ponting (Patrick Henry) Jr; Nicole Fleury (Patrick Henry) Jr.; Shelly Scarborough (Patrick Henry) Jr.; Alex Botte (Cathedral Catholic) Sr.; Alex Weiss (Serra) Sr.; Lainey Mebust (Coronado) So.; Kristen Krock (Coronado) Jr.; Annette Pulliam (La Jolla) Sr.; Megan Blahnik (Cathedral Catholic) Sr.; Kaitlin Phillips (Cathedral Catholic) Sr.; Katie Kuhnert (Cathedral Catholic) Jr.
Player of Year – Greer Goebels (Coronado).                                                                 Greer Goebels

League champion – Coronado.

Grossmont Conference
First team – Dana Harvey (Helix) Sr.; Melissa DeJack (Helix) Sr.; Jill Stafford (Grossmont) Sr.; JoAnn Stoddard (Grossmont) Sr.; Kacie Lewis (Granite Hills) Jr.; Caroline Poleshak (Granite Hills) Sr.; Alanna Parker (Monte Vista) Jr.; Samantha Anderson (Monte Vista) Jr.; Matti Miller (Santana) Jr.; Marin Martinez (Santana) So.
Second team – Himiko Randolph (Helix) Sr.; Alexandra Reardon (Helix) Jr.; Bonnie Alexander (Grossmont) Jr.; Rowan Dionisopoulos (Grossmont) Jr.; Jill Bejar (Granite Hills) Sr.; Julie Miller (Granite Hills) Sr.; Heather Penfold (Monte Vista) Jr.; Hannah O’Gara (Monte Vista) So.; Sea-Anna Thompson (Santana) Sr.; Alyssa Padgerg (Santana) So.
Player of Year – Dana Harvey (Helix).
League champion – Helix.

Coastal Conference
First team – Kaihla Corso (Santa Fe Christian) Sr.; Nicole Wimsatt (Santa Fe Christian) So.; Tiffany Su (Canyon Crest) Jr.; Tace Higuchi (Canyon Crest) Fr.; Erin Keitel (Francis Parker) Sr.; Amanda Martin (Francis Parker) Sr.; Brooke Norling (San Dieguito) Sr.; Elizabeth Siemion (San Dieguito) Jr.; Jacqueline Rhodes (Bishop’s) Sr.; Ali Bishop (Bishop’s) Jr.; Hillary Halter (Bishop’s) So.; Sophia Mueller (Bishop’s) So.
Second team – Sean Znachko (San Dieguito) Jr.; Charlotte Huguenor (Santa Fe Christian) Jr.; Ashley Bertz (Francis Parker) Jr.; Rachel Niddrie (Francis Parker) Sr.; Chelsea Jensen (Francis Parker) So.; Shayla Malauulu (Francis Parker) Sr.; Laura Bernard (Canyon Crest) Sr.; Olivia Jacobs (Canyon Crest) Sr.; Heidi Curry (Canyon Crest) Sr.; Jamison Kearney (Bishop’s) Jr.; Haley Geier (Bishop’s) Jr.; Jodi Morris (La Jolla Country Day) So.
Player of Year – Erin Keitel (Francis Parker).
League champions – Bishops, Francis Parker.

 Selected by San Diego Section Advisory Committee with input from coaches under the auspices of the San Diego Hall of Champions.
First team – Greer Goebels (Coronado) Sr.; Bria Phillips (Coronado) Sr.; Melissa Humphrey (Coronado) Sr.; Hannah Sebenaler (Coronado) Sr.; Tara Arolla (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Haleh Nourani (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Jackie Candelaria (La Costa Canyon) Jr.; Stephanie Ullrich (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Becky Trees (Torrey Pines) Jr.; Kelly Jablonski (Poway) Sr.; Elizabeth Donahue (Poway) Sr.; Mackenzie Gloven (La Jolla) Jr.
Second team – Alyssa Littin (Coronado) Sr.; Erin Keitel (Francis Parker) Sr.; Dana Harvey (Helix) Sr.; Barbara Thunder (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Kristen Sondag (La Costa Canyon) Jr.; Tori Cameron (Torrey Pines) Sr.; Mara Harry (Torrey Pines) Sr.; Anessa Jamison (Poway) Sr.; Alanna Parker (Monte Vista) Jr.; Gina Holslag (Scripps Ranch) Jr.; Brooke Norling (San Dieguito) Sr.; Mia Cohen (La Jolla) Sr.
Player of Year – Tara Arolla (La Costa Canyon).
Section champion – La Costa Canyon.

PHOTOS: OC Starz 9th Sunday Games At Camp El Segundo

Connor “Quan” Cummins clears “rock” out of OC Starz 9th defensive end on Sunday’s Game against South Bay (1st Picture)…..Cameron Cole fires his patented side arm cannon shot (Picture #2)….Jill Cole, aka Super Mom and OC Starz All-Everything, ices Quan’s bone bruise after OC Starz game against South Bay…OC Starz won game….Photos by LaxBuzz


Lacrosse In Los Angeles…Glendale High Starts With Club Lacrosse Team

GLENDALE — With the first phase of the foundation completed, Joe Campbell will look to further strengthen the groundwork of the Glendale Lacrosse Club.
Campbell, one of two coaches overseeing the club, has got a pretty good idea of what will need to be done following the first year of the club’s existence. While he would someday soon like to see it become a CIF sanctioned team, Campbell first must begin the process of finding more athletes willing and ready to gather at Glendale High’s Moyse Field in hopes of learning and participating in the sport.
Campbell, a New York native who played lacrosse in high school and college before being inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame’s Greater Los Angeles Chapter in January, said he’s betting new athletes will come around hoping to pick up a lacrosse stick and get a feel for what the sport has to offer before next season begins in February.
“I hope that the new people and the ones who played this year will be out playing pick-up games,” said Campbell, who started the programs for boys and girls with Dennis Foster nearly a year ago. “If the kids can get and stay involved, they will catch up pretty fast.

“You wouldn’t recognize our teams from the beginning of the season until now. There’s been a tremendous improvement. We want to see that continue.”

The boys’ team concluded its season May 31 with a 12-4 loss to visiting Saugus to drop to 3-7. The girls’ team finished its season at 3-6.

Campbell said the final records aren’t a proper indicator to the success achieved by each program.

“For some teams, it took them three years to win a game,” Campbell said. “Our kids started to pick it up.

“The boys lost a couple of games in overtime, but they were prepared to play. The girls are a little bit behind the boys, and we haven’t had a lot of time to spend with them.”

According to CIF Southern Section Director of Communications Thom Simmons, there are currently 58 and 42 boys’ and girls’ teams, respectively, who have CIF sanctioned lacrosse teams from Orange to Santa Barbara counties. For a school to have a CIF sanctioned program, it must sign a CIF sports participation sheet and have the school district’s approval.

While the sport isn’t funded by the Glendale Unified School District, Campbell would like to see Glendale be among the group of schools that have teams competing after it becomes sanctioned by CIF.

Junior Hrach Arutyunyan, an attacker on the boys’ team, would like to see the program become a member of the CIF. Getting more people on board might be one of the quicker ways for that to happen.

“That’s what happened to me last year,” Arutyunyan said. “I had a friend of mine who wanted to get me into it, and I thought it was a good idea.

“Now, I want to try and do that. It’s real fun to see others playing the game.”

Anel Cuevas, a junior defender on the girls’ squad, said the sport can continue to grow locally like it’s done in other parts of California and across the country.

“It can expand, but we are going to need a lot more girls who want to play,” said Cuevas, who played the sport for the first time in February. “Back in February, I had no idea what I was doing.

“Now, I know way more and I feel like I’m better.”



(Article Below Published Monday, April 7, 2008 in
Construction isn’t a foreign concept to Joe Campbell and Dennis Foster.

They have years of experience serving as construction teachers at Glendale High School, but their talents have also taken them from inside their cavernous classrooms to venerable Moyse Field.

Since last summer, Campbell and Foster have been hard at work drumming up interest in a sport that’s vastly popular along the Eastern Seaboard. There’s little concern for Campbell and Foster, who run the school’s construction academy and have been rather successful at introducing lacrosse to student-athletes normally accustomed to playing football, baseball, soccer and track and field.

They formed the Glendale Lacrosse Club for students eager to participate in the sport — invented by American Indians in the 15th Century. Students from Glendale High and other area schools have flocked in rising numbers to Moyse Field, hooked on picking up a white stick with a net on the end and flinging shots into the back of the net for the club’s boys’ and girls’ programs.

“Kids from around school came up to me and told me that they wanted to play,” said the 46-year-old Campbell, a New York native who played lacrosse in high school and college before being inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame’s Greater Los Angeles Chapter in January. “I told them that I wouldn’t be starting a program for me, but instead be more for them to be self starters and get things done in their lives.

“Ninety-nine percent of the athletes are made, not born. It’s a game that allows you to make yourself into an athlete.”

There are about 30 players competing on the boys’ squad and around 20 on the girls’ team. The season runs February through May, highlighted with contests played mostly on the weekends from Glendale to La Quinta. A boys’ match will consist of four 12-minute quarters, while a girls’ match features two 25-minute halves.

CIF Southern Section Director of Communications Thom Simmons said there are currently 58 and 42 boys’ and girls’ teams, respectively, who have CIF sanctioned lacrosse teams from Orange to Santa Barbara counties. For a school to have a CIF sanctioned program, it must sign a CIF sports participation sheet and have the school district’s approval.

While the sport isn’t funded by the Glendale Unified School District, Campbell would like to see Glendale be among the group of schools that have teams competing after it became sanctioned by CIF. Campbell has flipped the bill to purchase equipment and had the team hold fundraisers.

Foster, 46, was a lacrosse novice, having spent his entire life residing in Southern California. He introduced himself to the sport last spring, and there’s rarely a moment that he’s not thinking about or playing the physical sport that’s widely considered a parallel to soccer and field hockey.

“When I thought of Moyse Field, the last thing I thought of was lacrosse until now,” Foster said. “It’s a sport that’s got a lot of adults in it, but I want to see it continue to grow.

“When I pick up a stick now, I can’t put it down. It’s an amazingly complex game, but one worth playing.”

The area club members, who also include athletes from Crescenta Valley and St. Francis highs and Clark Magnet School, agree with Foster’s mantra.

They’ve immediately come to grasp most of the basic fundamentals and comprehend the history of the sport that’s fast and fluent. Players are required to wear helmets, gloves and shoulder and elbow pads.

Players scoop the ball off the ground and pass the ball through the air to other players. They are allowed to run carrying the ball with their stick.

Michael Antonie played cornerback for two seasons on the Glendale High junior varsity football team. However, he gave up football before he considered lacrosse.

“I grew out of football because I realized it just wasn’t meant for me,” said Antonie, a senior goalkeeper. “You hear about lacrosse every now and then, but I never thought about it.

“You don’t hear much about it out here, but now I see that a lot of people are starting to talk about it. Last summer, I got a stick from Joe and he said for me to go out and throw the ball around. I started practicing and playing in scrimmages, and I’ve been hooked ever since.”

Antonie isn’t alone.

Defender Jennifer Ortega said there’s an immediate adrenaline rush trying to break up an offensive play or strutting down the field cradling the ball before unleashing a shot or looking to make a nifty pass.

“It’s a game of follow the leader and making teams fall into your traps,” said Ortega, a senior at Glendale High. “You hear people call it a ‘mean girls’ sport,’ but it’s turning into something big.

“I played basketball and volleyball for recreation, but my family asked me about lacrosse. I told them it’s something cool to experience and they supported me.”

Simmons said there’s been a recent growth with respect to lacrosse.

“We’ve seen the potential for growth [in Southern California],” Simmons said. “It’s growing across the nation.

“It’s a sport that’s an alternative for kids who don’t want to play baseball or track and field, for example.

There’s a contact mentality in the boys’ matches, and for the girls, it’s about the ball being played and moving it with the stick.”

Glendale Athletic Director Rene Valdes said athletes have rapidly developed a keen interest in the sport. He’s watched a few practices that have been intense and competitive.

“From what I’ve seen, I like the competition,” Valdes said. “Some coaches [of other sports] might be a little resistant in that athletes may be stolen, but that’s quite the opposite.

“It puts a little pressure on coaches to sell their programs. Joe’s done quite a phenomenal job. I’ve seen him break down film of games in the classroom with the kids.”

Ortega said she’s learning more about the game — and its history — by closely listening to Campbell and Foster. The lectures and advice continue to entice Ortega to keep playing the sport.

“I’m hooked to lacrosse and I don’t want to stop here,” she said.

2008 High School Girls Lacrosse Academic All-Americans For Southern California

Orange County
   Centner, Genevieve — (Foothill) — (senior)
   Cross, Natalie — (Foothill) — (junior)
   Cummins, Natalie — (Foothill) — (senior, pictured below)
   Danbara, Kristina — (El Toro) — (junior)
   Gallagher, Devin — (Foothill) — (senior)
   Grose, Shelby — Midfield (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA/Trabuco Hills, CA) — UC Santa Barbara
   Paquette, Jacqueline — (Foothill) — (junior)
   Pray, Jessica — (Trabuco Hills) — (junior)

CA-Greater LA
   Farr, Ali — (Cate School) — (senior)
   Grossman, Rebecca — (Cate School) — (senior)
   Marin, Vanessa — (Huntington Park) — (junior)
   Newman, Jess — (Cate School) — (senior)
   Reyes, Jazmin — (Huntington Park) — (junior)
   Roberts, Lizzy — (Cate School) — (senior)
   Vasquez, Sara — (Cate School) — (senior)
CA-San Diego
   Arolla, Tara — Attack (Carlsbad, CA/La Costa Canyon, CA) — California
   Bradley, Felicity — (The Bishop’s School) — (junior)
   Candelaria, Jackie — (La Costa Canyon) — (junior)
   Corso, Kaihla — (Sante Fe Christian) — (senior)
   Edwards, Sheridan — (Torrey Pines) — (junior)
   Everett, Megan — (Valley Center) — (junior)
   Francis, Sarah — (Sante Fe Christian School) — (senior)
   Garces, Melanie — Midfield/Defense (San Diego, CA/Westview, CA) — Wagner
   Gloven, Mackenzie — (La Jolla) — (junior)
   Goebels, Greer — Midfield (Coronado, CA/Coronado, CA) — Colgate
   Golden, Alexa — (Torrey Pines) — (junior)
   Holslag, Gina — (Scripps Ranch) — (junior)
   Humphry, Melissa — (Coronado) — (junior)
   Kresch, Rachelle — (San Dieguito Academy) — (senior)
   Lewis, Kacie — (Granite Hills) — (junior)
   McCormley, Malin — (Westview) — (senior)
   Michaels, Megan — (Westview) — (senior)
   Nettleton, Margaret — (La Jolla) — (junior)
   Norling, Brooke — (San Dieguito Academy) — (senior)
   Parker, Alanna — (Monte Vista) — (junior)
   Phillips, Bria — Midfield (San Diego, CA/Coronado, CA) — UMBC
   Price, Torre — (Valley Center) — (junior)
   Pulliam, Annette — (La Jolla) — (junior)
   Raimondi, Rachel — (Scripps Ranch) — (junior)
   Ritter, Lindsey — (Scripps Ranch) — (senior)
   Sebenaler, Hannah — Attack (CA/Coronado, CA) — UCLA
   Shepherd, Sandy — (Coronado) — (junior)
   Trees, Rebecca — (Torrey Pines) — (junior)
   Williams, Chelsea — (Carlsbad) — (junior)
   Znachko, Sean — (San Dieguito Academy) — (junior)

Lauren “Chico” Chicomascolo Brought Lacrosse Skills From Connecticut With Her To Lead St. Margarets To Title

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Lauren Chicomascolo gave area lacrosse fans a glimpse of what we’d be missing, offered a snapshot of a star in the making, during one of her last games for Newtown High.

This was in the spring of 2006 when Chicomascolo, still just a sophomore, led the Nighthawks past Brookfield 14-10 in the South-West Conference tournament final. Two of her game-high six goals came down the stretch after the Bobcats closed to within one, and she earned the most valuable player award.

Well, the future is now for the girl known as Chico, whose family moved to Orange County, Calif., two years ago. Recently named All-America for the second time, she closed out her scholastic career by helping St. Margaret’s Episcopal School capture the inaugural girls Southern Section championship, which includes Orange and Los Angeles counties.

Chicomascolo, who plays center, scored six goals in the 16-8 win over Palos Verdes and was named the MVP.

How’s that for sports symmetry?

“I never thought I’d feel anything like I did winning the SWC championship at Newtown. It was such a good experience,” she said during a recent telephone conversation a few hours before her high school graduation. “This year was really special, being the first team to do it, making history.”

East Coast. West Coast. For Chico, some things never changed. Including her devotion to Newtown, even though she couldn’t stay as long as she would’ve hoped. During lacrosse-related trips back East, she often stayed with Nighthawks’ coach Maura Fletcher.

 “We always talk. We never really stopped talking. It was so hard to leave them,” Chicomascolo said. “Maura is such a great coach.”

Imagine how good the four-time defending SWC champions might’ve been if Chicomascolo had been able to join forces with friend and fellow All-American Courtney Gleason?

“I haven’t seen her since a lacrosse tournament in Maryland last summer and we really miss her,” Gleason wrote in an e-mail. “When she played for Newtown as a sophomore she was amazing. Unstoppable. I can’t imagine how much she’s improved now and I would never want to go ‘one v. one’ with her.

“I remember when we were at practice and would get paired with her, we would sneak to the back of the line because no one wanted to go against her. If we had her around the past two years, our chances of making it to the state championship would have definitely been greater, I think. She had really good chemistry with everyone on the field and was a very unselfish player.”

Chicomascolo’s reputation preceded her arrival at St. Margaret’s, a small school in San Juan Capistrano with 100 students per grade and a modest lacrosse program that existed for about five years before she enrolled.

“Everybody knew about Chico before she got there,” St. Margaret’s coach Summer Crabtree noted during a recent phone call. “I had heard about her. I didn’t even know how to spell her name; I didn’t know how to pronounce her last name. But I’d heard about Chico and that she was coming and that she was a phenomenal player and that I was extremely lucky to have her.

“And she lived up to every bit of that and more.”

A 5-foot-7 left-hander, Chicomascolo scored 65 goals in her one season at Newtown and 68 goals for St. Margaret’s last year before enjoying a breakout senior campaign this spring. The Orange County Register Player of the Year, she had 85 goals, 40 assists, 81 ground balls and 203 draw controls.

“She’s made my job very easy,” said Crabtree, whose first season coincided with Chicomascolo’s arrival. “She shows by example. She’s not the most vocal leader on the field but she has such a strong presence out there that she leads the team in just her actions.”

She’s also got skills, athleticism and the talent to play Division I. Crabtree, who played at Princeton, should know.

“When she walks out on that field she’s just a dominant player. She’s dominant in her size. She’s dominant in her skills. She’s dominant in her speed and in her knowledge of the game, as well,” Crabtree said. “Everyone who watched Chico, and coaching her, I felt like every time she got the ball she could take it in and score. And a lot of times she chose not to. She wanted to help her teammates develop and create more opportunities for her teammates. She is equal strength on both sides and she has a powerful shot. Our goalies were scared when she would shoot in practice. She has a shot that you would develop in college.”

Chicomascolo grew up in Glastonbury and had lived in California for four years before the family spent the 2005-06 school year in Newtown. Because lacrosse remains in the growing stages in California, she occasionally returned to the East Coast for summer tournaments and clinics. At home, she would drive an hour south to San Diego, seeking out the best competition in the state for weekend tournaments.

Her hard work over the years, from coast to coast, paid off in the form of another championship for her team, All-America recognition and a college scholarship.

We got a quick look into the future, a tease of her talents. Too bad we couldn’t watch her develop into one of the best in the country.

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