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La Costa Canyon Girls Varsity Ends Year Ranked #24 in Nation

By Marwan Razouk – Staff Writer, North County Times, May 25, 2008 

RANCHO BERNARDO —- An undefeated season and a championship were on the line and on the mind of La Costa Canyon senior goalkeeper Haleh Nourani in the extra time period.

With the Mavericks’ girls lacrosse team holding a one-goal lead, Nourani may have made the biggest save of her career, denying Coronado’s Hannah Sebenaler on a breakaway effort to preserve the advantage.

Minutes later, the whistle blew and it was official: La Costa Canyon capped an undefeated season by beating Coronado 11-10 in the CIF San Diego Section championship game at Rancho Bernardo High on Saturday.

“My coach always tells me to step out on to the ball, and I did that,” Nourani said. “I was shaking. I was so scared. I had no idea how much time was left and it was a great play on the other side.”

The Mavericks made it back-to-back and three championships in four tries. La Costa Canyon finished 23-0 to become the first undefeated section champion.

“It’s amazing; we have talented athletes and lacrosse players,” Mavericks coach Katie Dolan said. “But it’s the chemistry that’s so great. They have a lot of respect for each other and they work really hard.”

The Mavericks dominated the first half and held on in the second half. La Costa Canyon was led by star senior Tara Arolla (five goals), and received steady play from fellow senior Meg Cruse (three goals) and junior Jackie Candelaria (three goals, three assists).

Arolla rocketed her way in and around Coronado defenders to score on consecutive possessions late in the first half for the lead. Her biggest goal came with nine minutes remaining in the game after Coronado senior Bria Phillips scored twice to cut the lead to 9-8.

The Islanders had a chance to tie —- Nourani (13 saves) stopped a penalty shot by Coronado’s Hannah Sebenaler —- but Arolla took it upon herself to help the Mavericks regain momentum.

“Definitely, being a senior and leader, I feel like it’s my responsibility to set the tone,” said Arolla, who will play lacrosse for the University of California in the fall. “I felt I needed to at least gain possession and do something with it.”

Coronado (23-2) became the first non-North County Conference team in the seven-year section history to make it to the championship game.

Both Islanders losses came at the hands of the Mavericks —- La Costa Canyon defeated Coronado 9-7 on April 7.

Contact staff writer Marwan Razouk at mrazouk@nctimes.com.

Injuries in Lacrosse: Toronto Player Dies in `tragic accident’

Jamieson Kuhlmann, shown in a Facebook photo, was taken off life support on the afternoon of May 21, 2008
 May 22, 2008 04:30 AM   (From Online Edition of Toronto Star)

Staff Reporter

Note: Jamieson Kuhlmann’s team was playing Newmarket, not Mississauga, when the fatal injury occurred. Incorrect information was provided to the Star.

An on-field collision during a lacrosse game has resulted in the death of a promising 15-year-old Toronto athlete and devastated his family, friends and members of the city’s sporting community.

Jamieson Kuhlmann was fatally injured during a field lacrosse game in Newmarket late Monday afternoon. His Toronto Beaches team was playing against a Mississauga team when the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. It was about five minutes into the first quarter of the game.

Kuhlmann, a left-hander, had just passed the ball up field when a Mississauga player hit him. The player’s shoulder and head connected with Jamieson’s shoulder and head.

Peter Gibson, a long-time family friend and team trainer, ran onto the field.

“I was the trainer on the team … his dad asked me to go on the field, so I did,” said Gibson.

“He indicated that he felt sick and then he went unconscious. He never regained consciousness from the moment he left the field.”

Kuhlmann was transferred to a hospital in Newmarket, then to the Hospital for Sick Children. The decision was made to take him off life support yesterday.

The death of the teen has left the lacrosse community reeling.

“This is unheard of for lacrosse,” said John Steele, vice-president of Toronto Beaches Lacrosse Club. “Lacrosse is a very safe sport, very few injuries and admissions to hospital.

“It was a tragic accident.”

Steele said the club plans to offer whatever support they can to his family and the community, and plans to offer grief counselling to Kuhlmann’s team. “The whole club is shaken by this.

“It’s a very sad time.”

During a phone interview from the hospital yesterday, Gibson had the sad task of speaking on behalf of a family in mourning.

He has known Kuhlmann’s parents Michelle Weber and Mark Kuhlmann since Kuhlmann was a child. His son played on the same lacrosse team; “he’s devastated” over the sudden death of his friend, said Gibson.

Kuhlmann was an incredibly passionate, powerful player, said Gibson. Standing at about 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, he took pride in being in peak condition, something reflected on the field, he said.

Kuhlmann was his parents’ only child. They are divorced, his father had remarried and he had two stepsisters. Both his mother and father live in the Beach and presented a united message through Gibson about the nature of their son’s death.

“They want the message to be clear that Jamieson died as the result of an accident. The boy that hit him, it wasn’t his fault. They really believe it’s an accident and there is nothing else than a tragedy.” Gibson went on to describe a charming young man, possessed with a “wry sense of humour,” flourishing in school. His family recently made the decision to transfer their son from Malvern Collegiate to The Hill Academy in Kleinburg, a private school with a special focus on sports.

“His mother and father realized he needed that attention and it worked for him … You could see he was in love with his school work this year.”

They invested heavily in their son with whatever emotional and financial support was required to give him an edge in life, he said.

“When you have a child in sports, you are completely involved … but you do it gladly,” he said.

“You go to something like that and your child dies. It’s hard to make sense out of any of that. They can’t make any sense of that.”

His family will be donating his organs. Gibson said the decision is a perfect fit for someone who was so generous and got so much out of life.

“He was a very considerate kid.”

The family will hold a private funeral on Monday. On Tuesday, there will be a celebration of Jamieson’s life at the Balmy Beach Club.