Daily Archives: March 13, 2010

Orange County High School Girls Lacrosse: Foothill Lady Knights Lacrosse (3-0) Defeat Beckman 20-18 On March 12 In Battle Of Top CIF-Southern Section Teams

  • Sophomore middie Courtney Valdez scored a game-high six goals
  • Senior attack Danielle Peralta added five points on three goals and two assists
  • Senior attack Kayla Navarette finished with five points on two goals and three assists
  • Senior middie Allison Languis scored three goals


Date Opponent Result
3/06 vs. Mira Costa   W, 10-3
3/06 vs. Newport Harbor   W, 8-5
3/12 BECKMAN W, 20-18
3/17 ST. MARGARET’S, CA    
3/17 YORBA LINDA    
3/31 at Trabuco Hills    
4/01 NORTHWOOD, CA    
4/14 at El Toro    
4/20 at Cate School    
4/21 at Woodbridge, CA    
4/27 at Newport Harbor    
4/28 at Northwood, CA    
4/30 EL TORO    

College Women’s Lacrosse: #11 Notre Dame Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Cal Berkeley 14-12 In Thrilling Overtime Game On March 13

California played toe to toe with 11th-ranked Notre Dame on a sunny Saturday at Memorial Stadium, and the Golden Bears led most of the first half. But late in the second period, Cal held a 10-7 lead it could not hold. The Irish forged a 10-10 tie to send the game into overtime and eventually topped the Bears, 14-12. Cal’s Allie Welsh led all scorers with eight points (4 goals, 4 assists), while junior goalkeeper Allie Shropshire made 11 saves for the Bears.

“I’m very proud of the team for their effort,” Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. “We played almost a full game at the level we’re capable of. We just weren’t able to finish today. But I was happy with how hard we fought and how hard we executed at the end of the field.

Allie Shropshire’s leadership this week and her play today really boosted the team. She was a vocal presence all week at practice and before the game, pumping the team up. She had a stellar performance in the cage, really giving us more chances to get the ball back. That was huge for us.

Allie Welsh was a big part of our attack, making the changes she needed to from earlier games, taking care of the ball down at that end and actually finishing.”

The young Cal team had faced two previous opponents that were nationally ranked and lost by double-digit deficits. Today, national rankings and what was a 0-6 record in the all-time series with Notre Dame didn’t matter much.

“At the beginning of the season, our players would stray quite often from the game plan,” Sherry said. “Now they’re buying into the game plan, and they’re working harder at practice to make a change. And I think they finally realize they’re very good. We were able to disrupt a lot of Notre Dame’s plays today, and we had good matchups with some of their top scorers. That combination has really helped everybody to keep fighting.”

Shaylyn Blaney led the Irish with four goals, while Kailene Abt led Notre Dame in points (5) and assists (3).

The Irish took a 2-0 lead in less than a minute, as Blaney (00:22) and Maggie Tamasitis (00:33) scored for Notre Dame.

But the Bears scored the next two goals – sophomore attacker Tara Arolla scored unassisted (3:08) and Welsh converted an eight-meter goal (4:02) – to tie the game at 2-2.

Ansley Stewart scored at 7:02 to give the Irish a 3-2 lead.

Cal then went on a 4-0 run, with two goals by senior midfielder Alyse Kennedy (eight-meter goal at 15:30 and unassisted goal at 20:13) and one each by Welsh (19:47) and Arolla (20:57), to claim a 6-3 lead.

Jackie Doherty converted an eight-meter shot at 21:45 and Abt scored with 33 seconds left in the half, and Cal took a 6-5 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Bears built their 10-7 lead on goals by Arolla (31:18), sophomore midfielder Lauren Johnson (42:12), Welsh (42:55) and Kennedy (46:08).

But Abt scored at 50:08 and Blaney scored twice (52:36 and 52:56) to knot the score at 10-10.

Both teams had one more shot – Arolla’s eight-meter attempt was saved at 54:34 and Blaney shot wide at 55:37 – before regulation ended with the game tied.

After not scoring for more than seven minutes at the end of regulation, Notre Dame got on the board quickly in overtime. Tamasitis (61:21) and Jenny Granger (61:42) scored less than two minutes into the extra period to give the Irish a 12-10 lead.

Welsh then powered Cal’s comeback, assisting on junior midfielder Emily Abbood’s goal at 62:25 and then scoring her final goal of the match at 64:07 to tie the game at 12-12.

But Abt set up the go-ahead goal by Stewart at 64:26. Notre Dame’s Gina Scioscia converted an unassisted goal at 65:56 to make the final score 14-12.

“I do think this helps our confidence,” Sherry said. “We have to come out and continue to work hard every day. Hopefully we can finish opponents off starting next weekend.”

Cal embarks on a four-game road trip starting next week, when the Bears travel to the state of Connecticut to play at Quinnipiac on March 19 and at Fairfield on March 21.


	         1	2	OT	F
Notre Dame	5	5	4	14
California	6	4	2	12

Notre Dame Scoring
Shaylyn Blaney 4; Kailene Abt 2; Maggie Tamasitis 2; Gina Scioscia 2; Ansley Stewart 2; Jackie Doherty 1; Jenny Granger 1. Assists: Kailene Abt 3; Kaitlin Keena 2; Megan Sullivan 1; Maggie Tamasitis 1.

California Scoring
Allie Welsh 4; Alyse Kennedy 3; Tara Arolla 3; Lauren Johnson 1; Emily Abbood 1. Assists: Allie Welsh 4; Lauren Johnson 1; Alyse Kennedy 1.Goalkeeping
Notre Dame:
Ellie Hilling, 5 saves, 12 GA, 66:00. California: Allie Shropshire, 11 saves, 14 GA, 66:00.


Northern California High School Boys Lacrosse: Palo Alto Boys Lacrosse (2-0) 2010 Schedule Features Corona Del Mar, Menlo School, University And Mountain View

The Palo Alto boys’ lacrosse team (1-0, 1-0 SCVAL) beat Woodside Priory High School, 15-0.

The Vikings’ offensive force wasted no time in establishing its talent, as it scored three goals within the first five minutes of play. This battery continued throughout the game, as forwards Zach Spain (’11) and Cory Valenti (’11) each scored three times, while middie Kris Hoglund (’12) contributed a game-high four goals. In addition, Spain dished out five assists over the course of the game.

“It was a quality performance, the attack came out strong,” Spain said. “The midfielders conrtibuted a large portion of the offensive force.”

Although the Vikings’ offense proved itself a force to be reckoned with, some players were not entirely pleased with their performance.

Date Opponent Result
3/09 WOODSIDE PRIORY   W, 15-0
3/11 BURLINGAME   W, 16-6
3/18 at Leland    
3/23 at Los Gatos    
3/25 WOODSIDE HS    
3/27 at Woodside Priory    
3/30 LOS ALTOS    
4/02 SARATOGA    
4/06 at Gunn    
4/20 at Menlo School    
5/03 at University SF    
5/04 LOS ALTOS    
5/06 GUNN    
Coach: Craig Conover

“We need to run our offense and stay controlled instead of taking so many outside shots,” Spain said.

On the other side of the field, the Vikings’ defense allowed zero goals, and just four shots on goal. At a crucial juncture in the game, the Vikings received subsequent penalties, leaving them two men down. Defenders Michael Cullen (’11), Cooper Levitan (’11) and Ashkaan Khatakhotan (’10) spearheaded the penalty kill, preserving the shutout for goalie Josh Chin (’11), who contributed four saves in his career debut.

Chin, who has not played lacrosse prior to this season, played admirably and was not afraid to sacrifice his body for the good of the team.

“Chin made some excellent saves using his body to preserve the shutout,” Cullen said.

Spain also commented on Chin’s performance.

“Josh is a big guy, got a lot of girth to him, but he still moves well.” Spain said.

However, the Vikings hope to take this win and move on to bigger challenges later in the season, such as games against Southern California powerhouse Corona Del Mar and Los Gatos, which plays in the higher De Anza division this year. Moving up to the De Anza Division as fast as possible is one of the Vikings’ most prominent goals for this season.

“This win sends a message to all of the other teams that we are championship contenders, and that we can probably dominate El Camino in hopes of moving to the more competitive De Anza League next season,” Spain said.

The Vikings will continue their inaugural season with a game against Archbishop Mitty at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday at home .


Orange County High School Girls Lacrosse Profile: Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse Midfielder Sierra Michaelsen

Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse junior midfielder Sierra Michaelsen, who is one of three captains on the team, scored six goals to lead the Sailors to a 2-1 finish in the season-opening Rose Bowl Jamboree.

Excitement, anxiety and nervousness shot through Sierra Michaelsen’s body and she wasn’t even on a lacrosse playing field.

This was away from the grass, and instead at John Wayne Airport, where Michaelsen was boarding a fight to Maryland, leaving her mother, Nancy Lance, and stepfather, Darren Lance. This would be the first time she would be away from home for more than a week, on her own, without supervision. All grown up at age 16.

But as she approached closer to her destination the nerves subsided. She knew this is where she belonged. She saw the bigger picture. It wasn’t about being nervous. It was about being prepared for the future.

Michaelsen, a Newport Harbor High junior, wants to play lacrosse in college. She initially fell in love with the game because of the challenges involved. A trip to the East Coast proved to be another. That’s where she went to play in more games, against competitors who play year-round, who live and breathe the sport.

“This is all pointing to college,” Michaelsen said. “It’s all going to the future.

“It’s crazy to think how far [college] is and yet how close it is. It baffles me to think about it.”

When Michaelsen is not playing for the Sailors, she competes with her club, X Team. Senior year will be here soon and she wants to improve her game. Until then, she’s helping Newport Harbor this season.

Last weekend, the midfielder, who is one of three captains on the team, scored six goals to lead the Sailors to a 2-1 finish in the season-opening Rose Bowl Jamboree.

She notched two goals and won six of her nine draw attempts in the Sailors’ 4-3 win against Trabuco Hills. Michaelsen, the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week, was also thrilled to score two goals in a 7-5 win over Back Bay rival Corona del Mar. She also forced two turnovers and had an interception against the Sea Kings.

She scored another two goals and had an assist in an 8-5 loss to Foothill.

Being a lefty helps. Michaelsen, who earned first-team All-Sunset League honors last year, finds different scoring angles than most and can also set most teams off balance. Yet defense might be her strongest asset, and she enjoys playing as a defender.

“She’s just a very hard worker and you can see it right away,” said Sarah Queener, Newport Harbor’s first-year coach. “Everything she does she has an intensity about her … She want to play lacrosse in college. I know she will be able to play on whatever level she chooses … I think Sierra will be able to make an impact on any team. She’s smart, a hard worker and has a good stick. She can really play any position on the field.”

Michaelsen is excited to play against Trabuco Hills again today. Yet she’s looking forward to March 26 with greater anticipation. It’s a rematch against CdM, and it will also be her 17th birthday.

She’s confident the work she put in during the off-season will help her in these games. After the 10-day stay in Maryland, she later went to New Hampshire for more training and competition for lacrosse.

In December, shortly after Christmas, she spent three days in North Carolina for a special lacrosse camp at Duke University.

She wore layers upon layers of clothing to combat the temperatures that dipped to 25 degrees, new territory for the girl from Newport Beach. But well worth it.

“That was probably one of the most interesting camps I’ve been to,” Michaelsen said, referring to the weather. “It was great playing with girls who want to play in college too. I felt so at home with these people who felt the same way I did.”

Michaelsen was introduced to lacrosse just before high school, when she went to a clinic in Long Beach with her father, Mark. The physical play and the requirement of being skilled with the stick appealed to her.

Choosing a challenge is not something strange to Michaelsen. She applies the same mentality to her academics, taking on Advanced Placement courses. Last year she took biology, art history and European history. This year, she’s tackling U.S. history and English.

The tests never seem to end for Michaelsen, who carries a 3.77 grade-point average. In fact, she’ll take a Scholastic Assessment Test Saturday.

“I love challenges,” she said.


MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: #1 Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Simon Fraser 22-10 On March 12

The University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team put on an impressive show for an overflowing crowd at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse on Friday night (March 12), dispatching Simon Fraser by a score of 22-10.  Michigan got off to their best start of the season, scoring seven unanswered to open the game, with 13 different players eventually registering goals.

Michigan Men's Lacrosse senion attacker #19 Clark McIntyre (6-1,185 lbs) had 3 goals in the 22-10 victory over Simon Fraser.

Junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) put together another strong performance, tallying five goals, including three in a row in a three-minute span midway through the first.  Seniors Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair-Haven) [LEFT] and Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) both tied career highs with three and two goals respectively to help propel Michigan to their fourth win of the season.

McIntyre got Michigan going quickly, just scoring just 22 seconds in on a feed from fellow senior, captain David Rogers (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills).  Senior midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) scored from the left wing on a spinning shot at 12:16, followed by senior attackman Kevin Zorovich’s (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) lone goal of the night at 10:25 as Michigan took a 3-0 lead just five minutes into the game.

Kirshner added the first of his two at 6:29 after each team put together possessions midway through the first.  Just seven seconds later, Yealy started his own mini-run, finishing a pass from senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) who cleanly won the faceoff, scooped up the loose ball and fed Yealy right out front for the dip and dunk.

Yealy then finished on both ends of the special teams, scoring on the man-up on a feed from senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis), before registering a man-down goal on the transition at 3:38.  With Michigan leading 7-0, Simon Fraser finally got on the board at the three-minute mark, followed by two more goals before the quarter-break to draw within 7-3 while also carrying the momentum into the second quarter.

Reinhard put an end to that, winning the opening faceoff of the second and racing down field before firing for his first goal of the year.  Yealy added his third at 12:38, before senior midfielder Jamison Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) cut across the face of the cage and fired to help Michigan regain the seven-goal lead with 10:05 left in the first half.  Goldberg was on the other end next time down, feeding Ein for his first of two goals, as U-M increased their lead to 11-3 at 9:25.

Once again however, the Clan didn’t back down, going on another three-goal scoring run in a four-minute span midway through the second.  Michigan finally stopped the run with 3:39 left in the quarter on Kirshner’s second tally of the game before fellow senior midfielder Michael Bartomioli (Pleasantville, N.Y./Pleasantville – Providence) scored shortly after for the 13-6 lead.  McIntyre finished off the first-half scoring on the man-up as the Maize and Blue cruised into the half-time break.

The teams played evenly to open the third, with each team registering two goals in the first half of the period.  Michigan finally got rolling again with 5:28 left in the quarter on Yealy’s final tally of the game, before Hrusovsky added his second and freshman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) got in on the action at the :32 mark.

With the Maize and Blue leading 19-8 starting the final frame, freshman midfielder Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) [RIGHT] scored his first goal as a Wolverine more than seven  minutes into the fourth quarter on a dodge from behind the cage.  Sophomore midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) scored his first career goal 1:30 later to match the feat, before Ein closed out the Michigan scoring at 6:05.  The Clan scored two late goals as the Wolverines earned the 22-10 decision and their fourth win of the season over a ranked opponent.

Statistically, Michigan won every category.  U-M outshot the Clan 58-28, and scooped up 64 groundballs compared to 45 by SFU.  U-M was 27 of 37 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball at an impressive rate, finishing 27 of 29 on clears.  Michigan held Simon Fraser to under %50 on clears (16-33) with a strong ride.  The Maize and Blue scored twice on eight man-up attempts with SFU scoring once on four attempts.

The Wolverines will travel just outside the outskirts of Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti to take on Eastern Michigan on Sunday afternoon (March 14) at 12:00pm in Rynearson Stadium on the EMU campus.  For all of your Michigan men’s lacrosse needs, please visit mgobluelacrosse.com.


● Yealy paced the team in total points with his five goals.

● Kirshner set a career high with four total points (2-2-4).  His previous high was two vs. multiple opponents.

● Senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) put together another impressive night at the “X”, winning 22 of 29 faceoffs, while sophomore Edward Ernst (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends) went 3-6 and freshman Harrison Silver (South Salem, N.Y./John Jay) won both of his attempts.  HHarf

● Reinhard also led the team with a season-high 15 groundballs.

● Both junior goaltenders, Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) and Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Hotchkiss) each saw a half of action.  Stone started the contest and finished with seven saves and seven goals against.  Fowler stopped five shots and allowed three goals in the second half.

● With the win, Michigan extends their winning streak to 44 games.

● The Wolverines put together their best first quarter of the season, more than doubling SFU in both shots and groundballs (13-6, 19-7), winning 10-11 faceoffs, clearing the ball perfectly at 5-5 and riding Simon Fraser to 4-9 totals.

● Michigan improves to 1-2 all-time vs. Simon Fraser.

● The Wolverines unveiled new uniforms for the game, a grey design with Maize and Blue accents and tackling.


Orange County High School Girls Highlights: El Toro Girls Lacrosse Defeated Santa Margarita Catholic 19-12 On March 10 (Video)

Santa Margarita VS El Toro Womens Lacrosse on March 10, 2010

NCAA College Men’s Lacrosse Highlights: #2 Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Defeated #1 Syracuse 11-10 On March 7 (Video)

Full highlights from Virginia’s 11-10 men’s lacrosse victory over then-#1 Syracuse.

Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse: JSerra Catholic Boys Lacrosse 2010 Schedule Includes Los Alamitos, Foothill, Mira Costa And St. Margaret’s


 The Lions took major steps last year under Coach Michael Hutnick, finishing 15-7 overall and sharing the Trinity League title with an 8-2 record. The team was also the Division II champion at the Orange County playoffs.

JSerra looks like it has the ability to contend for another title and make another long playoff run, led by senior goalie Max Gold, who was first team all-league.

Date Opponent Result
3/06 vs. Los Alamitos   L,  8-3
3/10 at Foothill-Santa Ana   L,  14-9
3/15 MATER DEI    
3/18 at Santa Margarita Cath    
3/20 MIRA COSTA    
3/26 at Mater Dei    
4/07 DANA HILLS    
4/22 at St Margarets Episcopal    
4/30 at Saint John Bosco    
5/01 at Anaheim Servite    
Coach: Mike Hutnick

Also returning is senior midfielder Tony Lemos, who was second team all-league and scored a team-high 59 goals last year. Junior midfielder Joe Kimpler, a second team all-league player, also returns.

Among the other returning players are senior midfielders Jeff Andrews and Patrick Clayton, senior attack Bobby Brown and senior defender Mike Franscell.

JSerra is also looking for big contributions from senior midfielders Samir Hanna and Dylan Johnson.