Daily Archives: March 17, 2010

Orange County High School Girls Lacrosse: Los Alamitos Girls Lacrosse (4-0) Is Ranked #1 And Looks To Repeat As CIF-Southern Section Champions After A Challenging 2010 Season Which Includes La Costa Canyon, Scripps Ranch, Foothill, And Beckman


The Los Alamitos girls lacrosse team reached the top last season, winning its first U.S. Lacrosse Southern California championship.

The Griffins, under Coach Meredith Meyran, are hoping to repeat and they have a good shot with a number of players from last year’s team returning.

“So far we are 3-0 in the 2010 season with wins over Beckman (16-14) El Toro (15-6) and La Costa Canyon (12-3). Our goal is to win the Sunset League and repeat as CIF-SS champions,” said Meyran, the Register’s county coach of the year last season.

“Our current seniors have now been starting together for the last four seasons so they have come a long way and they’re in it to win it.”

Date Opponent Result
3/08 BECKMAN   W, 16-14
3/13 EL TORO   W, 15-6
3/13 LA COSTA CANYON   W, 12-3
3/15 at Esperanza   W, 18-2
3/18 EL DORADO    
3/24 at Foothill, Santa Ana    
3/29 SAGE HILL    
4/01 at Tesoro    
4/12 MIRA COSTA    
4/19 at El Dorado    
4/21 at Sage Hill    
4/26 ESPERANZA    
4/29 at Newport Harbor    
4/30 ST. MARGARET’S, CA    
Coach: M. Adamicki

The Griffins were the Sunset League and Orange County champions, finishing with a perfect 19-0 mark.

Los Alamitos will have to deal with the loss of senior Francie Crowell, who was the Orange County Register player of the year. Crowell led the county with 149 points on 76 goals and 73 assists. Crowell also had 46 groundballs.

Crowell earned a scholarship to Notre Dame.

The returning class is hoping to pick up some of the slack left by the departure of Crowell.

Among the players are senior midfielder Shaina Denny, who had 65 points on 51 goals with 14 assists, 47 ground balls and 30 draw controls. She has been named all county for three years.

Also back is senior midfielder Ashley Actkinson, who was a second team All-County player last year.

Actkinson had 61 points on 36 goals, 25 assists, 37 ground balls and 20 draw controls. She also caused 17 turnovers.

Another key player is senior defender Kristin Robbins, who was second team All-County last year. Robbins had 18 points on 10 goals, eight assists, 64 groundballs and caused 52 turnovers.

The Griffins will also look for a big year from senior attack Tracy Paulson, who had 63 points on 48 goals, 15 assists, 42 ground balls and 26 draw controls.

Also returning is senior defender Amiya Moretta, an all-Sunset League first team player. Moretta had three goals and two assists and caused 28 turnovers last year.

Other talented players include senior attack Melanie Martinez, a first team All-Sunset League choice and senior goalkeeper Natalie Richards, a second team all-Sunset League choice last season.

Senior defenders Janelle Mais and Michelle Elias, junior midfielder Melissa Hastie and senior goalie Dani Lindquist are also back.

Beckman, Foothill, El Toro and Newport Harbor are among the squads hoping to dethrone Los Alamitos this year.


Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Loses To #9 Notre Dame 14-7

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (3-4) fell to the No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Tuesday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium in South Bend, Ind. Sophomore Alex Demopoulos (Canton,

Denver Men's Lacrosse Alex Demopoulos. Courtesy Tim Head, Mile High Photography

Conn.) led Denver with two goals, while five other Pioneers chipped in.

Also finishing with two points was junior Andrew Lay (Denver, Colo.) and sophomore Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) as they both added a goal and assist for the day.

Adding goals along with Lay and Matthews was junior Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.), scoring his seventh of the season, senior Cameron Kerr (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) and freshman Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario), netting his 15th of the year.

The Pioneers opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game as Baxter converted a pass from Matthews, however the Fighting Irish answered with two goals over the next four minutes to take a 2-1 lead. Matthews evened the score with 6:56 left in the first quarter with his eighth goal of the season, but Notre Dame answered once again as Colin Igoe scored with two minutes left.

The Fighting Irish opened the second quarter scoring two quick goals to take a 5-2 lead, before Demopoulos netted his first of the game on a pass from senior John Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) with 9:42 left to go in the half.

Notre Dame then scored four straight goals that spanned into the third quarter before Kerr ended the draught with his fourth of the season. Less than a minute later, Demopoulos added his second of the game off a pass from Lay with 8:22 left to play.

After allowing Notre Dame to stretch its lead to 10-5 off a goal from Zach Brenneman, the Pioneers attempted to make a push as Flint scored with 2:31 left in the third quarter and Lay scored just 14 seconds into the fourth.

However, the Fighting Irish squashed the Pioneer’s attempts, closing the game with four unanswered goals to seal their fourth win of the season, 14-7.

Denver continues its week-long road trip, traveling to Stony Brook, N.Y. for an 11 a.m. game on Saturday, March 20.


NCAA College Men’s Lacrosse: #11 Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Defeated Colgate 11-8 On March 16 (Video)

The 11th-ranked Harvard men’s lacrosse team won its third straight game, defeating Colgate, 11-8, March 16.

Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse: 2010 Mission Viejo Lacrosse Invitational Features Three Top 10 County Varsity Lacrosse Teams On March 19-20 At Mission Viejo High School

Harrow Sports and Mission Viejo High School Lacrosse are hosting the 2010 Mission Viejo Lacrosse Invitational, March 19-20, at Mission Viejo High.

The tournament will feature some of the best high school boys lacrosse teams in Southern California and begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The tournament continues on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., with the championship game scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Among the teams playing include three squads ranked in the top 10 in Orange County – No. 3 El Toro, No. 9 Mission Viejo, and tenth-ranked Tesoro. Other top teams include Loyola (Los Angeles), Manual Arts (Los Angeles), Palisades (Santa Monica), Peninsula (Rolling Hills Estates), St. John Bosco (Bellflower), Great Oak (Temecula), and Marina (Huntington Beach).

Games will be played on two fields at Mission Viejo High (25025 Chrisanta Dr.), with additional games scheduled at nearby La Paz Intermediate School (25151 Pradera Dr.).

All games are open to the public and with food vendors such as Jamba Juice, Dippin’ Dots, Kettle Korn and a fully stocked snack bar, this event will be fun for the whole family. Additional vendors include Dr. O’Braitis, D.D.S., Harrow Sports, Lacrosse Monkey and West Style Lacrosse. The first documented lacrosse game was played in 1636 in the Great Lakes area of the United States. Today, lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports with more than half a million players. Join us in the stadium at Mission Viejo High School this weekend to learn more about this fast moving and exhilarating sport.