Daily Archives: May 11, 2010

CIF-Southern Section Orange County Girls Lacrosse Finals Feature Foothill Girls Lacrosse (12-2) In Rematch Against Los Alamitos (19-0) On May 11

Foothill’s girls lacrosse team hopes get a chance for some revenge Tuesday night in the U.S. Lacrosse Division I South finals against Los Alamitos at Laguna Hills at 5 p.m.

The Knights lost to the top-seeded Griffins, 15-10, in last year’s county title match and also fell to Los Alamitos, 11-9, in a nonleague match March 24.

“We played them a very close game earlier,” Foothill Coach Brian Cross said. “They are very well coached but I think that we’re pretty evenly matched.

“We have the ability to score, I think the defense will be the key. The defense is working very hard as a unit and we have had some excellent conditioning. We have six or seven girls who can score.”

The Knights lost to the top-seeded Griffins, 15-10, in last year's county title match and also fell to Los Alamitos, 11-9, in a nonleague match March 24 (picture above). Photo by LaxBuzz

Leading the way is Courtney Valdez, who leads Foothill (12-2) with 67 goals. Danielle Peralta has 35 goals and 30 assists while Kaylee Navarette has 31 goals and 32 assists.

Cross said Foothill has a lot of respect for Los Alamitos, but that playing in the championship game last year should help the team.

“I don’t they will be intimidated,” Cross said. “We’re excited to be playing.”

Los Alamitos (19-0) advanced to the finals with a 13-10 victory over Beckman in the semifinals on Saturday.

The Griffins are led by Tracy Paulson, who has 76 goals and 20 assists, Shaina Denny, who has 53 goals and 33 assists, Julie Crowell, who has 39 goals and 21 assists and Ashley Actkinson, who has 37 goals and 22 assists.

“We’re looking forward to playing Foothill again,” Coach Meredith Meyran said. “They are a fantastic program and are super athletic so we’re going to have to play our best in order to make it a game.

“The keys to the game are going to be the draw controls and all 50/50 balls. We must be smart on offense and play solid defense.”

The winner of Tuesday’s match moves on to the Southern California finals Friday at 5 p.m. at Valencia High.


Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse: San Clemente Boys Lacrosse (15-3) Completed Successful Season Capturing 2nd Consecutive South Coast League Championship

The San Clemente boys lacrosse team won its second consecutive South Coast League championship, Saturday, May 1, with a 12-8 victory over Mission Viejo. The Tritons split their regular season games with Tesoro and will share this year’s SCL championship with Tesoro.

In front of the largest lacrosse crowd ever at SCHS, the Tritons established an early two-goal lead in the first few minutes of play. Mission Viejo answered each San Clemente goal in the first half, but the Tritons started to pull away in the third quarter following a 10-yard shot by Trevor Forsyth.

San Clemente Tritons Head Coach Glen Miles (watching as Tritons played Foothill on May 6): "We are very focused on becoming one of the most competitive programs in Orange County and plan to compete at the very highest levels in California. We had a great group of seniors this year and I'm happy they were able to bring another SCL Championship back to the school!" Photo by LaxBuzz

Highlights of the second half included two goals by Robbie Burns after he intercepted two Mission Viejo flip passes on the way to their goalie. Chris Kazimi provided a fitting dramatic finish, with a dive across the crease, coupled with a mid-air, overhanded fake, which he converted to an underhanded goal shot.

Unfortunately, San Clemente’s run at a U.S. Lacrosse Division 1 Southern Section championship came to an end Thursday following a loss to Foothill. Despite the loss, Tritons coach Glen Miles said he was pleased with the season.

Date Opponent Result
3/06 RANCHO BERNARDO   L,  11-4
3/10 NEWPORT HARBOR   W, 9-4
3/13 TEMECULA GREAT OAK   W, 14-11
3/17 SAN JUAN HILLS   W, 18-1
3/19 at Northwood   W, 8-4
3/23 DANA HILLS   W, 9-4
3/26 TESORO   L,  13-7
3/30 at Mission Viejo   W, 12-11
4/02 at Capistrano Valley   W, 16-8
4/13 at Aliso Niguel   W, 14-3
4/16 at Dana Hills   W, 11-7
4/17 UNIVERSITY SF   W, 11-7
4/20 at Tesoro   W, 9-3
4/29 ALISO NIGUEL   W, 9-5
5/01 MISSION VIEJO   W, 12-8
5/04 vs. J Serra Catholic   W, 10-7
5/06 at Foothill-Santa Ana   L,  16-2
Coach: Glen Miles

“We are excited about the progress San Clemente lacrosse has made over the past three years since the high school program began,” he said. “We are very focused on becoming one of the most competitive programs in Orange County and plan to compete at the very highest levels in California. We had a great group of seniors this year and I’m happy they were able to bring another SCL Championship back to the school!”


Western NCAA College Women’s Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Team Played Aggressive “Eastern Style” Lacrosse To Defeat Massachussetts In First NCAA Tournament Game Hosted By A California School

In what was the first NCAA tournament lacrosse game ever hosted by a California school, Stanford put on a pretty good show. The No. 15-ranked Cardinal held off a good Massachusetts side 15-12 in a play-in game at Maloney Field on Saturday.

Unseeded Stanford (15-5) travels to play No. 5 seed James Madison (16-2) in Harrisonburg, Va., this Saturday at 10 a.m. for a first-round NCAA tournament game.

Stanford Women's Lacrosse coach Amy Bokker

There were 19 combined goals in the first half and less than half as many in the second 30 minutes. Stanford coach Amy Bokker didn’t care how the goals arrived, only that her club had more than the Minutewomen did at the final horn.

“University of Massachusetts came out physical and aggressive,” Bokker said. “They wanted to play uptempo. I told my girls I wanted them to win the hustle stats and we did. I wanted them to focus on each moment of play.”

The Minutewomen got on the board first when captain Merritt Cosgrove, the only player on the UMass roster from California, scored in the first minute. Cosgrove, however, got her second yellow card a few minutes into the second half, which banished her to the sideline for the remainder of the match.

Stanford tied the score 1-1 on a free position shot by Karen Nesbitt. Amanda Schwab’s unassisted goal gave the Cardinal a 2-1 lead. The Minutewomen tallied three straight goals to go up 4-2. Claire Hubbard broke Stanford’s silence with a nice assist from Sarah Flynn.

Minutewomen goalie Katie Florence made two tough saves in succession, but she couldn’t stop the first of five goals from Flynn, which came midway through the first half. The match went back and forth until Hubbard ran with the ball on the stick behind the Massachusetts goal before scoring. The goal put Stanford up to stay at 7-6.

 Late in the first half, Massachusetts coach Alexis Venechanos lobbied hard with the sideline referee against a charging call that went the Cardinal’s way. Bokker, not to be outdone, chimed in with a few words of her own.

“Their girl is always hacking at our stick,” Bokker told the ref. “I want to put my piece in there, too.”

“What did she protest?” Venechanos asked the ref, who was suddenly caught in the crossfire.

Moments later, Flynn scored with an assist from Lauren Schmidt, recently tabbed the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player of the year for the second straight season.

Jackie Lyons assisted Nina Sarcona right before the half ended to cut Stanford’s lead to 11-8 at the break. Lyons, who had three goals in the game, is the Atlantic-10 player of the year.

Schmidt opened the second half scoring with one of her three goals. In one of the great sequences of the match for Stanford, Eleanor Foote stole the ball then started a transition goal. The ball went to Leslie Foard, who threw a tremendous pass to Flynn, who put a shot past Florence. That wasn’t easy to do for Florence had 11 saves in the game.

“Flynn was exceptional,” Bokker said. “So was the whole defensive unit. They kept the pressure on them.”

In the 39th minute, Schwab juked a defender then scored on a low shot for 14-9, the biggest lead of the day for the Cardinal. Schmidt’s goal in the 49th minute finalized Stanford’s scoring.

“It was an intense game,” Venechanos said. “That was a high-scoring first half. I felt we made some adjustments and came back, but we had some costly turnovers. Stanford hurt us with their transition offense.”

Annie Read was solid in goal for the Cardinal with six saves. The victory, a school single-season record 15th, was Stanford’s first NCAA win ever. Stanford lost at first-round match at Northwestern in 2006 in its only other NCAA tourney appearance.

“This win was great for our program,” Bokker said. “We’re going in the right direction.”


Growth Of Western Lacrosse: Success Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse And Coach Bill Tierney Has Further Fueled The Enthusiasm Of Lacrosse In Western States

Denver Men's Lacrosse coach Bill Tierney (six NCAA titles)

Blake Higgins, 9, sat in the stands at Falcon Stadium absorbing everything he could Saturday afternoon.

The boys’ club lacrosse player from the daVinci Academy saw No. 12 Denver overwhelm Air Force 15-7 to finish Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) play as undefeated league champions.

He was still there after both teams and all but five of the 514 fans were gone. He was at his first college men’s lacrosse game to get autographs and learn.

“I learned a lot about how they hit,” he said. “I saw how they start low and go up when they hit instead of coming down from the top.”

Pioneers coach Bill Tierney (six NCAA titles) said enthusiasm for the sport in non-traditional lacrosse states motivated him to leave Princeton after 23 years before this season. He was reminded of it again during the exhibition (Higgins played for the Rangers) at halftime.

“As college coaches, you forget the effect you have on these young players just by being around them,” he said. ”I saw the enthusiasm and passion they play with here (in Colorado). I know the sport will grow rapidly.”

That potential growth gives second-year Air Force coach Eric Seremet hope after the Falcons’ season finale.

“I’ve been really impressed with the talent pool in Denver. They’re starting to build a tradition like they have back East,” said Seremet, who plans to have five in-state players next fall.

On Saturday, the Pioneers (12-4, 7-0 ECAC) had more multi-dimensional players, which made them much tougher to defend, said Ridge Flick, one of the two graduating Falcon seniors, along with Jimmy Curran.

“You leave a player like (Mark) Matthews open near the goal and he’s going to score (a game-high four goals),” Flick said.

Air Force (1-13, 0-7) has fewer such dynamic players. Adam Paranka and Vinny Sandtorv scored twice.

For now, it’s a case of the haves and have-nots with the Pioneers, winners of eight of the last nine against Air Force, finding out today who they play in the NCAA Tournament.

Seremet and Flick will be watching too, knowing that as Denver enjoys success, that attention will spur interest in Colorado and other non-traditional lacrosse states.

“I’m really excited about the future at Air Force, especially as the sports grows in Colorado, Texas and Arizona,” Seremet said. “That will really help the academy.”


Northern California High School Boys Lacrosse: Menlo Boys Lacrosse (14-5) Is Top Seed For Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) Playoffs

In the boys’ SCVAL playoffs, Menlo is the No. 1 seed while Palo Alto is seeded No. 5. the Vikings will open play on Tuesday at No. 4 Burlingame while No. 6 Woodside is at No. 3 Los Gatos. If Woodside and Paly win, the Vikings will play at Mountain View on Thursday. If Los Gatos and Paly win, then the Vikings will face Menlo in the semifinals.

The site and time of the championship match has not yet been announced.

The Menlo boys (10-0, 14-5) wrapped up a perfect league season in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 12-2 romp over host Saratoga on Saturday. Kyle Bullington led the Knights with four goals and three assists while David Lee helped control the offense by winning 11 of 13 faceoffs.

The Palo Alto boys finished its SCVAL El Camino Division with a 9-1 record (14-5 overall) by defeating crosstown rival Gunn, 11-6, last Thursday night. The Titans finished their season 6-4 in league (6-10 overall). Both teams were in their first season of competition. Zach Spain led the Vikings with four goals and two assists while Kris Hoglund added three goals and one assist with John Brunett contributing two goals and three assists.

Menlo-Atherton saw its season end with an 8-7 overtime loss to host Mountain View. Zander Rohn scored three goals and Pierce Osgood added two for the Bears (2-8, 6-8).


Western MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Oregon Men’s Lacrosse (10-5) Defeated Simon Fraser 14-8 In PNCLL Championship Game On May 2 (Video)

Oregon Ducks vs Simon Fraser Clansmen in th PNCLL Championship Game in Bend Oregon. A hard fought game with the winner an automatic qualifier to the MCLA Championship tournament in Denver. Oregon defense lead by goalie Nick Johnston hold SFU to 8 goals while the offense goes off for 14 as Oregon gains the 6th seed for the Denver Tournament. It was an exciting with some big hits, amazing stops and great goals.