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.

http://www.ocregister.com/news/goals-248157-assists-foothill.html

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