2008 ALL-ORANGE COUNTY LACROSSE TEAMS
Boys All-County team
Trent Jones, Foothill, attack: He wasn’t just the table-setter for the Foothill offense. Jones scored several important goals as the Knights repeated as county and section champions.
Mike Kidushim, Corona del Mar, attack: He scored 46 goals, had 32 assists and leaves as CdM’s all-time leading scorer.
Graham Nichols, El Toro, attack: Stepped forward to lead the Chargers after the team graduated 15 seniors and six starters from 2007.
John Duddridge, Foothill, midfield: Stood tall in the biggest moments, scoring three goals and assisting on two others in the county championship game
Noah Molnar, Corona del Mar, midfield: Could have been the best middle in the county, had 58 goals, 22 assists, 103 ground balls and 41 takeaways.
Hunter Steffien, St. Margaret’s, midfield: Trinity League MVP Steffien scored 48 points and had 31 assists for the Tartans.
Nick Taylor, Corona del Mar, defense: Was the key to the Sea King defense with 87 takeaways and 109 ground balls.
Jeremy Baileys, St. Margaret’s, defense: The anchor of the Tartan defense. Baileys recorded 128 ground balls this season.
Michael Fice, Santa Margarita, defense: Voted MVP of the Eagles, Fice also earned first-team all-Trinity League honors as a valuable member of the Eagles defense
Kelly McMinn, JSerra, goalie: McMinn set a team record with 251 saves. He also had a 68 percent save rate and allowed 5.7 goals a game.
Girls All-County team
Sara Weber, Tesoro, attack: She scored 58 points (40 goals, 18 assists) to earn her second consecutive first team all-county selection.
Shelby Grose, Trabuco Hills, attack: Scored 46 goals, five assists and had 31 ground balls for the Mustangs.
Natalie Cummins, Foothill, attack: Cummins (Brown) controlled 60 percent of draws, scored 40 goals, 22 assists and led the Knights with 102 ground ball possessions.
Abbey Messmer, Beckman, attack: Described as the future of the Patriots’ program, Messmer scored 30 goals in her freshman season.
Olivia Wetterau, St. Margaret’s, midfield: Had 41 goals, 29 assists and 27 ground balls for the Tartans in their double championship campaign.
Francie Crowell, Los Alamitos, midifield: Two-year captain for the Griffins led with 63 points (46 goals, 17 assists) on the way to a berth in the county championship game.
Anna Maria Carabini, St. Margaret’s, midfield: Scored eight goals in four playoff games. She finished the season with 43 goals and 43 ground balls.
Natalie Cross, Foothill, midfield: Led the Knights with 60 goals and 79 points and recorded the most ground balls (40) for an attack player.
Lindsey Schmidt-Beck, Los Alamitos, defense: Labeled as an aggressive defender. She picked up 25 ground balls and had 19 draw controls.
Mary-Rachel Walsh, St. Margaret’s, defense: Had 72 ground balls and 25 draw controls. Walsh also scored 10 goals in four playoff games.
Jeni Centner, Foothill, goalie: Last year’s county player of the year didn’t disappoint this year, anchoring Foothill’s defense with six saves a game.
Boys lacrosse coach of the year
Jon Fox, FoothillFox did a remarkable job guiding the Knights to the O.C. and Southern Section titles in 2007. However, his greatest job was getting them to do it again.
That’s what happened this season as the Knights repeated their double championship season, and, for that, Fox is the Register’s coach of the year.
The Knights began the season a target on their back and emerged with two nonleague losses, thanks to Fox’s leadership.
Girls lacrosse coach of the year
Summer Crabtree, St. Margaret’sThe Tartans got a taste of success last season, advancing to the semifinals of the county championship. That was all the motivation they needed.
“We focused on being mentally prepared,” Crabtree said. “We had a lot of team-building activities that challenged them.”
It all worked as the Tartans won the county championship and the first girls Southern Section title. That’s why Crabtree earns the nod as Register’s coach of the year.Contact the writer: email@example.com