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High School Girls Lacrosse: Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Top Ten Features #1 La Costa Canyon (CA) Followed By Air Academy (CO), Coronado (CA), Carondolet (CA) And Cherry Creek (CO)


1. La Costa Canyon (Calif.)

The Mavericks are looking for their sixth San Diego Section Division I championship after topping Poway last year. They enter the season on a 20-game winning streak, led by All-American attacker Kiki Gibson (Oregon).

2. Air Academy (Colo.)

Aiming for their third state title in five years, the Kadets have pushed past Cherry Creek and Kent Denver in the Colorado hierarchy. Air Academy avenged its regular season loss to Cherry Creek in the championship game.

3. Coronado (Calif.)

The Islanders have won two straight San Diego Section Division II championships, beating Canyon Crest 15-3 in last year’s title game. Kate Pederson (USC), a US Lacrosse All-American midfielder, will lead a talented returning squad.

4. Carondelet (Calif.)

The Cougars won the Northern California Section Division I championship with a 21-12 victory over Amador Valley. All-Americans Kerianne Hunt (Brown) and Erin Jeffery (Hofstra) will lead an explosive attack.

5. Cherry Creek (Colo.)

The Bruins fell short of winning a third straight state title after falling to Air Academy. Cherry Creek has appeared in every championship game since Colorado started sanctioning girls’ lacrosse in 1998.

6. Kent Denver (Colo.)

The Sun Devils will look to build on last season’s run so the state semifinals, where they suffered a heartbreaking 13-12 loss to eventual champion Air Academy. All-American attacker Catherine Ellis will keep Kent Denver in the hunt once again.

7. Los Alamitos (Calif.)

The Griffins have won four straight Southern Section titles after knocking off Palos Verdes in the 2012 final. Two All-Americans — attacker Julie Crowell (Cal) and midfielder Haley Fessenden (Navy) — will lead the charge for a fifth.

8. Centaurus (Colo.)

The Warriors fell in the state semifinals for the second consecutive year when Cherry Creek bounced them. Junior Sarah Brown (Colorado) leads a talented attack.

9. Menlo School (Calif.)

The Knights ended the season on a 13-game winning streak en route to their fourth consecutive West Bay Athletic League title with a 21-6 victory over Burlingame. Alexandra Kim, a US Lacrosse All-American, anchors the midfield.

10. Marin Catholic (Calif.)

The Wildcats won the NorCal Section Division II title after falling short in the final in 2011. Junior KC Hill (UC Davis) has emerged as one of the region’s top offensive players.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/girls/2012-13/news/022813_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_preseason_top_10

US Lacrosse “Gold Stick Standards Of Excellence” Endorsed To Bring National Standards To Boys And Girls Youth Lacrosse

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San Diego High School Lacrosse: Coronado Girls Lacrosse (8-1) Defeated Torrey Pines 12-10 On March 29 And Looks Like Favorite For CIF-San Diego Section Championship

As their contribution to the successful Girls/Boys Lacrosse doubleheader last Friday night, the Islander Girls Lax Team dominated Poway. The Islanders scored the first seven goals of the game, led 7-1 at the half before cruising to a 13-4 final score. Westsidelax.com promptly installed Coronado as the No. 3 team in the state. “It’s still super early in the season, so I don’t pay too much attention to the rankings,” said Islander Head Coach Jessica Battle.

Kaitlyn Couture, who will take her lacrosse talents to Los Angeles next year and compete for USC, led Coronado with five goals, followed closely by Michaela Guerrera with three goals and two assists. Caroline Carlson scored two goals and added an assist, with Mollie Privett providing the same offensive output and Nikki Kruger scored one goal. Meganne Weissenfels had seven saves in the game to earn the victory.

“It was really a team effort,” said Battle of the victory. “Couture and Guerrera did really well. A freshman who has stepped up is Sarah Andersen, who is a great defender. Cory De Marco and Brianne Clifford played well defensively. Molly Privett had a good game and really everybody played well. Lauren Maack, who is an attack, played a great defensive game and came up with a bunch of interceptions. Everyone played a part in that.”

Tuesday the Islanders hit the road to play at Torrey Pines. “We’re just kind of gearing up,” said Battle of the current season. “We have a big game with Torrey Pines. That’s our CIF Final until further notice. We have to do everything we can to win. We’re excited and I think we are ready. If we play the way we have been playing, we’ll be fine. Scripps Ranch and Torrey Pines will be our toughest competition.”

Date Opponent Conference PR Top 10 Score    
03/08 Monte Vista, Spring V. (1-5) CA Grosmnt 51.9   W 15 – 0    
03/10 Westview, CA (3-3) CA Palomar 70.1   W 14 – 4    
03/11 Carondelet (6-2) CA DI 84.4   W 10 – 9    
03/15 Rancho Bernardo (6-1) CA Palomar 75.6 5 W 14 – 8    
03/19 vs Los Alamitos # (8-2) CA CSE 83.9   W 13 – 11    
03/19 vs Beckman # (7-1) CA Pacific 79.4   L 9 – 15    
03/19 vs Foothill, Santa Ana # (7-2) CA CSE 83.9   W 15 – 9    
03/25 Poway (5-2) CA Palomar 73.3 6 W 13 – 4    
03/29 at Torrey Pines (4-2) CA Avocado 79.9 3 W 12 – 10    
04/05 Benenden, UK (0-0)   0.0      –      
04/12 Point Loma (0-6) CA City 48.1      –      
04/14 at Bishop’s School (2-1) CA Coastal 68.0      –      
04/15 Patrick Henry, CA (4-3) CA City 61.6      –      
04/19 St. Ignatius Prep, CA (5-1) CA Indep 81.3      –      
04/26 at Scripps Ranch (4-0) CA City 84.3 1    –      
04/28 Holy Cross, MD (2-3) DC WCAC 78.9      –      
04/29 at La Jolla HS (4-1) CA City 71.5 7    –      
05/03 Cathedral Catholic (5-3) CA City 71.0 8    –      
05/06 at La Costa Canyon (6-1) CA Avocado 79.2 4    –      
05/07 Santa Fe Christian (3-2) CA Coastal 66.8      –      
05/10 at Serra (4-3) CA City 64.0      

For more:  http://www.coronadonewsca.com/news/article_4043282c-5bdb-11e0-85a9-001cc4c002e0.html

Orange County High School Lacrosse: Beckman Girls Lacrosse Captures 1st Annual OC Invitational Lacrosse Tournament

Beckman HS won the 1st Annual OC Invitational by beating some very formidable opponent’s. In the 1st round they squeaked by #12 team in the state, La Costa Canyon from the San Diego area by a score of 14 to 13.

The second game brought on the #1 team in the State from Northern California ; Danville – Monte Vista and again Beckman prevailed by one goal. The path did not get any easier for the Beckman Patriots as they faced off against #7 Coronado in the finals and yet again won by a score of 15 to 9. Congratulations to the champions Beckman HS, 2nd Place winners – Coronado.

Los Alamitos – #2 in the State defeated Danville’s – Monte Vista for 3rd place in a much anticipated match up, the final score was Los Al 19 – MV – 11.

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Rank  Team  W  L  T  GP  PCT 
 1   Beckman HS – Patriots 100 
 2   Coronado HS – Islanders 67 
 2   La Costa Canyon HS – Mavericks 67 
 2   Los Alamitos HS – Griffins 67 
 3   CDM 33 
 3   Foothill HS – Knights 33 
 3   Monte Vista HS – Mustangs 33 
 4   El Toro HS – Chargers

Injuries In Lacrosse: ACL Tears In Female Athletes Are Four To Ten Times More Likely Due To “Anatomical Stress” On Knees, Lack Of Proper Muscle Development And Fatigue


"These findings suggest that training the central control process—the brain and reflexive responses—may be necessary to counter the fatigue induced ACL injury risk," said McLean, who also has an appointment with the U-M Bone & Joint Injury Prevention Center.

Approximately 200,000 ACL injuries are suffered each year, with about half requiring reconstructive surgery and subsequent rehabilitation, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.



Numerous studies and reports reveal females to be four to 10 times more likely than males to tear their ACLs.

Men typically rupture the ligament because of some external force in football or skiing, while women tend to suffer injuries in lesser-contact activities, primarily basketball, soccer and volleyball.

  • Reasons range widely for female athletes’ propensity to ACL tears. Recurring analysis since the 1980s has arrived at one basic conclusion: blame anatomy.
  • The female shape resembles that of an hourglass. With a wider pelvis and hips than male counterparts, a female athlete’s core structure lends itself to increased pressure on the lower body.
  • “The relationship of the angle from the hips back into the knee is much bigger (in women).
  • We call that the Q-angle,” said physical therapist Kevin Swanson, who in 25 years has overseen more than 1,500 rehabs from ACL reconstructive surgery. “It leads to a (greater) chance for valgus rotational injury.”
  • Valgus indicates a knock-kneed stance, which is far more common in women, while men are naturally bow-legged.
  • “As (women) run, and they get tired, their knees begin to fall in together as they land,” Lindaman said. “That increased stress as they’re landing, the knees are more at an inclined angle.”
  • The ACL crosses the posterior cruciate ligament through the tunnel-shaped intercondylar notch, which is narrower inside a female, and therefore more susceptible to “guillotine” the ACL, according to Swanson. Even menstrual cycles can wreak havoc, making ligaments more pliable and thus easier to tear.
  • Moreover, girls get taller at an earlier age than boys, adding to the wear and tear of physical sports on young bodies.
  • “Most females are skeletally mature,” he said, “whereas guys are still growing (in high school.)”
  • Beyond the subtle differences between male and female bodies, increased opportunities in women’s athletics play a role.
  • “These girls are competing at a very high level at a very young age,” Lindaman said. “Their muscles don’t have a chance to develop. As a result of that, we’re subjecting them to more risk.”
  • The majority of tears happen in competitive environments rather than practice, with Swanson adding more players are at greater risks in the second half of a basketball game – when fatigue sets in.

For more:  http://qctimes.com/sports/high-school/basketball/girls/article_8ab13ca6-301f-11e0-9855-001cc4c002e0.html

La Costa Canyon Mavericks Girls Varsity Ranked #24 Nationally By Lacrosse Magazine

24. La Costa Canyon (Calif.)

The Mavericks (23-0) finished as CIF-San Diego Section champions for the second straight season and third time in four years. LCC has now won 36 straight games and sports a 63-3 record over the last three seasons. Senior attacker Tara Arolla (UC Berkeley) capped her four-year career with 296 goals and 97 assists.

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by Paul Ohanian, Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

1. St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (Va.)

Talk about consistent excellence in girls’ lacrosse, and you need look no further than SSSA. Coach Kathy Jenkins’ program has never finished worse than ninth in Lacrosse Magazine’s ranking, and it has been either second or third in each of the past five seasons.

Until now.

After capturing their 14th consecutive Independent School League championship this spring and adding their third straight Virginia state title for good measure (they’ve only participated in the tournament since 2006), we’ve finally given the Saints (26-0) the top nod.

It would be a gross understatement to say that the Saints dominated opponents in 2008. A one-goal win against McDonogh and a two-goal win over Notre Dame Prep were the only games that held any real fourth quarter drama. In fact, 21 of the team’s 26 games were decided by 10 goals or better.

“Winning the McDonogh tournament early in the season gave this team a lot of confidence,” said Jenkins, who completed her 32nd season with the Saints. “It was a very unselfish team that played relaxed all season long.”

Not even a bus breakdown on their biggest road trip of the year — a visit to New Jersey’s Moorestown — could rattle these Saints. Arriving at the game site in rented vehicles, SSSA promptly posted a workmanlike 12-7 win over one of the premier teams in the country.

“We were a very fast team that did a good job of working the ball quickly,” said Jenkins. “Every team is different, and this group really enjoyed playing the game. They worked hard, had fun and enjoyed being with each other.”

Junior Kelly Austin (84 goals) and Dartmouth-bound senior Haldey Lankford (80 assists) were a lethal combination all season long. Seniors Cassie Pyle (Princeton), Annie Taylor (Virginia) and Kate Collins (Boston College) were among the midfield and defensive leaders. At least nine seniors are expected to join Division I college programs next year.


2. John Carroll (Md.)

It’s hard not to make a case for the Patriots (18-0) as a deserving No. 1. Despite a couple of close calls in the postseason, John Carroll completed its undefeated run through one of the nation’s most difficult schedules by winning a second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) championship. JC concluded the season with its second win over McDonogh, a convincing 11-6 victory in the IAAM title game. A trio of standouts — Casey Ancarrow (James Madison), Grace Gaeng (Maryland) and The Baltimore Sun’s Player of the Year Allyson Carey (Vanderbilt) — spearheaded a potent offense that averaged 14.5 goals per game.


3. West Genesee (N.Y.)

It’s déjà vu again in Camillus, N.Y. The West Genesee juggernaut completed its second consecutive 24-0 campaign, and it won its second straight New York Class A championship and fifth in the last eight years. Seniors Lauren Welch (Canisius) and Ariel Kramer (Marist) led the offensive explosion with a combined 143 goals, while Kiersten Tupper (Le Moyne) established a new team record with 93 assists. In addition to all the lopsided wins, WG also proved it could win the close ones, surviving one-goal games against Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) early in the season, local rival Fayetteville-Manlius in midseason, and Farmingdale in the state final.


4. Severna Park (Md.)

The Falcons (20-0) breezed virtually unchallenged to their second consecutive and seventh overall state championship. Midfielder Julie Gardner (Virginia), The Washington Post’s Player of the Year, led the onslaught once again with 53 goals, including six in Severna Park’s lopsided win in the state final. Hayley Rausch (New Hampshire) added 42 goals and scored the overtime winner in the team’s only nailbiter of the season against Broadneck. A dominating defense held 13 opponents to five goals or less as the Falcons extended their winning streak to 40 games.


5. Moorestown (N.J.)

The numbers associated with the Quakers’ program are simply overwhelming. Moorestown (24-1) captured its ninth straight state championship and 16th overall in 2008 and extended its winning streak against New Jersey opponents to 189 straight games. Coach Deanna Knobloch’s program has amassed a 206-8 record in this decade. This season’s only stumble came against top-ranked SSSA, after which the Quakers rebounded with 17 consecutive wins. Eight seniors are heading to Division I programs.


6. Garden City (N.Y.)

Coach Diane Chapman’s program has established itself as the best on Long Island with a record of 61-2 over the last three years. The Trojans (21-1) claimed their fourth straight LI championship and third straight New York Class B title this season, defeating Brighton, 12-10 in overtime, in the final. Senior Erin Brennan (Pennsylvania) concluded her record-setting career with 84 goals and 57 assists in 2008.


7. Radnor (Pa.)

The Red Raiders (23-0) proved their championship mettle in the Pennsylvania Class AAA final by overcoming their largest deficit of the season — an early 5-0 hole — to post a 15-11 victory. Prior to the final, Radnor had trailed in the second half of just one game all season. Longtime coach Phyllis Kilgour considered this her best team ever, led by a balanced offense featuring seven players with at least 40 goals. The Raiders registered their first undefeated season in 22 years.


8. Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)

The Wildcats (20-1) finished one overtime loss away from a perfect season. Even with the midseason loss to Garden City, SWR proved to be one of the nation’s best as it captured its third straight Long Island title and second straight New York Class C championship. The Wildcats made short work of Skaneateles in the state final, scoring the game’s first nine goals en route to a 21-5 victory.


9. Westwood (Mass.)

The Wolverines (24-0-1) won the state’s Division 1 championship for the third time in six years by defeating two-time defending champ Framingham in the semifinal and Longmeadow in the final. Three 100-point scorers — seniors Alex Frank (Northwestern) and Erin Massimi (Dartmouth) and sophomore Kelly Rich — fueled an offense that tallied at least 15 goals in all but three games and eclipsed the 20-goal mark six times.


10. Shawnee (N.J.)

A strong run at an undefeated season ended where it usually does, in the postseason against Moorestown. But despite losing 17-3 to the Quakers in the Group 3 state semifinals, Shawnee (20-1) enjoyed a strong season that had it ranked ahead of its arch-rival in the state’s LaxPower ratings late into the year. Princeton-bound midfielder Barb Previ had 67 goals and 44 assists to pace the offense.


11. Brighton (N.Y.)

The Barons (19-2) had a two-goal lead with seven minutes remaining in the state final against Garden City, but they eventually lost in overtime to finish as the Class B runner-up for the third time in four years. Brighton’s only other loss came against state champion West Genesee in midseason. Midfielder Rachel Ballatori (Northwestern) capped her standout career with 182 goals, including 65 goals this season.


12. McDonogh (Md.)

All three of the Eagles’ losses came against the top two teams in this year’s ranking. McDonogh (18-3) finished as the championship runner-up in the IAAM, losing 11-6 to John Carroll in the final. The Eagles also lost to JC by five goals in the regular season. The third loss was by one goal against SSSA in early April. In between, McDonogh defeated Uniondale (Pa.), Farmingdale (N.Y.) and Good Counsel (Md.), among others.


13. Farmingdale (N.Y.)

Coach Tracy Wiener’s team finished as New York’s Class A runner-up, falling to West Genesee by one goal in the state final. Following a two-goal loss at McDonogh in midseason, Farmingdale (17-3) won 11 of 12 against a difficult schedule to earn a spot in the state final. Midfielders Alyssa Kildare and Candace Rossi, both going to Johns Hopkins, were catalysts for the Dalers.


14. Springfield (Del. Co.) (Pa.)

All three of the Cougars’ losses were by one goal. The first came against Shawnee in the second game of the year. After a nine-game winning streak, they lost in overtime to Unionville. Four days later, they dropped another one-goal decision against Radnor. The Cougars (19-3) then won eight straight to capture the state’s AA championship for the third straight season and fifth time in six years.


15. Chatham (N.J.)

The Cougars (23-3) finished as New Jersey’s Tournament of Champions runner-up to Moorestown. Led by the high-scoring duo of Danielle Van Fossan (Georgetown) and Lauren Murray (Lehigh), Chatham won 18 straight following back-to-back early-season losses to Mendham and Shawnee and captured the state’s Group I title. Chatham also avenged one of those losses by twice defeating Mendham down the stretch.


16. Georgetown Visitation (Md.)

Other than two losses against league-rival SSSA, GV (18-3) was virtually spotless in 2008. The Tigers won 16 of their first 17 games before losing their first encounter against the mighty Saints. GV then worked its way through the ISL playoffs to earn a championship re-match against SSSA, but fell short again. Senior Mary Lacey Gilbride (North Carolina) helped lead the Tigers to their most successful season ever with 60 goals and 22 assists.


17. West Chester Rustin (Pa.)

The Golden Knights (17-3) sure didn’t look like the second-year varsity program. Upsets over Strath Haven and Great Valley early in the season helped provide enough momentum to carry West Chester all the way to the PIAA Class AAA final, where it nearly upset Radnor as well. The only other losses came to West Genesee and in a second meeting with Great Valley.


18. Broadneck (Md.)

If not for Severna Park, Broadneck (13-4) might have been the class of the public schools in Maryland. Unfortunately, the Bruins faced the state champion three times this spring and lost all three, including an 11-10 overtime heartbreaker in the regional final. Midfielder Karri Ellen Johnson (Maryland) was a presence at both ends of the field, finishing with 57 goals and 65 draw controls.


19. Framingham (Mass.)

An early-season loss to Wellesley snapped Framingham’s 52-game winning streak, but the Flyers (22-2-1) rolled unbeaten through the rest of the schedule, including a midseason tie with state champion Westwood. The new streak didn’t end until a two-goal loss to Westwood in the state semifinal. Framingham limited 11 of 24 opponents to five goals or less.


20. Northport (N.Y.)

The Tigers (18-3) won 14 of their first 15 games, including impressive victories against West Islip and Rocky Point, and they finished as Suffolk County’s Class A champs. Senior midfielder Lacey Vigmostad finished with 95 points to lead Northport’s high-powered offense, which also included 50-goal scorer Nina Sarcona (Massachusetts).


21. Shore Regional (N.J.)

The Blue Devils (20-2) suffered just one loss in the regular season, a one-goal overtime loss to powerhouse Moorestown. Shore Regional advanced to the state’s Group I final before suffering its only other loss, a three-goal setback against Chatham. Senior midfielder Kelly Draper (Lehigh) amassed 83 goals and 53 assists to lead the way.


22. Vero Beach (Fla.)

This year’s state title may have been the first “official” one for the Indians (20-2), but coupled with the unsanctioned championships of the previous two seasons, coach Shannon Dean’s squad has moved to the head of the class in the South. In addition to winning all of its in-state games, Vero won seven of nine out-of-staters, losing only to Good Counsel (Md.) and No. 1 SSSA.


23. New Trier (Ill.)

The Trevians (24-3) started slowly, losing two of their first three against East Coast visitors, including a lopsided loss against SSSA. They rebounded well to stake a claim as the top team in the Midwest this spring. Led by do-everything midfielder Lizzie Abramson (Northwestern), New Trier closed the year with 21 straight wins and the state championship. The run included a victory over Ohio’s Upper Arlington as well as two victories against state runner-up Loyola Academy.


24. La Costa Canyon (Calif.)

The Mavericks (23-0) finished as CIF-San Diego Section champions for the second straight season and third time in four years. LCC has now won 36 straight games and sports a 63-3 record over the last three seasons. Senior attacker Tara Arolla (UC Berkeley) capped her four-year career with 296 goals and 97 assists.


25. Great Valley (Pa.)

Three of the Patriots (19-4) four losses came against the state’s three other Top 25 teams — West Chester Rustin, Radnor and Springfield. Coach Joe Tornetta’s team was led by a trio of Divison I-bound players — Emily Ellisen (George Mason), Kim Wenger (Duke) and Keelin Hood (Temple) — that combined for over 200 goals and almost 100 assists in 2008.

San Jose Extreme Girls Lacrosse Wins Third Straight Northern California Club Lacrosse Title

By Greg Lydon
Cupertino Courier


One year removed from a tight 7-6 victory over the Burlingame Coyotes, the San Jose Extreme girls lacrosse team had the Coyotes number once again, defeating them 13-5 to capture their third straight Northern California club championship.The convincing win in the title game put a bow on another perfect campaign for the Extreme, led by senior captain Stephanie LaRocca, who scored three goals in the game.

LaRocca, a recent graduate of Notre Dame-San Jose, suffered a torn ACL in October in ND-San Jose’s season-opening volleyball match. Determined to make it back to help her team, LaRocca filled up the stat sheet with a remarkable hat trick in a 13-5 win for the Extreme.

“Frankly, I don’t remember any of the goals I scored,” LaRocca said. “The weekend wasn’t about scoring goals; it was the last time playing with a lot of my teammates. Burlingame is a friendly rival. We wanted to wrap the year with a win and we did it.”

LaRocca is playing with several Extreme teammates on the Bay Area Wave.

The Wave is a girls lacrosse club which plays at Stanford University. LaRocca is planning to attend Bentley College in Massachusetts in the fall, continuing her lacrosse career at the D-III level.

“I’m excited to start college, but nervous at the same time,” LaRocca said. “I’m enjoying my summer playing for the Wave, then looking forward to playing with my new college teammates. The leadership may be different on next year’s Extreme team, but the skill will never go away. They’re always going to be a very good team.”

Jackie Ryan (Branham High School), Katie Hubbert (Valley Christian), Christiana Horimoto (Leland) and Kristen Wandryk (Mountain View) also scored goals in the win over Burlingame.

Adding assists were Abby Yee (Presentation), Sarah Bieszczad (Aptos), Natalie Bonnepart (Gunderson) and Wandryk. Goalie Jessica Lappe (Los Altos) recorded six saves and Kathryn Frazer, an Almaden resident and a junior at St. Francis, had two.

The 11-team Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association high school club league consists of teams from Monterey to Stockton.

The Extreme players attend a dozen high schools that do not offer varsity lacrosse.

“Any girl that wants to play lacrosse can join,” said John Fensterwald, president of the San Jose Extreme. “We have five teams with ranging age levels, including two high school teams–one with our more experienced players and the other team with newer players.”

The Extreme won the league tournament at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. Vanessa Royle, a junior at Presentation, scored four goals in the victory against Burlingame. LaRocca had three scores, while Molly Fensterwald had two goals and three assists in the victory.

“We really came together as a team this season,” Molly Fensterwald said. “We all worked well together. A lot of us have been playing together for over five years. This season was a lot of fun. It was great to beat Burlingame and win league again.”

While the Extreme will miss savvy senior caption and team leader LaRocca, Fensterwald leads a stacked junior class returning next season under the command of coach Jessica Paige.

“Jessica has been with us for six years and has done a great job with this group of girls,” John Fensterwald said. “She started coaching several of these girls when they were in the sixth grade.”

John Fensterwald, a Baltimore native, grew up watching perennial men’s lacrosse power Johns Hopkins University.

“I got to watch one of the top programs in the country,” Fensterwald said. “I decided to start this club as a another way for girls to have fun. Soccer has gotten so competitive; starting this club gave girls in the area another opportunity to play a great sport.”

For the third straight season, a member of the Extreme was selected to the all-California high lacrosse team.

Royle was a member last season. Molly Fensterwald, daughter of John, was selected to the elite squad of California’s best this season.

“Molly making the team is really a tribute to her hard work and the hard work of her teammates and coaches,” John Fensterwald said. “Her main strength as a player is her speed.”

Forty girls statewide were selected: 20 from Northern California and 20 from Southern California. The team was then split into a first team and second team before heading out to the Memorial Day weekend festival.

Molly Fensterwald made the first team.

“The experience on the team was really nerve-wracking,” Molly Fensterwald said. “First competing against the best girls in the entire state to make the team, then going against really tough teams from New York, Massachusetts and Maryland in the Memorial Day tournament. We played the fifth best team from New York and they were extremely good.”

Five members of the championship Extreme team were selected to the league all-star teams: LaRocca, Ryan, Fensterwald, Royle and Bonnepart. Two members of a second Extreme high school team, which also competed in the league, also made the all-star team: Bridget Floyd (Santa Teresa) and Nicole Shay (Presentation).

This year also marks the first time several Extreme members will venture off to college to continue their lacrosse careers.

LaRocca is heading East, and star goalie Lappe will play at Division III Regis College in Denver, Colo.

For more information on the San Jose Extreme, visit info@sjextreme.org.