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Los Angeles High School Lacrosse: Redondo Girls Lacrosse (8-1) Defeated Rival Mira Costa 16-12 On March 29 To Remain Undefeated In Bay League

Allison Field scored four goals and played her usual strong game, but that was not what made this day so special for her and her teammates.

The senior was all smiles because Redondo defeated arch-rival Mira Costa, 16-12, for the second time this season and all but wrapped up a third consecutive Bay League title Tuesday at Redondo.

“To beat our rivals twice is awesome,” Field said. “To improve our chances at a Bay League title is great, too.

Date Opponent Conference PR Top 10 Score    
03/10 at Palisades Charter (5-4) CA LA City 67.1   W 11 – 1    
03/14 Beverly Hills (0-5) CA Bay 55.0   W 20 – 7    
03/16 at Mira Costa (5-4) CA Bay 68.1   W 11 – 4    
03/18 Peninsula, CA (4-5) CA Bay 64.4   W 15 – 5    
03/19 vs El Dorado # (4-5) CA CSE 69.9   W 14 – 7    
03/19 vs Mission Viejo # (7-3) CA CV S 75.1 8 L 6 – 12    
03/22 Palos Verdes (0-2) CA Bay 63.4   W 14 – 9    
03/23 Culver City (0-3) CA Bay 53.1   W 12 – 1    
03/29 Mira Costa (5-4) CA Bay 68.1   W 16 – 12    
03/30 Downey (0-2) CA Bay 53.8      –      
04/11 at Beverly Hills (0-5) CA Bay 55.0      –      
04/13 at Peninsula, CA (4-5) CA Bay 64.4      –      
04/15 at Culver City (0-3) CA Bay 53.1      –      
04/19 La Canada (7-2) CA Indep 70.8      –      
04/22 at Downey (0-2) CA Bay 53.8      –      
04/27 at Palos Verdes (0-2) CA Bay 63.4      –

“That makes our season.”

The victory raised the Sea Hawks’ record to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the Bay League. With a two-game lead over the Mustangs (6-5, 4-2), they are on track to become the first school to win three Bay League titles in the area’s brief history of girls lacrosse.

“We lost a lot of seniors, but the girls coming on the team have stepped up,” Field said. “We’re still getting better.”

Senior Julia Denney added three goals and three assists. Sophomore Allison Kotzbach and junior Brittany Ross each had three goals.

“We’re a stronger team now than we were earlier in the season,” Kotzbach said. “I know once I had some time playing with everyone I got a lot more comfortable.”

For Mira Costa, Redondo’s reputation as the best girls lacrosse team in the area made the defeat a little easier to swallow. The Mustangs were encouraged by the way they rallied from a 14-7 deficit, cutting it to 14-11 with 9:09 left.

For more:  http://www.dailybreeze.com/sports/ci_17731611

Santa Monica Vikings Lacrosse Club (Los Angeles County) Has Pushed For Varsity-CIF Status At Santa Monica High School For 5 Years But “Severe Drop In School Funding And Lack Of Available Field Space” Has Prevented Move

“The number of non-CIF teams is disappearing and pretty soon there won’t be anyone to play,” said Jeff Townsend, director of the club team.


 “Those eight soccer teams are not all Samohi students. [It includes] AYSO and club soccer … who aren’t all Samohi students.” said Carrico. “Why don’t lacrosse players have the same rights as all the other Samohi sports? We actually have less rights than an 11-year-old AYSO player.”

The Santa Monica Vikings club team is made up of more than 100 middle and high school students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, with 75 students who attend Samohi. However, despite having all of its high school students from Samohi, the movement has failed to gain support from school officials despite five years of lobbying, said Chris Carrico, general manager of the lacrosse program.

“We really think because we’re all Samohi students, why wouldn’t the existing field space be equally shared with us?” Carrico said. “It’s discouraging that the school feels that lacrosse is not a viable sport, not an important sport.”

Daniel Escalera, athletic director of Samohi, said a severe drop in school funding and a lack of field space makes it difficult to add the sport.

“We’d love to consider it. Just, right now, we’re kind of stuck with the fixed amount of field space. Right now, the fields get tore up, and they get beaten up … it could be unsafe,” Escalera said. “You go to Pali and you go to Culver City, and you’re going to see a whole lot [more] of green than you see at Santa Monica High School.”

Samohi has three fields for sports, including football, baseball and softball. Currently, eight soccer teams, track and physical education classes share the fields.

“Those eight soccer teams are not all Samohi students. [It includes] AYSO and club soccer … who aren’t all Samohi students.” said Carrico. “Why don’t lacrosse players have the same rights as all the other Samohi sports? We actually have less rights than an 11-year-old AYSO player.”

To add a new school sport, the team must first seek the approval of the athletic director, who then recommends the idea to the school administration.

“They’ve tried to do all that, there’s just nothing we can do right now,” Escalera said.

In September, the team approached Escalera about adding lacrosse and received a mixed response.

“He was all smiles,” said Carrico of Escalera. However, in subsequent e-mails the director of theater operations and facility permits rejected the team’s proposal.

“We are funded strictly through parental support, and we’re trying to keep pricing very low and affordable,” said Carrico, who said registration fees for the club team were $450 last season. “We offered to rent the field space, and it’s still no. We’re not asking for a handout from the school.”

For more:  http://www.smdp.com/Articles-c-2010-12-08-70887.113116-Local-lacrosse-team-wants-in-at-Samohi.html

Lacrosse In California: The US Lacrosse Greater Los Angeles Chapter “LALAX Youth Development Program” (Video)

LALAX Los Angeles Lacrosse Youth Development Program to introduce the sport of lacrosse at the elementary and middle school level to all Physical Education Programs in the Greater LA area.

2010 California Lacrosse Convention: The US Lacrosse Orange County, Los Angeles County And San Diego County Chapters Sponsor Event On Nov. 13-14 At Cal State Fullerton


US Lacrosse – Orange County, LA & SD Chapters

Don’t miss the 2010 California Lacrosse Convention at Cal State University Fullerton…

“Inspiring greatness through the leaders among us”

  • Saturday, Nov. 13*
  • 8:30am to 5:30pm*
  • 20 great clinics and live field demos!
  • Sunday, Nov. 14*
  • 8:30am to 4pm*
  • FREE Certified Training for Men’s and Women’s Coaches and Officials-Level I

Register Today: http://www.californialacrosseconvention.com

Convention highlights:

  • Matt Striebel-Team USA Champion-featured on The Today Show
  • Steve Stenersen-President, US Lacrosse
  • Tom Abbott-Top Official in the World
  • PCA Training for Coach Certification
  • Lorne Smith
  • Michele Uhlfelder
  • College Recruiting Panel for HS Players
  • Specialized Training for Youth Players
  • Stat Taking Classes for the Men’s & Women’s Game
  • Vendor Village with exciting new equipment & much, much more!

Attention all High School & College Coaches! Send in your list of youth players age 15+ for FREE Admission as a Lacrosse Ambassador!  Read how to participate in this program at http://www.californialacrosseconvention.com or contact playlacrosse@sbcglobal.net

  • Please bring used equipment to the convention for teams in need!
  • Please contact Nancy Sheinbein with questions at playlacrosse@sbcglobal.net Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available!



Los Angeles County High School Boys Lacrosse: Mira Costa Boys Lacrosse And Palos Verdes Dominate All-Bay League Awards

Mira Costa’s Tom Farrell (MVP Offense) and Palos Verdes’ Zach Rogers (MVP Defense) split the major boys awards, reflecting the intense battles their two teams enjoyed this season.

Mira Costa Jr. Middie #18 Tom Farrell led Bay League runner-up Mira Costa to the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section boys final, where it lost a narrow 14-12 decision to Foothill. He earned All-America honors from the the Los Angeles Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. Photo by LaxBuzz.

Farrell led Bay League runner-up Mira Costa to the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section boys final, where it lost a narrow 14-12 decision to Foothill. The Mustangs upended Bay League champion Palos Verdes in the Northern Division final, 12-10, after Palos Verdes had won the regular-season meetings, 8-5, and 7-6 in overtime.

Farrell, a junior midfielder, also earned All-America honors from the the Los Angeles Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. Farrell leads a group of seven Mira Costa all-league selections. Senior midfielder Nick de la Espriella, senior defender Cole Russert, senior attacker Mitch Hymowitz and sophomore attacker Dakota Randall garnered first-team honors. Junior defender Cody Smith and senior goalkeeper Tony Gibbs were second-team picks.

Rogers, a senior defender, led Palos Verdes to the regular-season Bay League title and leads a group of six all-league selections. Senior attacker Brandon Lim, senior midfielder Erik Trelenberg and sophomore midfielder Zach Fixen were first-team picks. Sophomore defender Cole Bender and senior attacker Mike Cocke were second-team selections.

For more:    http://www.dailybreeze.com/sports/ci_15249418

Los Angeles County High School Girls Lacrosse: Redondo Beach And Mira Costa Lead All-Bay County Selections

Redondo’s Meesha Robinson and Mira Costa’s Rachel Nguyen were repeat winners on the girls side as the MVP and Most Outstanding Player, respectively.

Robinson, a senior midfielder, heads a group of nine Redondo girls who earned all-league honors. Redondo captured the Bay League title and went unbeaten until a 24-7 loss to unbeaten Los Alamitos in the Southern final.

Sea Hawks junior midfielder Julia Denney, senior attacker Tully Tampakes, junior defender Alva Elsner and senior attacker Chantel Celotto were first-team selections. Senior defender Sabrina Buendia, sophomore midfielder Micayla Kotzbach, junior midfielder Allison Field and senior midfielder Mariah Linnett were second-team selections for Redondo.

Nguyen, a senior goalkeeper, leads a group of seven all-league selections for league runner-up Mira Costa. Senior midfielder Robin Brown, junior defender Sarah Moraitis and freshman midfielder Carly McGuire earned first-team honors. Senior defender Felicia Unangst, sophomore midfielder Kathryn di Rado and freshman attacker Taylor Pool made second team.

On the girls side, senior midfielders Sara Wong and Robin Lee and senior attacker Liana Kwan were first-team picks, and sophomore defender Tori Lelo and senior defender Emily Lowe were on second team. On the boys side, senior attacker Scott Spielman and senior midfielder Spencer Winter were first-team selections.

Palos Verdes boasted three all-league girls picks: senior attacker Samantha Niman and sophomore attacker Austin Meyer on first team and sophomore midfielder Peggy Wall on second team.

For more:   http://www.dailybreeze.com/sports/ci_15249418

Los Angeles County Boys Lacrosse: Pacific Lacrosse League Has Grown Rapidly In Last Five Years, Holding Its Second All-Star Game In Glendale

“When we first started the league about five or six years ago, we only had four teams, so an all-star game seemed kind of redundant,” said league commissioner Steve Tyson, who now counts 13 team among the league’s membership. “I’m proud of the guys because the L.A. area is kind of the last to develop [lacrosse programs] out of Ventura County, out of Orange County, Northern California and Southern California. We’re starting to hold our own, so it’s a really good thing.”

Having come back from a five-goal deficit in the second quarter to make a close game of the second Pacific Lacrosse League All-Star Game at Moyse Field on Saturday, the North All-Stars, which featured five senior players from Glendale High, weren’t about to give up when they faced a similar challenge going into the fourth quarter.

“The game’s never really over until it’s over, there’s always a chance to come back and at least get the game close,” said Glendale’s Matt Bogatz, whose North squad included players from Simi Valley, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Valencia, Saugus and Granada Hills high schools. “When we were losing, we just played a little harder and kept working on it and got a chance to catch up.”

While it was a hard-fought match until the end, the South All-Stars, which included players from El Segundo, Edison, Torrance, El Camino Real and La Quinta high schools, were just too much for the North, winning, 16-10, after outscoring the North, 9-4, in the second half.

 For more:   http://www.glendalenewspress.com/sports/gnp-splacrosse060710,0,7193922.story

Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse Championships: Foothill Knights Boys Lacrosse Defeated Mira Costa 14-12 To Win Fourth-Straight CIF-Southern Section Lacrosse Championship On May 14 (Videos)

The 2010 CIF Southern Section Championship Game between Orange County Champs, Foothill High School and the  Los Angeles County Champs, Mira Costa High School. Foothill defeated Mira Costa 14-12 on May 14, 2010.

CIF Southern Section Girls Lacross Championship: Los Alamitos Girls Lacrosse (20-0) Faces Redondo (17-2) In Championship Game May 14

Los Alamitos girls lacrosse coach Meredith Meyran doesn’t know too much about her team’s next opponent, North division champion Redondo Union.

But Meyran is well aware of the challenge her team faces as it tries for its second consecutive Southern California title Friday night at Valencia High. The game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Los Alamitos (20-0) earned its second consecutive Orange County title on Tuesday, defeating Foothill, 12-8.

The Griffins hope to continue their solid play against Redondo (17-2) in the Southern California Division I title match.

The Sea Hawks, seeded No. 1 in their division, won the North Division title by defeating Cate of Carpenteria, 15-8.

Redondo also defeated Dunn, 15-5, and Palos Verdes, 22-2.

“We’re feeling confident going into the championship, but by no means are we taking Redondo lightly,” Meyran said. “They are an athletic and skilled team so it should be a great game.

“We’ve only had one common opponent all year, so it’s hard to anticipate how we’re going to match up.

“We’re looking forward to competing and we want to close out the season playing our best.”

Los Alamitos defeated Cate, 17-11, last year to win the Southern California title.


CIF Southern Section Boys Lacrosse Championship: Mira Costa Boys Lacrosse (17-3) Faces Foothill Knights (17-4) In Championship Game May 14

Foothill’s boys lacrosse team accomplished one of its postseason goals by winning its fourth consecutive U.S. Lacrosse Division I South title Tuesday night at Laguna Hills.

The Knights hope to accomplish another Friday night when they meet Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach, the North Division champion in the Southern California championship at Valencia High in Placentia. The game starts at 8 p.m.

Foothill (17-4) is going for its fourth consecutive Southern California championship but will be facing a determined Mira Costa team, which was the No. 2 seed in the North and comes into the match with a 17-3 record.

The Mustangs defeated Palos Verdes, 12-10, in the North Division championship match Tuesday.

“Mira Costa is a solid team, with some terrific players,” Foothill coach Jon Fox said. “They’ve won a lot of games together during this past year in club ball and CIF play, so I know they are going to bring a great game.

“Coach Dave Vinci has been at the helm since the start and has been building a great program up there. We actually played our first CIF sanctioned game of lacrosse in 2006 vs. each other, so this has been a championship match long in the makings.”

Fox has been pleased that his squad has been able to remain focused throughout the playoffs, which included Tuesday’s 14-11 victory over Corona del Mar in the Division I South title match.

“I’m extremely proud of the Foothill players and coaches and their hard work and dedication this season,” Fox said, “overcoming losing two of their captains to injury, battling through some gut-wrenching losses, but keeping their focus on becoming a team, finding our own 2010 identity, and having fun while always keeping our three goals at our forefront.”

Those goals were a league title, an Orange County crown and a Southern California title, Fox said.

The players are excited about going for a Southern California title.

“I want to win it,” Foothill’s Eric Adamson said after the Knights won the Orange County crown.

Adamson scored five goals in Foothill’s win over Corona del Mar on Tuesday.

Foothill defeated Loyola of Los Angeles, 10-7, in last year’s Southern California finals.