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Southern California High School Lacrosse: Torrey Pines Boys Lacrosse Defeats Poway 10-7 To Win 2011 CIF-San Diego Lacrosse Championship On May 21, Their Fourth Title

The fourth-seeded Torrey Pines Falcons beat No. 3 Poway 10-7 in the CIF San Diego Section Division I championship game at Westview High on Saturday, three days after they knocked off No. 1 seed and defending-champion La Costa Canyon in the semifinals.

Torrey Pines' John Wilson (5) runs toward the goal during the CIF San Diego Section Division I championship game against Poway on Saturday. Torrey Pines won 10-7. Photo by Erik Jepsen - For the North County Times

The title is Torrey Pines’ fourth overall and first since 2007. It comes a year after the Falcons (18-5) lost to La Costa Canyon in the title tilt.

“It feels great,” Torrey Pines junior Sean Doyle said. “It’s unreal. I can’t believe we actually won. We had a ton of confidence coming in after the win over LCC, but we had to keep rolling, and we did it.

“Redemption, baby — it feels so nice.”

Falcons coach John Zissi said his team came together at the right time.

“With high school kids, there were certainly some ups and downs,” Zissi said. “I think we finished the last two weeks really strong. This last week was our peak week. That was our best game of the year against LCC on Wednesday and we played well tonight.”

Poway (14-4) was playing in its third final and first since 2006. The Titans’ lone championship came in 2002, when they beat the Falcons in the championship.

“The ultimate goal is to win the last game of the season,” Poway coach Paul Sanit said. “That’s always what we want to do. We didn’t get there, but we have 10 seniors who really worked hard this year to carry the team and got us to the championship game. You have to be proud of them. We accomplished a lot.”

For more:  http://www.nctimes.com/sports/article_80591310-ee10-543b-9d58-612662d61858.html

San Diego High School Lacrosse: 2011 CIF San Diego Boys Lacrosse Championship Features Torrey Pines Boys Lacrosse Vs Poway In Championship Game On May 21

San Diego High School Boys Lacrosse: Poway Boys Lacrosse Is Top Team In The Palomar League Of CIF-San Diego Section


Palomar League

Poway is coming off a 15-2 year in which it advanced to the playoff semifinals before running into eventual champion La Costa Canyon. While the Titans lost some key players from that squad, they return 12 seniors and should be a force to be reckoned with again. Senior goalie Derek Scozzafava will be a big key to Poway’s success, as will senior midfielders Chris Verne, Brady Tengberg and Matt Landon. Senior attacker Connor Sanit should be the Titans’ top scorning threat.

Rancho Bernardo was a section semifinalist last year, and expectations are high again this season. The Broncos have a trio of All-CIF San Diego Section players returning in senior goalie Zack Weaver, senior defenseman Jeremy Hutchens and senior midfielder Justin Adams. Middie Tyler Ekeroth is a fourth-year varsity player.

Westview is hoping to have a better season after a sub-.500 campaign last spring. Senior attack Mo Amitin could be the Wolverines’ most productive scorer. He will be complemented up front by classmate Jarrod Perry and sophomore Chris Summers. Senior C.J. Cantrabone is the team’s top middie, and the defense will be anchored by senior Greg Kurth and junior Andrew Beachele.

Canyon Crest Academy will be among the smallest teams in the league this year, but the Ravens still expect to be in the middle of the pack. Senior attackman Kaivon Sobhani should be the team’s leading scorer, and Cameron Lippitt will also be a threat at attack. Alex Siegel is a force as a long-stick middie, while senior Eric Ackley will lead a solid defense in front of junior goalie Eric Bertell.

Like Canyon Crest, Del Norte will field a varsity team for the first time this spring. The Nighthawks won’t have a senior class until nest year, so they may not be competitive right away. Del Norte will look for contributions from sophomore goalie Ty Tuey, sophomore attack Andrew Dickinson and junior midfielder Chris Laskero.

Mt Carmel struggled last season but has higher expectations this spring. The Sundevils will look to senior attack Ian Hooks to lead their offense. Sophomore Ban Harris and senior Trevor Best anchor the midfield, while James Delany and Tommy Durso lead a strong defensive unit in front of sophomore keeper Brendan Cutting.

San Diego High School Boys Lacrosse Highlights: Poway Boys Lacrosse (15-3) Defeated Cathedral 11-3 On May 21, 2010 (Video)

 Highlights from Poway’s 11-3 win over Cathedral on May 21, 2010. Catch Cathedral Boys Lacrosse games live and on-demand at KBCsports.com.

Date Opponent Result
3/12 at Scripps Ranch   W, 12-6
4/01 CORONADO   L,  5-3
4/16 at San Marcos   W, 6-4
4/20 at Westview   W, 10-6
4/23 FALLBROOK   W, 16-2
4/27 TORREY PINES   W, 8-7 (OT)
4/30 CARLSBAD   W, 15-1
5/04 LA COSTA CANYON   L,  12-4
5/07 at Mount Carmel   W, 16-1
5/14 at Rancho Bernardo   W, 7-2
5/27 at La Costa Canyon   L,  12-1
Coach: Paul Sanit

San Diego High School Boys Lacrosse: La Costa Canyon Boys Lacrosse (22-0) Defeated Poway 12-1 In CIF-San Diego Semifinal And Will Meet Torrey Pines In Championship Game

It took all of six seconds of its CIF San Diego Section semifinal game on Thursday night for the La Costa Canyon High boys lacrosse team to show that it wasn’t resting on its laurels.

That is how long it took top-seeded La Costa Canyon to win the opening faceoff against Poway, move the ball quickly up field and onto the stick of Ian Hare, who wasted no time in whipping a shot into the net. The Mavericks (22-0) scored two more times in the first four minutes and were never threatened as they raced to a 12-1 victory over Poway to earn a spot in their eighth consecutive CIF final.

“That’s a testament to our program,” said La Costa Canyon coach Dallas Hartley, who has led the team to titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008, “and to our middle school feeder program, the Mustangs. I’ll give a shout-out to them. And it’s (because of) kids playing year-round.”

La Costa Canyon will meet Torrey Pines, an 11-8 winner over Coronado, in the CIF championship match at 7 p.m. Saturday at Del Norte High.

For more:  http://www.nctimes.com/sports/high-school/nct/article_a96cec71-6639-5f25-a0ca-09d144f6fad8.html

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Midfielders And Sisters Brandi And Brittany Jones (Poway, CA) Have Combined For 23 Goals And 19 Assists For 2010 Terps

It wasn’t Brandi Jones’ idea for her big sister Brittany to join her on Maryland’s women’s lacrosse team.

Maryland Women's Lacrosse senior midfielder Brittany Jones (Poway High School, Poway,CA)

When Brandi signed with the Terrapins three years ago, she expected to be setting off on her own to college 3,000 miles from a close-knit family in suburban San Diego.

Then Terps coach Cathy Reese saw the club national finals on TV and spotted Brittany. Watching the Cal Poly sophomore with the quickest first step she had ever seen score eight goals in a title game, Reese decided to double up on her Jones recruits.

“I called Brandi up and I said, ‘Hey, does your sister want to come to Maryland?’ ”

“I was like, ‘Ha ha,’ ” Brandi said. “Then I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ ”

Brandi loved the idea and started working on her sister, who resisted at first.

“But I slowly broke her down,” Brandi, 20, said with a laugh.

Said Brittany, 23: “It was crazy. She probably asked me two times, and I said, ‘No. Not happening,’ just because I loved Cal Poly. Lacrosse was fun there. It was competitive, but it wasn’t Division I, so we just sat down and talked about it [with their parents] and finally I said, ‘OK, this is really going to happen,’ and it did.”

So Brittany and Brandi set out together and are now integral parts of an undefeated Terps team that is ranked No. 2 in the country heading into tonight’s home game against No. 7 Towson and has high hopes for a second straight appearance in the national semifinals.

They’ve combined for 23 goals, 19 assists and loads of work in the midfield. More than anything, it’s just really hard to keep up with these Joneses. In a sport that moves blazingly fast, they are faster.

That gave them an edge in a game they didn’t play until they got to Poway High School. They grew up with soccer and basketball, but when their older sister Janelle tried lacrosse, she persuaded them to try it, too.

“The game is so fast, and a lot of it is similar to soccer. I knew we were all very similar and really competitive and they’re both extremely fast. I knew they would be good at it,” said Janelle, who played on four championship teams at Cal Poly, two with Brittany.

Added Reese: “Both of these girls are such good athletes that they’re good in everything they do. We’ll sometimes play basketball in practice, and they’re two of the best basketball players on our team. I think coming here they’ve learned more about lacrosse in terms of X’s and O’s and they picked up the stick skills and the game, but their overall fitness and athleticism has been able to give them a leg up.”

When Poway coach Kate Robinson told Brandi she was good enough to play college lacrosse at the highest level, the 2007 San Diego Union-Tribune Player of the Year and Under Armour All-American was a bit skeptical. Sure the California girls were athletic, but she knew their skills didn’t have the polish of the East Coast girls.

Robinson knew all about East Coast lacrosse. She grew up in it and played at Maryland. She knew what the top coaches were looking for, and Brandi had it. So did Brittany.

“They reminded me a lot of the players that Maryland recruits and that Northwestern does,” she said. “They look for a good athlete who has a lot of speed, and they’re like, ‘We can teach you the rest.’ [At Poway] we did a lot of stick work. That’s all they needed. They were so fast, I was jealous.”

Once in College Park, the sisters adjusted so quickly that they played a lot their first year and started last season.

“I think our speed eased us into the transition,” Brandi said.

Added Brittany: “I like fast, and everyone’s fast. In high school, a handful of us were really fast and we could get by without having to have good stick skills. That’s kind of how it was for me at Cal Poly as well. Not that we didn’t have any, but not quite what they have here. Once we got used to that, we improved our stick skills as we went.”

Attacker Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi’s roommate, said it was hard to believe they had played only a few months each year.

“You’d think since they were out west and Maryland is such a hotbed of lacrosse that they’d be a step behind,” Johnson said, “but their transition’s great, they’re both very athletic and they’re very dynamic.”

Despite their many similarities, each plays the game a little differently.

“We are different in how we move,” Brandi said. “We’re both quick, but Brittany’s really quick in 360, so she can go forward, step back then to the side really quick changing directions. I’m more go hard, quick move, bye.”

While Brandi loves to say bye to those defenders, she won’t be so happy to say bye to her sister. Brittany is finishing her final year of eligibility, while Brandi has one more year with the Terps. After graduation, Brittany will return to San Diego, where she is lining up a job.

For three years, however, they enjoyed each other’s company and leaned on each other while so far from home.

“Having an older sister who’s really cautious and planned when I’m kind of the opposite, we balance each other out perfectly,” Brandi said. “When we first got here, she was like, ‘Did you look up your classes?’ and I was like, “Oh, yeah’ – that kind of stuff, like the morning of [the first class], I would have been writing a map on my hand, but she had a printed map with a highlighted track to where she’s going. Our family’s really close, so having a family member that I got to bring with me made it so much better.”


San Diego High School Boys Lacrosse: Poway Boys Lacrosse (4-0) Senior Attacker Jack McGarry Has Learned Lacrosse From His Father Who Played East Coast Lacrosse In New York


No matter what’s on the dinner menu, there’s sure to be a heaping helping of lacrosse talk when Poway High senior Jack McGarry joins his father, Tim, at the table.

The discussion might focus on Jack’s play with the Titans’ varsity team since he learned the game as a youngster from his dad, a former club coach who now directs the Poway junior varsity.

Or talk could touch on officiating; Tim has been followed as a referee by his son, who is getting his start in a striped shirt in the youth ranks.

Date Opponent Result
3/12 at Scripps Ranch   W, 12-6
4/01 CORONADO    
4/16 at San Marcos    
4/20 at Westview    
4/23 FALLBROOK    
4/30 CARLSBAD    
5/07 at Mount Carmel    
5/14 at Rancho Bernardo    
Coach: Paul Sanit

“We are always taking X’s and O’s at dinner and around the house,” said Jack, an attackman. “It probably drives my mom crazy. I might have questions about offenses, and since my dad was a defender, he’ll give me the defensive perspective. He taught me the game.”

Jack, who remembers having little lacrosse sticks as a toddler, played for his father from his start in organized lacrosse in fifth grade until entering high school.

“I like to have Jack espouse his ideas and strategies,” said Tim, whose officiating duties include Division II colleges, the highest level on the West Coast. “He’ll bounce it off me, and we go back and forth.”

Jack analyzes the game from the standpoint of an honor student who ranks among the top of his class. While he plans to play lacrosse in college on some level, Jack is deciding on a school based on his goal to study biomedical engineering.

Tim may be best known as a coach and referee but still identifies himself as a player first. From his start in the lacrosse hotbed of Long Island, N.Y., he remains active playing on masters teams.

After Tim moved midway through high school with his family to San Francisco, he didn’t have the prep opportunities that exist today, so he practiced with the University of California Berkeley club team. He subsequently went to UC Davis to compete in wrestling and discovered he could also play lacrosse on the club level.

Lacrosse dominates father-and-son conversations, yet gymnastics has also been a family topic. Tim’s wife, Laura, has been an assistant coach at Poway High, and his daughter, Katie, placed third in the San Diego Section finals in the all-around competition two years ago before heading to UC Santa Barbara.

Jack previously tried baseball and also played soccer for years before focusing on lacrosse after making the varsity his sophomore year.

“I like the speed of the game,” Jack said. “I don’t like to get bored or sit around waiting. They call lacrosse the fastest game on two feet. You’re always involved in what’s happening.”

Jack, who ranked among Poway’s point leaders last season, works upfront with longtime teammate junior Conor Sanit, the son of coach Paul Sanit, and junior Henry Donahue.

“Jack does it all very quietly,” his father said. “Now his dad was a New Yorker who was very vocal. I was in people’s faces playing defense, although later in college I learned how to shut up and work hard with my feet and stick.”

At the dinner table, their tastes remain the same.