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Southern California High School Lacrosse Profile: Foothill Knights Lacrosse All-American Senior Attacker Cameron Cole

Cameron Cole, Senior Attacker, Foothill Lacrosse

Cameron Cole continues to lead the No. 1 ranked team in the county, the Foothill Knights. Cole has scored 17 goals and notched 17 assists so far for the Knights. Cole earned all-county and All-American honors last year.



Southern California High School Lacrosse: Foothill Knights Boys Lacrosse (6-1) Mounts 8-Goal Second-Half Run To Defeat Arch-Rival La Costa Canyon 9-8 On March 26, Ending Maverick’s 27-Game Winning Streak And Avenging Double-Overtime Loss In 2010


Foothill Knights Boys Lacrosse Sr. Attacker #33 Eric Adamson led all scorers with 4 goals against Princeton-bound La Costa Canyon Goalie Eric Sanschagrin in the Knights 9-8 victory March 26. Photo by Laxbuzz

In a physical game March 26 at La Costa Canyon, Foothill Knights Boys Lacrosse Sr. Middie Cooper Pickell (#23, with helmet knocked off) scored what proved to be the winning goal with less than two minutes remaining as the Knights defeated the Mavericks 9-8 and ended their 27-game winning streak. Photo by LaxBuzz

Southern California High School Lacrosse: St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse Plays Tesoro March 11 Ranked #5 In Orange County And Looking For 100th Program Victory

The St. Margaret’s boys’ lacrosse team will vie for its 100th program victory on Friday night at SMES at 6 PM vs. Tesoro. The overall program record as of March 10, 2011 is 99-44 (69% winning percentage), according to laxpower.com.

The Tartans, beginning their 11th season of lacrosse, all under the guidance of Head Coach Gerry Manning and Assistant Coach Bryan Harney, will be the second program to achieve the century mark in wins.  The Tartans (1-0) started the season on Wednesday with a decisive 10-4 triumph over Cathedral Catholic of San Diego.

St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano enrolls 431 students in its high school and regularly competes and succeeds in lacrosse against larger schools from all over California, both public and private. The boys’ and girls’ lacrosse program is one of the oldest and consistently most successful programs in Orange County, due to its motto to “Honor the Game.”  The boys started this season ranked #5 in the county and the girls ranked #7, according to ocvarsity.com and the US Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll.  Most of the players on both teams are two and three sport athletes.

After winning the California State Club Championship in 2005, St. Margaret’s was the first CIF sanctioned boys’ program in Orange County, playing in CIF –San Diego Section for the 2006 year, going undefeated in the Coastal Conference and reaching the CIF-SD Quarterfinals. Since the establishment of the CIF-Southern Section for Lacrosse in 2007, St. Margaret’s has won the Trinity league all four years with a league record of 30-3, and reached at least the Quarterfinals or Semifinals each year, including the Orange County finals in 2008.

The girls’ program has competed at the CIF level since 2004 in CIF-SD, won the Southern Section title in 2008, and has four graduates who played at the Division I level.  Fifteen former Tartans  boys’ players have played college level lacrosse at the Division 1, Division 3, and MCLA Club level, and one graduate, Kyle Morrison, is the Head Lacrosse Coach at Cal-St. Fullerton.  Five Tartans have earned US Lacrosse High School All-American Honors, and two have earned US Lacrosse Academic All-American honors.

Date Opponent Conference PR Top 10 Score    
03/09 Cathedral Catholic (1-1) CA City 97.9   W 10 – 4    
03/11 Tesoro (1-0) CA CoastVS 96.0 3    –      
03/15 Foothill-Santa Ana (2-0) CA Indep 94.1 9    –      
03/18 San Clemente (1-1) CA CoastVS 84.4      –      
03/22 at Santa Margarita Cath (1-1) CA Trinity 86.6      –      
03/29 Mater Dei (2-0) CA Trinity 94.6 6    –      
04/01 J Serra Catholic (1-1) CA Trinity 83.8      –      
04/07 Anaheim Servite (1-2) CA Trinity 85.4      –      
04/09 Amador Valley (2-1) CA EastBay 96.4      –      
04/13 Santa Margarita Cath (1-1) CA Trinity 86.6      –      
04/15 at Mater Dei (2-0) CA Trinity 94.6 6    –      
04/19 at Corona Del Mar (0-1) CA PaCoast 83.4      –      
04/21 at J Serra Catholic (1-1) CA Trinity 83.8      –      
04/29 at Anaheim Servite (1-2) CA Trinity 85.4      –  

Southern California High School Lacrosse: Foothill Knights Boys Lacrosse Opens 2011 Season Against San Clemente On March 4 As It Seeks 5th Straight CIF-Southern Section Title

Fo0thill boys lacrosse team is out to win its fifth consecutive Orange County title and fifth straight U.S. Lacrosse Division I Southern Section crown.

The Foothill Knights Varsity Boys Lacrosse team will attempt win its fifth consecutive Orange County title and fifth straight U.S. Lacrosse Division I Southern Section crown. Pictured is senior LSM Connor Cummins playing at Knights Challenge on Feb 21 in Tustin, CA. Photo by LaxBuzz

But the Knights, who won four consecutive Sea View League titles, won’t have a league affiliation this season.

Foothill has moved to the Century League from the Sea  View League.  But the Century league dos not sponsor lacrosse since only Foothill, El Dorado and Esperanza have lacrosse teams.

“So this year Foothill is playing as an independent,” Head Coach Jon Fox said.

Friday 3/4 5:30PM vs. San Clemente High School (Knights Challenge)      
Wednesday 3/9 7:30PM vs. Los Alamitos High School (Knights Challenge)      
Saturday 3/12 3:00PM vs. Mira Costa High School (Knights Challenge)      
Tuesday 3/15 7:00PM @ St. Margaret S Episcopal School      
Friday 3/18 7:30PM vs. De la Salle High School      
Thursday 3/24 7:00PM vs. Santa Margarita Catholic High      
Saturday 3/26 7:30PM @ La Costa Canyon High School      
Saturday 4/2 7:00PM vs. Coronado High School      
Tuesday 4/5 7:00PM vs. Monte Vista High School-Danville      
Thursday 4/7 7:00PM vs. Amador Valley High School      
Tuesday 4/12 7:30PM @ Mater Dei High School      
Wednesday 4/13 3:30PM vs. Corona Del Mar High School      
Monday 4/18 TBA @ Long Beach High School (Spring Break in New York) Event Info    
Wednesday 4/20 TBA @ Farmingdale High School (Spring Break in New York)      
Thursday 4/21 1:00PM @ Holy Trinity High School (Spring Break in New York)      
Thursday 4/28 3:30PM @ El Toro HS      
Saturday 4/30 2:00PM vs. Rancho Bernardo High School    

For more: http://ocvarsity.freedomblogging.com/2011/02/21/boys-lacrosse-foothill-out-to-extend-streaks-but-will-play-independent-schedule/158291/

Southern California High School Lacrosse: Los Alamitos Girls Lacrosse Names Former Collins College (FL) Lacrosse Player Liz Connelly As Head Coach

The Los Alamitos High School girls lacrosse team, a state champion, has a new head coach: Liz Connelly.

Los Alamitos Girls Lacrosse Head Coach Liz Connelly

Connelly is a three-time All-American lacrosse player in high school and a team captain of her lacrosse team at Rollins College in Winter, Park, Fla. Connelly has worked with several youth, middle school and high school teams in Central Florida. Her honors include being named as the Division II Unsung Hero of the Year in 2009 by womenslacrosse.com, according to a press release from the Los Alamitos High lacrosse booster club.

Connelly will oversee about 70 players on the varsity, junior varsity and freshman/sophomore teams. Last year, the high school’s girls lacrosse team won several titles, including the state championship, said Randy Platt, president of the booster club.

The new coach replaces Meredith Meyran, “who built the Griffins’ lacrosse program into Orange County’s finest, compiling an unblemished girls Varsity record of 40-0 record over the past two seasons,” Platt said in a press release.

For more:  http://www.ocregister.com/news/lacrosse-289114-high-girls.html

Southern California High School Lacrosse Recruiting: La Costa Canyon LSM Mike Riis Committed To Play At Denver After Utilizing “Online Recruiting Resource” Firm

Mike Riis signed during the early period, but thousands of high school students will be signing letters of intent Wednesday on National Signing Day. Many will have used a professional service to get their name out there.

Lacrosse player Mike Riis began his quest for a college scholarship as a sophomore at La Costa Canyon High. He attended a spiel by a national recruiting service, but the high-pressure, hard-sell approach was a turnoff.

“It was a mill where you put down $3,000 with promises,” said Tim Riis, Mike’s father. “We didn’t like the process. It was very impersonal.”

With the recruiting game now involving younger students from an ever-expanding pool of athletes, a variety of companies have popped up to offer tools and services for anyone trying to land a scholarship.

Tim Riis turned to San Diego-based SportsForce, which doesn’t call itself a college recruiting service. SportsForce says it doesn’t market athletes to colleges but provides the tools and education for student-athletes to market themselves.

Tim said SportsForce enabled a two-way conversation between his son and the college coach.

“You need to get seen. This gets you in front of coaches. This opens up the dialogue,” Tim said. “It was a very smooth process.”

One that resulted in Mike signing a national letter of intent in November to play lacrosse at the University of Denver.

“It was a very personalized approach,” Tim said.

For more: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/31/trying-win-scholarship-game/#

Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse: JSerra Boys Lacrosse Hires Former Johns Hopkins All-American Kyle Harrison To Replace Departing Head Coach Mike Hutnick For 2012 Season

JSerra officials announced today that Kyle Harrison, a three-time All-American in college at John Hopkins University, will coach the boys lacrosse team in 2012.

Mike Hutnick has resigned after two years as the coach to pursue a master’s degree, a release from the school said. An interim coach will be named soon to guide the team this season, officials said.
Then Harrison will take over the squad for the 2012 season.
Harrison, 27, led John Hopkins University to an NCAA Division I national championship in 2005 and won the Tewaaraton Trophy, given to the national player of the year.
He is a four-time Major League lacrosse all-star, school officials noted.
“JSerra is a dynamic school that welcomes and encourages vision, and provides just the environment needed to take on this new challenge,” he said in the release.
Harrison added he is looking to bring some assistant coaches from the East Coast. “They are a passionate about the sport, and about working with young men both on and off the field,” he said.
Harrison also said he will work with football coach Jim Hartigan to develop as many two-sport athletes as possible.