GAME RECAP | 03-12-15

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Newport Harbor Comes Up Short Against Aliso Niguel

Newport Harbor 6
Aliso Niguel 11

This last week marked the first regular season meeting between Aliso Niguel and Newport Harbor since 2012.  In that match, ANHS won by fifteen goals; however, after two good games between the clubs in Santa Barbara last month, Thursday night was a much-anticipated reunion.   Coming into the game, each team knew it would be a battle of rides—and as expected, the home team attacked with their swarming double teams and the visitors responded with their aggressive midfield play.  The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead, scoring four goals in the first six minutes of the game.  Aliso’s star midfielder, sophomore Emily Grimes, made a strong showing as she put away four of the Wolverine’s eleven.  For the Sailors, it was once again a story of balance.  Six different players found the back of the cage: Kim Comet, Brittany McCoy, Katie Hendrix, Emily Lukosky, Daniela Vazquez, and Rylie Siegfried.  The team also combined for three dramatic shots off the crossbar and post.  Vazquez scooped four ground balls, and Siegfried caused three turnovers.

Dogfight-NHHS vs. Aliso Niguel

Newport Harbor 8
Aliso Niguel 8

Coming off a tough game vs. Trabuco Hills the Sailors were ready to take on Aliso Niguel at their home field. It was a big game for all, but even bigger for one individual. One of our captains Hannah Sanders returned to the field after being held back from injuries these past months. Hannah has been at practice with the team working to get back on the field every day and the time has come to perform under the lights. The Sailors had something to prove scoring 6 points in the first half. A few of these beautiful goals came from some of our rookies Mickayla Blauser and Hannah Hobrecht. Our performance leading up to those points looked phenomenal with the Sailors being in the right place at the right time, demonstrating great lacrosse IQ. Nina Robinson had an impressive assist to Hannah for that goal that shouldn’t go unnoticed. How we get our goals is just as important as the goal itself. Defensively, we played good getting defensive shots on cage with great communication. Oriana Rousseau went the length of the field numerous times for a shot on goal. Before the half, Newport continued to attack Aliso Niguel scoring 4 more points. Sarah Spence, Taylor Long, Corinne Reuter and Heather Roberts came together increasing our lead and putting the nail in the coffin… so we thought.

Alison Niguel came out in the second half with a breath of fresh air. ANHS scored 7 points in the second half. They made some changes as a team and were able to execute nicely, eventually tying the game. Although we tied, we learned a good lesson about playing a full game with full focus and energy. We are growing from this game.