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SPIRIT RUN RECAP:Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse made another great showing at the Newport-Mesa Spirit run.  With over fifty runners, our program continues to be one of the strongest supporters of this annual event that benefits students throughout the district.  Along the way, we have raised $5,500…and counting.  Stay tuned for our final tally.  Mad props to our fastest finishers…

Delaney Knipp (22:36) – 4th place in the 15-19 female division
Lysie Kenney (24:49)
Caroline Farley (25:26)
*Side note: Jessica Woodruff, who earned free pizza for a year with her time in the 2016 race, was out sick.

As for the adults who are looking to keep the dream alive, give a yell to…
Brad Rosten (26:47)
Matt Armstrong (26:53)
Chris Plummer (26:58)

Finally, the biggest Shout-outs to all the parents who helped organize the event—most notably Brandy Richardson, who chaired the Spirit Run committee and spearheaded the fundraiser. This was a remarkable effort by Brandy, to organize and execute this fund raiser at this level. Be sure to give her your love when you see her next!


Updates as of March 8th, for the week of March 6-10th


On Sunday, March 12, our entire program will participate in the NMUSD Spirit Run, a 5K race to benefit the district.  By signing up as a team, we earn a portion of the proceeds; we also set up a pledge drive as a fundraiser.  Parents, siblings, and friends are welcome to join us for the race; just contact Coach Armstrong, Geoff Rothbard, or Brandy Richardson for details. Players – If you have not sent your pledge request from the online Crowd Rise site, be sure to take care of that ASAP.  Send a pledge request to any family or close friends from out of town.  Keep up with your progress, send reminders as you see fit, and be sure to send personal thank-you emails to anyone who supports us.

On the morning of the run, here is the schedule:
7:45am – Meet in front of Regal Cinemas at Fashion Island to pin bibs and warm up.
8:20am – The 5K begins
8:45-ish – The fastest runners cross the finish line
9:00am – You ought to be done.

There are booths, merchandise, food, etc., so players are welcome to hang out as long as they would like to.

Special thanks to Brandy Richardson for coordinating this event!


Newport Harbor @ Yorba Linda Tuesday Feb 28, 2017

Sailors Earn Clean Sheet against Mustangs

Newport Harbor 14
Yorba Linda 0

Yorba Linda, February 28 – Newport’s Katie Hendrix took down the opening draw, trucked it into the opposing zone, buried her shot, and the Sailors never looked back.  Hendrix finished with three goals and three assists.  Although Yorba Linda goalie, Emely Buckley, made a number of outstanding saves on potent shooters and point-blank shots, there was no stopping the Tar attack.

The Mustangs had trouble breaking the Harbor ride, and in their few offensive sets, the visiting defense held strong, giving up only a two shots in support of goalie Jade Rettig’s first shutout in only her second varsity game.  Also getting in on the action for Newport Harbor: Sarah Farley (4 goals, 1 assist, 6 draw controls, 3 caused turnovers), Laura Tran (3 goals, 4 ground balls), Adena Rothbard (1 goal, 3 caused turnovers), Rylee Warmington (1 goal), Caroline Farley (1 goal, 5 ground balls), and Maddie Ciano (1 goal).


Newport Harbor at San Clemente on Saturday Feb 25th

Newport Harbor 11, San Clemente 10 (OT)

San Clemente, February 25 – If the opening matchup of the 2017 girls lacrosse season is any indication of what’s to come, we’re in for a wild ride. Newport Harbor and San Clemente battled to the buzzer and forced overtime, with Newport gaining the victory, 11-10.

San Clemente came strong out of the gates, with junior Kiley Buckley driving straight to the Newport cage for the quick score. Newport senior Sarah Farley answered a minute later off a free-position drive through three crashing Tritons. San Clemente proceeded to turn their quick transition game into a four-goal run, with juniors Shea Hefft and Jessica De Collibus getting in on the action. Newport senior Heather Roberts stopped the bleeding with a hockey-style wrist shot from a ground ball. The Sailors went back to work on a possession extended by a successful ride, but SCHS goalie Kennedy Kingsmill denied a wicked quick stick fed to Farley from Junior Lysie Kenney and the SCHS crossbar denied NHHS junior Adena Rothbard after a slick drive slicing through two defenders landed her on top of the cage. The home team netted another transition goal to bring back its four-goal lead with six minutes remaining in the half.

In those final six minutes, Newport came racing back with a 4-1 run behind goals from Rothbard on a free position, senior Jessica Woodruff on a nifty feed from senior Corinne Reuter, senior Katie Hendrix on a needle-threading pass from Rothbard, and a last second transition feed from Hendrix to Woodruff.

Halftime score: SC 7, NH 6

In the second half, both defenses grew stingier by the minute. Hefft opened scoring for the Tritons sixty seconds in, and the Sailors responded with two to tie the score at eight: a blazing free position rip from Farley and a smooth free position drive from Hendrix. Meanwhile, the Sailor defensive crew of seniors Jill Rosten, Hayden Allen, Delaney Knipp, and sisters Elise & Amber Skytte went into shut-down mode, while sophomore goalie Jade Rettig came up with a few prime-time saves.

San Clemente’s Heft broke the tie after breaking a man-down double team, and Buckley brought the Tritons to double digits with another double-team-breaking drive. With nine minutes left, the home team slowed down the game, but Newport was able to claw back, with a free position goal from Rothbard and a sister-to-sister feed from freshman Caroline to Sarah Farley. Although Newport maintained possession for the most of the final minutes of regulation, the Triton defense was stalwart, giving up little more than a dangerous free position to Sarah Farley in the final ten seconds; Kingsmill came up with a textbook save on the low shot, forcing overtime.

Newport took down the overtime draw and worked the set for ninety seconds before captains connected, Hendrix to Farley, for the shot and score to earn Newport Harbor its first lead of the game.



Girls Lacrosse Players and Parents,

Welcome to President’s Recess!  We hope that you have a relaxing time away from school and that you come back ready to learn and play…

Adena Rothbard (2018) recently gave her verbal commitment to play lacrosse and attend The University of New Hampshire!  It’s huge news for Adena, who has been working hard over the last several years to earn a position with an NCAA D1 team.  Be sure to give Adena congratulations the next time you see her.

We also want to send love to our very own Mia Bagiu (2015), who has returned to Newport Harbor as our JV2 Assistant Coach.  In her playing days, Mia was a three year varsity player, a senior captain, an all-league first teamer, and a serious defensive force  to be reckoned with.  Thank you Mia…and welcome back!

Miscellaneous workouts with Kaleigh – Look for texts with times/locations.
Thursday, 2/23 – practice at Harper, 9-11am.
Friday, 2/24 – practice at Harper, 9-11am.
Saturday – Game @ San Clemente – Bus at 8am, game at 10am

Thursday, 2/23 – practice at Back Bay, 1-3pm
Friday, 2/24 – practice at Back Bay, 1-3pm
Saturday – Game @ San Clemente – Bus at 8am, game at 11:30am

Thursday, 2/23 – optional practice at Back Bay, 1-3pm
Friday, 2/24 – optional practice at Back Bay, 1-3pm
JV2 players are welcome to ride the bus if they would like to join us for the game.  Please contact Coach Armstrong directly to reserve your spot.

***NOTE: Rain is in the forecast.  Stay tuned for backup practice times and locations!

The schedule on the web site will now be your best bet for current updates, always refer to http://sailorgirlslacrosse.org/ for the latest updates.  We have proofed the information and it is currently accurate, but things do tend to change in the world of girls lacrosse–especially with Davidson out of play.  We will keep you posted  with email updates.  It’s a good habit to check the website before heading out to any game this season.

In the week we return, here is the schedule:

*  Varsity & JV @ Yorba Linda on Tuesday, 2/28
*  Varsity and JV vs. Mater Dei on Thursday, 3/2

The first JV2 game is scheduled for March 6 against Northwood.  We are still looking to build 5-7 additional games into the JV2 schedule.  Stay tuned!

The varsity team is off and running with the fundraiser and in the first two days earned the program over $2,000!  JV & JV2 teams will be setting up pledge pages the week we get back from President’s Recess.  Be ready with 10-20 email addresses for out-of-town  family and friends.  Our Spirit Run Liaison, Brandy Richardson, will guide players through the process.

Have a great Ski Week, and LAX ON!

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