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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!


First Annual Alumni Classic


The classic battle of age vs. beauty will be left unsettled, as our alumni team averaged about 19 years of age.  Ambiguous results notwithstanding, the first Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse Alumni Classic was a great day of friends, fun, and competition!

Representing the class of 2016 were Rylie Siegfried, Hannah Sanders, and Maxine Aiello.  2015 sent Mia Bagiu, Daniella Vazquez, and Jordan Blanchfield.  Jenna Nulty rounded out the group as the sole 2014 rep and the senior stateswoman of the group.

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to make this event possible and to the alumni who came back.  We’ll see you all next year for the Second Annual Alumni Classic!




Sailor Lacrosse Family,

Let’s give a yell for KATIE HENDRIX and SARAH FARLEY, who officially signed their commitments to play lacrosse at the next level!  Their incredible commitment and outstanding work have earned them coveted spots on collegiate teams.

KATIE will be representing NHHS in the PAC-12, as she helps build the new Arizona State University program.

SARAH will take our Sailor nation to the southeast, as she becomes a Belmont-Abbey Crusader.

2017 will be the first year that Newport Harbor fields two NCAA commits on our varsity team.  So come on out this spring to see the spectacle for yourself.

Way to go, Katie & Sarah!  You will be outstanding ambassadors of Orange County lacrosse… We are all so proud of you!




Sailor Nation,

The 2016 season is over, but the honors keep pouring in!  Let’s give a yell for JORDAN RAUSCH and RYLIE SIEGFRIED.  These two have earned spots on the OC All-Country First Team.  This is an honor voted on by coaches across the county, and these two have proven themselves as two of the best twelve in the land!

This is a huge honor for these athletes, and to my knowledge, it’s the first time NHHS has posted two All-County First-Teamers.

Furthermore, RYLIE has been named one of the TOP FIFTEEN ATHLETES at NHHS, a distinction for which she will be honored at a Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Commodore Club dinner on June 2.

And, finally, RYLIE has also won the coveted Jackie Pitts award.  Only one player in the entire county earns this nationally recognized title, which goes to the player who does it all:  “This award recognizes a graduating senior in each chapter who truly honors the game of lacrosse, is invested in the development of the game in her community, is an exceptional player who continually strives to improve her game, and is an exemplary member of her team. She exemplifies the spirit of the game, on and off the field. Academically, she is an outstanding student and a valued role model in her school” (US Lacrosse).

RYLIE has not only proven herself to be a force on the field, but she has been recognized by coaches around Orange County for her incredible academic achievement, contributions to the sport of lacrosse, and her work within the community at large.  Newport Harbor and the Girls Lacrosse program is honored to have RYLIE representing us as the winner of this prestigious award!

Here is the full listing of Orange County Honors:

Attack – Journey Fischbeck – San Juan Hills
Midfield – Grace Houser – Mater Dei
Midfield – Cameron Manor – St. Margaret’s
Midfield – Meridian Lee – Foothill
Midfield – Mackenzie Wallevand – Mater Dei
Goalie – Hannah Upshaw – Foothill

Player of the Year
Goalie – Hannah Upshaw – Foothill

Coach of the Year
Cressita Bowman – Mater Dei – CIF Champion Coach – Southern Section Champion Coach

Jackie Pitts Award
Rylie Siegfried – Newport Harbor

Erin DiBernardo – Santa Margarita Catholic
Brie Ratkevich – Foothill
Emily Coffee – Foothill
Elena Guillen – San Juan Hills
Ashlyn Wang – University HS
Katie McCabe – Corona Del Mar

1st Team All-County
Attack – Journey Fischbeck – San Juan Hills
Attack – Noelani Murayama – St. Margaret’s
Midfield – Meridian Lee – Foothill
Midfield – Grace Houser – Mater Dei
Midfield – Mackenzie Wallevand – Mater Dei
Midfield – Cameron Manor – St. Margaret’s
Midfield – Jensen Coop – Corona Del Mar
Midfield – Erin DiBernardo – Santa Margarita Catholic
Midfield – Rylie Siegfried – Newport Harbor
Defense – Jordan Rausch – Newport Harbor
Defense – Katherine Mulvaney – Corona Del Mar
Goalie – Hannah Upshaw – Foothill

2nd Team All-County
Attack – Lauren Gonzales – Mater Dei
Attack – Janice Shih – Beckman
Midfield – Brie Ratkevich – Foothill
Midfield – Kennedy Mulvaney – Corona Del Mar
Midfield – Hennessey Evans – Trabuco Hills
Midfield – Sophia Silane – Woodbridge
Midfield – Mia Roth – Laguna Hills
Midfield – Katelin Martinez – Tesoro
Defense – Melanie Traylor – Laguna Hills
Defense – Sydney Payne – Mater Dei
Defense – Daisy Haas – Los Alamitos
Goalie – Ashley Olson – Corona Del Mar

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