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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




The season has come to end and we are preparing for our year end banquet. Be on the look out for Banquet 2016 Evite! Banquet will be held June 3rd @ 5:30pm, St. Andrew’s Youth Center.

If you have any photos you would like to share, please email to team liaison’s this week. Program/team photographers – please upload photos asap.

Cheryl Roberts chebrob@yahoo.com

Brandy Richardson rfamof5@att.net

Maria Skytte skyttegirls@outlook.com

Parents, we will be having a banquet meeting on Tuesday, May 17th @ 6pm, Newport Harbor Heritage Conference (through lunch area by the health office). If you signed up for the Banquet Committee or would like to help out, please plan on attending.

Any questions, please contact Maria Skytte, Banquet Chair @ skyttegirls@outlook.com

On Wednesday, all three teams will be turning in uniforms at Harper from 2-5pm. Uniforms were given to you clean, and need to be returned clean, Each player received and must turn in the following to receive their uniform deposit check:


Will be on “A” days between May 24 and June 16, 2:15-3:45 PM.  We have put in a field request for Harper, which is pending.  If we do not end up at Harper, we will go to Back Bay.  If you are participating in off-season PE for another sport (such as field hockey, which starts on Tuesday, 5/17), you can declare this at next week’s meeting.

We will be generating interest lists for summer club programming.  Please take a look at these dates on your calendar:

TENTATIVE SUMMER CAMP DATES: July 5-8 and July 11-14.
Field requests are not allowed until next week, and the district club programming meeting takes place on May 23rd.  We ought to have solid dates and registration packets available by the end of May.

SUMMER LEAGUE DATES: 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6 (Saturdays).  There are no official practices for this team.  We are looking to run two high school teams and a middle school team (pending interest).

FALL LEAGUE DATES: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 (Sundays).  There are no official practices for this team.  We are looking to run two high school teams (pending interest).

Through our connection with Coach Hastie, there is an opportunity for players to participate on the “house”
team in a Colorado tournament on JUNE 4th.  Coach Hastie is lining up a D1 college laxer to coach this team!  Players can sign up as individuals or in a group.  The tournament cost is only $50 per player.  If we have a few players, Coach Hastie can help arrange hotel lodging.  Flights and travel must be covered by participants.  If you are interested in playing in this tournament or if you have questions, CONTACT COACH HASTIE ASAP: Melissa@lacrosseoutreach.org.

There will be no official girls lacrosse events for the three weeks of August 7-27.  However, we may be offering strength/fitness training during this time.  Stay tuned for details.


*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Armstrong @ (949) 444-3898. 

5/16 OFF
5/17 OFF
5/18 Team video shoot & Meeting @ Harper 2:30-3:45pm; Please bring both uniforms and team jacket. Uniform turn in @ Harper 2-5pm.
5/19 OFF
5/20 OFF

*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Armstrong @ (949) 444-3898. 

5/16 Team meeting with Coach Armstrong @ 1:45pm in NHHS library.
5/17 OFF
5/18 Team video shoot @ Harper 3:30-5pm; Please bring both uniforms and team jacket. Uniform turn in @ Harper 2-5pm.
5/19 OFF
5/20 OFF

*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Armstrong @ (949) 444-3898. 

5/16 Team meeting with Coach Armstrong @ 1:45pm in NHHS library.
5/17 OFF
5/18 Uniform turn in @ Harper 2-5pm.
5/19 OFF
5/20 OFF


Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse Banquet 2016
June 3rd @ 5:30pm
St. Andrew’s Youth Center
Invitation & details to follow

Summer Camp at USC
Dates: June 20-22
Commuter & Overnight Options Available (overnight spots limited; first come first serve)
Grades: 8-12
Optional Pre-Camp Sessions:

  • Shooting: Led by Lindsey Munday, All World Attacker
  • Draw Control: Led by Alyssa Leonard, NCAA All-Time Draw Leader
  • Goalie: Led by Devon Wills, All-World Goalie

Summer Camp Flyer: Click Here


Coach Armstrong

Shannon McCormack


Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week: Hannah Sanders

Athlete of the Week: Sanders stayed strong for Sailors

By Matt Szabo | Contact Reporter

April 27, 2013. A partially torn left anterior cruciate ligament while playing soccer for an AYSO team.

March 3, 2014. A fully torn left ACL and partially torn meniscus during the first game of the Newport Harbor lacrosse season.

Newport Harbor High senior Hannah Sanders remembers the dates well. As a freshman, the first injury was hard enough to overcome. Then, about 10 months later, the second injury came.

“My cleats planted into the ground, and my knee turned without my body,” she said. “I heard it pop, so I kind of knew in the back of my head that it was torn.”

Sanders is a tough kid. She could handle the pain. Harder to stomach was knowing that her high school career could be in jeopardy.

“I wasn’t really thinking about the actual injury itself, I was just thinking about the upcoming seasons that I had,” she said. “I definitely knew I was going to be out the rest of the season, but I was also concerned about the rest of high school.”

She stayed involved with the lacrosse team, taking stats that season while having surgery a month later on another date that she isn’t soon to forget, April 7.

Sanders went to ProSport Physical Therapy in Costa Mesa for about 10 months, two to three times a week. The following winter, she wasn’t cleared for practice yet but she could run. So she did, running laps around the field at Back Bay High while her teammates practiced.

Six times around was a mile. Whenever Sanders would get close to her teammates, they would cheer her on.

“Hannah has been one of the greatest friends I’ve ever known,” said Newport Harbor senior defender and co-captain Jordan Rausch, who has also played field hockey and soccer with Sanders. “She’s definitely one of the hardest working people I know. I’m honestly really proud of her, that she came back from such a big injury. Most people definitely would have given up.”

Sanders never did, returning as the Sailors’ junior varsity goalie as a junior and the varsity goalie this season. Last summer, she put in work playing club with OC United and Coach Dan Kirkpatrick, and that paid dividends.

Oh what a season did Sanders, the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week, helped Harbor produce.

The Sailors went undefeated in league to capture their first outright Century-Empire-Sunset League title. They then pulled off two upsets in the playoffs to advance to the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division semifinals, another program first.

Sanders was in the midst of it all. Newport Harbor Coach Matt Armstrong saw her potential as a junior, when she came up big in a shootout to lift the Sailors’ JV team to a semifinal win over Tesoro in the “Laxapalooza” tournament at Laguna Hills High.

“When it counts the most, she’s the strongest, and that’s what you want out of a goalie,” Armstrong said. “She lives like she plays, with a lot of heart. The girls want to fight for her. They know that she’ll fight for them. She never backs down. Even when she takes a shot that’s painful, she’ll never back down from it.”

The Sailors were seeded No. 10 in the South Division playoffs. A team goal for the season was to record the program’s first playoff victory in six years, but they exceeded that goal. Sanders tied a season-high with 10 saves as they won at No. 7 San Juan Hills, 9-7, in the first round. Then she had seven saves as they stunned No. 2 St. Margaret’s, 13-12 in overtime, in the quarterfinals. Sophomore Adena Rothbard had the game-winning sudden death goal, part of her career-high six scores on the night.

When it went into overtime, pressure mounted on the goalies for each team. But Sanders responded.

May 5, 2016. The day that the Newport Harbor girls’ lacrosse program told the Orange County lacrosse community, ‘Hey, we’re here.”

“The first three minutes [of overtime], they had a couple of good shots,” Sanders said. “We just wanted to win so badly. It was definitely nerve-wracking, but my adrenaline was going. The bruises were worth it in that game.”

The surprise run ended two days later, when the Sailors lost to defending South Division champion Foothill, 5-1, in the semifinals at Irvine High. But Sanders held tough with nine saves. Even in that game, the Sailors showcased a tough defense that also included Rausch, senior Maxine Aiello and juniors Jillian Rosten and Hayden Allen. Sanders and Aiello, who live five houses apart, have known each other since they were little.

The Newport defense had to adjust when senior Sophia Riggan hyperextended her knee in practice in April, but the Sailors held strong.

“She’s definitely still a part of our defense group,” Sanders said. “We’d still talk right before the game started in our huddle, so she was just as big of a part on defense when she wasn’t playing.”

Sanders knows how hard that can be, watching from the sidelines. In terms of her individual development, Armstrong, who himself played goalie at the University of Michigan from 1994-97, pointed to her save percentage being much higher in the later part of the season. She earned Most Valuable Goalie honors in the Century-Empire-Sunset League and made 113 saves for the season.

In six of the Sailors’ last seven games, she had more saves than goals allowed.

“Even when her save percentage wasn’t where we wanted it, she would make the big saves,” he said.

Aug. 29, 2016. The first day of classes at Northern Arizona University, where Sanders is going to college.

She might play club lacrosse there. But guess what she wants to study? Exercise science.

“There’s a positive out of my knee, actually,” Sanders said. “I realized I want to be a PT.”

Sanders does try to stay positive. It’s not hard for her to find good things to say about her senior season in the Newport Harbor girls’ lacrosse program. In the future, maybe people will look back at it as the one when the Sailors established themselves as one of the top programs in Orange County.

“It’s definitely been a lot of ups and downs, but I have amazing friends that are just always encouraging of me,” Sanders said. “It’s going to be amazing to look back at it. It was really cool because our seniors this year were a part of the program when it was almost nothing. To be a part of it this year, when it’s the best that it’s ever been, that was really fun.”

Hannah Sanders

Born: July 1, 1998

Hometown: Newport Beach

Height: 5-foot-3

Sport: Lacrosse

Year: Senior

Coach: Matt Armstrong

Favorite food: Flank steak

Favorite movie: “Bridesmaids”

Favorite athletic moment: Upsetting No. 2-seeded St. Margaret’s in a U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division quarterfinal match this season.

Week in review: Sanders, a goalie, made 25 total saves in three games and helped Newport Harbor reach the South Division semifinals for the first time in program history.

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