Newport Harbor 11
Yorba Linda 1
Newport Earns League Title with 11-1 Win Over Yorba Linda
Newport Harbor had a lot to fight for on Thursday. Not only would a win lock in the team’s first outright league title in program history, but it would also be a fitting send-off to the senior class that built NHHS girls lacrosse into what it is today. As an injured Sophia Riggan cheered from the sidelines, seniors Maxine Aiello, Emily Lukosky, Nicole Newman, Jordan Rausch, Hannah Sanders, and Rylie Siegfried all took the “home” field for the last time—and then put on a show for their teary-eyed parents.
The Newport offense spent the first half methodically attacking the Yorba Linda’s signature zone. Junior captain Katie Hendrix fed the first of her three assists to posting classmate Sarah Farley for the opening score, and Siegfried embroidered her monogram on the game just moments later with a draw win straight to cage that netted what would become the game winner. Hendrix finished with two goals, three assists, three draws, two ground balls, and an interception; Farley scored two, made one assist, snagged a draw and two ground balls, and intercepted one; Siegfried scored two and took down seven draws. Yorba snuck a goal past the Newport defense late in the first to make a halftime score of 6-1.
Throughout the game, the Newport ride was murderous and the defense was relentless; the visiting Mustangs were unable to find any offensive rhythm. Sanders was forced to make only two saves (67%); Rausch scooped four ground balls and took away three; Aiello scooped three and earned three takeaways; junior Jill Rosten scooped three, intercepted one, and took one away. The goal of the game came late in the second, as Hendrix threw a 20-yard pass to junior Jessica Woodruff, who cut into the 8M from X, handled the pass with an acrobatic catch at her shoelaces, and wind-milled an overhand quick-stick (!) past the goalie. Adding to the Sailor scoreboard were sophomores Adena Rothbard (two goals, two ground balls) and Lysie Kenney (two goals), and junior Heather Roberts (one assist, game-high five ground balls).
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Yorba Linda 2
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Yorba Linda 5
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El Dorado 5
Sailors One Step Closer with Win over Hawks
El Dorado stepped onto the field as the only team in the Century SE league with enough math on their side to overtake Newport Harbor for the outright league title. But Newport held strong, opening the game with a flurry of goals that forced the visiting Hawks to call a time out before five minutes had elapsed. From this auspicious beginning, the Sailors followed the lead of junior midfielder Sarah Farley, who finished the contest with four goals, to dominate and take home the 14-5 victory.
From the get-go, it was clear that the home team meant business. Junior captain Katie Hendrix opened scoring off a beautiful feed from senior captain Rylie Siegfried—who would exit the game just before halftime with a quad injury. Hendrix would book two goals, two assists, and four draw controls on the night. Junior Caitlin Dwyer followed with a slam dunk off a smooth crease roll; she also had an assist. And junior defender Jill Rosten got in on the action with the first goal of her varsity career off a drive from the restraining line. Farley heated up with three of the next four goals, and her teammates followed suit. Sophomore Adena Rothbard netted two and assisted one. Junior attacker Heather Roberts chimed in with a hat trick, and junior Corinne Reuter scored her first varsity goal after spending much of the season recovering from a partial ACL tear. With one more league victory, the Sailors can claim the Century SE title outright.
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El Dorado 1
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CdM has edge in a Battle
By Matt Szabo | Contact Reporter
Girls’ lacrosse is a relatively non-contact sport, but Saturday evening’s Battle of the Bay girls’ lacrosse game didn’t quite seem that way with five total yellow cards.
The Battle of the Bay is a different animal. It’s always intense, and momentum swung back and forth in a wild second half at Corona del Mar High. There was even a bit of controversy.
But in the end, as has typically been the case in this rivalry, Corona del Mar had the answer.
Junior Jensen Coop and senior co-captain Paige Nelson scored in the closing minutes as the Sea Kings rallied to beat Newport Harbor, 9-7, for their seventh straight Battle of the Bay win.
This one was closer than those in the immediate past. Newport Harbor led by a goal two different times in the second half and definitely earned the respect of CdM when it was all over.
“They’re a good team,” said CdM senior co-captain Kennedy McGuinness, who had two goals and an assist. “They were definitely tough this year. Honestly, it’s our mental game. We just pulled it together mentally. Once we get it flowing, we don’t stop, can’t stop.”
CdM (12-1), ranked No. 5 in Southern California by laxpower.com, added to a 12-match winning streak. But this one wasn’t easy. In the second half, Newport Harbor junior co-captain Katie Hendrix put the Sailors (7-6) on top.
Hendrix did a face plant in the dirt in front of the CdM goal midway through the second half, but not before finding the upper part of the net. Her third goal of the game came with 12:06 remaining, and it gave the No. 14-ranked Sailors their first lead, 6-5.
“Katie was really wrecking it out there,” Newport Harbor Coach Matt Armstrong said. “I think that probably the best testament to her performance is that late in the game, after our timeout, they started to face-guard her. There’s something to be said for that, when in the middle of the game you earn that. Yeah, she was playing really hard.”
CdM quickly tied it up on McGuinness’ second goal, assisted by CdM junior Kennedy Mulvaney. But after Newport Harbor senior defender Maxine Aiello earned a ground ball, sophomore Adena Rothbard scored her second goal on a free position shot to again give the Sailors the lead, 7-6, with 7:38 remaining.
They wouldn’t score again and the lead wouldn’t last. Mulvaney, who had come out of the game early in the first half with a right leg injury and was one of the three Sea Kings yellow-carded, scored her team-best 31st goal to knot the score at 7-7 again.
It was still tied when Coop ran in front of the goal from the left, quickly switching directions and scoring CdM’s go-ahead goal with 1:54 to play. Then came the bit of controversy.
Newport Harbor senior co-captain Rylie Siegfried won the ensuing draw, her team-best fifth of the night. She brought the ball down and collided with CdM freshman defender Joslyn Simaan in front of the goal, and the referee sent off Simaan with a yellow card with 1:25 to play.
However, he also called Siegfried for a charge. The fouls offset, and the ball went back to CdM on the alternating possession.
“I don’t see how you can call a charge when she got pushed so hard that the girl gets a yellow card,” Armstrong said. “To me, if you got pushed and it’s from behind, you’re probably going to run into whatever’s in front of you … I mean, I’m not going to get locked in on one reffing call. It’s a long game [but] yeah, it was an important call. I thought she was going to have a free position [shot] there and it ends up going to the other team. But like I said, it’s a long game. I don’t agree with what happened, but I’m a coach, I rarely do.”
He certainly wasn’t happy when Nelson scored with 47 seconds left, assisted by freshman Ellery Amdor. The insurance goal held up, especially after CdM senior Caroline Bethel won the ensuing draw.
“Even though we were down by a goal, [Friday] we worked in practice on how to defend if we had yellow cards and were a man down,” said Bethel, who also scored twice. “I think our positivity before the game and during halftime and timeouts really helped us pull through and come back.”
Partly due to yellow cards given to Mulvaney and Amdor, CdM was on defense for much of the first half. But the defense led by Simaan, Katherine Mulvaney, Lauren Kobayashi and Hailey Neumann did not give up a player-down goal. CdM sophomore goalie Ashley Olson also made six saves in the game.
Coop also scored twice for CdM, and her three ground balls tied Simaan for the team lead.
Caitlin Dwyer and Heather Roberts also scored for the Sailors. Lysie Kenney led Newport Harbor with three ground balls, while Hendrix, Aiello and Sarah Farley had two each. Senior goalie Hannah Sanders played well, making five of her seven saves in the second half.
Both teams will move on to important league games early next week. CdM can all but clinch its first outright Pacific Coast League title in program history with a win at Beckman on Monday at 4 p.m.
“League champions is in sight,” CdM Coach Aly Simons said. “We’ve got to show up and play … I’m just grateful that [Battle of the Bay] was a competitive match. It was fun. It’s way more fun playing a competitive game like that.”
Newport Harbor, which is 5-0 in the Century SE League, plays against 4-1 El Dorado in an important match Tuesday at 7 at Jim Scott Stadium. The Sailors are also gunning for their first outright league title in program history.
“The Battle of the Bay game is a really good marker of our progress,” Armstrong said. “There was no room for error for either team in this game, and they ended up with the last goal.”
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SCHEDULE CHANGE NOTE
Players and parents have been asking about this week’s schedule changes, and here is the low-down…
The primary driver of these changes is the Davidson Stadium shutdown. Despite the best efforts of coaches, site administration, and district leadership, Estancia ended up double-booked with boys lacrosse on Friday, April 22. To make all boys and girls games possible, the girls lacrosse program took the hit and moved the varsity and JV games to Thursday. (Costa Mesa also cancelled their Thursday track practice to accommodate.) This left three contests scheduled for Thursday: JV Blue vs. Beckman AND Yorba Linda, and Varsity vs. Yorba Linda. So that JV Blue would not end up with two games in one night or lose a game from their schedule, we swapped the Yorba Linda game against JV Blue with the El Dorado game against JV on Tuesday.
This may cause one to wonder why JV Blue is playing games against JV opponents in our league. There are two reasons for this. On the JV side, by giving up a couple league contests, the team opened up room in their schedule for an additional tournament. We believed that the competition at a tournament would be stronger and the “fun” factor at a tournament would be higher—and it turns out we were right on both counts. On the JV Blue side, we wanted to work out a schedule that would give JV Blue a game against each league opponent. With this week’s changes, it turns out JV Blue will not end up playing Yorba Linda, and so it is unfortunate that we were unable to create a full league schedule for them; the bright side is that all three levels will now be in the stadium for senior night.
(Side note: Valencia forfeit the March 15th games because of their scheduling error, which unfortunately robbed a game from both varsity and JV. This, however, has no bearing on this week’s schedule changes.)
All coaches discussed and agreed to these schedule plans before the start of the season. Furthermore, as it has become necessary to adjust the schedule during the season, all coaches have been at the table for conversations about how best to implement such changes.
We hope this clarifies how and why this week’s schedule has been updated at this late hour.
*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Armstrong @ (949) 444-3898.
4/18 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2:15-4:15PM
4/19 GAME VS EL DORADO 7PM; ARRIVE BY 5:30PM FOR JVB FIRST HALF | ESTANCIA
4/20 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2:15-4PM; TEAM DINNER 5:30PM HOSTED BY SIEGFRIED @ ISLANDS IN ORANGE, 550 NORTH TUSTIN ST, ORANGE 92867 THEN CHAPMAN VS POMONA-PITZER GAME @ CHAPMAN 7PM.
4/21 GAME VS YORBA LINDA 7:30PM; ARRIVE BY 5PM FOR JVB SECOND HALF | ESTANCIA; SENIOR NIGHT 7PM – SEPARATE EMAIL TO SENIOR PARENTS WITH DETAILS.
4/22 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2:15-4:15PM
*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Chris @ (760) 809-8796.
4/18 PRACTICE @ BACK BAY 2:30-4:30PM
4/19 PRACTICE @ BACK BAY 2:30-4:30PM
4/20 PRACTICE @ BACK BAY 2:30-4:30PM; TEAM DINNER 5PM HOSTED BY MADER/RICHARDSON
4/21 GAME VS YORBA LINDA 6PM; BUS DEPARTS 3:15PM | ESTANCIA | SENIOR NIGHT 7PM
4/22 PRACTICE @ BACK BAY 2:30-4:30PM
*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Hendrix @ (949) 278-2833.
4/18 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2-4PM
4/19 GAME VS EL DORADO 5:30PM; BUS DEPARTS 4PM | ESTANCIA
4/20 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2-4PM; TEAM DINNER 4:15PM HOSTED BY STEINER
4/21 GAME VS BECKMAN 4:30PM; BUS DEPARTS 3:15PM | ESTANCIA | SENIOR NIGHT 7PM
4/22 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2-4PM
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Newport Harbor Handles Valencia
Eight different Sailors found the back of the net in a lopsided 16-2 victory over Valencia. Newport Harbor opened scoring in the first minute, as sophomore Adena Rothbard earned the draw control, dodged into the opposing 8M, drew a foul, and netted the ensuing free position shot. From this auspicious beginning, the visiting Sailors never looked back. The Newport defense, anchored by senior captain Jordan Rausch, gave up only six shots on goal, and senior goalie Hannah Sanders had a 67% save average on the night. Rothbard finished the game with four goals, two draw controls, four ground balls, and a takeaway. Senior captain Rylie Siegfried netted four, assisted one, scooped four ground balls, earned four turnovers, and won three draws. Junior captain Katie Hendrix scored two, scooped four, snagged three draws, and had one takeaway. Junior Sarah Farley also had two goals. Junior Heather Roberts and sophomore Lysie Kenney each earned had a goal and an assist. Sophomore Rylee Warmington broke the seal with her first varsity goal off a feed from junior Jessica Woodruff, who had two assists. Senior Nicole Newman also walked off the field with two assists. And junior Caitlin Dwyer chimed in with a goal of her own.
The victory pushed Newport to 5-0 in the Century SE league, leaving the Sailors firmly in control of first place with three league games remaining.
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