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Newport Harbor 13 (2 OT)
St. Margaret’s 12

Newport Posts Second Upset on the Road to the 2016 Final Four

#10 Newport Harbor took another trip to south OC for their quarterfinal match-up against #2 St. Margaret’s, and the result was a battle for the ages.  For the Sailors, sophomore attacker (and midfielder and defender) Adena Rothbard opened scoring with a quick scoop and shot on an unsettled play.  She followed with a second goal on a quick dodge and drive minutes later.  Even after St. Margaret’s answered with a signature transition strike, Rothbard had a sharp reply to earn a hat trick by the seven minute mark of the game.  The Tartans scored another in transition and tied the game at three on a free position, forcing a Newport timeout.  The home team continued to press, and they built a two-goal lead before junior captain Katie Hendrix drove hard, shot hard, and grazed the upper netting for her first.  Rothbard drove to add the fourth of her six to the tally, and junior Heather Roberts made an opportunistic crease roll through heavy pressure and buried the bounce shot to give the Sailors a 6-5 halftime lead.

There was no scoring in the first five minutes of the second, but Rothbard opened by converting a free position that continued the back-and-forth affair.  The home team fought back and scored two from free positions of their own for the 7-7 tie with sixteen minutes to go.  As the half evolved, the game grew more and more physical and tension increased with each possession.  St. Margaret’s scored their third straight off a crease roll that beat the late slide and enjoyed their first lead of the game.  Hendrix drove four minutes later and ripped a shot from just inside the 8M arc to tie the game at eight with eleven minutes remaining.  Sure enough, the Tartans answered with a crease isolation that put them up, 9-8.  Two minutes later, Junior midfielder Sarah Farley sliced through three defenders on a free position to net the equalizer.  Time between contractions shortened, as St. Margaret’s buried another free position just a minute later; Newport answered in the next minute by forcing a bizarre “own” goal: Junior attacker Caitlin Dwyer shot a free position that was saved, a defender tried to flip the rebound back to the goalie, and senior Rylie Siegfried checked the stick on the flip and the ball squibbed in over the line.  Tie game, 10-10, with 7:00 in regulation.

The Sailors regained the lead with 5:16 remaining, as Siegfried drove, threaded a pass to a flashing Farley, who touch-passed the ball through the goalie.  Predictably, St. Margaret’s uncorked another free position a minute later to tie the match at eleven.  There was an uncharacteristic three-minute lull in scoring, as each team worked to find the perfect opportunity.  The Tartans hit the post once, but it was the Sailors who would strike with just under 0:40 remaining.  After a relentless ride that would not allow the home team out of their defensive zone, senior defender Maxine Aiello jumped a forced pass and caused a turnover; she scooped the ball, attacked the cage, was turned away by the Tartan defense, and brought the ball to X.  Senior attacker Nicole Newman jumped behind to offer the outlet, brought the ball above the goal line extended, and fed a cutting Farley, who received at the waist, dodged one defender, and pocketed the shot on the near post for the late lead.  But St. Margaret’s would not be denied, and they sent their best driver to work; two free positions later, the game was tied again.  Siegfried earned the ensuing draw control on the Tartan foul, drove through four defenders and ripped a shot with two seconds to go, but was unable to ice the dramatic victory in regulation time.

The first overtime period produced a few shots and a few nice saves, but neither team could finish the game before switching ends.  Off the opening draw of the second overtime period, Rothbard scooped the loose ball, brought it to X, then went to work from the opposite goal line extended.  She executed an inside roll and slotted the ball in the opposite high corner.  The celebration was on, and the Sailors rode home with the 13-12 OT victory and the program’s first ever berth in the Orange County Final Four.




Newport Harbor 9
San Juan Hills 7

Sailors post upset against San Juan Hills
Matt Szabo | Contact Reporter

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — A standout offensive play was provided when Newport Harbor girls’ lacrosse junior Sarah Farley reached to the heavens to snag sophomore Adena Rothbard’s pass, before beating a double-team and scoring the go-ahead goal.

“As far as a highlight reel, that one would be SportsCenter top 10, all day,” Newport Harbor Coach Matt Armstrong said.

A standout defensive play was provided four minutes later, when senior goalie Hannah Sanders reached up to stop a rocket shot off a free position from San Juan Hills leading scorer Journey Fischbeck and preserve that lead.

“The play of the game goes to Hannah for blocking Journey’s really good shot down there,” Newport Harbor senior defender and co-captain Jordan Rausch said with a big smile after the game. “It was so good.”

As for Newport Harbor senior midfielder and co-captain Rylie Siegfried, she provided the steady play and scoring touch that her team needed.

Siegfried scored a game-high five goals to help the Sailors notch the first playoff victory for anyone on the roster. No. 10-seeded Newport Harbor upset No. 7 San Juan Hills, 9-7, in the first round of the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division playoffs on Tuesday night at San Juan Hills High.

Newport Harbor earned its first win playoff in six years and will play at No. 2-seeded St. Margaret’s, a 19-3 winner over Woodbridge, in the South Division quarterfinals on Thursday.

“What I said to them after the game was that I’ve been waiting for this victory for like three years,” Armstrong said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Siegfried helped make sure that the Sailors would make a return trip to San Juan Capistrano on Thursday. But in the end, it was her assist to the third team captain, junior Katie Hendrix, that helped ice the game with 1:41 remaining.

Hendrix had a pair of goals and Rothbard had a goal and two assists for the Sailors (11-6). Sanders made 10 big saves, five in each half. Two of them came off free position shots in the final seven minutes, as the Stallions (14-5) had an extended offensive possession down by just a goal.

“It was a little nerve-wracking, but I knew I had to step up,” Sanders said.

The individual defense by Sanders and Rausch, as well as good team defense, were key in limiting San Juan Hills. The Sailors held Fischbeck, who scored 90 goals in the regular season, scoreless.

“As Armstrong says, ‘Defense wins championships,'” Rausch said. “That definitely proved itself in this game. We had a play, because we know she does the little crease roll. We were planning for it the whole game and in practice [Monday], we practiced it a lot … It was very stressful on the defense side a lot of the time, but we played our game the best we could.”

Siegfried led Newport Harbor with three draws won and four ground balls, while Farley, Hendrix and Rothbard all had three ground balls. Lysie Kenney, Maxine Aiello, Heather Roberts and Jillian Rosten had one each. Caitlin Dwyer had an assist.

The Sailors took a 5-3 halftime lead and never trailed, but they also had to withstand a San Juan Hills rally in the second half.

A 6-3 Newport lead vanished after San Juan Hills got goals from Bridget Cain, Mandy Muhr and Elena Guillen. But then Rothbard found Siegfried cutting in front to give the Sailors back the lead, 7-6, with 12:20 to play.

“It was really consistent throughout the whole season, our second half was better than our first,” Siegfried said. “We didn’t give up. When they scored, we didn’t get down on ourselves … I guess I just told myself I had to step it up one more level.”

Cain’s third goal of the night tied the score again with 11:04 to play, before Farley scored with 9:15 left to give the visitors an 8-7 lead that would hold up.

Hendrix provided the insurance goal, shooting low to score in the final two minutes.

Newport Harbor will be the underdog against St. Margaret’s. But Armstrong believes his team will be ready. Tuesday’s victory was also the first playoff win for Armstrong, who is in his fifth year in charge of the Sailors.

“I’ve been saying all along that Nos. 2 through 12 could all beat each other,” he said. “I don’t like to play the common opponent game too much, but if you like to play that game, San Juan Hills lost to St. Margaret’s by one and we beat San Juan Hills by two … You know, we’re going to have our work cut out for us, but I have a lot of faith that our girls will step up and do what they need to do. I think tonight they proved to themselves that they can win the big game.”

The Sailors have indeed had close losses to teams like Beckman, Corona del Mar and Los Alamitos this season. But on Tuesday, they proved they could come up with a clutch victory to keep their season alive.

“It feels really good,” Rausch said. “We had three goals at the beginning of the season: to make it to the second round of playoffs, to beat CdM and to win [the outright] league [title]. We didn’t end up beating CdM, but it feels really good to get two out of three, considering we got zero out of three last year.”

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And the Fundraiser 2016 Winners are…




$250 – Helen Guiltunan #1986

$500 – Vargas #2475

$1000 – Gail Standt #0426

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse Fundraiser 2016. We raised over $13,000 for our program! Your support makes it possible for our program to exist and grow.

Please contact Shannon McCormack @ (949)878-8460 to claim your prize!


CONGRATULATIONS Sunset League All-Academic Team

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Student Athletes who were named to the Sunset League All-Academic Team. 12 Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse Varsity players made the cut!

Students must be a Varsity Spring Sport Athlete to qualify for this prestigious award and post at least a 3.80 weighted GPA for the third quarter.


Allen, Hayden 3.83
Farley, Sarah 3.83
Hendrix, Katie 3.94
Kenney, Lysie 3.83
Lukosky, Emily 3.83
Riggan, Sophia 4.00
Roberts, Heather 4.08
Rothbard, Adena 4.00
Siegfried, Rylie 4.60
Tran, Laura 4.63
Warmington, Rylee 3.92
Woodruff, Jessica 4.31



Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week: Katie Hendrix

  Athlete of the Week: Hendrix keeps busy for Sailors

David Carrillo Peñaloza


David Carrillo Peñaloza
Contact Reporter

Katie Hendrix is a student, athlete and coach. She is one busy 16-year-old.

She is taking six honors classes at Newport Harbor High. She plays on the girls’ lacrosse team. She coaches a middle school girls’ lacrosse team.

Hendrix finds the time to do all these activities and she does them at a high level. She said she has a 4.3 weighted grade-point average. She is one of the top players on the Sailors. She inspires younger girls.

The last one is what Newport Harbor Coach Matt Armstrong admires the most about Hendrix.

“For me, there’s the sport, but then there’s like what the sport offers, and it’s the team, the bonding, the camaraderie, the friendship, but then for [girls like Hendrix there are] opportunities for leadership, to give back to the community,” Armstrong said. “[Girls like Hendrix are] literally volunteering their time, just to help girls have a better chance at something that they’ve had a chance with.”

Armstrong calls Hendrix a natural leader. She has definitely guided the Sailors to a historic season.

Hendrix is the first member in her family to lead a Newport Harbor lacrosse team to a perfect league title this year. She hopes the next one is her brother, Cooper, whose boys’ team closes out Sunset League play on Friday against Marina.

Katie’s Sailors won at Esperanza, 11-1, on Thursday, completing the first undefeated Newport Harbor girls’ league championship. Hendrix and the Sailors closed out the regular season by beating the program they shared first place with in the Century Sunset-Empire League last year.

This season, Newport Harbor dominated league, going 8-0, and Hendrix, a junior committed to Arizona State University, has been vital to the success.

Last week, when the Sailors clinched the outright league title in an 11-1 victory against Yorba Linda, Hendrix finished with two goals, three assists, two ground balls and two draws won. She also recorded two goals, two assists and a ground ball in a 14-5 win against El Dorado.

For the season, Hendrix totaled 26 goals, 14 assists, 31 ground balls, and won 40 draws in 16 overall games played. The game that is the most important for Hendrix, a midfielder, comes next week, when the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division playoffs start.

The past two postseason trips for Hendrix have ended in the same fashion, one-and-done. She and the Sailors look to change things this year in the first round.

Hendrix said the team has already achieved two of the three goals it set out this year. The first was to compete in the Battle of the Bay against archrival Corona del Mar, and the Sailors did in a 9-7 setback. The second goal was to claim the league outright. The third goal is to reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time.

Hendrix and the Sailors learn of their opening-round opponent on Saturday during the release of the playoff pairings. They hope to earn a better seed than the last two postseason appearances when the Sailors were the No. 15 and No. 12 seeds, losing on the road to Foothill, 13-1, last year, and at Mater Dei, 10-2, two years ago.

If Newport Harbor (11-6 overall) has to travel in the first round on Tuesday, Armstrong said his team would be OK. The Sailors are used to playing on the road.

“These girls have shown a lot of resilience in that every game is kind of an away game,” said Armstrong, whose team has played its home games at Estancia High because of renovations at Newport Harbor’s Davidson Field. “We’re getting kind of tossed and turned all around. We drove up to [West Hills to play] Chaminade [and we won, 9-6, on March 18]. We drove down to Temecula [to face Temecula Valley and we won, 11-4, on Tuesday]. We’ve sort of been all over the map, and they’ve showed up to play no matter what. That’s a huge testament to the team and the leadership on the team.”

Hendrix is a vocal leader, and she has learned a few things about coaching from Armstrong, who’s in his fifth season at the helm of the Sailors. Hendrix is in her first year coaching Newport Harbor’s feeder program, Anchor LAX, comprised of sixth- seventh- and eight-grade girls in the Newport Harbor zone.

Hendrix coaches, along with teammates Jordan Rausch and Rylie Siegfried, and Newport Harbor assistant coach Kaleigh Gibbons, a former standout with the Monmouth University women’s lacrosse team.

“It’s so fun to watch them coach,” Armstrong said of his players. “They are really natural. They really interact well with the girls and the girls respond to them. There’s this other part of me that like loves watching them get on the girls’ case for things that I get on their case for. It’s funny because like they will be doing something in practice, and then 20 minutes later, they’ll be like complaining to those girls about what they’re doing.”

Hendrix finds a way to redirect the younger girls during practices at Ensign Intermediate School.

“I always use like the term, ‘It didn’t matter if like Harry kissed Sally today at school, but we need to like focus,'” Hendrix said, before telling them, “We got a game on Saturday. We only have three hours of practice this whole week. We need to just focus for an hour and a half, and like after you can talk about whatever, you can talk about it [during] water breaks, we don’t care, just like don’t talk about it when we’re [practicing or] playing.”

Katie Hendrix

Born: June 1, 1999

Hometown: Newport Beach

Height: 5-foot-7

Sport: Lacrosse

Year: Junior

Coach: Matt Armstrong

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite movie: “21 Jump Street”

Favorite athletic moment: “Probably just like rallying against CdM [in a 9-7 loss in the Battle of the Bay rivalry game].”

Week in review: Hendrix finished with two goals, three assists, two ground balls and two draws won, helping the Sailors clinch their first outright league title with an 11-1 win against Yorba Linda. She also recorded two goals, two assists and a ground ball in a 14-5 win against El Dorado in Century Sunset-Empire League action.

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