After one full week of play, Esperanza was the big mover and shaker in the girls’ lacrosse coaches poll. The Aztecs moved all the way from No. 18 to No. 13 after defeating two higher ranked opponents in the first week of play.
Aliso Niguel fell to the Aztecs first, by a score of 8-7. Two nights later Esperanza defeated Los Al 5-4 in another low-scoring, one-goal game showing that the Aztecs may be for real this season.
Further up the ladder, Mater Dei, Foothill, and St. Margaret’s maintained their positions as the Top 3 teams in Orange County. Despite playing only one game, Santa Margarita moved up to No. 4 from No. 7. Trabuco Hills rounded out the Top 5..
(Courtesy of MaxLaxOC)
Beckman girls’ lacrosse head coach Tim Duchene announced that junior Carly Tobias, and seniors Taylor Stern, Layne Takahash, and Molly Allen were named captains of the 2018 Patriots.
“All four of our captains are gifted lacrosse players and scholar-athletes,” Duchene said by email. “They have unique skill sets and personalities that complement each other and bring out the best in themselves and their teammates.”
Tobias (left above), a junior midfielder, is a three-year varsity player. She played for the OC National Tournament Teams as a freshman and sophomore. She was first-team Pacific Coast All-League in 2016 and 2017 and is committed to play at D2 Lindenwood University in St. Louis. “Carly is tireless and works diligently to continually improve,” Duchene said.
Stern, a returning captain, is a senior midfielder and a four-year varsity player. She scored 100 points last year while earning first-team All PCL honors for the second consecutive year. She was a member of the 2016 Orange County National Team. Stern is committed to play at San Diego State University next year. “Taylor is a competent and confident player with natural ability and a drive to excel,” Duchene said.
Takahash is a senior attacker and three-year varsity player as well as a scholar-athlete throughout high school. “We have the utmost confidence in Layne, with her keen offensive insight, and are truly excited to see her thrive in her new role as co-captain!” said Duchene.
Allen, a senior defender, is a second-year captain and three-year varsity player. She was first-team All PCL and first-team All-County in 2017. “We rely heavily on her defensive presence and continue to expect great things from her this season!” said Duchene.
Tom grew up in Upstate NY playing ice hockey and eventually box Lacrosse. He has an engineering degree from SUNY Buffalo and an MBA from Syracuse. In his day job, he’s a real estate developer with projects around the country, and president of a frozen foods company in KC. Toms been coaching women’s lacrosse in OC for 15 years, at Pioneer, Beckman, Sage Hill and CdM before returning to Beckman this season. He’s also coached TeamOC, OCStarz, XTeam and the OC/LA team at the Women’s National Tournament. Currently, Tom is senior women’s game trainer with the national staff of the US Lacrosse Coach Development Program, training coaches nationwide during the off season. Tom and Barb raised a grow son and daughter through Pioneer, Beckman and NCAA lacrosse programs and both are now successful professionals. After five years of finding it difficult to get excited about the other teams Tom has coached, Barb is thrilled to be returning to the Beckman parents sidelines and booster club activities for every game in 2018.
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With the season ready to begin in less than a week, it is time to begin the 2018 girls’ lacrosse pre-season Top 20 countdown. A total of 12 coaches responded to the MaxLaxOC survey and here are the results for Nos. 11 – 20. 2017 records are shown in parentheses.
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A total of 111 girls’ lacrosse players were placed on the US Lacrosse Orange County Chapter (USL-OC) Preseason All-County Watch List. The list includes three players who were named to the 2017 All-County First Team: Beckman senior Molly Allen (pictured, left), St. Margaret’s senior Cailin Young (pictured, center) and Trabuco Hills junior Hennessey Evans (pictured, right).
“Our goal with the preseason watch list is to highlight players to watch this season that could likely be candidates for All-County,” girl’s lacrosse chair Lauren Ciccomascolo said by email.
Evaluations will continue during the season as coaches will be asked to evaluate potential All-County players on the opposing team via a google form. These forms will be due to USL-OC each Sunday evening. A girl’s lacrosse Player of the Week will be selected from each week’s nominations and announced on MaxLaxOC.com. If a coach does not complete the form, their players will not be eligible for player of the week honors.
“Our ultimate goal is to have an evidence folder of names at the end of the year so that when we are deciding All-County we can ensure that all the girls deserving of this status are appropriately honored,” Ciccomascolo added.
Mandi Willis grew up in Irvine, California attending Irvine High School. She played on the Varsity Lacrosse team all four years and served as captain her junior and senior seasons. Mandi was named midfield MVP all four years and earned All-League award all four year. Mandi also played soccer for the varsity soccer team for three years and served as captain her senior season. She earned first team all-league and offensive MVP award her senior season. Mandi went on to play soccer at Santiago Canyon under coach Ian Woodhead from 2013-2015. Both years she made it to the state championships taking second place. In 2015, her team went undefeated in league. She earned Most Improved and Most Inspirational awards that season. After attending Santiago Canyon, Mandi went on to play soccer at Providence Christian College. She served as captain for the season she played.
After leaving Providence, Mandi started coaching for Victory Lacrosse where she continues to serve. Mandi is also the head coach for the CSULB Division 2 club lacrosse team.
Mandi is currently taking classes at Orange Coast College, studying kinesiology. She plans to transfer to Cal State Fullerton to continue her education. She aspires to be a physical therapist.
VARSITY PHOTO SHOOT – SAVE THE DATE
When: Saturday, April 22nd
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Where: Crystal Cove
What to wear: The girls will be wearing white summer dresses, as well as their red jerseys and jeans. Please also bring your Letterman’s Jacket if you have one and your lacrosse stick.
More details to follow.
Team Dinner – BJ’s Restaurant immediately following practice, Wednesday. 4/5.
Thank you to the Edmondson and Stern families for hosting this dinner.
Beckman Girls Lacrosse Families
We will be placing the final order of the season for our Beckman Lacrosse ball caps.
There are two different embroidery styles as well as two different cap styles - both are available in red or navy.
Samples will be available at Mondays game at Irvine HS and also at practice on Tuesday.
If you would like to purchase one, the cost is $15 payable by cash or a check to Beckman Girls Lacrosse Boosters.
Orders should be received by end of practice Tuesday, March 28th and can be given to Tammy Stern (Taylor’s mom).
Please specify cap style, color and embroidery choice.
Expected deliver 7-10 days.
Thank you for your continued support of our amazing girls!
Beckman Girls Lacrosse Boosters