By Matt Smith
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 at 1:18 pm in Lacrosse.
The East Bay girls lacrosse team was announced today, and the first team appeared in the newspaper.
Here are the first and second teams.
MVP: Lauren Goerz, Monte Vista, middie, Jr. — Goerz was a force for the Mustangs and she was the engine for the North Coast Section’s best team. She controlled the midfield, scoring wise, passing wise and on draws. She controlled 48 draws on the year, she scored 33 goals and had 10 assists in EBAL play. She is very athletic and her presence on the field was always a plus for Monte Vista.
COACH: Dearborn David, Monte Vista — It’s one thing to head into the season as the best team, but it’s another to end the season as the best team. The Monte Vista Mustangs were able to do that as David, in her fourth year at the helm, was able to lead the Mustangs to their first ever North Coast Section title. It was a fantastic season for the Mustangs as they won 19 games and by finishing it with a 17-8 win over California, did not lose to an NCS team. They went through the East Bay Athletic League unbeaten, which is never easy.
Corrine Kantor, California, attack, Sr. — Kantor was named to the EBAL’s first team as she played a huge role for the Grizzlies in reaching the NCS finals. The very solid senior led the team with 80 points as she found the back of the net 58 times for goals, and she also had 22 assists., including one in the NCS championship match.
Mollie Bailey, Carondelet, attack, Sr. — Bailey was a first-team All-East Bay performer last year, and for the second consecutive year, she was first team All-EBAL as well. The Cougars reached the NCS semifinals thanks in large part to Bailey, who scored 49 goals, had 44 ground balls, but most importantly she had an amazing 62 assists.
Jillian Bush, Monte Vista, attack, Sr. — Probably the most dynamic scorer on the Mustangs NCS championship team, Bush could put up points in bunches. She scored five time in the title game against California and had 54 goals and nine assists for the EBAL season. She was first team All-EBAL.
Emily DeSimone, Carondelet, middie, Jr. — DeSimone was a prolific scorer for the Cougars this year with absolutely eye-popping numbers. She couldn’t be stopped around the net, scoring 81 goals, but that wasn’t all that she could do. She grabbed 53 ground balls and also had 23 assists for a team that reached the NCS seminfinals.
Rachel Ozer, Campolindo, middie, Jr. — Ozer was one of the best and most polished point scorers in the entire DFAL, coming up with 98 of them for the Cougars this season. In leading the team to a second place finish in the league and an NCS playoff berth, Ozer scored 41 goals and most impressively she helped her team out with 57 assists.
Katie Mitchell, Acalanes, middie, Sr. — Mitchell was a very prolific scorer for the Dons during her tenure and the senior was awarded this year by being chosen as the DFAL MVP. In a league where middies dominated, Mitchell rose above the rest.
Teresa Li, Amador Valley, middie, Jr. — Li is a very dynamic player and she is only a junior. She was chosen to the EBAL’s first team, and she was very deserving. She did a bit of everything for the Dons, scoring 56 goals, dishing out 29 assists but she also came up with 88 ground balls and she was a force with 66 draw controls.
Jocelyn Algieri, California, middie, Jr. — Algieri was named to the second team in the EBAL, in a season when there were many, many good middies in the league. She played a big role in the Grizzlies reaching the NCS finals as she scored 56 goals, had 19 assists, on top of coming up with 85 ground balls, causing 30 turnovers and controlling 72 draws.
Melissa Trisko, Monte Vista, defender, Sr. — The Mustangs defense was a big reason they won the NCS title and a big reason was because of how hard it was to get past Trisko in the back field. She never left her player unchecked, and was a disruptive force. She caused numerous turnovers and picked up 32 ground balls in EBAL play.
Maddie Saxton, Foothill, defender, Jr. — Saxton was a first team All-EBAL selection as the Foothill defense was a big reason the Falcons made the playoffs. Her numbers were very, very good as she came up with 76 ground balls to lead the and she forced 20 turnovers. She also had 30 goals, had eight assists and came up with eight interceptions. She was voted the team’s co-MVP.
Jessica Daut, Amador Valley, defender, Soph — Daut showed an uncanny knack for finding the ball, coming up with a phenominal 89 ground balls on the season. She was named to the EBAL’s first team and not just for the ground balls. She caused 54 turnovers on top of also scoring 20 goals and 18 assists to help out the offense.
Caroline Federighi, Amador Valley, goal keeper, Jr. — Federighi was very dominant between the pipes for the Dons as her EBAL MVP award would indicate. She played a huge role in the team’s run to the NCS semifinals. She stopped 61 percent of the shots that she faced and came up with a total of 255 stops on the season.
Hayley Olson, Granada, attack, Jr. — Olson was named to the EBAL’s first team as she had 69 goals, 17 assists and 54 ground balls.
Kari Taylor, California, attack, Sr. — Taylor made the EBAL’s second team as she had 47 goals and 24 assists on the season.
Jessica Esteban, San Ramon Valley, attack, Jr. — Esteban was a very good all-around player for the Wolves, scoring 63 goals, with 17 assists, 64 clears and 47 ground balls.
Devon Frazer, Acalanes, middie, Soph — Frazer is just a sophomore and will likely be a force for the Dons for years to come. Frazer was named to the DFAL’s first team.
Elizabeth Landry, Acalanes, middie, Soph — Landry was chosen as a first team DFAL performer helping the Dons win 17 games.
Amanda Cross, San Ramon Valley, middie, Sr. — Cross scored 50 goals, had 41 assists, 39 clears and grabbed 28 ground balls for the Wolves.
Zaynib Hamze, Dublin, middie, Sr. — Playing on an average Dublin team didn’t stop Hamze from shining, earning first team All-DFAL honors. She is heading to Detroit-Mercy to continue her career.
Erin Walsh, Miramonte, middie, Jr. — Walsh was named to the DFAL’s first team after another very good year with the Matadors.
Kelsey Udinski, Foothill, defender, Sr. — Udinski was a first team All-EBAL selection as she came up with 46 ground balls, led the team with 19 interceptions and forced seven turnovers. She was voted the team’s co-MVP as she also had 24 goals and six assists.
Madison Moore, California, defender, Soph — Moore scooped up 48 ground balls for the Grizzlies and also forced 39 turnovers.
Lauren Bruhn, Carondelet, defender, Sr. — Bruhn was a force for the Cougars as she had 48 ground balls, 14 steals, eight assists and eight goals.
Emily Ledford, California, goal keeper, Sr. — A big reason Cal reached the NCS finals, Ledford had 16 wins, a 51 percent save percentage and 238 saves.