Aliso Niguel Girls Lacrosse Captains Lead Turnaround

The leadership of captains Quninnlyn Mason, Summer Khatib, Sydney Stewart, and Hiela Manely have helped the Aliso Niguel girls lacrosse team make an impressive rebound from last season’s 2-14 record.  The Wolverines (9-4; 3-1) are only one game behind Trabuco Hills in the chase for the South Coast League Championship and appear to be well positioned for post-season play.

Mason is the offensive captain and catalyst.  The junior middie is committed to Berkeley and was recently selected to play on the OC National Tournament Team for the third time.  Mason has already put up 62 points (50g, 12a) this season.  Head Coach Dave Elkins says Mason is a “hard working kid and a great leader for the team.”

“One of the hardest workers on the team and leads our defense in ground balls,” is how Elkins describes Khatib, his defensive captain.  Khatib has 24 groundballs thus far in her third year on varsity.  She wants to play college lacrosse and is currently researching D2/3 schools in the area.

Stewart is the assistant offensive captain.  Elkins says that the second-year varsity player is a “hard working attacker who sets the tone for team ethics and recognizing the value of each player on the team and helping them contribute to the team covenants.”

Manely, another second year varsity player, is the assistant defensive captain.  Elkins says Manely is a “solid defensive leader and an example of hard work to the younger players.”

Elkins said that all four captains are part of the Wolverines’ three-level leadership team and are active daily in helping the team uphold the Proactive Coaching team covenants as a standard.

The covenants are part of  “a new program that we are implementing with the girls this year that they created to make us a good team and even better people,” Elkins reported.  “Some good stuff here that is really relevant to our current improvements.”

The Aliso Niguel girls lacrosse team covenants are present below.

AN ALISO LACROSSE PLAYER VALUES….

ACCOUNTABILITY: An Aliso player is accountable for her words and her actions. She is on time to practice. She owns her mistakes and learns from them. She pays attention to detail. She doesn’t talk negatively about anyone. She encourages her teammates and helps them improve. She has remarkable integrity. She is trustworthy.

UNITY: An Aliso player knows she is not a player without her sisters, teammates, and battle friends. She understands that strength comes through unity. She is unselfish and plays for her teammates, and always makes her teammates look better.

GRIT: An Aliso lacrosse player has grit. She shows no weakness and plays hard even when she has nothing left to give. She pushes herself when it hurts. She continues to run even when her legs cramp. She continues to communicate even when she is out of breath. She fights for every ground ball. She never gives up. She is mentally tough, and even when she does get beat, she relentlessly does everything in her power to get the ball back.

COMMITMENT: An Aliso player is committed to and passionate about her team. She works hard on and off the field. She finds the time to practice. She knows what her priorities are. She is loyal to her team. She commits herself to the team’s covenants.

CONFIDENCE: An Aliso player is a confident young woman. She walks onto the field with swag, and walks off the field with a humble heart no matter the results. She remains poised when upset, and is mentally tough. She is tenacious, giving 110% effort every time. She has no regrets. She trusts her teammates and coaches. She is fearless.

PER UNITATEM VIS – THROUGH UNITY, STRENGTH

I, _____________________________________, do promise to uphold these covenants and do my best to live up to the expectations of myself, my teammates, and my coaches each and every day.

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