Chaminade Girls Lacrosse: 2016 Preview

Chaminade girls lacrosse is coming off the best season in the program’s history — an 18-4 overall record, two playoff victories and a spot in the LA North final, opposite Oak Park. Previously, the Eagles hadn’t advanced beyond the second round. With a nucleus of players returning, coach Scott Cohen is looking to match or improve on last year’s finish.

Coach Cohen provided this look at the 2016 Eagles:

The Chaminade Eagles are looking to return to the LA County Final Four with a dynamic attack and a veteran defense intact from last year’s 18-4 finish. Last spring Chaminade tied for the most US Lacrosse All-County selections with five.

Emma Dawson, Chaminade
Emma Dawson was the Pacific League offensive player of the year last spring.

Despite losing its four-time All-League starting goalie and 131 points on offense, the Orange and Blue is looking for a fourth-consecutive 13-plus win season; fourth league championship (shared with Glendale in 2014); and to win the gold bracket of the Birmingham Lacrosse Tournament, also for a fourth straight year.

Two first-team All-County athletes lead the attack in senior captain Emma Dawson and sophomore Cate Mackel (57 percent on draw controls). The two combined for 211 points in 2016. Mackel was the only freshman awarded first-team honors.

The swarming defense is anchored by senior captain Gwynneth Thomas (13g, 9a, 66 percent on draw controls).