Thirteen girls’ lacrosse players from Orange County high schools will play NCAA lacrosse in the fall. This is the largest class ever of Orange County graduates advancing to play lacrosse at this level. The young women who will become Aggies, Bulldogs, Golden Bears, Lakers, Lions, Sagehens, and Trojans in the fall are introduced below.
Shelley Cummings– Cummings was a four-year varsity player at Mission Viejo, and all league player all four years, as well as all county last year. This season she had a huge statistical year, scoring 37 points on 33 goals and 4 assists. She had 61 goals and 10 assists in her career at Mission Viejo. Cummings will play next year at Fresno State.
Kendall Derbyshire- Derbyshire was a four-year starter at Trabuco Hills. She was the league rookie of the year freshman year, and has been first or second team all league every year since. Her careers totals are astounding; 219 points on 124 goals and 95 assists, 155 draw wins, and 49 ground balls. Coach Scott Leung refers to Derbyshire as “a true competitor.” She will play next year at Fresno State.
Journey Fischbeck– Fischbeck, another four-year varsity player at Capo Valley and San Juan Hills, and 2016 Sea View League POY, Fischbeck’s statistics are impressive enough, though according to coaches and peers, it is her leadership that separates her on the lacrosse field. Fischbeck will play next year at Butler.
Alexia Hipsher – While at Mater Dei Hipsher had 29 takeaways, 30 groundballs, and 15 draw controls. This year she helped the Monarchs capture the program’s first US Lacrosse Orange County and Southern Section championships. Hipsher was voted the team’s most improved player in 2014. She was also a Scholar Athlete and received the Principal’s Honor Award while at Mater Dei. Sh will continue her lacrosse career at Grand Valley State University.
Meridian Lee– While at Foothill Lee scored 126 goals and had 23 assists as well as 498 career draw controls for a faceoff win percentage of 73%. Foothill head coach Kate Hick has nothing but praise for Lee, saying “She is the one player I demand the most of, and without fail, she always finds a way to meet those expectations.” Last year Lee was first team All-County as well as All-Academic. Meridian was a vital component of Foothill’s 2015 Southern Section championship. Lee will play collegiate lacrosse next year at Pomona-Pitzer.
Maryn Macha– Macha, a four-year varsity player at Mission Viejo, scored 110 points in her career on 81 goals and 21 assists. Macha will attend UC Berkely next year.
Noelani Murayama – Murayama was a four-year varsity player at St. Margaret’s scoring 224 points in her career on 177 goals and 47 assists. In 2015 Murayama was selected to first team All County. Next year she will be playing collegiately at UC Berkely.
Sofia Naumovski – While at El Dorado Naumovski made 588 saves for a career save percentage of 50%. In 2015 Naumovski was the CES League Most Valuable Goalie and in 2016 was selected to first team all league. Naumovski will play next year at Emerson College.
Campbell Poe– Poe was a three-year starter at Los Alamitos High School. Poe won the Southern Section Championship both her freshman and sophomore year, she was the starter as a sophomore. She is signed to play at Arizona State University.
Sophia Schade – Schade was a four-year varsity starter and two-time captain for the Los Alamitos Griffins. In 2015 she was named an All American, First Team All County, and was the only junior field player in Southern California named to the USA Today All-USA California Girls Lacrosse Team. Sophia will be serving our country and playing as a Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy.
Rylie Siegfried– Siegfried was a two-time captain and a four- year varsity player for the Sailors. During her high school career Siegfried scored 102 points (78 goals, 24 assists). Siegfried is the 2016 Century-Empire-Sunset Player of the Year. She was All-County Second Team in 2015 and played for the Orange County National Tournament Team as well as an Academic All-American. Congratulations to Rylie, who will continue her lacrosse career at UC Davis.
Sophia Silane – Silane was a four-year varsity player and team captain at Woodbridge High School. She scored 133 goals and had 23 assists in her high school career. Next year, Silane will attend and play lacrosse at Pomona-Pitzer College.
Hannah Upshaw – Upshaw was a three-year varsity starter at Foothill High School, and lead the team to back to back OC Championship appearances including a Southern Section Championship in 2015. Upshaw made 196 saves in 2016 for a total save percentage of 60%. Coach Hick says of Upshaw, “her love propels her to study her play and recognize where she needs improvements, drives her to push her teammates on defense to play tougher, and as a captain, she leads with a quiet intensity and commitment.” In 2015, Upshaw was named a first-team All American, an All-Academic, and first team All-County. Upshaw will play at the University of Southern California.