GLax Preview: No. 3 Trabuco Hills vs No. 14 El Dorado

No. 3 Trabuco Hills will begin its quest for a deep playoff run and the program’s first Southern Section championship when it hosts no. 14 El Dorado tonight at 7:00 pm.

What to Know About Trabuco Hills

The Mustangs bring a 13-3 record and the South Coast League championship to the playoffs.   All of their losses came to Top 5 teams:  No. 1 Mater Dei, No. 2 Foothill, and No. 5 San Clemente.  They have victories over No. 6 Newport Harbor, No. 7 Santa Margarita and No. 8 Tesoro.  With a 13 goals per game average, the Mustangs should be exciting to watch.  Sophomore Hennessey Evans (98 points) and junior Juliet Mooney  (68 points) are the big offensive weapons.  Senior goalie  Ashley Bell backstopped a defense that allowed just 8.3 goals per game.

What to Know About El Dorado

El Dorado Girls Lacrosse

The Hawks enter the playoffs with the longest winning streak of any team.  They went on a 14-game tear after losing their opener to University.  El Dorado will be looking for some respect in this matchup.  A low strength of schedule resulted in a lower seeding than their record would indicate.  MaxPreps and LaxPower both had the Hawks at No. 11.

The key to an upset – slow down the Mustangs’ offense.  Trabuco Hills was held to about five goals per game in their three losses, and El Dorado just may have the D to do that. The Hawks held opponents to 5.0 goals per game when sophomore Alexis Spielman was between the pipes. Keep an eye on seniors Celeste DeLeon and Melody Pierro on the offensive end and when the Hawks need a gb.

“Melody was “borrowed” from the volleyball team her sophomore year and never looked back,” head coach  Pat O’Donnell said by email. “She has worked exceptionally hard to improve her game in all aspects, trickling down to the rest of her team. If she is not practicing her stick skills and working out, you can find her restringing sticks for other players or studying for her 3 AP classes.”