Former Foothill girls lacrosse teammates and Orange County Players of the Year Hannah Upshaw and Julia Taylor met as collegiate foes for the first time on Saturday. Upshaw, a freshman goalie at USC, experienced college lacrosse for the first time when the Trojans played Oregon in the Dianne Whipple College Showcase at Manhassett High School on Long Island on Saturday. Taylor, a sophomore defender at Oregon, played in 16 games last season and scored two goals for the Ducks.
Taylor and Upshaw are shown above celebrating Foothill’s 2015 Southern Section Championship (left) and reuniting on Saturday (right). Taylor was the 2015 Player of the Year. Upshaw made it two Foothill POTYs in a row when she won the award this past Spring.
Upshaw and Taylor will be seeing more of one another in the future. USC Women’s Lacrosse and Oregon Women’s Lacrosse both currently compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Ducks and Trojans will join forces with Cal, Arizona State, Colorado and Stanford in 2018 when women’s lacrosse becomes a Pac-12 sport in 2018.
In addition to USC and Oregon, UMass, Loyola, Columbia, Fairfield, Marquette, Quinnipiac and Stony Brook participated in this year’s event. The Diane Whipple Foundation is a non-profit organization established by friends, teammates, and family members of Diane, who graduated from Manhasset High School in 1986. Through donations and tournament proceeds, the Foundation provides needs-based financial support to young women who wish to elevate their skills in lacrosse through participation in camps and club play and to communities developing women’s lacrosse programs. Financial assistance by the Foundation helps provide opportunities for young women to continue their love of sport through lacrosse and to realize important life goals.