Hooks and Houser lead Mater Dei Past Griffins

Los Alamitos – The Mater Dei girls’ lacrosse team didn’t let Friday’s loss to Torrey Pines affect them when they returned to Orange County competition on Tuesday. The Monarchs rolled to a 19-7 win over Los Alamitos at Los Alamitos High School to keep their win streak against Orange County teams intact. The Monarchs have not lost to an Orange County team since they lost to Beckman in the CIF county semifinals in 2015.

“I think we still have things that we need to work on. It takes everyone to be successful. Los Al’s always very good with their basic stick skills and general LAX IQ, but we always expect a good game from them,” Mater Dei Coach Cressita Bowman said.

From the opening draw, the No.1 Monarchs (10-2) were in no danger against the Griffins. Mater Dei was led by Madi Hooks who had six goals and five assists and Grace Houser who had five goals, Tess Keiser had three goals, Lauren Gonzales and Peyton Smith had two goals while Sydney Payne added one goal. Goalie Courtney Walburger had seven saves for the Monarchs.

“Mater Dei is a good team. We knew it was going to be a tough game if we didn’t play our best,” Los Alamitos Coach Sophia Aragon said.

The Griffins were led by Kennedi Cantrell who had three goals. Aragon said that Cantrell has grown as a player on and off the field.

“I think on the transitions we were a little slow and we got a little frazzled once it came to getting triple-teamed,” Cantrell said. “I think we really held our own and we really looked good compared how we’ve previously looked.”

Morgan Kalish, Rachel Drukker, Victoria Hansen and Riley Deutsch had one goal apiece for Los Alamitos (5-5). Goalie Kelsey McGrath had seven saves for the Griffins, which play St.Margaret’s at home at 5:30 p.m.

Mater Dei’s next game is next Wednesday at Novato High School at 6 p.m.

Fun Fact: Tuesday’s game marked Bowman’s 80th win as Mater Dei’s head coach. Bowman started coaching at Mater Dei in 2012.

Teran Rodriguez
Teran Rodriguez has been a member of the MaxLax family for three years (going on four).