With the 2019 lacrosse season already under way, MaxLax has compiled a list of senior girls players who deserve your attention this spring.
Assembled from last season’s all-league and all-area lists, along with nominations from area coaches, here are a long (but probably incomplete) list of senior players to watch in the LA area.
Emma Hodges, attacker, Redondo Union
Hodges was named a 2018 US Lacrosse All-American last season after amassing 91 points (50 goals, 41 assists) in helping the Sea Hawks claim their second consecutive LA championship. She was named first-team All-Area and first-team All-Bay League in both 2017 and 2018.
Hope Jin, midfielder, West Ranch
A 2018 US Lacrosse All-Academic selection, Jin helped the Wildcats reach the LA semifinals for the first time in program history. A four-year starter, Jin has been named first-team All-Pacific League in each of her three previous seasons.
Addy Bass, midfielder, Redondo Union
Bass scored a team-leading 55 goals last year in earning first-team All-Area and All-Bay League for the second year in a row. She also scored 53 goals as a sophomore and has signed to continue her career with NCAA D-I Stetson University in Florida.
Piper Spindle, midfielder, Agoura
After compiling 52 goals and 11 assists in her first two seasons, Spindle matched that her junior season with 62 goals and 11 assists in earning first-team All-Marmonte League honors and helping an Agoura squad recover from a slow start to reach the LA title game.
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Also Worth Watching
Players listed alphabetically by position
- Francesca DiMundo, Crescenta Valley
- Kathy Kaschalk, Oak Park: Following a season-ending knee injury as a sophomore, Kaschalk returned to form last year with a team-high 17 assists and 16 goals.
- Claire Moats, Westlake: Scored 53 points (32g, 21a) and had 91 draw controls in 13 games after sitting out a transfer period. A first-team All-Marmonte League selection, Moats will play at NCAA D-I UC Davis.
- Jessica Ricketts, Thousand Oaks: A three-time first-team All-Marmonte selection Ricketts put up 48 goals and 43 assists as a junior.
- Sarah Sullivan, Westlake: A second-team All-Marmonte and All-Area pick last season.
- Jai Battle, Simi Valley: Recorded 47 goals, 7 assists and 88 ground balls last season.
- Makena Carter, Hamilton: Scored 53 goals in 14 games while also recording 31 ground balls and 35 draw controls, City Section Offensive Player of the Year and second-team All-Area last spring. Has signed to play lacrosse at NCAA D-II Ft. Lewis in Colorado.
- Erin Dotson, Oak Park: Tallied 37 goals and 45 draw controls last year while leading her team with 25 caused turnovers and 31 ground balls. She has committed to play at NCAA D-III St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind.
- Maddie Erickson, Cate School
- Livi Fagnani, Oak Park: Scored 27 goals and posted 8 assists while leading the team with 78 draw controls.
- Kelly Hoyt, Palos Verdes: Named US Lacrosse All-American and first-team All-Area last year. Has signed to play NCAA D-I lacrosse at Central Michigan next year.
- Kendall Hoyt, Palos Verdes: Named first-team All-Area last season, Kendall Hoyt also has signed to play NCAA D-I lacrosse at Central Michigan next season.
- Katerina Von Mecklenburg, Valencia: A three-year varsity starter, Von Mecklenburg led the Vikings with 54 points (41g, 13a) last spring. She also collected 46 ground balls and controlled 109 draws.
- Ainsley Basic, Palos Verdes: Named a US Lacrosse All-Academic last season, Basic will play at NCAA D-III Emerson next year.
- Bethany Reader, Westlake: “Bethany has become the second QB on defense with her vision for where everyone should be; makes decisions quickly and puts herself and teammates in positions to succeed.” – Coach Lyndsey Munoz.
- Rachel Blanton, Westlake: “Split time last year with senior Aliya Fang. With quick hands and ability to read the field, she’ll make a huge impact this season.” – Coach Lyndsey Munoz.
- Marissa Hasseman, Valencia: Posted a .523 save percentage and 8.8 goals-against average as a junior.
Who did we miss (or whose coach forgot to tip us off to a senior to watch)? Let us know in the comments below.