Our look at girls lacrosse players to watch in the 2018 season starts with a long list of seniors, including three highly accomplished offensive contributors who have made their marks at the varsity level over the past three years.
From left, above: Alison Shafer, Redondo Union; Holly Hall, Royal; Cate Mackel, Chaminade.
Here is a list of seniors to watch in 2018, compiled using nominations from coaches and lists of 2017 accomplishments:
Alison Shafer, midfield, Redondo Union
Shafer led the Sea Hawks in scoring last spring, helping Redondo Union win the US Lacrosse North Division championship for the fourth time. She was named US Lacrosse All-American for the greater Los Angeles area as a junior and was first-team all-area as both a sophomore and a junior. Sea Hawks coach Tom Borgia described her as a versatile player with a great feel for the game.
Holly Hall, midfield, Royal
A four-year starter for the Highlanders, Hall compiled 43 goals, 40 assists and 43 ground balls, increasing her school-record totals in each category. She was named Royal’s team MVP in each of the last two seasons and earned first-team all-Northern Division last spring. In November, she signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division I lacrosse at Butler University.
Cate Mackel, A/M, Chaminade
Mackel amassed 133 points last spring (89 goals, 44 assists) in leading Chaminade into the US Lacrosse North Division title game for the first time and earning US Lacrosse All-American honors. That performance followed a 63-goal season as a sophomore. She has been named first-team all-area in each of her high school seasons. In November, she signed to play Division I lacrosse at Elon University.
Also Worth Watching
Players listed alphabetically by position.
- Dominique Surabian, Royal: An All-Northern Division honorable mention selection as a junior, Surabian scored 74 points for the Highlanders (52g, 22a).
- Iris Watanabe, Santa Monica
- Bea Pierrepont, Thacher: A midfielder and attacker, last season Pierrepont scored 54 goals for Thacher.
- Megan Guardado, Royal: A four-year varsity contributor and two-time captain, Guardado did a little of everything last season, scoring 19 goals, delivering nine assists and scooping 13 ground balls.
- Evelyne Witherall, Thousand Oaks: Scoring 55 points (47g, 8a) at the offensive end and amasssing 26 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers at the defensive end, Witherall earned first-team All-Marmonte honors as a junior.
- Zoe Puccia, Palos Verdes: Committed to Division III Pomona, Puccia was first-team All-Bay League last year. PV coach Marissa Hewitt calls her “a dominant player on the draw and as a shooter.”
- Lisa Diethelm, Redondo Union: A speedy defender and ground-ball machine, Diethelm was named all-area second-team in 2017 and All-Bay
League first team.
- Maddie Marcon, Redondo Union: A three-year starter for the Sea Hawks, Marcon earned second-team All-Bay League in 2017.
- Erin Steckline, Thousand Oaks: A first-team All-Marmonte selection, Steckline won 83 draws and collected 22 ground balls for the Lancers.
- Harper Wayne, Oak Park: Wayne collected 24 ground balls and caused 18 turnovers in anchoring the Eagles defense and earning honorable mention all-Northern Division last spring.
- Caroline Witherall, Newbury Park: A first-team All-Marmonte selection, Witherall collected 49 ground balls, caused 25 turnovers and contributed nine goals and seven assists to the offense.
- Olivia Driscoll, Thacher: A four year starter in goal, last season Driscoll finished the season with a .500 save percentage.
- Alexis Robinson, Oak Park: Was named Northern Division defensive Player of the Year last spring after making 215 saves and stopping 58 percent of shots.
Who’d we miss (or whose coach didn’t tip us off about a player worth watching)? Let us know in the comments below.