Anika Rodriguez, Karina Hernandez, Riley Deutsch and Victoria Hanson have been named co-captains for the 2019 Los Alamitos girls lacrosse team. The announcement was made by first-year coach Courtney Novak.
Rodriguez will be playing her third season of varsity lacrosse this year. During her time on the team, she has received the most-improved award. After high school, she will continue on to go to Cosmetology/Barbering school at Golden West College, and pursue her scuba training license to use while fulfilling her dreams of traveling.
“Anika is a leader driven by action and perseverance. When no one is looking, Anika is the one doing the extra reps and pushing herself to be better each day. It wasn’t a surprise her fellow teammates wanted her to be one of their leaders on the defensive end. Her coaches and teammates have noticed her hard work and her ability to lead by example,” Novak said.
Hernandez will be playing her fourth year of lacrosse, her third at the varsity level. Hernandez looks forward to the challenge of helping and guiding her teammates to fulfill a very successful season. After lacrosse and high school, Hernandez will attend a 4-year university or college to help her achieve her career goals.
“Karina’s energy impacts everyone around her and having her in a leadership position puts her in a situation to be the spark. Her speed and fast footwork on the defensive end makes her a force to be reckoned with and her teammates look to her for that encouraging remark,” Novak said.
Deutsch will be playing her fourth year as a varsity lacrosse player. Her love for the game extends beyond playing, as she coached a U15 team for Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse last year, and is now officiating U15 games as a member of the Southern California Women’s Lacrosse Officials Association. Next year, Deutsch will be attending Vanderbilt University to study Biomedical Engineering with plans to attend medical school.
“Riley is our vocal leader who demonstrates critical thinking on the field by finding a way to create beautiful lacrosse. She encourages her teammates and works hard off ball to set players up for success. Her talent and passion for the game are evident as soon as she steps foot on the field and we are thrilled to have her as one of our leaders,” Novak said.
Hansen is entering her fourth season on the varsity lacrosse team. She has been awarded Rookie of the Year and Midfielder of the Year, as well as numerous academic accolades. Hansen enjoys spending her free time sharing her passion for lacrosse with aspiring young players. After high school, she plans on attending a four-year university to further her education.
“Vic is a natural born leader and unfortunately suffered a knee injury in the offseason that has led her to lead from the sidelines. Her understanding of the game makes her a fantastic role model to the underclassmen and an asset to the team. Vic demonstrates important leadership qualities and we are thrilled to have her as one of our captains,” Novak said.