For only the second time in program history, the Newport Harbor Girls’ lacrosse team reached the 10 win milestone. The Esperanza Lady Aztecs became Newport’s 10th victim on Thursday. Newport Harbor once again opened with three goals in the opening minutes, but Esperanza stemmed the tide and went into halftime down only 4-2. The second half was an even matchup, but despite a two-goal effort from Esperanza’s top attacker, Elly Mosher, the Aztecs were never able to overcome the early deficit, and the game ended 6-4.
Assisted by the outstanding efforts of her defensive corps, Sailor goalie Cailynn Smethurst stepped up big, with twelve saves (75%). Rylie Siegfried continued her physical dominance up and down the field, earning top marks
in all the non-quantifiables: hustle, will, poise, and game IQ. Kim Comet and Alex Palmer led scoring with two goals apiece. With the victory, NHHS posts the second ten-win season in program history.
Up next, on April 8: Newport Harbor visits top-ranked Foothill, and Esperanza hosts Yorba Linda.