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Valencia 5
Newport Harbor 11

March 19, Valencia HS – Just five days after 3/14, on the opening day of Sunset SE league play, the Tigers faced off against the Sailors in a dramatic, lacrosse-based re-enactment of Life of Pi.  Much of the early game was spent on the ground, as each team struggled to find its passing and catching rhythm.  Valencia struck first, netting an early goal as the Sailors tried to shake off their bus legs.  Newport responded with a quick strike by (stop me if you’ve heard this one before) Rylie Siegfried off a pretty draw control and freight train drive.  The game went back and forth for a few goals, until the Sailors broke it open midway through the first and got to halftime with an 8-3 lead.  A slow second half marred with fouls seemed never to gain much momentum, as the teams combined for only five additional goals.  The Sailors won the ground ball battle 15-9 and earned 11 of 17 draw controls. Valencia’s Kelly Ruiz led the Tigers with three goals off of strong drives to the cage.  Meanwhile, the Sailors welcomed a new set of scoring threats, as Emily Lukosky and freshman Adena Rothbard each pocketed two, and Nicole Newman and Caitlin Dwyer put away a goal apiece.  Newman added an assist.  Newport’s stand-bys were also in effect, as Daniela Vazquez, Brittany McCoy, Andie Piovesan, and Katie Hendrix got in on the action with one goal each.  Hendrix added an assist, three draw controls, and four ground balls.  Next up, on Tuesday, March 24: Valencia travels to El Dorado and Newport hosts Esperanza.

Next up:Newport Harbor (2-3) plays Esperanza (0-5) on Wednesday.  Valencia (1-2) plays Yorba Linda April 2.
Submitted by Matt Armstrong