Newport Harbor made a statement on Saturday, as the Sailors took the green division CHAMPIONSHIP at this year’s Rose Bowl tournament!
Rallying behind Captains Daniela Vazquez, Mia Bagiu, and Rylie Siegfried, Newport Harbor would suffer setbacks, but ultimately would not be denied. The morning began with the LONGEST BUS RIDE EVER, landing the team on the field twenty-five minutes before game one against Mira Costa. The team warmed up at break-neck speed and jumped like molasses out of the gates. After a first half riddled with fouls and mistakes, the team found its center and won the game 7-2, which propelled the Sailors into the winner’s bracket for the first time since 2011.
In the semifinal match against Birmingham, the Sailors struggled to find a true rhythm; still, the team executed and showed a will to win as the players held tenaciously to a slim lead of two or three goals all game. Final score: 5-2. Newport advances to the championship.
Mission Viejo is on the Sailor schedule (March 17 at NHHS), so the team knew that this final was an opportunity to make a statement. The emphatic statement was a 5-1 halftime lead. The Sailors opened the second half with a brilliant eleven-minute offensive possession. They did not add to their lead, but they disrupted any halftime adjustments the Diablos might have planned, and they demonstrated control of the game. While Mission Viejo possesses strong talent and made a two-goal comeback in the final twelve minutes of the game, Newport ran an effective stall for the waning minutes to bring the championship trophy home.
Special thanks go out to the Boosters and parents who helped to make the day as smooth as it could be. Without dedicated individuals setting up canopies an hour before the team arrives, bringing snacks and drinks, going out to pick up lunch, taking statistics, and keeping their eyes on the ball, the team’s success would not be possible. THANK YOU!
Quarterfinal – Newport Harbor 7, Mira Costa 2
Unofficially, this game ended 8-2, as statisticians and players believe one goal went unrecorded. Despite a slow start, the Sailors took control of the second half and won handily.
Daniela Vazquez also scooped four ground balls and caused a turnover. Jordan Rausch scooped three and also caused a turnover.
Semifinal – Newport Harbor 5, Birmingham 2
Here’s the interesting “good news, bad news” fact of the game…
Bad news: Defense/Goalie allowed 100% shooting. Good news: Only two shots were allowed. This is a testament to the ride, as the team cut seven fouls from its game one total and kept the ball in the Birmingham defensive half for the majority of the match. And it is a testament to the will and teamwork of the defense and goalie. To give up only one shot every twenty minutes shows dominance!
Rylie Siegfried took down three draw controls. Erin O’Connor picked up three ground balls.
Championship – Newport Harbor 5, Mission Viejo 3
Mission Viejo threatened with two very talented players who could match up against our best. However, with seventeen goals scored by nine different players over the course of the day, Newport Harbor’s depth—along with good decisions on the field—won the final game.
Katie Hendrix (assisted by Maxine Aiello)
Andie Piovesan (assisted by Daniela Vazquez)
Katie Hendrix also scooped two ground balls and won two draw controls.
Fun statistic: In this, the fifth game of the season, Rylie Siegfried took her first shot that did not score. (It hit the crossbar.)
Goals For – 17
Goals Against – 7
Player of the tournament: Daniela Vazquez (five goals, seven ground balls, one assist, one caused turnover, one interception, one draw control)
Defensive Player of the Tournament: Mia Bagiu
Contributed by Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse