The Oak Park girls lacrosse team has made three consecutive appearances in the US Lacrosse Southern Section North title game, losing all three times — twice by a single goal and one of those in overtime.
The team has posted a combined record of 49-15 in that three-year span, but for the Class of 2016 — a senior group that has been the heart and soul of the program — it is only those three title-game losses that matter. They have one more chance to break through.
Oak Park coach Courtney Schneck shared her thoughts on the 2016 Oak Park Eagles:
I have very high expectations for this season; we have a tough schedule from start to finish, so I am hopeful that we will make it to the championship game again and be more prepared then ever. The team has worked hard together in the offseason, and I am excited to see that dedication pay off. We have returned a strong team, but I have been even more excited to see some new girls have stepped up and come ready to make an impact on the team.
Players to watch
OP will count on our strong senior class to lead the charge this season, Coach Schneck says:
- Army-bound Morgan Shorts has been a strong leader on the field for the past three seasons. She is our leading goal scorer and the No. 1 goal-scorer in the LA/Ventura area.
- Ania Brown plays a pivotal role in our midfield, especially on draw control. She achieved All-American honorable mention last season, and I expect another great season from her.
- Emma Barrow is a strong leader on our defense and one of the fiercest players on the field. She has committed to play at Occidental College next year.
- The team is anchored by goalies Meggie Sheehan and Alexis Robinson. Meggie has been a great leader in goal and is committed to play at St.Mary’s College in Moraga next year.
“2016 will be a successful season for us if …”
We win the LA championship and become the first team to win the LA/OC championship.
— Coach Courtney Schneck