The Orange County girls National Team finished 3-1 and in third place in the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament Mohawk Division, which was played over Memorial Day Weekend in Baltimore, MD.
Team OC was coached by Kate Hick (pictured front row, second from the far right) and former Aliso Niguel standout and current Cal women’s lacrosse player Quinnlyn Mason (pictured front row, far right).
Team OC was hindered by slow start as the girls spent a good part of the first game learning to gel with one another, which resulted in the team’s only loss of the weekend, a 12-10 decision to DC Metro. Although OC led 9-6 at one point in the second half, DC Metro closed out the game with six goals while clamping down on defense to grab the W.
“The struggle with this weekend is hitting the ground running and figuring out the right combination of players on the field. I wish we had seen that same team later in the afternoon as the team really started to come together,” Hick said via email. “A ref even asked me if we were the same team from the first game. I thought, outside of that one loss, we really showed what Orange County Lacrosse is all about.”
Later that day, OC bounced back in a big way its second game, beating Central, PA 23-4.
OC closed Saturday by beating Greater of Houston 14-9. OC trailed 6-5 at halftime but Elena Torres (Foothill) and Jordan Miles (St.Margaret’s) opened the second half scoring the give OC the lead for good.
OC won the third place game against Kentucky by a score of 14-6. OC led 10-2 at halftime, when Kentucky scored four straight goals to make it 10-6. But Kentucky got no closer, as OC scored four straight goals and prevented Kentucky from getting on the board after Kentucky’s sixth goal.
According to Hick, Ashley Stokes (Foothill), Campbell Case (St.Margaret’s), Brookelynn Hodgin (San Clemente), Makena Coury (San Clemente), Grace Cumming (Foothill) and Torres stood out.
“Ashley Stokes had such an incredible [high school] season and I am blown away on how far she has come in a year. Also, watching her and Campbell Case was a great experience. Three years ago they were our only Freshmen, and now they were our leaders,” Hick said of Stokes and Case.
As is always the case with the National Tournament Team, the off-field activities created as many memories as the games. One of the highlights this year was duck pin bowling on Friday.
When it came to coaching along with her, Hick said Mason did a great job of assisting her.
“Quinn did an incredible job as a coach and my partner in crime this past weekend. I was struck how much her lacrosse IQ has expanded since being in college,” Hick said. “Her insight was always spot on and definitely seeing the game at another level. However, the greatest gift of Quinn is her attitude. She was such joy four years ago when I first coached the National Team, and she has not changed.”
Caroline Brewster, a first time member of the national team from Corona Del Mar, enjoyed her time on the national team. She said that she loved playing with the Foothill and St.Margaret’s players and was roomed with Joelle Rothbard of Newport Harbor.
“This is my first time on the national team since I had other conflicts, and I was just really excited to play at a really high level with all my friends. It definitely surpassed my expectations,” Brewster said.