We recently completed our annual scan of NCAA Division 1 women’s lacrosse rosters and found 60 Southern Californians (San Diego and Southern Sections) on the rosters of 26 different Division 1 women’s lacrosse teams. From as far away as New Hampshire to as near as San Diego State and USC, Southern California, Division 1 programs see Southern California as a legitimate talent pool.
San Diego State is by far the greatest consumer of SoCal talent. The Aztecs feature 15 Southern Californians on their roster. UC Davis (6), Cal (5), Arizona State (4),Fresno State (4), Stanford (3), Army (2), Butler (2), and the University of New Hampshire (2) also feature multiple Southern Californians.
The breakdown by class is 18 freshmen, 20 sophomores, 11 juniors and 11 seniors.
In today’s article we introduce the players who have headed east. Looking for the Pac-12 and MPSF? Click here.
Junior defender Ryan Murphy (La Costa Canyon) started all 17 games for the Black Knights last season. One of seven players to start every contest, Murphy had eight ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control.
Sophomore attack Cameron Manor (St. Margaret’s) appeared in 15 games for the Black Knights and started four, totaling 13 goals and two assists.
Sophomore attack Madeline Hooks (Mater Dei) played in seven games last season. Hooks made her only start against Central Michigan and scored her first college goal against Florida in the season finale.
Midfielder Holly Hall (Royal of Simi Valley) is a freshman.
Sophomore attack Sabrina Grovom (Mission Hills) played in eight out of 17 games for the Wildcats, recording one goal, one assist and two ground balls.
Midfielder Adena Rothbard (Newport Harbor) is a freshman.
Senior goalie, Claire Laughery (Aliso Niguel) appeared in four games and recorded six saves last season. For her college career, she has 28 saves with a .452 percentage in 12 games.
Sophomore attack Lauren Harrison (Agoura) transferred to Cincinnati from St. Mary’s. She appeared in four games at St. Mary’s and scored two goals.
No. 20 Denver:
Sophomore Mackenzie Wallevand (Mater Dei) transferred to Denver from Fresno State last season. She started all 18 games for the Bulldogs, earning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Rookie of the Year. She finished the year with 19 goals, 10 assists, 26 caused turnovers and 51 draw controls.
Goalie Sophia LeRose (Torrey Pines) is a freshman.
Thalia Villano (Chaparral) is a freshman attack.
Senior midfielder Katie Beyer (Carlsbad) appeared in one game last year for the Gaels.
Midfielder Isabelle Peng (Westridge) is a freshman.
Mount St. Mary’s
Sophomore midfielder Kate Bieraugel (Cathedral Catholic) appeared in four games, collecting one ground ball and winning one draw control.
No. 16 Navy
Senior midfielder Hannah Downey (Coronado) played in four games last season and has played in 11 games in her career with the Midshipmen.
No. 19 Notre Dame
Sophomore defender Molly Hagan (St. Monica) walked on to the Irish roster after an impressive tryout in the fall of 2017. Hagan appeared in one game for the Fighting Irish, where she caused a turnover and scooped up a ground ball.
No. 9 Princeton
Sophomore goalie Sam Fish (Scripps Ranch) appeared in 17 games, making 142 saves with a save percentage of .495. She was named a preseason All-American honorable mention this year and second team All-Ivy League last year.
Sophomore midfielder Maggie Sweeney (Carlsbad) appeared in nine games and made one start for the Bonnies, registering one goal and one ground ball.
Senior defender Alex Rasmussen (Torrey Pines) started all 17 games for the Commodores, leading the team with 43 ground balls.
William and Mary
Senior goalie Claire Duchene (Beckman) appeared in 11 games. She earned two starts and finished last year with 30 saves and six ground balls. Duchene is the daughter of the current Beckman girls lacrosse coach Tim Duchene.