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), Army (3), Stanford (3), 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. Nearly two-thirds (39 of 60) chose to play in the west for either Pac-12 or Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) programs.
In today’s article we introduce the players in the Pac-12 and MPSF programs. Check back out Part 2 to see who headed east.
SoCal Players in the Pac-12
Sophomore midfielder Erin DiBernardo (Santa Margarita) started 11 games as a freshman and appeared in 16. She scored her first career goal against Presbyterian on March 3 and posted a career high 11 draw controls against Cal on April 1.
Redshirt-sophomore goalie Campbell Poe (Los Alamitos) saw action in two games.
Sophomore midfielder Kylie Kroeger (Mission Bay) scored 11 goals, caused eight turnovers and picked up 16 ground balls last season. She started all 18 games for the Sun Devils as a freshman.
Freshman defender Sydney Payne is looking forward to her first season as a Sun Devil.
Defender Maryn Macha (Mission Viejo) did not see action last year.
Sophomore midfielder Marisa Kuberra (Torrey Pines) started 13 games and played in 18 last season. She finished the season with 12 goals and two assists.
Kaia Evans (Del Norte), Bailee Monjazeb (Torrey Pines) and Quinlynn Mason (Aliso Niguel) are freshmen.
Senior midfielder Julia Taylor (Foothill) has played in 54 games in three seasons with the Ducks. She started all 18 games last season and finished the year with 23 groundballs, 10 caused turnovers and a draw control. Taylor earned MPSF All-Academic honors in 2017.
No. 15 Stanford
Sophomore midfielder Taylor Scornavacco (Torrey Pines) played in all 20 games last season, finishing with 25 points (18 goals, 7 assists), 21 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.
Senior midfielder Genesis Lucero (La Costa Canyon) has 121 draw controls in 38 career games. Her 67 draw controls in 2018, set a program mark for second most in a single-season.
Sophomore midfielder Alex Tsai (The Bishop’s School) played in six games last season and scooped up two ground balls.
Junior goalie Hannah Upshaw has appeared in 13 career games and made 26 saves for the women of Troy.
SoCal Players in the MPSF
Senior defender Natalie Yorba (Poway) has played in 30 career games for the Bulldogs.
Sophomore midfielder Lauren Gonzales (Mater Dei) appeared in 10 games during her first season with the Bulldogs. She finished the season with six goals, one assist, and one caused turnover.
Senior captain Emily Lackey (Trabuco Hills) has appeared in 11 career games.
Courtney Walburger (Mater Dei) is redshirt freshman.
Sophomore midfielder Ally Deremer (Canyon Crest Academy) played in 12 games, starting nine times, as a freshman. She finished the year with 20 groundballs and 10 caused turnovers.
Junior midfielder Rylie Siegfried (Newport Harbor) saw action in four games last year.
Junior defender Sami Herrick (Cathedral Catholic) played in six games last season.
Senior defender Natalie Garces (Westview) has started 31 consecutive games. She was All-MPSF in 2018 and led the team with 34 ground balls while ranking second with 15 caused turnovers.
Redshirt-freshman Laura Tran (Newport Harbor) and true freshman Natalie Wilson (Coronado) have yet to see action.
San Diego State
Senior midfielder Grace McGinty (Carlsbad) led the Aztecs with 16 free-position goals and ranked fourth on the team with 25 goals and 46 draw controls in 2018. She also collected 13 ground balls and caused seven turnovers. McGinty was an MPSF All-Academic selection in 2018.
Sophomore midfielder Isabelle Flud (Poway) appeared in 11 games last season and recorded five points (4g, 1a).
Junior Marissa MacRae (Mt. Carmel) started all 19 games on defense last season. She compiled two goals, 17 ground balls, eight caused turnovers and one draw control.
Senior Jenny Buckland (Woodbridge) played in 18 games last season. She picked up eight groundballs and caused two turnovers.
Sophomore midfielder Jensen Coop (Corona del Mar) appeared in eight games last season. She received MPSF Rookie of the Week honors in March.
Junior defender Gabbie Garrison (Agoura) appeared in 12 games last season.
Junior defender Julia Masias (Eastlake) played in seven games last season.
Sophomore midfielder Laurel Brislin did not play last season.
Sophomore goalie Ella Pejakovich appeared in one game last season.
Six SoCal freshmen will fight for their first playing time this season: Caitlin Jones (La Costa Canyon), Cailin Young (St. Margaret’s), Arielle Shahrabani (Torrey Pines), Lauren Kilger (Foothill), Shelby Hook (Chaparral), and Taylor Stern (Beckman).
Tune in tomorrow for Part 2.
All the roster, participation and statistical information above was compiled from official NCAA team websites.
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