2016 was a memorable season for the Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse team. After finishing the regular season with a 10-6 record, the Sailors were seeded no. 10 in the sixteen team field. Getting hot at just the right time, Newport Harbor defeated no. 7 San Juan Hills in the first round. The Sailors then upset No. 2 St. Margaret’s in double overtime before falling to Foothill in the County semi-finals. Newport Harbor head coach Matt Armstrong offered up five things to know about Newport Harbor as they prepare to ride the momentum from the 2016 season into 2017.
The Sailors graduated a few key players (midfielder Rylie Siegfried (no. 23 above), defender Jordan Rausch, and goalie Hannah Sanders) but are filling the ranks with an outstanding crew of returning midfielders: Katie Hendrix (2017), Sarah Farley (2017), and Adena Rothbard (2018). The team also boasts ten returning varsity players, a handful of great prospects coming up from the JV and JV2 teams. Coach Kaleigh Gibbons, the tactical mastermind behind the 2016 Sailor game plan, will be returning for her second year at Newport Harbor.
In 2017, for the first time, Newport Harbor will be independent, and their tentative schedule includes contests against all but one of the OC top-10 from 2016—along with six games scheduled against LA, Temecula, and San Diego area teams. Meanwhile, Sunset League reconfiguration will happen in 2016-2017, so it remains to be seen what league the Sailors will end up in for 2018.
3A New Home Field?
Harbor is still homeless, as of today, but the Davidson stadium remodeling is scheduled to be done by March of 2017. Players and coaches have their fingers crossed that we will have a home field for the 2017 regular season.
4The Excitement is Building for 2017
After making a historic run to the OC Final Four in 2016—which included the only two playoff upsets on either the boys or girls side—the Sailors are gearing up to compete with the best in 2017.
5A Team of Many Talents
Most Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse players are on club teams, but the entire crew is multi-talented: About fifteen girls play field hockey and a handful of others play soccer, there are a couple in the school band, others work on the yearbook, many are International Baccalaureate diploma candidates, and ELEVEN of the varsity players in 2016 had GPA’s above 3.8.