Women’s National Tournament Opens Saturday

The Orange County Women’s opens play today in the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament at Yale University in Connecticut.  A total of 24 girls’ lacrosse players (including two alternates) from 12 Orange County and Riverside County high schools were selected for the team following a tryout in March.

The three-day event coincides with the weekend’s NCAA Women’s Final Four championships Friday and Sunday and also includes an exhibition game between the U.S. Women’s National Team and Team Canada.

In all, more than 1,200 players on 64 regional all-star teams representing 27 states will compete in eight divisions at the Women’s National Tournament.

The OC team, coached by Foothill head coach Kate Hick and Tesoro head coach , will compete in Pool A of the Iroquois Division.  OC opens play Saturday at 8 a.m. Pacific Time against Connecticut, then follows at 10 a.m. PT against Gulf Coast and at noon against Maine.

Saturday’s results will determine seeding for Sunday’s bracket play against Pool B (Los Angeles, Georgia 2, New Hampshire/Vermont 2,  and Tennessee).

Last year, the OC entry (shown below), coached by former Hick and , went 3-1 in its pool in the event held in Bethlehem, Pa.

2016 OC

Here is the roster for the squad representing the Orange County Chapter of US Lacrosse:

OC Women’s National Tournament Team

# First Last School Position
1 Lauren Kilger Foothill Attack
2 Cassandra Barragan Great Oak Attack
3 Campbell Case SMES Attack
4 Niki Miles SMES Midfield
5 Aidan Pike SMCHS Midfield
6 Hennessey Evans Trabuco Hills Midfield
7 Quinnlyn Mason Aliso Niguel Midfield
8 Sydney Payne Mater Dei Midfield
9 Joslyn Simaan CDM Midfield
10 Cailin Young SMES Midfield
11 Tess Keiser Mater Dei Midfield
12 Ava Brand Foothill Midfield
13 Ashley Stokes Foothill Midfield
14 Natalie Matteson SMCHS Midfield
15 Megan Vandenburg SMES Midfield
16 Nina Sandler Los Alamitos Defense
17 Vanessa Topete Foothill Defense
18 Gianna Danes Mater Dei Midfield
19 Carly Tobias Beckman Midfield
20 Ashley Rende Mission Viejo Defense
21 Ashley Olson CDM Goalie
22 Rebecca Nailon Foothill Goalie
23 Shay Hefft San Clemente Midfield
24 Jamie Ko Mater Dei Midfield

Iroquois Division

Pool A
Orange County vs. Connecticut, 8 a.m. PT
Orange County vs. Gulf Coast, 10 a.m. PT
Orange County vs. Maine, Noon PT
Pool B
LA vs. Georgia2, 8 a.m. PT
LA vs. Tennessee, 10 a.m. PT
LA vs. NH/VT 2, Noon PT