A Look Back at 2010 JSerra Lacrosse

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A look at the 2010 Girls’ Lacrosse Season by Head Coach Paige Dougherty

The girls’ lacrosse team had an amazing season in 2010. We ended with a record of 16-1, losing only one game against Santa Margarita – but beat them twice otherwise, and once in playoffs when it mattered most.

In the past two seasons we have always fallen short against Santa Margarita on their turf, and for the first time the girls were able to pull out a big victory there. It was a huge game and the girls deserved the win after working so hard. They also defeated league champions St. Margaret’s twice! The second match up against the Tartans was on their home field and senior Shelby Williams scored the winning goal with 1 minute left in the game.

The girls won Trinity League and continued into the second round of playoffs.

Haleigh Cummings earned a spot on the first team all league. She was also named team MVP, and earned Trinity League MVP on Attack. She led the team as a captain in 2010 and has proved herself to be an outstanding leader. She scored 99 goals this year and was ranked among the top five in goals scored in the nation.

Junior Shannon Brady earned Defensive MVP of the Trinity League. She is an outstanding midfielder who is a workhorse. We have a term on our team- laxerdie, and Shannon truly defines it. She is an great teammate on and off the field.

Other outstanding players are junior Courtney Avila who was named captain this year. She is a strong leader on attack. Shelby Williams is a 2010 graduate who was a starter her sophomore year and rejoined the team for her final year. She had amazing shots and could score from almost anywhere. She will be going to Texas A&M this fall to play soccer.

We have an outstanding rising senior class, led by Shannon Brady, Haleigh Cummings, and Courntey Avila. The rising juniors have been working hard to fill in the shoes of the graduating seniors. It should prove to be k

A look at the 2010 Boys’ Lacrosse Season by Head Coach Mike Hutnick

This was a great season for our boys’ lacrosse team and families. Although we did not have as many wins as the previous season we did reach a number of our goals. One of our main three goals coming into the 2010 season was to move up from Division II and make our way to the Division I Playoff Bracket, which we did This was a great step for our program this season.

Five of our JSerra lacrosse players were named to the Trinity All-League teams this season. All five were huge contributors to our success. With positive attitudes and strong work ethic, they were a big part of our playoff push and also showed the younger players in our program what it takes to be great. These five players were the ones who knew when it was time to work, and were willing to do so. They really wanted to succeed and were only a small number of our many players that were showcased for this characteristic. Four of the five players were seniors; all four will be missed this upcoming season. The other player, Jake Lucier, was a junior and is now coming into his senior year with a very strong wave of players stepping up with him.

One of the four graduating All-League players, Patrick Clayton, will be playing at Sonoma State University. A number of our past players are currently playing at the collegiate level as well. There were a few others in the graduating class that will be going on to play at the next leve. Mike Franscell and Tony Lemos are two extremely strong graduated seniors who will be playing in Dallas to continue their lacrosse careers. Other Alumni are attending and playing for Concordia, Dallas, Virginia Military Institute, Navy, and Bellermine at this time. This is proof that our sport and our program are both growing within this area. With more and more contact from college coaches, and more press for our players, I am looking forward to seeing the percentage of players moving on to the collegiate level rise every year from here on out.

I think fans will be happy to see a different team this season. The morale was high at camp this summer, the talent looks better than ever, and the players are working more cohesively than ever. The players also seem to be itching for more lacrosse and really grasping the concepts as they come. There is a different outlook offensively and defensively this summer which will transition nicely into the fall and spring. With our team feeling more serious about their craft than in the past, look for our win column to rise!

Lacrosse as a whole has grown exponentially since my arrival four years ago (2006). The first days seeing lacrosse in California it seemed that 7th and 8th grade teams were struggling. Now we are seeing 2nd graders out there running around. It is great to see! A message to all up and coming lacrosse players: always push yourself! Nothing on the lacrosse field is simply handed to you, as in life. You must set your goals high and reach for them, push yourself & your teammates, and good things will happen!