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!

Two JSerra Juniors Receive “Book Awards” from Prestigious Universities

Each year universities across the country recognize the outstanding achievement of high school students at the end of their junior year by honoring them with a Book Award sponsored by their local alumni association. This is a prestigious award for a high school junior to receive. This year, JSerra students were recognized by the alumni associations of Princeton University and the University of Nebraska, two nationally known and prominent educational institutions.

At the Underclassmen Awards ceremony on Monday, June 5, Princeton alum and JSerra parent, Mr. Peter Bastone, and University of Nebraska alum and JSerra parent, Mr. John O’Reilly, took the stage to present the Book Award from their respective alma mater.

Shannon Brady
Princeton Book Award Recipient
Photo by Eric Simonson
Shannon Brady, the recipient of the Princeton Book Award, had this to say of her emotions when she heard her name called: “I was so happy, but I was shocked more than anything because I was not expecting it at all.”

According to the Princeton Alumni Club of Orange County website, the Princeton Book Award is presented by the Club to outstanding students at the end of their junior year at public and private secondary schools in the county. The criteria for the selection of the student includes: intellectual promise and academic excellence, exemplary service or extracurricular activities; and outstanding personal character.

In her three years at JSerra, Brady has been involved in soccer and lacrosse. She says these activities “helped me to branch out and get involved in the school. I met my best friends while playing sports. They also taught me how to manage my time efficiently.”

Shannon has enjoyed many of her classes while at JSerra, but her favorite has consistently been history. She loves history but says the main reason is the amazing teachers she has had.

Haleigh Cummings
Nebraska Book Award Recipient
Photo by Eric Simonson
The University of Nebraska Book Award is awarded to a junior who is considered “outstanding in English.” This year’s recipient was Haleigh Cummings. O’Reilly stated that JSerra was selected to receive an award because “it is an outstanding school and strong in academics, athletics, and Catholicism” which is particularly important to Mr. O’Reilly.

Mr. Chris Plaia, Cummings’ English teacher, describes her as “a hard worker who takes pride in her assignments while putting great effort into her work.” Cummings started out as a dedicated student who was determined, “to be a straight A student, and she has completed that as well.”

Cummings is also an outstanding athlete and has established herself as one of the best lacrosse players in the state. While she always strives to be a better athlete and student, she also pushes her teammates to be better players. Plaia added that Cummings “always has a smile on her face.”

Congratulations To The 2010 Underclassmen Award Winners

Each year, JSerra recognizes the stellar achievements of our 9-11 grade students at the annual Underclassmen Awards. The awards are presented at an all-school assembly in early June. On June 7, ten awards were given to 22 outstanding JSerra students. Congratulations to the recipients:

College Book Awards:
Shannon Brady, junior, Princeton University
Haleigh Cummings, junior, University of Nebraska

Christian Service Certificates:
Eddie Pruette and Courtney Avila, juniors
Trent Boice and Shea O’Reilly, sophomores
Hunter Kempf and Danielle White, freshmen

CEO Lion Challenge
Parker Wells, freshman

Faculty Award:
Jeremy Hall and Chloe Kempf, juniors
Danielle Perazzo and Sarah David, sophomores
John Shaver and Vanessa Zuck, freshmen

Class Award:
Michael Portillo and Shannon Brady, juniors
Greg Poré and Heather Rosen, sophomores
Sachin Govil and Rebecca Millard, freshmen

Gillian Marie Sabet Scholarship Award
Katie Linehan, junior

Athlete of the year:
Jonathan Schaefer, junior
Sydney Teske, senior

Check back in the coming days for features on some of our award winners and information on what each award means.

Haleigh Cummings Named to First Team All-County

Haliegh Cummings, a junior midfielder on JSerra’s girls’ lacrosse team, was named to the Orange County Register’s 2010 1st team All-County for girls lacrosse. Cumming rolled up some big numbers to earn all-Trinity League honors. She had 94 goals and 15 assists. Cummings was also a force on defense for the Lions, recording 63 groundballs and 22 takeaways.

Also, congratulations are due to Haleigh and her teammates for their first Trinity League Championship! The ladies finished the season 16-2 and advanced to the second round of the US Lacrosse Section Championships.

JSerra’s Fearless Lady Lions Remain Undefeated

The JSerra Girls Varsity Lacrosse team played a gut wrenching away game against St. Margaret’s on Tuesday. Coming up from behind and finally tying the game with a goal from Haleigh Cummings.

With only two minutes left in the game, the winning goal came in the last sixteen seconds with a assist from Courtney Avila to Shelby Williams. 

Goals: Courtney Avila 3, Shannon Brady 2, Haleigh Cummings 4, Shelby Williams 1.

The Lady Lions are 3 & 0 in Trinity League and remain undefeated at 13 & 0.
Come support them on April 30 as they take on Santa Margarita on JSerra’s varsity field at 4:00pm. 


Also join our Lady Lions for pizza at Mr.B’s Thursday, April 22 to help support the varsity lacrosse team. The restaurant is located at 31111 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano. Pre-order by phone for pick-up at 949-240-8100.
Varsity Girls Lacrosse