Los Angeles Preps: lacrosse

Shelby Webber, Fountain Valley, Sr.
In the CIF Southern Section Division 1 swim championships at Belmont Plaza, Webber became only the fourth girl in Orange County history to break 50 seconds in the 100 freestyle. She not only won that event in 49.90, but also took first place in the 200 individual medley in 2:00.28.

Greg Mahle, Westminster, Sr.
Helped the Lions put the finishing touches on the Golden West League championship by almost single-handedly destroying Orange last week. He hit a home run that beat the Panthers, 5-4, and then pitched his team to a 2-1 victory. He goes into the playoffs batting .447 with a 5-2 record and an earned-run average of 0.70.
1. Zach Handy controlled 22 of 27 faceoffs and Cameron Cole scored a team-high five goals as Foothill (18-4) won its fifth consecutive Southern Section Division 1 lacrosse championship. The Knights defeated Mira Costa, 19-5, on Saturday at Redondo Union High. Josh Giglio had nine saves against Mira Costa before giving way in the fourth quarter. Mission Viejo won the Division 2 title with a 7-5 victory over Loyola.

2. Allie Conrad scored six goals as Los Alamitos (19-3) won a third consecutive Southern Section girls' championship with a 19-5 victory over Redondo Union. Despite playing on Redondo's home field, Los Al led 11-1 at halftime and were never threatened. Julie Crowell and Torrey Bailey scored four goals apiece. St. Margaret's defeated Cate, 17-14, to win the Division 2 title.

3. Shelby Webber of Fountain Valley won the 200 individual medley (2:00.28) and the 100 freestyle (49.90), and Melanie Klaren of Aliso Niguel won the 200 free (1:46.62) and 100 backstroke (53.23) at the Southern Section Division I swim finals at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach. University scored a 125-point victory over second-place Laguna Hills in the overall team scoring. The Trojans got a first-place finish from Maggie Burton in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.69), and won three relays: the 200 medley, 200 free, and 400 free. Other champions were Emily Jiang of Irvine (100 butterfly, 55.36) and Courtney Wilde of Laguna Hills (50 free, 23.39). Alexandra Caplan of Mission Viejo won the diving in Division 1. Also notable was Lindsey Engel of Crean Lutheran, who clocked 49.37 in the 100 free in Division 3.

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Sophomore Julie Crowell scored seven goals, including three during the decisive run in the second half, to lead second-seeded Los Alamitos to a 15-13 victory over Santa Margarita in the U.S. Lacrosse South Division I girls championship.

The victory Wednesday at Mission Viejo High was the third consecutive title for Los Alamitos (17-3), the first with coach Liz Connelly. The first two titles came under the guidance of Meredith Meyran.

With its victory, Los Alamitos advances to the Southern Section finals Saturday at Redondo Union, the representative from the North Division.

Fifth-seeded Santa Margarita (15-4), which had never advanced past the first round in the playoffs and which upset top-seeded Foothill in the semifinals, proved a worthy finalist behind the play of Adrienne Anderson. The junior, who has already committed to Stanford and scored eight in the semifinals, scored five goals against Los Alamitos.

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A scoring spurt over the last five minutes of the first half and five goals by Erik Adamson and Cameron Cole gave Foothill its fifth consecutive U.S. Lacrosse South Division 1 boys' championship. Naturally, it was a five-goal victory.

Top-seeded Foothill beat second-seeded St. Margaret's, 15-10, on Wednesday at Mission Viejo High with a stellar defensive effort at the end of the first half.

Foothill will attempt to win its fifth consecutive Southern Section title on Saturday, 2:45 p.m., at Redondo Union High. The Knights will play North representative Mira Costa.

St. Margaret's (14-3) was a game opponent, especially in the early going. The Tartans held a lead until Mitchell Pok scored with 9:19 left in the half to tie the score at 4-4. Foothill (17-4) put the squeeze on St. Margaret's offense for the rest of the half. Adam Dainko, Cole and Josh Peterman scored over the last five minutes before the break for a 7-4 lead.

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Four games played over two days will determine U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section champions for 2011, and there will be no shortage of underdogs. Or favorites.

The top-seeded teams reached the finals in three of the four divisions, the exception being in Division 1 girls as fifth-seeded Santa Margarita (15-3) will take on two-time defending champion Los Alamitos (16-3), which is seeded No. 2 and will be a heavy favorite to make it a three-peat.

Santa Margarita, which had never gone past the first round of the playoffs, stunned top-seeded Foothill, 12-10, behind Adrienne Anderson's eight goals in the semifinals. Most impressive about what the Eagles did is that they scored twice as many points as Foothill allowed per game during the season.

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1. Over the weekend, Torrey Bailey of Los Alamitos scored six goals to lift the second-seeded Griffins past third-seeded Beckman, 19-13, in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. Los Al is the two-time defending champion. As good as Bailey was, Santa Margarita’s Adrienne Anderson was even better. She scored eight goals as fifth-seeded Santa Margarita upset top-seeded Foothill, 12-10. It’s the first time Santa Margarita has advanced past the first round of the playoffs. The teams will play Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., at Mission Viejo High.

2. Two teams poised to win league champions faced each other Saturday and El Toro scored an 8-5 victory over Esperanza. It was a playoff-worthy matchup pitting two of Orange County’s best second-tier teams against each other – the first tier being Edison, Mater Dei and JSerra. After that triumvirate, it’s open season. Ryan Joyce and Cole Tomlinson both had two RBIs and scored a run for the Chargers (23-6, 8-2), who won their 10th consecutive game and snapped Espy’s five-game winning streak. El Toro plays twice this week against Tesoro (17-12, 6-4), which was the last team to beat El Toro. El Toro can clinch the South Coast League title with a victory; if Tesoro sweeps, the title belongs to the Titans. Esperanza (18-9, 8-2) is in the same boat; it plays Foothill (16-10, 6-4) twice this week.

3. At the South Coast League swimming finals at Capistrano Valley Melanie Klaren of Aliso Niguel won two events. That’s not a big deal. But her time in the 500-yard freestyle, 4 minutes 45.69 seconds, was the eighth-best in county history. For perspective’s sake, Klaren broke Kaitlin Sandeno’s league record; Sandeno took a bronze in the 800 free at the 2000 Olympics while attending El Toro High. Klaren’s mark in the 200 free, 1:46.40, was the second-best in county history. The senior, who will attend California, appears primed for section meets.

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