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Los Alamitos makes it four O.C. titles in a row
DANA POINT – Los Alamitos' girls lacrosse team maintained its reign atop Orange County, defeating Corona del Mar, 12-6, in the finals of the U.S. Lacrosse Division 1 South finals Wednesday evening at Dana Hills.
The top-seeded Griffins (17-2) won the the title for the fourth year in a row and move on to the Southern Section championship Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mission Viejo High. The Griffins will face the winner of the North title game between Peninsula and Mira Costa.
“CdM came out strong. Every team is going to come out strong against us, that’s what you want to do, you want to win,” Los Alamitos coach Liz Connelly said. “We kept battling, we were able to keep a lead and finish it off at the end, that’s always nice.”
Seventh-seeded Corona del Mar, making its first appearance in the finals, took a 4-3 lead on a goal by Kendall Mulvaney with 17 minutes left in the first half. But Los Alamitos took command after that and held a 7-4 lead at halftime.
“They wanted it more than anything and they were mentally prepared,” Corona del Mar coach Aly Vislocky said of her team. “I think it was just a combination of some missed passes and some unfortunate fouls and the combination of that adds up when you’re playing a really good team.
“You can’t really make many mistakes.”
Corona del Mar (16-4) was led by Torrey Attyah, who scored two goals.
Los Alamitos was led by Keaton Otake and Grace Schmidt-Beck, who scored four goals each. Haley Fessenden added three goals. Goalkeeper Emily Alpaugh had 11 saves.
Otake helped Los Al turn the tide late in the first half, then added two more goals in the second half to help her team clinch the title.
“I’m just really proud of us. We really came together as a team this year,” Otake said. “To win this third championship, at least for me, was a great way to end the season and my high school career.”
The Griffins will now get ready to face another stiff challenge in the finals.
“I think at this point I think we’re getting comfortable with a target on our back,” Connelly said. “We know every team is saying, ‘We’re going to be the team to beat Los Al.’
“We keep fighting, we keep going.”