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Senior goalie Hannah <252>Upshaw will lead the <252>top-ranked Foothill girls team this season.

Girls lacrosse preview: O.C. top 10

STAFF WRITER

The Register’s season-opening Orange County top 10 for girls lacrosse.

O.C. TOP 10

1. Foothill: The Knights have several familar faces back from last season’s team that won the O.C. and Southern Section titles. Goalie Hannah Upshaw (USC) gives Foothill a good shot to go back to the finals.

2. Mater Dei: An experienced group returns for the Monarchs. They should be considered a legitimate contender to challenge for for the titles.

3. Corona del Mar: The Sea Kings’ youthful group gained a lot of experience last season. Look for big things from them this season.

4. Beckman: The Patriots advanced to the county championship and lost in overtime. This year’s group is led by Janice Shih, who scored 76 goals last season.

5. Trabuco Hills: The Mustangs have made nine consecutive playoff appearances. Look for Kendal Derbyshire to lead the Mustangs back to the playoffs.

6. Los Alamitos: The Griffins advanced to the county semifinals last season. Senior Sophia Schade and junior Daisey Haas will be key components this season.

7. San Juan Hills: The Stallions are off to a great start. They return their top five goal scorers, so keep an eye on them this season.

8. St. Margaret’s: Noelani Murayama and Cameron Manor form one of the county’s top scoring duos. They combined to score 116 goals last season.

9. Capistrano Valley: Junior goalie Alex Yan made 184 saves last season and should have another big year for the Cougars, who will contend for the South Coast League title.

10. Woodbridge: The Warriors have to replace Karina Yamasaki, who scored 112 goals last season and won 227 face-off draws. Look for them to have a varied attack this season.

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Contact the writer: dalbano@ocergister.com


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