Mater Dei girls knock off Foothill


It was probably best for Mater Dei’s girls lacrosse team to get back on the field quickly after a loss to Los Alamitos on Tuesday.

The Monarchs knew they had to be focused as they faced undefeated Foothill on Thursday in a nonleague game between two of the top ranked teams in the region.

“They came out ready to play and everyone contributed and played as a cohesive unit,” Mater Dei assistant coach Joe Hastie said of the Monarchs players.

It added up to a 9-7 victory for Mater Dei.

Grace Houser led the Monarchs with five goals. Lauren Gonzales added three.

Mater Dei led, 5-4, at halftime, but Foothill surged ahead to start the second half.

Julia Taylor, Brie Ratkevich and Meridian Lee scored consecutive goals to give the Knights a 7-5 lead with 18:34 remaining in the game.

The Monarchs controlled the game the rest of the way. Madeline Hooks and Houser scored to the tie the score. Houser put Mater Dei ahead for good, 8-7, with 4:23 left.

“They had to really dig deep, and when they hit the field, they were ready,” Hastie said of his team’s players.

Mater Dei will likely be among the teams in the mix to win the county and regional titles.

“There are three or four teams that are evenly matched,” Hastie said. “You have a lot of talent on Los Al, Foothill, Beckman. … We have our share of talent. It is going to come down to who wants it more and who works as a team.”

Taylor led the Knights with four goals.

Courtney Walburger had 11 saves for the Monarchs. Hannah Upshaw had eight for the Knights.

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