Los Alamitos girls capture the big prize

Los Alamitos girls capture the big prize
The Griffins roll over Cate, 17-11, in the U.S. Lacrosse-Southern Section championship match.

MANHATTAN BEACH - It had been three years in the works, but Los Alamitos girls lacrosse team accomplished its mission Friday night.

The Griffins jumped out to a big lead late in the first half, then rolled to a 17-11 victory over Cate of Carpinteria in the U.S. Lacrosse-Southern Section championship at Mira Costa High.

It is the first Southern California title for the Griffins, who on Tuesday won their first county title after losing in two previous seasons in the finals.

“It means the world," Los Alamitos coach Meredith Adamicki-Meyran said. "This was our goal from the very beginning of the season and we came out and executed and played well.”

Los Alamitos (19-0) had a balanced scoring attack led by Francie Crowell, who had six goals, and Shaina Denny, who scored three.

Ashley Actkinson and Lindsey SchmidtBeck added two goals each for Los Alamitos.

“We just wanted to set the tone early and go out and score as many goals as we could in the first half and go from there,” Adamicki-Meyran said.

Cate (14-4-1) stayed with the Griffins early on, cutting the lead to 6-5 on a goal by Cascade Zak with 10:51 left in the first half.

The Griffins responded, scoring seven consecutive goals, including two by Crowell, to move ahead, 13-5.

Los Alamitos led, 13-6, at halftime and extended the lead to 15-7 on a goal by Crowell with 17:57 remaining in the contest.

After that, the Los Alamitos defense, led by goalie Natalie Richards, was able to contain Cate and finish off the victory.

“It’s a pretty good feeling," said Crowell, who is headed for Notre Dame next year on a scholarship. "We’ve really been working for this for three years, and the whole team really came together and I’m really proud of everyone.”

“This is our last game at Los Al and when I started here, I had never played lacrosse in my life, so all of us have really gone through this together from start to finish together and I think that’s something really unique to us and it made it special.”

Cate was led by Zak, who scored six goals.

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