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Santa Margarita's Anderson is girls lacrosse player of the year
Lacrosse teams across the county have been trying to contain Santa Margarita midfielder Adrienne Anderson for four years. But not many had much success.
Anderson, the Register's player of the year for 2012, capped her career at the school by scoring 54 goals and recording nine assists this season. She also had 61 groundballs, forced seven turnovers and had 62 draw controls, helping the team advance to the semifinal round of the county playoffs against Los Alamitos.
It was a season of adjustments for Anderson and her teammates, who welcomed a new coach, Artie Spruill.
"I think we really pulled together well," Anderson said. "As the season went on, we grew together as a team and started playing really well, and I think we really bought into Coach Artie's system and how she was running things and it started working for us halfway through the season.
"We really came out strong and everything came together in the end."
Spruill was aware of Anderson's abilities when she took the job, but got to see first-hand her impact.
"Adrienne is a great leader and athlete," said Spruill. "Having a player like Adrienne, who brings excitement to the game and on the field, is what every coach dreams of. Her continuous efforts to push herself on the field, as well as her teammates around her, is what makes Adrienne a stellar athlete.
"Adrienne was always willing to put the team on her back to help the common goal to get the team win. Adrienne's every-day passion for lacrosse is something you don't find in every lacrosse player, but the best part about her is the want she has for her teammates to have fun, grow and love lacrosse as much as she does."
Anderson fueled the Eagles' playoff run, scoring 40 goals with four assists, 36 draw controls and 25 groundballs in the final six games of the season.
Anderson has earned many accolades, including being named first-team All-County and twice, the Trinity League MVP twice and a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American. She earned All-Trinity League honors for three years.
Anderson has many fond memories of her senior season.
"I think the best game was when we played Coronado in the Beckman tournament," she said. "We went in there with nothing to lose and just played our hearts out, and we ended up beating them. They were the No. 1 team at the time in the state, which was pretty exciting."
Anderson's enthusiasm for the game has undoubtedly made an impact.
"I wanted everyone to love the sport as much as I did," she said.
Next year, Anderson is headed to Stanford to continue her lacrosse career.
"It's going to be new because I'm playing against college teams but I'm excited," she said. "I think I'm ready. I'm going to go there and work as hard as I can and see what happens."
Her coach will be following her career.
"I am personally excited to see what Adrienne accomplishes at Stanford," Spruill said. "I know she is going to have immediate, great success there."