2013 girls lacrosse preview: O.C. Top 10, players to watch
O.C. PRESEASON TOP 10
1. Los Alamitos: Griffins will stay in the top spot until a team in Orange County can knock them off. (Read our preview about the Griffins.)
2. Corona del Mar: Kylie Mulvaney and teammates fell to Los Alamitos in the title game last season but are ready to change their fortunes this season.
3. Santa Margarita: Lara Reppert and Emily Luckette take over the program as co-head coaches.
4. Foothill: New coach Kaylee Navarrete will benefit from having Emily Kift in goal.
5. Beckman: The Patriots (13-4 in 2012) have plenty of returning talent and have lots of reasons to be optimistic.
6. Mater Dei: Captain Janelle Williams will help Monarchs make more strides under Coach Cressita Bowman.
7. Trabuco Hills: Mustangs should have a solid defense with the return of Nicole Neeley, Rebecca Ransom along with Cyrena Malkowski in goal.
8. Capistrano Valley: Ally Hadley and Riley Eggeman are coming back after enjoying All-County seasons in 2012.
9. Aliso Niguel: A strong 2012 campaign gives the Wolverines hope in a tough Sea View League with Capo Valley and Trabuco Hills.
10. St. Margaret's: Coach Summer Crabtree and the Tartans will try to bounce back following a disappointing season a year ago.
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O.C. PLAYERS TO WATCH
Julie Crowell, Los Alamitos, attack, Sr.; Haley Fessenden, Los Alamitos, midfield, Jr.; Caitlin Derry, Los Alamitos, midfield, Jr.; Grace Schmidt-Beck, Los Alamitos, attack, Jr.; Anna Takushi, Woodbridge, midfield, Sr.; Jiyoo Chang, Woodbridge, defender, Sr.; Averly Tan, Woodbridge, goalie, Jr.; Sharon Jeon, Woodbridge, defender, Jr.; Nicole Willis, Yorba Linda, midfield, Sr.; Nicole Tyau, Yorba Linda, goalie, Sr.; Julianna Keilty, Yorba Linda, attack, Jr.; Ally Hadley, Capistrano Valley, attack, Sr.; Riley Eggeman, Capistrano Valley, midfield, Jr.; Courtney Smith, Capistrano Valley, midfield, Jr.; Regan Anderson, St. Margaret's, midfield, Sr.; Hannah Narvaez, St. Margaret's, defender, Sr.; Julia Alvarez, St. Margaret's, goalie, Sr.; Cyrena Malkowski, Trabuco Hills, Jr.; Nicole Neeley, Trabuco Hills, defender, Sr.; Rebecca Ransom, Trabuco Hills, defender, Sr.; Janelle Williams, Mater Dei, midfield, Sr.; Emily Kift, Foothill, goalie, Sr.; Claire Duchene, Beckman, goalie, So.; Kylie Mulvaney, Corona del Mar, defender, Sr.; Molly Rovzar, Corona del Mar, midfielder, Sr.; Lena Huebscher, Santa Margarita, attack/mid., Sr.; McKenna Hayes, Aliso Niguel, midfield, Sr.; Taury Hlinka, Newport Harbor, midfield, Sr.; Echo Meyers, Dana Hills, attack, Sr.
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Foothill at Mater Dei, Thursday, 5 p.m.; Capistrano Valley vs. Los Alamitos at Laurel High School, March 5, 5 p.m.; Mater Dei at Mission Viejo, March 7, 5p.m.; Capistrano Valley at Santa Margarita, March 8, 5:30 p.m.; Foothill vs. Los Alamitos at Laurel High School, March 14, 5 p.m.; Beckman at Mater Dei, March 21, 5 p.m.; La Costa Canyon vs. Los Alamitos at Laurel High School, March 22, 5 p.m.; Aliso Niguel at Capistrano Valley, March 26, 5:30p.m.; Mater Dei at Santa Margarita, April 4, 5 p.m.; Corona del Mar at Beckman, April 8, 4 p.m.; Corona del Mar vs. Los Alamitos at Laurel High School, April 11, 5 p.m.; Beckman at Los Alamitos at Laurel High School, April 19, 5 p.m.; St. Margaret's at Santa Margarita, April 25, 6 p.m.; Orange County playoffs- first round, April 30; Orange County championship, May 8; Southern Section championship, May 11.