Elizabeth Teasdale saw her alma mater lose in the MCAL girls lacrosse final on Friday. It couldn’t have made her happier.
Amelia Burke scored three goals and had one assist and goalie Madeline Dibble had a 73 percent save percentage as the Redwood High team, coached by Teasdale, beat Marin Catholic 14-3 to claim its third consecutive MCAL title against MC.
“I’m on Cloud 9, it’s amazing,” said Teasdale, the first-year Redwood coach. The win clinches a berth in next week’s North Coast Section tournament.
“I look at it as a huge rivalry. Marin Catholic was my alma mater. Now that I’m at Redwood I want to beat MC.”
Any doubts about who was the MCAL’s best boys lacrosse team were erased Friday afternoon.
Despite being physically and mentally taxed by a game a day earlier and despite playing without its No. 1 goalie, host Redwood High completed a perfect run through its league schedule with a 12-9 victory over Novato in the league championship match, clinching a North Coast Section playoff berth in the process.
The Giants (14-6), on the strength of a five-goal second quarter, claimed an 8-4 halftime lead and their edge never shrank below two goals the rest of the match. Coming off an 18-17 semifinals victory over Tam in a game decided by a goal with one second left, that was a welcome sight for coach Griffin Costello.
“We had a good feeling coming in,” said Costello, who has led Redwood to its first MCAL boys lacrosse title in his first season at the school. “It was an extremely hard game yesterday against Tam but we just played a great game today. The kids had a great challenge ahead of them and they knew it and they all stepped up and played very smart.”
Redwood took a lead in would not relinquish when Tyler Simmons scored early in the second quarter. Jeevan Poonian and Adam Rosenthal followed with goals within the next minute and the Giants were off and running. With goalie Christian Molineaux – subbing for Hunter Hall, who couldn’t play after missing more than half the school day due to a fender bender – making 11 saves, the Redwood offense was plenty good enough to win.
Landon Carr has made lacrosse history in Washington.
The Curtis High School senior is the first player from the state to be named to the Under Armour All-America lacrosse team. The midfielder found out about the honor after a practice last week.
“I was really excited when I heard about it,” he said. “It was the one thing I was hoping to earn this summer.”
Carr, who is one of just four lacrosse players from west of the Mississippi River to be named to the four-year-old All-America team, will compete in the all-star game June 27 at Towson Stadium in Baltimore, Md. ESPNU will televise the all-star game live at 5 p.m.
“That game is going to be a lot of fun,” he said. “I know some of the other guys on the team.”
Carr, who has signed to play at the University of Maryland, a lacrosse powerhouse, leads Washington in points with 59. He has scored 35 goals and has 24 assists, helping Curtis earn a berth in the state’s Division I postseason. The Vikings have two games remaining in the regular season.
Lacrosse is a club sport in Washington, but Carr thinks that because the sport is growing in popularity, it could become a WIAA-sanctioned varsity sport.
“California recently made lacrosse a varsity sport and a lot of the states on the East Coast have it already,” he said. “When I started playing there was one team around here, now we have almost 50. There is a lot of interest.”
Are non-scholarship athletes as obligated to practice and compete as scholarship athletes?
This is a great question and the answer is yes. The non scholarship athlete is just as committed and the coaches are as passionate as their scholarship counterparts! The difference here is in philosophy and program strategy. Since the majority of non-athletic scholarship programs are academically “select” institutions, coaches are quick to embrace the fact that academic performance is the main focus for their athletes and every effort needs to be taken to meet this end. If the players are not doing well in school, there is a good chance that everything else in their life is “heading south” fast.
The flip side of the coin is that student-athletes realize that although they are not on any form of athletics aid, there is an unwritten rule that they fully committed to the program, the coaches and the team. A good coach will spell these expectations out clearly and early in the recruiting process and impress upon the family that being a member of the team is an honor and a privilege and that the obligation to the program is complete.
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