CHS Freshman Maria Anaya ...

Freshman Maria Anaya, who is one of many outstanding freshman on this year’s team, outmaneuvers a La Jolla player during the Islander’s victory over the 2022 CIF champions. The Islander’s run came to an end last week, at Torrey Pines High School.

To be the best, you have to beat the best. At least, that’s how the saying goes. And that saying would be tested this past Tuesday when the Coronado High School girls lacrosse team traveled north up the five to take on Torrey Pines High School.

The two teams already have a bit of history this season, as on March 20, the Islanders came into Torrey Pines and beat the number one team in the county by the final of 8-7.

Since then, some things have changed a bit as the Islander’s torrent start to the season slowed down just a touch as they went 8-4 in conference play, while Torrey would go 11-2 down the stretch following their loss to Coronado.

So, how did the team’s second and most critical showdown of the season end up? Unfortunately for the Islander faithful, raising a CIF Open championship banner will need to wait another season as Coronado fell by the score of 15-14.

This was a certified dog fight, folks. Ali vs. Foreman of girls lacrosse this season. It wasn’t a matter of one team outplaying the other; in some ways, it felt like whoever owned possession last would take home the victory.

Offensively the Islanders went shot for shot with the best team in the county. Their firepower was on display again with the 14-goal effort, with Sydney Dunn leading the way with six goals for the Islanders.

Meanwhile, on the defensive end, while the 15-goal total is certainly more than they would have liked, they still made plays. Marianna Dick and Emma Fabiszak were as busy as ever as they did their best to contain one of the more lethal attacks in San Diego County. In goal, Emma Terry performed admirably as she nabbed a handful of key saves to keep things close for the Islanders.

Dunn is just one of the many Islander young guns, like Brooklyn Parma, Jordanne Peterson, and Charlotte Peterson, that will be back next season and will undoubtedly push the Islanders back into CIF Open finals contention yet again.

But they won’t be going at it alone. The Islanders will also be returning other prolific offensive scoring threats in Lauren Hundley, who netted two goals in the afternoon, Kate Collins, and electric goal scorer Julia Mineo.

The point of this is to show that this year’s wildly successful 2023 Islanders girls lacrosse team isn’t going anywhere. This isn’t a flash in the pan or a one-year wonder. This team has a core to come back next season and exceed the heights they reached this year.

Tuesday night’s 15-14 loss to Torrey is not what the Islanders hoped for, but it should also not wipe away what was a wildly successful 2023 season. A 15-7 overall record, 8-2 and second place conference finish, and a combined record of 7-4 versus teams who played in the Open Division Playoffs field.

The future is bright for Islander fans, and these girls in green and white will be a team to watch next season.

VOL. 113, NO. 21 - May 24, 2023

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