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Islander Girls Lacrosse Moves To Cement CIF Playoffs Open Division Slot

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Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 11:47 am

One of the better prep sports performances Your Natterer has attended of late was Thursday evening’s Islander Girls Lacrosse game, when they hosted and defeated the Poway Titans 11-9. Coupled with a 12-11 win over La Jolla two nights earlier, Coronado is now 10-4 overall and 2-2 in the Western League. Entering play this week, Coronado is No. 4 in the CIF Open Division rankings behind Granite Hills, Scripps Ranch, and La Jolla. Trailing Coronado as likely Open Division participants are San Marcos, Canyon Crest Academy, The Bishop’s School and Eastlake.

Coronado and Poway always seem to bring out the best in each other in the sport of lacrosse, whether it is the Boys or Girls programs who are competing. As an added bonus, it was Senior Night for the team as the program honored the contributions of Kat Green, Claire Morris, Mackenzie DeMaio, Rachael Siefert and Paloma Goulding.

In the Poway contest, the Islanders trailed by two goals, 9-7, with 12:08 left in the game. Then they went to work and three minutes later Catie Ward scored after a dive to the goal and a spin move which shed her defenders. Two minutes later, Green scored after a steal, a long run and an assist from Camden DeMaio. Then DeMaio scored on a goal of her own at the 4:20 mark, allowing the Islanders to take the 10-9 lead. Throughout this scoring run, Islander goalie Kendall Chapko sprinkled in some saves to keep the Titans at bay.

In the last few minutes, after DeMaio’s goal, the Islanders played a brilliant game of keep away from Poway, as they passed the ball around to allow the game clock to run down. After spreading the field for a few moments, with 1:24 left in the contest, Allie White was left virtually uncovered near the Poway goal and she added an important insurance goal for the Islanders to account for the final score of 11-9.

For the game, Ward scored four goals; Camden DeMaio scored three goals and assisted on a fourth; Green scored two goals; Josie Morrissey and Allie White had a goal each; and defender Lauren White, Allie’s older sister, supplied an assist. Chapko was credited with 10 saves. Leaders in the groundballs recovered statistic included Chapko and Josie Morrissey with five each; three each from Green and Mackenzie DeMaio, and one each from Mackenzee Gilbert and Seifert.

Two days prior, the Islanders had to come from behind to defeat La Jolla. In the back-and-forth affair, La Jolla held a 7-6 lead at the half. Islander Head Coach Kirstyn Atkinson must have delivered a half-time speech for the ages to her team, as Coronado fired out and scored six of the next seven goals in the game to go up 11-8 with 7:04 left in the contest. But La Jolla wouldn’t go away, and they scored three of the next four goals, the last one with just 24 seconds remaining. The Islanders held on to win 12-11.

Green led Coronado in this one with five goals; two goals were scored by both Ryan Brophy and Allie White; and single goals came from Makena Armstrong, Camden DeMaio, and Ward. One assist each went to Armstrong, Josie Morrissey and Brophy. Chapko had 14 saves.

Coach Atkinson said of the La Jolla game, “It was an outstanding game and a huge win for us. Not only because it’s La Jolla, but in my mind because the team fought back, and we didn’t let them go on a scoring run. We kept fighting for groundballs and kept going. We were down the majority of the first half, by three goals early, which would have defeated us in the past. No matter the outcome of the game, I am so excited the Girls played to their ability and pushed back.”

In the Poway game, especially as the game wound down and Coronado created their own momentum, the Islander defense was stellar. Atkinson said, “Kendall Chapko really stepped up with her saves and our attackers rode hard in transition. It was a group effort all over the field that made that happen. Lauren White has stepped up on defense and been incredible. Assistant Coach Kaitlyn Couture works with the defense every single day. She was one of the best defenders out there when she played at USC. The Girls have bought in and are putting in extra work. I’m excited to see the defense click and they played really well in both games. On offense, Kat Green has been amazing on attack and she provides that little extra fire when we need it. And Camden DeMaio put away a couple of goals against Poway that were crucial. We could have gone south in that game, if she hadn’t. She scored the goal to put us ahead, which was huge.”

Coronado has three regular season games remaining, including Wednesday at Cathedral Catholic at 6:30 p.m. and Friday at home against Scripps Ranch at 7 p.m. The regular season concludes Tuesday, May 7 at Torrey Pines, with the game slated for a 7 p.m. start.

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