This past Wednesday night, it was the final installment of regular season Islander’s girls lacrosse. Traveling to La Jolla High School to take on their league rival Vikings, there was still plenty to play for, for the girls in green and black. As with a win as one of the top teams in the county, the Islanders had an opportunity to perhaps grab a spot in the open division playoffs.
The game started with early offensive fireworks as both the Vikings and Islanders would net a pair of goals in the opening six minutes to keep the game tied 2-2. However, for the Islanders, the early offense would take a brief hiatus over the next six minutes. During that time, La Jolla would hold possession and be able to grab two more goals to make it a 4-2 game.
However, considering how long the Vikings possessed the ball, the deficit could have been wider. Defensively, Marianna Dick, Meghan Kurtz, Julia Mineo, and Emma Fabiszak would all do a fine job at keeping the La Jolla goals to a minimum, thanks to their excellent on-ball defense and their ability to get in shooting lanes. In goal, Allyson Bryant would also provide a few nice stick saves to keep things manageable for the Islanders.
After the long controlled offensive possessions by La Jolla, the Islanders would finally respond. With 8:38 left in the first, the Islanders would flip possession thanks to a steal and ground ball from Dick, who would find her teammates Ella Ackerly up field. With the ball in her possession, Ackerly would waste zero time and rip a shot past the La Jolla Goalie to make it a 4-3 game.
Thanks to Lauren Hundley and Allie White, the Islanders would win the ensuing drop and quickly find themselves back in business offensively. After a more drawn out possession, White would find a cutting Ackerly, who would beat the goalie again, this time on a leaping skip-shot, to tie things at 4-4. Ackerly would not be done, as just two minutes later, the senior would continue her excellent half of play on offense as she would net her third goal to complete the hat trick off a pass from Riley McGrath to make it a 5-4 Islander lead with 4:30 left in the first half.
Unfortunately, that 5-4 lead for the Islanders would not be one that would last them very long. To end the half, La Jolla would go on a 3-0 scoring run to take a 7-5 lead heading into the half and quickly build upon it when they would return to action in the second half. The 3-0 goal run would soon become a 9-0 run as the Vikings would have a 13-5 lead over the Islanders late into the second half.
The Islanders would have a few moments in the second half, such as goals from Marianna Dick and Allie White and several shots from Mineo & Mallory Morrissey, that all looked to be good but were ultimately saved. As a result, Coronado would fall in their regular-season finale by the score of 16-7.
However, while the regular season is now over for the Islanders, a new season has begun. The Postseason. As of this weekend, the Islanders girl’s lacrosse team was seeded as the No. 1 Team in the CIF DI Playoffs. As such, they have earned a first-round bye and will be given home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Make sure to come out and support The Islander’s at their first playoff game on Saturday May 14 at 5 p.m. vs. the winner of the play-in match between Carlsbad High School & Westview High School.
VOL. 112, NO. 19 - May 11, 2022