Youthful Southern California Impresses at Seatown Classic
from Press Release
Oregon goalkeeper Becca Katzen saves a shot
by USC's Caroline Federighi in Sunday's NCAA Seatown Classic
women's lacrosse exhibition at Issaquah High School.
ISSAQUAH, Wash. – NCAA Division I lacrosse returned to the Seattle area for a second year on Sunday, and this time two Pac-12 schools that showed off the women's game to local fans with USC and Oregon scrimmaging in a fall-ball friendly at Issaquah High School.
With 13 new freshmen on the roster, USC coach Lindsey Munday, was encouraged by the leadership test for her upper classmen, especially with the play of attack/midfielder Caroline Cordrey and goaltender Liz Schaefer, both sophomores that kept the Ducks at bay throughout most of the scrimmage.
But it was the Southern California's freshman class that caught the attention of the announced crowd of 1,196 including attacker Kylie Drexel along with midfielders Alex Moore, Michaela Michael and Nina Kelty.
"We're still young," said Munday who has 13 newcomers on a squad that finished 8-10 in 2013. "(The game) gave us an opportunity to look at our best combinations for the coming season," she said. "We saw some nice things."
With score not being kept as is tradition in women's lacrosse out-of-season scrimmages, USC's attack by sophomore Caroline Cordrey and freshman Cynthia Del Core constantly tested Oregon sophomore goalkeepers Jenna Morris and freshman Becca Katzen.
The exhibition was a homecoming for USC junior defender and former All-State and All-American player at Eastside Catholic Alex Foreman playing for the first time as a collegian in her home state in front of many of her former high school teammates.
"It's pretty cool to see the whole (Eastside Catholic) team here. I was excited to be a part of this," she said.
Another state player to see action on Sunday was sophomore Jacky Hennegan, a 2012 graduate of Central Kitsap High School in Bremerton.
For Hennegan, the matchup with Oregon was both a chance to work on timing against a strong Division I opponent and get a feel for her team's confidence going into the spring season.
"We came out really well," she said. "We were poised and energetic. I thought we were able to play well together as a team."
Combined, a total of five Northwest players saw action on Sunday, including USC's Foreman (Sammamish, Wash. / Eastside Catholic School), and Hennegan (Bremerton, Wash. / Central Kitsap HS) along with Ceara Leo (Portland, Ore. / Woodrow Wilson HS). For Oregon, Lindsay LeMay (Corvalis, Ore. / Corvallis HS) and Annie Longtain (West Linn, Ore. / West Linn HS) were on the field for the Ducks
For the Ducks, who finished 8-9 in 2013, and struggled against the Trojans defensive unit Sunday, it was the passing and play-making of senior midfielder Shannon Probst that helped fuel the offensive presence of midfielders Nikki Puscz and Devon Frazer.
"All in all it was great to be in Seattle," Oregon head coach Jen Beck said. "We were happy to have a friendly scrimmage in the Seattle area."
About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition. With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America. In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 WIAA high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.
Sunday's NCAA Seatown Classic was the second NCAA Division I lacrosse game played in Washington state in as many years. In 2012, NCAA mens Division I schools Maryland and Denver played at Tukwilla's Starfire Sports Complex with Denver prevailing 12-9.
Five Pac-12 schools offer women's lacrosse as a varsity sport. Along with USC and Oregon, California, Stanford and Colorado also play women's lacrosse.
Over 250 elementary, middle and high school aged students from schools throughout the Puget Sound region participated in a lacrosse skills clinic prior to Sunday's exhibition.
Six new members of the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2013 were introduced for the first time at Sunday's NCAA Seatown Classic; Dave Low of Bainbridge Island, Brandon Fortier of Issaquah High School, Todd Thorpe of Tacoma, Jamie Asaka of Seattle's Lakeside School, along with Maggie O'Sullivan and Steph Terrien both of Seattle.