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Torrey Girls Scoop Post Season Honors

Half a dozen players from the Torrey Pines girls lacrosse team have earned prestigious post-season honors on both a local and national level. Junior midfielder Becky Trees has been named to CIF San Diego Section and North County Conference first teams. With 63 goals and 23 assists, Becky finished as team's leading scorer for the 2008 and the third leading scorer in the conference. 

Senior attack Tori Cameron -- who's headed to UC Santa Barbara to play her collegiate lax -- was named to the CIF second team and conference first team. Senior attack Mara Harry was named to the CIF second team and conference honorable mention. Junior defender/midfielder Alexa Golden made the conference second team, as did freshman midfielder/attack Katie Trees. Sophomore attack Annelysse Eggold was also named all conference honorable mention.

Becky, Annelysse and freshman attack Anna Knowles were also named to the Pacific Chapter US Lacrosse travel team that participated in the 2008 Women's Division National Tournament (WDNT) over Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore.

Meanwhile, Coach Amanda Bourquin announced the varsity team awards for 2008:

Best All-Around Athlete: Tori Cameron (Sr)
Offensive MVP: Becky Trees (Jr)
Defensive MVP: Alexa Golden (Jr)
Team Leadership Award: Mara Harry (Sr)
Wolfpack Teamwork Award: Arden Madsen (Sr)
Team Spirit Award: Brita Bookser (Sr)
Most Improved: Chelsea Yogerst (So)

2008 Falcons Scoring Leaders:

Becky Trees: 86 points on 63 goals 23 assists
Katie Trees: 63 pts, 50 goals, 13 assists
Tori Cameron: 61 pts, 48 goals,  13 assists
Mara Harry: 34 pts, 25 goals, 9 assists
Annelysse Eggold: 22 pts, 13 goals, 9 assists
Alexa Golden: 21 pts, 12 goals, 9 assists 

Falcons Fly High In Final Polls

Despite falling in the CIF semifinals to eventual champion LCC, the Falcons finished strong in the high school lacrosse polls. LaxPowerCom ranked them at No. 3 in San Diego and No. 9 in the state of California in their final computer poll, while WestSideLax pushed them up to No. 3 in San Diego, No. 7 in California and No. 24 in the Western U.S. (everything west of the Mississippi) in their final rankings. These are among the highest end-of-season rankings the Falcons have ever achieved.

In previous years the Falcons finished their season at these positions in the LaxPower Cal rankings:
2007: No. 12
2006: No. 16
2005: No. 16
2004: No. 12 (first year of state rankings)

LaxPower.Com San Diego Top 20
(May 27th)

1. LCC
2. Coronado
3. Torrey Pines
4. Poway
5. Westview
6. La Jolla
7. Cathedral
8. Francis Parker
9. Scripps Ranch
10. Bishops
11. Carlsbad
12. Rancho Bernardo
13. Helix
14. Mt Carmel
15. Valley Center
16. Santana
17. Preuss
18. Patrick Henry
19. Canyon Crest
20. Santa Fe Christian

WestSide Lax California Top 8
(May 27th)

1. LCC 
2. Amador Valley 
3. Coronado 
4. St Ignatius 
5. Danville Monte Vista
6. California HS
7. Torrey Pines
8. Poway 

Mavs Outlast Falcons in CIF Semis

No. 1 ranked and undefeated La Costa Canyon topped Torrey Pines 10-6 in the CIF semifinals on Thursday night, as the cinderalla Falcons bid for the section title ended one game short of their goal. For the second straight game, the Falcons gave the defending champion Mavericks all they could handle, especially at the defensive end, where high-scoring LCC was limited to one of its second lowest offensive output of the season. Only No. 2 ranked Coronado held the Mavs to fewer goals (9). 

Defense and outstanding goalkeeping dominated the first half, with La Costa leading by a slim 4-2 margin at the intermission. The Mavs scored three quick goals at the start of the second half and look like they might run away with the game. But the Falcons rallied with three goals of their own to make the score 7-5 with about eleven minutes left on the clock. LCC wasn't able to pull away until the closing minutes, when a pair of goals extended the final margin to four.

Junior middy Becky Trees once again topped Torrey scoring with three goals, while senior attack Tori Cameron scored once in her last game as a Falcon. Sophomore Annelysse Eggold and freshman Katie Trees also found the back of the net for Torrey. Junior keeper Ashlee Schlesier had a terrific game in goal with eight saves.

Despite the loss, the Falcons varsity finished the season on a high, advancing farther into the CIF playoffs than anyone expected, winning the Surf, Sun & Stix Tournament, and tying the program record for most wins in a season (17 victories, which the 2005 team also achieved). The 17 wins was also a huge improvement over last year, when the Falcons recorded just 12 victories. The ten seniors who graduate will be sorely missed both on and off the field. But Torrey also ends an incredible season with the knowledge that many of its key players will return for the 2009 campaign. 

Link to WestSideLax game report: LCC Tops Torrey Pines
Link to Union Tribune game report: LCC, Coronado Steal Show

CIF semifinals:
LCC 10, Torrey Pines 6
Coronado14,  La Jolla 7

CIF Final:
LCC 11, Coronado 10

CIF Semis: Torrey Pines vs La Costa Canyon

Torrey Pines takes on La Costa Canyon tonight in the San Diego CIF semifinals, with the opening draw slated for 5 PM at LCC Stadium in Carlsbad. The Mavericks come into the game as heavy favorites, winners of 34 straight and owners of the No.1 ranking in the state of California and the No. 2 ranking in the entire U.S. west of the Mississippi. They have also topped the Falcons ten straight times. But their last meeting, just two weeks ago, is the closest that Torrey has come to defeating their arch-rivals in the past five years. It's a daunting task for the Falcons . . . but so was facing Poway in the quarters. 

Falcons Top Titans in Epic CIF Battle

Torrey Pines came from behind in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night, scoring twice in the final minute
to beat Poway 12-11 in the San Diego CIF quarterfinals. Tori Cameron scored off a free position with six seconds left to clinch it for the Falcons. It was an epic struggle, the most exciting game the FAlcons have been involved in this season, both teams playing at full throttle as they battled up and down the Falcon Stadium turf. 

The win advanced Torrey to the CIF semifinals on Thursday against arch-rival LCC. Game time is 5 PM at LCC Stadium. 

Poway jumped out to a quick three-goal lead and it looked like the Titans might run away with the game. But Falcons slowly but surely crawled their way back into the game, starting with a brilliant run up and middle by Alexa Golden that ended with a goal. Less than a minute later Mara Harry scored from a free position and suddenly it was a one-goal game. Goals by Becky and Katie Trees knotted the game at 4-4, the start of a seasaw contest that would see 16 ties or lead changes over the remainder of the game. A free position score by Tori Cameron and then a cool sidearm goal by Mara gave the Falcons their first lead just before halftime. But the Titans came charging back with a goal of their own just before the horn.

The second half was even more intense, 25 minutes of nonstop action and brilliant play from both teams. Poway quickly charged in front again, but Torrey Pines rallied on goals by Becky, Tori and Alexa to take a 9-8 lead with about 12 minutes remaining. But the Titans appeared to catch a second wind, scoring three of the next four goals to snatch back the lead with 1:04 left on the clock.

Head coach Amanda Bourquin called a timeout to plot the Falcons strategy for the final minute -- sixty four seconds that seemed to last forever. The sequence that lead to the tying goal started with Chelsea Yogerst scooping up a loose ball near the 50 yard line and passing to Katie Trees, who got the ball to Mara Harry charging down the middle of the field. Mara then dished off to Becky, who curled around the back of the Poway goal and was just about to shoot when she was fouled. She converted from the free position to knot the score at 11-11 with around 23 seconds to play. Poway won the ensuing draw, but Becky got the ball back on a hard check and then completed a long pass to Tori charging up the left sideline. A Poway offsides gave Cameron a free position just inside the eight-meter line. When the whistle blew she dashed right to avoid to two Titan defenders, but found enough space to fling the ball past the Poway keeper.

Goalie Ashlee Schlesier had perhaps her best-ever game for the Falcons, turning back several shots with acrobatic saves. Alexa Golden and Mara Harry provided much of the energy and emotion that went into the Falcons dramatic comeback, while Becky Trees and Tori Cameron provided the firepower. After the game Coach Bourquin cited the play of her defensive unit -- Amanda Krieger, Arden Madsen, Linda Rassenti, Sheridan Edwards, Kendra Bills and Chelsea Yogerst -- as one of the other keys to the stunning victory. 

Link to WestSideLax story about the game: Torrey Pines Stuns No. 10 Poway

Quarterfinal scores:
Torrey Pines 12 Poway 11
LCC 12 Francis Parker 1
Coronado 17 Cathedral 8
La Jolla 11 Westview 10

CIF Quarters: Torrey vs Poway 

Torrey Pines goes up against Poway this afternoon in the CIF quarterfinals, with the opening draw set for 5 PM at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons are seeded fourth in the San Diego County playoffs, the Titans fifth. The teams split their two previous meetings this season, both at the Westview Tournament. Poway won their pool game 10-7, but Torrey came back to beat their long-time rivals 9-6 in the tourney championship game. The Titans are sending more of seniors to play at the college leve next year than any other girls team in San Diego including certified stars like Kelly Jablonski (bound for Oregon), Liz Donahue (Univ Richmond), Annessa Jamison (Cal-Berkeley) and Vanessa Jamison (UC Davis). 

And Poway comes into the game with a rather large chip on its shoulder: The Titan's varsity team had to forfeit the last four games of the regular season when CIF authorities decided to penalize the program for a recent junior varsity infraction. Thus, the varsity girls will be out to prove something tonight against the Falcons. Torrey is ranked 9th and Poway 10th in the state of California in the latest LaxPower poll. But the Titans are ranked way ahead of the Falcons on the latest Westside Lax list of the top 25 teams in the Western U.S. One way or another, it'll be a great game.

Tuesday's Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
Francis Parker at LCC
Poway at Torrey Pines
La Jolla at Westview
Cathedral at Coronado

Torrey Tops Knights in CIF First Round

Playing in 90 degree heat on their home turf, the Falcons got their CIF campaign off to a blazing start with a 13-6 victory over Bishops School on Saturday. The Knights drew first blood around three minutes into the game. But Torrey scored the next six goals on their way to an 8-2 lead at halftime. 

Mara Harry scored the Falcons first goal, scooping up a loose ball and curling around the Bishops net for a shot over the goalkeeper. Becky Trees scored a few minutes later on a dish from Tori Cameron. Annelysse Eggold made is 3-1 when she retreived a loose ball in the right flat and took it all the way in for s score. Katie Trees scored on a free position, Katie Trees again on a pass from her older sister. Alexa Golden stole the ball and passed to Becky for another goal. Annelysse tallied again after a long solo run up the middle of the field, and Katie Trees rounded off the Falcons' first half scoring at the end of a fast-break pass from Becky.

The Falcons padded their margin early in the second half, as Alexa scored off a long pinpoint pass from Mara. With the heat growing and fatigue showing, the two teams played about even the rest of the way, with Tori Cameron (2), Stephanie Doyle and Katie Trees finding the back of the net in the second half. 

Torrey Pines consistently won the draw control throughout the game, and steller midfield defense by the likes of Annelysse, Alexa, Mara and Ana Knowles kept the Knights bottled up in their own end for much of the game. Bishops keeper Felicity Bradley kept the score much lower than it might have been with some brilliant saves, including three in a row during one minute span of the first half on three different Falcons free positions. 

Other First Round Games:
La Costa Canyon 12, Santana 2
Cathedral Catholic 14, Carlsbad 13 (2 OT)
Westview 14, Canyon Crest 7
Coronado 22, Santa Fe Christian 5
Francis Parker 12, Scripps Ranch 9
Poway 15, Helix 3
La Jolla 8, Rancho Bernardo 7

Falcons Open CIF Play vs. Bishops

Torrey Pines has drawn a familiar opponent in the first round of this year's CIF playoffs -- the Knights of Bishops School in La Jolla, who the Falcons have already played twice this season and in the post season the last two years. Bring your coffee and doughnuts, because the game is scheduled for 10 AM at Falcon Stadium. 

The Falcons are ranked No. 3 in San Diego in the latest LaxPower.Com poll; the Knights are at No. 10. Torrey beat Bishops 14-9 in La Jolla during their only meeting of the regular season; the two teams tied 5-5 in pool play at the Westview tournament. If Torrey wins, they will play a second round game at home on Tuesday, with the opening draw at either 5 or 7 PM. And their most likely opponent will be the Poway Titans. If the Falcons should win that game, they will most likely face LCC (for the third time this year) in the CIF semi-finals on Thursday.

As everyone expected, LCC and Coronado are seeded one and two for the playoffs. But the next three seeds were something of a surprise: Westview at No. 3, Torrey Pines at No. 4 and Poway at No. 5. The seeding committee presumably tabbed Westview for the third spot on the strength of their second place finish in the North County League. But that came about only as a result of Poway having to forfeit its last four varsity games because of a CIF penalty on a Poway junior varsity infraction. Poway also beat Westview quite easily during their only meeting of the season. Westview did beat Torrey in league play. But the seedings fail to take into account the fact that Torrey won the Westview tournament and the host Wolverines didn't even make it out of pool play. So go figure. 

CIF First Round:
(seeding in brackets)
Santana (16) at LCC (1)
Scripps Ranch (9) at Francis Parker (8)
Helix (13) at Poway (5)
Bishops (12) at Torrey Pines (4)
Canyon Crest (14) at Westview (3)
Rancho Bernardo (11) at La Jolla (6)
Carlsbad (10) at Cathedral (7)
Santa Fe Christian (15) at Coronado (2)

Varsity's Valiant Effort Falls Short at LCC

The Falcons gave it their best shot but couldn't quite pull off the upset of La Costa Canyon on Friday night, as the undefeated and defending champion Mavericks prevailed 11-7 in front of their home fans. Torrey Pines was the more aggressive team (they actually outshot the Mavs 20-18), but LCC's talent and experience proved the difference in the end. 

La Costa drew first blood, scoring off the first draw, but the Falcons continued to hang with them for much of the first half. A few quick goals before intermission gave the Mavs a three goal lead -- and gave the impression they were going to run away with the game just like the other time these two teams met this season. But whatever Coach Amanda Bourquin told her players at halftime must have worked, because Torrey came charging back in the second half. They cut the deficit to two goals at one point before LCC pushed out to a 11-5 lead. And then the Falcons staged another rally -- with seniors Mara Harry and Ashley McClanahan leading the way -- to pull within four goals as the clock wound down. Junior Becky Trees and senior Tori Cameron had two goals apiece, while freshman Katie Trees chipped in one.

Although it was disappointing, the Falcons found a lot of consolation in the loss. The four-goal deficit is the closest LCC (ranked No. 1 in California and No. 2 in the Western U.S.) has come to losing since early April when they edged past Coronado. And Torrey's scrappy defense -- lead by seniors Arden Madsen and Amanda Krieger, junior Sheridan Edwards and sophomore Chelsea Yogerst -- held the high-powered LCC attack to their fourth lowest points total of the season. Maverick's star Tara Arolla came into the game as the county's leading scorer (78 goals and 20 assists) but managed just three points -- well below her season average of 6.5 points per game. The Falcons also kept junior sensation Jackie Candelaria (the county's third leading scorer) in check for much of the game, including zero goals in the first half. 

But the La Costa defense also shined, holding the Falcons to below their season average of 10 goals per game. Goalkeeping also made a difference: Mavs senior Haleh Nourani had one of her best games of the year, stopping 13 Torrey shots on goal. LCC had already wrapped up the championship of the North County Conference coming into the game, but the victory insured them the top seed in the upcoming CIF playoffs and kept their win streak (now 31 games) alive. 

Over on the JV side, the Falcons dropped a hard-fought 8-9 decision to the Mavericks. Torrey managed to crawl its way back from the three-goal deficit to tie the game in the second half, but couldn't quite keep up the momentum. The victory gave LCC the North County Conference junior varsity championship. Sophomore attack Julia Colley had four goals for the Falcons, while soph Shelby Brown scored three and junior Dorian O'Leary one. Freshman keeper Heather Schlesier had a great game in goal with 11 saves. 

Torrey No. 4 in Latest LaxPower Rankings

Torrey Pines remains at No. 4 in San Diego County and No. 8 in the state in the latest LaxPower.Com computer rankings. The Falcons have defeated two other top 12 teams (Carlsbad and Rancho Bernardo) in the last week.

Carlsbad Falls to Falcons

Torrey Pines geared up for its CIF playoff run with a 9-6 victory over Carlsbad last night at Mrcmar Field. The 9th ranked Lancers gave the 4th ranked Falcons all they could handle, battling the visitors goal for goal over the first 25 minutes. The scored was tied 4-4 at halftime, but the Falcons gradually pulled away in the second half. As she has so many times this season, Becky Trees lead Torrey in scoring with three goals and two assists. Tori Cameron had three goals and one assist, while Katie Trees had two goals and an assist. Alexa Golden also got into the offensive act with a goal and two dishes. It was the fourth straight victory for Torrey, which has one league game remaining (vs LCC on Friday) before the post season kicks off on May 17th. 

The JV Falcons beat Carlsbad 8-3 behind another hat-trick from Julia Colley and a pair of goals from Caroline Boucher. Dorian O'Leary, Zoe Zobell and Lauren Humann also scored against the Lancers, as the junior varsity Falcons notched their 17th win of the season. The JV close out their 2008 season this Friday at LCC. 

JV Falcons Thump Titans

Torrey Pines earned a bit of redemption on Monday night as a pumped up junior varsity team thumped Poway 16-6 in the big grudge match at Falcon Stadium. The Titans came into the game as one of the top JV squads in the county and the team that ended Torrey's 24-game win streak earlier this season. But this time around it was all Falcons, who built an early lead and cruised to victory. 

Dorian O'Leary lead all scorers with five goals. Shelby Brown, Julia Colley and Caroline Boucher had three each; Katie Miller, Julia Backes and Amy Takahashi. Colley also grabbed three draw controls, while Bianca Liu and Boucher snatched three grounds balls each. Heather Schlesier (4 saves) and Carrie Yang (3 saves) split the goalkeeping duties.

"The girls played with heart and executed their attacking plays," said JV coach Lauren Dachille after the Poway game. "They have really turned the corner since mid season and have not looked back since. We're looking to finish the season strong."

Torrey Stampedes Past Broncos

The Torrey Pines attack shifted into high gear on Friday night en route to a 15-7 victory over Rancho Bernardo. Eight different Falcons scored including Becky Trees (4), Linda Rassenti (2), Mara Harry (2), Annelysse Eggold (2) and Katie Trees (2). Tori Cameron, Alexa Golden and Stephanie Cowles had one goal each as the Falcons produced their second highest points total of the season. The No. 9 Broncos kept things close in the first half, going into intermission only one goal down. But No. 4 Torrey turned up the heat in the second half, outscoring the visitors 10-3 down the stretch. 

Over on the JV side, the Falcons down the Broncos 14-5 behind five goals by Dorian O'Leaery and three each by Julia Colley, Katie Miller and Shelby Brown. Colley also captured six draw controls en route to the lopsided win.

Frosh Leads Falcons Over Mustangs

Freshman Katie Trees scored five goals for the second straight game to lead Torrey Pines to a 13-9 victory over San Dieguito Academy on Tuesday night in a road game at Encinitas. Senior Tori Cameron scored four goals and junior Becky Trees two goals and two assists. Also finding the back of the cage for Torrey were senior Mara Harry and soph Annelysse Eggold. Splitting the keeper duties again, Ashlee Schlesier had four saves and Sibo Montoya two. 

The JV Falcons beat the Mustangs 13-6 in a scrappy game that remained close until the second half. Julia Colley and Katie Miller found the back of the net three times each for Torrey, while Caroline Boucher, Shelby Brown and Dorian O'Leary notched two goals apecie, and Brittany Norfleet one. Heather Schelsier went the distance in goal for the Falcons.

Falcons Fly Past Fallbrook

Torrey Pines made it nine straight over Fallbrook with a 14-0 win at Falcon Stadium on Tuesday night. The Falcons flew to a 9-0 halftime lead and coasted after intermission. Katie Trees had a career-high five goals for the home team, followed by Tori Cameron and Becky Trees with two each. Stephanie Gerretsen, Anna Knowles, Stephanie Doyle, Alexa Golden and Keely O'Brien also scored for the 4th ranked Falcons. Sibo Montoya and Ashlee Schlesier split the shutout in goal. 

JV Knocks Off Nado

The junior varsity Falcons beat Coronado 10-6 at Falcon Stadium on Saturday afternoon, their third straight win over the Islanders this season. On a day when temperatures reached well into the 90s, Shelby Brown had a career high four goals for Torrey Pines. Julia Colley popped in three scores, Caroline Boucher two. Assists by Dorian O’Leary (2), Katie Miller, Shelby and Caroline. Nado kept it close until halftime, when the score was tied 4-4. But the Falcons found the back of the cage six times after intermission to win going away. 
 St Ignatius Holds Off Torrey Comeback 

Northern California's St Ignatius had to fight off a huge Torrey Pines rally on Friday night on their way to a 10-8 victory at Falcon Stadium. It was another roller-coaster game for the Falcons, who gave the distinguished visitors all they could handle in the first half. The Wildcats scored off the opening draw, but Torrey quickly responded with goals of their own to take the lead. The teams fought toe-to-toe through much of the first 25 minutes before the Wildcats -- currently ranked No. 2 in the Bay Area and No. 5 in the state -- scratched out a slim one-gioal lead going into intermission. 

Whatever adjustments St Ignatius made at halftime worked like magic, because the visitors stormed out to a five-goal lead in the second half by consistently winning the draw or striking with quick counter attacks and fast breaks into the Torrey zone. The home team finally broke out of its slumber with about ten minutes to play, a fast and furious rally that saw Torrey score the game's final three goals. With momentum clearly in their favor, the Falcons might have caught up and possibly won the game if things had gone into overtime. 

Junior middy Becky Trees scored four times for Torrey, while senior attack Tori Cameron had two goals; senior Mara Harry and freshman Katie Trees scored one each. Rookie keeper Ashlee Schlesier had ten stops. Several other players had outstanding games against the Wildcats including junior Sheridan Edwards and sophomore Chelsea Yogerst on defense, and sophomore Annelysse Eggold in the midfield and attack. 

The victory was the 14th straight for St Ignatius. The Falcons can take some consolation in the fact that their defense limited the Wildcats to fewer goals than anyone else during the streak, including the other top three teams in Northern California (Amador Valley, Carondelet and California HS). The high-powered Wildcat offense had been averaging 16 goals per game. The Falcons also seem to have made up considerable ground on the San Francisco powerhouse from last year, when St Ignatius beat Torrey by five goals (10-5). 

JV Takes on Nado

Torrey Pines JV hosts Coronado Saturday afternoon at 2 PM in Falcon Stadium. It will be the third time this season the two squads have met. The Falcons etched out 14-3 and 6-4 victories in their previous encounters.

Falcons Fall to Mavericks 

It took a bit longer than they probably expected, but La Costa Canyon proved why it's the No. 1 high school team in California by besting Torrey Pines 15-6 last night at Falcon Stadium. Torrey Pines kept it close for nearly half the game, jumping out to 1-0, 2-1 and 5-4 leads by winning draw controls, taking good shots and shutting down the Maverick's leading scorers. But LCC coach Katie Dolan -- not not used to seeing her team trailing this far into a game -- shuffled her starting lineup to no small affect. Quickly grabbing the momentum, the Mavs scored three quick goals and went into intermission with a 7-5 lead. Torrey briefly cut the lead to one early in the second half, but LCC scored the game's final eight goals with dominating draw control, excellent passing and pinpoint shooting. Tori Cameron scored three goals for the Falcons, while Becky Trees chipped in two and Mara Harry one. 

The JV Falcons beat their LCC counterparts 8-6 in a game that swayed back and forth, both teams scoring in bunches, before Torrey finally pulled away at the end. Julia Colley, Dorian O'Leary and Shelby Brown scored twice for the Falcons, while Caroline Boucher and Katie Miller contributed one goal each to the winning cause. Colley also lead the team in draw controls and ground balls (7). "The team had a remarkable game," said JV coach Lauren Dachille after the victory. "Everyone gave a 100 percent and we saw the goals get spread out over several players. Our unsung hero has to be freshman goalie Carrie Yang with an outstanding 16 saves." 

Torrey Tames Jaguars 

After eight straight road games, Torrey Pines settled back into the familiar confines of Falcon Stadium on Tuesday night with a 13-5 victory over Valley Center. The Falcons flew out to a 8-1 halftime lead and were ahead 12-1 about midway through the second frame, before a late Jaguar rally closed some of the gap. Becky Trees lead all scorers with four goals. Katie Trees had three and Tori Cameron two, while Stephanie Cowles, Alexa Golden, Stephanie Gerretsen and Mara Harry had one each for the Falcons. 

The JV Falcons beat Valley Center 13-4. Dorian O'Leary lead the Falcons with four goals, followed by Shelby Brown, Katie Miller and Caroline Boucher (2 each); and Elisabeth Walton, Julia Colley, Caroline Paulson and Lauren Humann (one each). 

Falcons Slip One Place in State Rankings

Despite losing to Westview last week, the Falcons dropped just one place (from fourth to fifth) in the LaxPower.Com rankings for the state of California and maintained their No. 3 ranking in San Diego County by a super-thin margin over No. 4 Poway. FYI -- the Falcons' No. 4 position the previous week was their highest position ever in the state rankings. 

LaxPower.Com California Top 10
(April 21st)

1. LCC
2. Coronado
3. Amador Valley
4. Cate School
5. Torrey Pines
6. Poway
7. St Ignatius
8. Beckman
9. Napa
10. Foothill

LaxPower.Com San Diego Top 12
(April 21st)

1. LCC
2. Coronado
3. Torrey Pines
4. Poway
5. Westview
6. Cathedral
7. La Jolla
8. Carlsbad
9. Francis Parker
10. Bishops
11. Rancho Bernardo
12. Scripps Ranch

Falcons Shut Down Mt Carmel

It was a little closer than expected, but Torrey Pines got past Mt Carmel 6-3 on Friday evening on the road in Rancho Penasquitos. Katie Trees had three goals for the Falcons, while Linda Rassenti, Tori Cameron and Mara Harry had one each. The Torrey defense had a great game, limiting a Sundevil offense that had been averaging 8.5 goals per game to just three scores -- their lowest points total of the season thus far. Ashlee Schlesier went the distance in goal (with eight saves) while the rotating defense of Arden Madsen, Amanda Krieger, Alexa Golden, Shelby Rothman, Sheridan Edwards and Chelsea Yogerst checked Mt Carmel's persistant attacks.

The Sundevil junior varsity staged a huge second half rally to tie the Falcons 11-11, after Torrey Pines had lead by three at the half. Dorian O'Leary found the back of the net five times for the Falcons; Caroline Boucher and Katie Miller scored twice each, Shelby Brown and Julia Colley once. Colley also won three draw controls. 

Westview Downs Torrey

The Falcons came crashing back to earth on Tuesday night, as Westview upset third ranked Torrey Pines 11-7. Playing on their home turf, the sixth-ranked Wolverines gave the Falcons a taste of their own medicine, racing out to a big league and then thwarting a furious rally. Westview built 3-0 and 6-1 advantages in the first half. While Torrey managed to outscore them in the second stanza, it wasn't enough to overcome the momentum that Westview built early in the game. With three seniors leading the way, the Wolverines played an inspired game in front of the home crowd. Goalie Alex Pene had eight saves in the first half to thwart the Falcon offense; Mel Garces dominated the midfield and chipped in two goals; Malin McCormley lead all scorers with three goals. Torrey's attack was lead by sophomore Annelysse Eggold, who had two goals and one assist. Becky Trees contributed two goals; Mara Harry, Torie Cameron and Katie Trees one each. After beating Westview eight straight times over four seasons, the Falcons have now dropped two straight to their Highway 56 rivals, including a one-goal loss near the end of last season.

Westview also topped the Falcon JV. The final score was 11-8, but it was tied until the last five minutes when the Wolverines pulled away and then ran out the clock. Julia Colley, Lauren Humann and Caroline Boucher had two goals each for the Falcons; Dorian O'Leary and Katie Miller scored one apiece.

JV Falcons Take Tourney Too! 

The JV Falcons captured the Gold Division of the Surf, Sun & Stix tournament at Westview on Saturday, successfully defending the title they won last year and giving Torrey Pines a rare sweep of both SS&S championships in the same year. The Falcons beat the host Westview 8-5 in the final on five goals by Julia Colley and three by Dorian O’Leary. Lauren Humann’s draw control in the final showdown against the Wolverines was one of the catalysts to winning the game. 

Torrey started pool play with a 10-5 win over Mt Carmel, with O’Leary and Colley scoring three times each, Katie Miller twice and Shelby Brown once. Next up was a 9-5 victory against Rancho Bernardoduring which Dorian logged another hat-trick and Colley another two goals. Brown, Miller and Elisabeth Walton also scored against the Broncos. In the third and final pool game, the Falcons prevailed 14-3 over Coronado. Brown scored three goals, while O’Leary, Colley, Walton and Humann had two each; Zoey Zoebell and Pyria Devasirvatham also scored against the overmatched Islanders. The Falcons faced off against Patrick Henry in the semi-finals, winning 10-4 on the back of four goals by O’Leary, three by Colley and one each by Kaylee Mikuteit, Brittany Norfleet and Kelly Connor. 

Dorian O’Leary and Julia Colley both contributing 15 goals a piece for the day, while Shelby Brown came up huge with 5 goals for the day and helped lead the offense with her presence and passing ability. Lauren Humann and Katie Miller dominated in the midfield and the Falcons got some excellent defense and groundball pick-ups by Zoey Zoebell, Bianca Lui and Brittany Norfleet. Carrie Yang came up huge in goal and had an all-time high of 8 saves in the Patrick Henry game. 

Torrey Trounces Francis Parker

It was almost deja vu all over again, as Torrey Pines built a big lead over Francis Parker and then watched it slip away. But unlike the Holton-Arms and Bishops games last week, the Falcons snapped right back. After Torrey scored the game's first three goals, Parker came charging back with three of their own in the middle of the first half. Coach Amanda Bourquin called a timeout, got her players back on track, and that proved to be the difference in the game. The Lancers didn't score again as Torrey cruised to a 9-3 victory on the road in Linda Vista. It was another great day for the Falcon defense, which shut down a Lancer offense that had been averaging 10 goals a game coming into the contest. At the other end of the field, Mara Harry, Becky Trees and Katie Trees scored twice each, while Stephanie Cowles, Annelysse Eggold and Kendra Bills tallied one apiece. Sibo Montoya got the win in goal, stopping three Parker shots. 

The San Diego Union Tribune featured the varsity Falcons in a story that came out today (April 3rd). Here's the link -- "Duo Packs Punch on Lacrosse Field"

The JV Falcons traveled to Robb Field in Ocean Beach for their game against the Lancers and came home with a 13-5 victory on the back of four goals by Caroline Boucher and two by Caroline Paulson. Julia Backes earned her first goal of the season off a free position. Katie Miller lead the team with 5 groundballs; Elisabeth Walton, Lauren Humann, Julia Colley and Zoey Zobell contributed 3 GBs each. Keepers Carrie Yang (3 saves) and Heather Schlesier (5 saves) shared the win over Parker. Next up is the JV version of the Surf, Sun & Stix tournament this Saturday at Westview.

Tori and Alexa Score Big; Torrey Moves Up

Senior attack Tori Cameron has been named a San Diego Union-Tribune high school "Athlete of the Week" on the basis of her five goals against Poway in the title game of the Surf, Sun & Stix tournament last weekend. We failed to report over the weekend (becasue we didn't know) that junior midfielder and defender Alexa Golden was named to the Surf, Sun & Stix Gold Division All-Star Team (sorry about that, Alexa). 

Falcons Win Surf, Sun & Stix!

Torrey Pines defeated Poway 9-6 on Saturday afternoon to win the Gold Division of the annual Surf, Sun & Stix tournament at Westview High School. The Titans went into the tourney as heavy favorites to capture the title and started the day with a 10-7 victory over the Falcons in pool play. But it was a far different Torrey team they faced in the championship game, the Falcons motivated by a huge win over La Jolla in the semi-finals and a determination that they weren't going to let another big game slip away. 

Junior middy Becky Trees scored Torrey's first goal in the opening minutes, as the Falcons sprinted a 6-0 lead behind three goals by senior attack Tori Cameron and two by freshman midfielder Katie Trees. Poway finally got on the board late in the half, but Tori scored again to give the Falcons a 7-2 lead at intermission. Mara Harry and Tori early in  the second half before the Titans mounted a furious rally. By that time, the Falcons were just too far ahead.

It was a physical game that saw the refs pull four yellow cards (three to Poway, one to Torrey). The Falcon defense -- Amanda Krieger, Arden Madsen, Linda Rassenti, Sheridan Edwards, Julie Westover and Chelsea Yogerst -- was brilliant. They held the powerful Titan offense to just six goals for only the second time this season and Poway's dynamic duo of Kelly Jablonski (headed for the University of Oregon) and Liz Donahue (headed for the University of Richmond) to just one goal apiece. Keeper Sibo Montoya had her best game of the tourney, stopped seven Poway shots.

The victory was Torrey's first over Poway since 2005 and only the second win over the Titans in the last six years. The Falcons last captured the Surf, Sun & Stix tournament title in 2005. 

Az Madsen's excellent PHOTOS of the SS&S championship and other games available at: http://TorreyPinesGirlsLAX.smugmug.com

Semi-final: Torrey Pines 16, La Jolla 3

Becky Trees notched a hat-trick to lead Torrey Pines past La Jolla in the tournament semi-finals. The Falcons jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back, steamrolling a Viking team that had gone undefeated in pool play and that eventually won the third place trophy over St Margaret's of San Clemente. It was a game in which the Falcon underclassman really shined, especially sophomore Annalysse Eggold who had two goals and two spectacular assists. Also aiding the cause where freshman attack Anna Knowles and soph defender Chelsea Yogerst, who had two goals each. Also scoring for the Falcons were Kendra Bills (2), Brita Bookser (2), Tori Cameron (2) and Alexa Golden (1). Sibo Montoya got the win with five saves in goal. 

Pool Play

The Falcons started the day with a 10-7 loss to Poway. Torrey fell behind early and didn't wake up until late in the game when they managed to cut a five-goal deficit to just two. For much of the game Torrey looked overmatched by the favored Titans, who were more physical and moved the ball better.  Katie Trees had four goals in the losing effort, with Annalysse Eggold, Mara Harry and Becky Trees scoring one each.

Torrey built a three-goal lead against Bishops on their next game, and then let it slip away in the second half. Giving credit where it's due, the Bishops goalkeeper and defense were spectacular, turning away one Torrey attack after another. The Knights actually led late in the game before Becky Trees netted her first and only goal of the game (on an awesome pass from Alexa Golden) with less than 30 seconds left until the final whistle. Tori Cameron (2), Mara Harry and Linda Rassenti also scored for the Falcons.

Given the tournament format and tiebreakers, the Falcons found themselves in the unenviable position of having to limit their next opponent (Patrick Henry) to as few goals as possible while hoping that Poway scored as many as possible against Bishops on their final pool game. But both of those things came to pass, Torrey beating Henry 13-3 and Poway slamming Bishops 13-4. The big win over Henry boosted the Falcons into the semis and gave them the confidence they needed to reach the final. Henry actually lead the game early, before the Falcons ran off a string of eight straight goals going into the half. Becky and Katie Trees both had hat-tricks for the Falcons; also scoring the Patriots were Alexa Golden (2), Brita Bookser, Stephanie Doyle, Stephanie Cowles, Annalysse Eggold and Mara Harry. Ashlee Schlesier had three saves to get the win in goal. 

SS&S Tournament Website:http://www.geocities.com/surfsunandstix/

San Diego Union-Tribune story on Torrey's win over Poway: "Falcons Start Cold, Finish Hot"

Falcons Take Holton to Double Overtime

Torrey Pines gave visiting Holton-Arms all they could handle on Wednesday night, taking the highly regarded Maryland team into double overtime before losing 11-12 on a golden goal. The Falcons jumped out to an early lead on the back of some great defense and speed up front, building a 6-3 lead by intermission. They increased that lead to four goals early in the second half before the Panthers came storming back under the leadership of high school All-American Lucy Hayes. Holton-Arms tied the game with less than two minutes to play in regulation, won the ensuing draw and tried to run down the clock for the final shot. But their attempt was thwarted, sending the game into six minutes of extra time. 

Torrey quickly took the lead in overtime, but the Panthers clawed their way into another tie just before the horn. The visitors won in the sudden-death second overtime after a controversial call on the opening draw gave the Panthers the ball and a clear run at the Falcon goal. Junior middy Becky Trees led the way for Torrey with five goals. Freshman Katie Trees chipped in two goals, while seniors Mara Harry and Stephany Doyle, junior Alexa Golden and freshman Anna Knowles scored one each. The Falcons were playing without senior co-captain and second leading scorer Tori Cameron. 

Torrey can take some consolation in the fact that Holton-Arms plays in a metro Washington DC conference considered the toughest in the nation and came into the game ranked 149 places above the Falcons in the latest LaxPower.Com national rankings. Hayes (No. 17) is ranked amongst the nation's top 20 high school players by Sports Illustrated/Takkle and will play her college lax at North Carolina next year. The Panthers also boast seniors who have already signed to play at Harvard, Stanford and the Unversity of Virginia. But the Torrey girls clearly proved that the best of the west can play on equal terms with the Eastern elite of lacrosse. 

Torrey Trumps Bishops

Senior forward Tori Cameron exploded for five goals while junior middy Becky Trees added three goals and three assists, as the varsity Falcons beat the Bishops School 14-9 on the road in La Jolla. Torrey has sometimes struggled against Bishops in recent years, but yesterday's margin of victory was the Falcon's widest over the Knights in a regular season game since 2005. The Knights kept it close in the first half, mounting several rallies to close the gap on an early Torrey lead. But as they have several times this season, the Falcons dominated the second half and eventually pulled away for a comfortable win. Mara Harry had two goals for Torrey, while freshmen Anna Knowles and Katie Trees had a goal and assist apiece. Stephanie Doyle and Stephanie Cowles also scored.

The JV Falcons got back on the winning tracks with an 11-3 victory over the Knights. Leading the Torrey charge was junior forward Dorian O’Leary with three goals goals. Freshmen Caroline Boucher and Katie Miller netted two each, as did sophomore forward Julia Colley. Lauren Humann and Amy Takahashi scored one each. Heather Schlesier had another great game in goal, going the distance. 

Titans End JV Win Streak

The JV Falcons long undefeated streak is now history, a spectacular stretch of 24 games without a loss over two seasons that came to an end on Thursday night with a 6-5 loss to Poway. The Titans jumped out to a 4-1 halftime lead and then fought off a furious Torrey comeback in the second half. Freshman Katie Miller scored three goals for the Falcons in the losing effort, with sophomore Julia Colley and frosh Caroline Boucher netting one goal each. "I think we will learn more from losing this game and understand what it takes to win," said JV coach Lauren Dachille. "It was a bummer, but we have a lot to work on and we know now that we are not untouchable." The JV girls have a chance for revenge on May 5th when they play the Titans at home.

Torrey Turns Back Texas, El Toro

Torrey Pines won both of its weekend games, beating Kinkaid School (Texas) 13-5 beneath the lights on Friday night and El Toro 12-0 on Saturday morning. JV defeated El Toro 10-5 after trailing for much of the first half. 

The Kinkaid Falcons put up quite a fight in the first half, charging from behind to tie the game at 5-5 before Tori Cameron put Torrey Pines ahead for good with a goal just seconds before intermission. After the break, the Torrey back line of Amanda Krieger, Arden Madsen, Chelsea Yogerst and Julie Westover and keeper Sibo Montoya dominated the game, holding the visitors scoreless. Becky Trees lead Torrey scoring with four goals and three assists. Cameron finished with three goals, Katie Trees and Mara Harry chipped in two goals apiece, while Brita Bookser and Stephanie Doyle contributed one each.

Early the following morning, Torrey Pines faced off against Orange County power El Toro. But the visiting Chargers never got much traction, falling behind early and only getting off two shots on goals for the entire game. The Falcon win is even more impressive when you consider that El Toro came into the game averaging around ten goals per game. Keeper Sibo Montoya got the shutout, a rarity in lacrosse. Freshman middy Katie Trees earned her first high school hat-trick and sophomore Stephanie Cowles picked up two goals despite playing with a newly broken thumb. Senior Tori Cameron had two goals and two assists, while soph defender Chelsea Yogerst notched her first-ever varsity goal. Seniors Brita Bookser, Stephanie Gerretsen, Ashley McClanahan, and junior Shelby Rothman also scored for the Falcons, who pushed their overall record to 3-1.

The JV Falcons found themselves tied with El Toro at halftime, before shifting into another gear in the second half and pulling away for an easy win. Dorian O'Leary netted five goals, Caroline Boucher three and Julia Colley two, while Shelby Brown earned two assists.


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Torrey No Can Do at Nado

The Falcons traveled to Coronado looking for their second upset in as many games, but ran into a senior-heavy Nado team that wasn't about to let that happen. The final score was 13-5 in favor of the No. 12 Islanders, who have their eye on a CIF title this year. Becky Trees and Katie Trees score two goals each for Torrey in the losing effort, while Anna Knowles added the final score. 

Over on the JV side, the Falcons edged a stubborn Coronado 6-4. Dorian O'Leary and Caroline Boucher scored two goals each for the Falcons, while Julia Colley and Amy Takahashi scored once each. Colley also nabbed six draw controls. Back on defense, Bianca Liu caused three turnovers and the keeper combo of Heather Schlesier and Carrie Yang had two saves apiece. The Torrey JV girls are now undefeated in their last 23 games stretching back to the start of the 2007 season. 

Falcons Upset La Jolla in Season Opener

Torrey Pines kicked off the 2008 season in spectacular fashion with a 10-4 upset win over La Jolla, which came into the game ranked No. 17 in the Western U.S. Junior middy Becky Trees lead the Falcons attack with three goals and two assists. Senior forwards Tori Cameron and Mara Harry added two goals each, junior Alexa Golden tallied once, while freshmen Katie Trees and Anna Knowles both scored notched single goals in their first game in a Torrey uniform. The Falcon defense also looked sharp, holding the high-scoring Vikings to just four goals. 

The JV Falcons picked up right where they left off last year with a 13-3 victory over La Jolla. Freshman Caroline Boucher tallied five goals, sophomore Julia Colley had four, and junior Dorian O'Leary kbnocked in two, while frosh Lauren Humann and Katie Miller scored once each.

Brine East-West Challenge

The college division one Brine East-West Challenge at Falcons Stadium  was a resounding success with nail biting action as teams Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon and Temple faced off against each other. More details to come.

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