TP Lax: The Honors Keep Coming
Torrey Pines head coach Lauren Dachille has been named one of the Torrey Pines Girls Coaches of the Year by the North County Times newspaper. Dachille's Falcons won the school's first-ever CIF and league titles in girls lacrosse and set a program record for most wins in a single season (24).
The latest honor for San Diego CIF player of the year Anna Knowles is being named a High School All-American Honorable Mention by US Lacrosse. With a year to play, Knowles has a great chance of making full all-American in her senior season.
Meanwhile, junior middie Katie Trees is the subject of a recent article in the San Diego Union-Tribune that spotlights her skill on both the lacrosse and soccer fields, as well as her pivotal role in the CIF title game. Read the full story at Katie Trees.
Falcons Snatch More Honors
Junior middie Caroline Boucher and senior d-wing Chelsea Yogerst have been named Academic All-Americans by the US Lacrosse Association, an honor that reflects excellence on the field and in the classroom. This is Boucher's first "AAA" nod; Yogerst first made the list last year as a junior.
Meanwhile, Yogerst has been named one of two Torrey Pines Girl Athletes of the Year by the North County Times newspaper for her exploits in the lacrosse and field hockey during the 2009-2010 school year. We believe this is the first time a Falcons lacrosse player has achieved this honor. The other winner was TP track and cross country star Megan Morgan.
Last but not least, the Falcon foursome of Stephanie Cowles, Julia Colley, Shelby Brown and Yogerst lead the Red Team to a one-goal victory over the Blue Team in the Senior Showcase all-star game last week at Del Norte High School. The North team also comprised players from Poway, Santa Fe Christian, Mt Carmel, La Jolla, Calrsbad and Santana. Blue Team had girls from Coronado, Westview, Valley Center, Preuss, Otay Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Bishops and Ramona.
Knowles Player of Year; Five Falcons Make All CIF
Junior Anna Knowles has been named CIF San Diego Sections Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year by the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper. "The junior attacker led the charge for the top-ranked Falcons, who ended the season with Torrey Pines' first section title in the sport," reads the newspaper citation about Anna's achievements this season. "The victory vaulted the Falcons to the No. 2 fnal ranking in the West and No. 62 in the nation."
Knowles was one of five Falcons named to the newspaper's All-CIF Girls Lacrosse Teams for 2010. Junior middie Caroline Boucher and junior goalkeeper Carrie Yang made CIF First Team; junior middie Katie Trees and senior d-wing Chelsea Yogerst were named to CIF Second Team.
Torrey Girls Ace Academic Honors
The Falcons scored a perfect 100% on the Union-Tribune All-Academic Teams announced earlier this week. All 14 of the juniors and seniors on the Torrey varsity roster earned the honor, awarded to San Diego athletes who have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Four different girls achieved a 4.0 or higher, lead by senior attack (and UCLA bound) Julia Colley with an astounding 4.23 GPA.
Senior d-wing Chelsea Yogerst was one of 10 players from around the county chosen for the San Diego All-Academic First Team, based on combined achievement on the field and in the classroom. Yogerst was a US Lacrosse Academic All-American as a junior and will attend Tufts University in Boston next year.
Falcons Soar To No. 2 in Western U.S.
The Falcons victory over Coronado in the CIF San Diego final vaulted them over several other premier teams to No. 2 in the Western U.S. in the season end computer rankings by LaxPower.Com. Torrey Pines finished only two-tenths of a point behind No. 1 Danville Monte Vista, the undfeated CIF Northern California champs, and ahead of other well-known Western teams like Cherry Creek (Colorado) and St Ignatius (San Francisco).
Torrey Pines came in at No. 62 in the final National Poll, the team's highest end-of-season ranking and fourth best of all time by a San Diego girls lacrosse team.
Here are the final LaxPower U.S. West rankings:
1. Danville Monte Vista, Nor Cal
Five Falcons Make Senior All-Star Team
Five Falcons have been chosen to play in the CIF San Diego section Senior Show Case All-Star Game next Saturday at Del Norte High School -- Shelby Brown, Julia Colley, Stephanie Cowles, Priya Devasirvatham and Chelsea Yogerst. The five slots is the most of any team in San Diego and a fitting farewell to a senior class that helped lead Torrey Pines to its first ever CIF championship. The game starts at 4 PM on Saturday.
Dachille, Knowles Scoop North County Honors
Fresh off their victory in the CIF San Diego finals, Torrey Pines head coach Lauren Dachille has been named North County Coach of the Year and junior middie Anna Knowles North County Player of the Year by the NC Times.
Along with Knowles, junior keeper Carrie Yang and junior middie Caroline Boucher were named to the Palomar League First Team; senior middie Stephanie Cowles, junor middie Katie Trees and senior d-wing Chelsea Yogerst to the Second Team; senior attack Julia Colley and junior defender Kelly Connor were all-league Honorable Mention.
CIF Championship Photos
Be sure to view photos of the Falcons CIF final victory over Coronado at the final links:
Torrey Tops Nado for First CIF Title
Torrey Pines won its first ever CIF championship in girls lacrosse last night, downing Coronado 9-8 in a hotly contested game at Rancho Bernardo Stadium. Junior middie Katie Trees scored the winning goal with only 1:50 left to play, after Coronado had come charging back from three goals down to tie the game. Trees (who finished with four goals) was one of several individual heroes for the Falcons. Caroline Boucher also netted four, and keeper Carrie Yang came up big again, finishing the game with 16 saves, many of them in the closing moments as Coronado tried to grab the lead.
The game lived up to its lofty billing, a match-up of the district's top teams and two of the best in the Western US. No. 1 ranked Torrey and No. 2 ranked Coronado were clearly the class of San Diego girls lacrosse this year, and everyone expected a close, emotional and physical game. And that's exactly what it was, flashes of great team play and dazzling individual effort, huge momentum swings and last-minute heroics.
The Falcons dominated the early going, jumping out to a two-goal lead in the first six minutes. Trees juked the Coronado keeper completely out of position and scored on an open net. Just 90 seconds later, Chelsea Yogerst intercepted a Nado pass at midfield and dishes to Boucher for another score. Julia Colley also scored for the Falcons, on a nifty assist from Boucher. But the Islanders came storming back, scoring twice off free positions and then off a Torrey turnover to the tie the ame at 3-3 with 8:50 to play until intermission.
Torrey pushed back into the lead at the end of a sequence that started with Trees stealing the ball from an Islander attacker and setting up a give-and-go at the other end of the field with Anna Knowles. On the next Falcons possession, Boucher curled from behind the Nado goal and scored on a powerful sidearm shot. The Islanders got one back just before halftime, and then did something that would prove fatal. With the clock
Much of the second half was rough, down in the trenches lacrosse, Coronado trying to keep the Falcons from adding to their lead, and the Islanders trying to muster enough offense to get back into the game. A Torrey turnover lead to a Nado goal early in the half. Yang blocked a free position shot and another Islander effort hit the post before Boucher scored on a great solo move with 17 minutes to play. Up by three goals again and momentum in their favor, Torrey looked to be cruising to victory. But you can never take a team as good as Coronado for granted and the Islanders came charging back with 11 minutes left to play. The Falcons didn't help their cause by failing to convert on three straght free positions. But credit the gutsy Islanders for not throwing in the towel. They scored on a rebound off a free position shot and off a quick cut across the circle to slash the Torrey lead to just one with 6:45 to play.
The Falcons clearly rattled -- and playing nervously rather than their usual in-your-face style -- Torrey head coach Lauren Dachille called at timeout. But the talk did little to slow the Islanders momentum. Feeling that victory was within their grasp, they kept up the pressure on Torrey, a barrage of shots that either Yang blocked or hit the post. They finally tied it (8-8) wth around 4:40 to play. And that's when things got really interesting. Torrey won the following draw and tried to set up a final shot. But the Falcons turned the ball over right in front of the Nado goal, giving the Islanders a chance to take the lead for the first time. They got exactly what they wanted -- another free position -- that Yang blocked with 2:23 to play.
And then came the sequence that won the game. Falcons junior defender Kelly Connor pounced on the rebound just outside the circle. She looked up, spotted Trees along the right sideline and hit Katie with a perfect pass. Trees then went coast-to-coast, streaking in for a shot and score that gave the Falcons the lead again with 1:50 left on the clock. "I went left, pulled right, beat (a defender), and then I saw a little pocket down in the left-hand corner and whhishhh," Trees told WestsideLax after the game. "Thank God it went in. I saw a little opening and threw it as hard as I can."
Coronado won the final draw control but then turned it over before the Islanders could get off a shot, Stephanie Cowles scooping up that critical ground ball with less than a minute remaining. The Falcons ran out the clock and mobbed Yang in the middle of the field as time expired on their first championship season.
“I was confident when it was 8-8,” Falcons head coach Lauren Dachille told the Union-Tribune. “We’re the comeback kids who’ve done this all season with a game on the line. It’s a testament to hard work.”
Game Notes: Falcons senior Stephanie Cowles received one of two championship game Sportsmanship Awards from the refs . . . the victory was the third straight for Torrey Pines over Coronado, after losing to the Islanders five straight between 2004 and last year.
CIF Final Stats:
Read more about the CIF final at --
San Diego Union Tribune: Clutch Win for Torrey Pines Girls Lacrosse
North County Times: Trees leads Torrey Pines to section title
Union Tribune photographer Eduardo Contreras that ran in
Falcons Face Familiar Foe in Final: Coronado
All season long they were San Diego's two top-ranked teams. Both of them cruised through the first three rounds of the playoffs. And now they meet in the 2010 CIF championship game -- Torrey Pines and Coronado -- Thursday at 7 PM in Rancho Bernardo Stadium.
Torrey topped Poway 12-4 and Coronado downed Scripps Ranch 12-6 to reach the title game. The Falcons beat the Islanders 13-3 early in the season. But that now seems like ancient history. Nado has run off 14 straight victories since then and crushed nearly everyone in its path. The big green machine is back at full strength after some early season injuries and out for revenge against a Falcons squad that upset them in last year's CIF semifinals. Coronado head coach Jessica Battle told WestSideLax that her team is ready and waiting for No. 1 Torrey: "We're definitely the team to beat," she said after defeating Scripps Ranch. "My girls are ready to win a championship."
But so is Torrey Pines. Like the Islanders, the Falcons have never won a CIF title in girls lacrosse and crave this one badly. They've played a tougher schedule than Nado and have more experience in close games. Several of them consider RB their "lucky stadium" -- the place where several of the double-sport athletes won a CIF title in field hockey two years ago. And as their orange warm-up shirts so aptly demonstrate, the Torrey girls will be playing for something more than just a game. Players who are no longer with us -- for two very different reasons -- will help fuel the Falcons effort.
These two teams are so evenly matched, it's hard to pick a winner. The "revenge" angle gives Nado a psychological edge, but Torrey gets its own lift from the fact they beat the Islanders so soundly last time they faced each other. Both have multiple weapons on offense, five or six different players capable of scoring three or four goals per game. And both have solid defenses. Torrey Pines averages 13 goals per game (3rd best in San Diego), Coronado 12.6 (4th best). The Islanders surrender a meager 6.65 goals per game (4th best in SD), the Falcons only 6.71 (5th best). It may come down to who wants it more and has more energy in the closing minutes. Or like last year's final, the outcome could ultimately hinge on the extraneous factors that often plague Torrey Pines. One way or another, it should be a game for the ages.
Torrey Tops Titans, Faces Nado for Title
Torrey Pines downed Poway 12-4 in a CIF semifinal game at Falcons Stadium last night, to advance to the CIF San Diego Section championship game on Thursday night. It was a surprisingly easy win for the Falcons, who outscored the Titans 6-1 in the second half to seal the victory. Katie Trees scored five goals for red-hot Torrey, which has won 17 of its last 18 games, including nine in a row. Caroline Boucher found the back of the net four times and Anna Knowles twice, while Torrey keeper Carrie Yang turned away 15 shots.
For once, the Falcons were fast out of the gate, racing to a 4-0 lead in the first eight minutes. Caroline Boucher got things started on a fast break goal only two minutes into the game. Stephanie Cowles caught the Titan keeper out of position a few minutes later and dished to Katie Trees for another score. Cowles got her own goal on a pass from Anna Knowles. And then Boucher made it four-zip on a free position shot. Poway managed to slow Torrey's momentum -- thanks in large part to five straight free positions and a yellow card against the Falcons -- and finally scored 14 minutes into the game. The rest of the first half was a defensive dog fight, both teams scoring twice and Torrey taking a tenuous 6-3 lead into the lockerroom.
Defense also dominated the early part of the second half as the Titans tried to claw their way back into the game and the Falcons tried to extend their lead. Nobody scored for the first seven minutes. And the streak might have been much longer if a Poway defender hadn't slipped and left Trees wide open in front of the Titan goal for a score that made it 7-3. Katie scored again two minutes later on a beautiful give-and-go with Knowles. Another yellow card gave Poway a man advantage for the second time in the game. But once again the Falcons scored short-handed, a textbook fast break that featured a string of passes from Yogerst to Knowles to Colley to a streaking Boucher wide open in front of the Poway cage. Knowles scored off a free position, one of her trademark sidearm shots, and Trees took the draw control all the way in for another score to push the Torrey lead to 11-4 with 7:40 to play. Knowles ronded off the scoring with a rlliant solo effort with around three minutes to play. But the outcome had already been decided -- the Falcons were going to the CIF title game for the second year in a row.
The victory was Torrey's third straight over Poway this season and eighth straight going back to 2007. The eight-goal margin is also the largest the Falcons have ever amassed against the Titans. The odd thing about this win is the fact that Torrey did it without playing anywhere close to its best lacrosse (too many botched passes, missed shots and messy ground balls) and a massive Poway advantage in fouls. The Falcons had to weather three yellow cards (to none for the Titans). But they somehow turned that to their advantage, scoring twice while short handed. And in the first half alone, Poway was awarded eight free positions to just one for Torrey Pines.
Carrie Yang turned away most of those during a brilliant game in goal. But the Falcon defense -- Shelby Brown, Kelley Connor, Priya Devasirvatham, Lauren Humann, Caroline Paulson, Molly Bettencourt, Amy Takahashi and Chelsea Yogerst -- also came up big, holding the Titans to their lowest goal tally of the entire season. Yogerst was given the unenviable task of guarding Poway leading scorer Krista Morgan, who came into the game with 48 goals and 26 assists. But Morgan didn't notch a single point against the Falcons this time.
CIF Semifinal Stats:
Read more about the game at the North County Times -- Yang Stands Tall in Falcons' Victory
Falcons Crush TBS, Play Poway In Final Four
The Facons reached the CIF San Diego section Final Four for the third straight year by blasting No. 8 seeded Bishops School 19-6 this morning at Falcons Stadium. Playing superb lacrosse from the opening draw, Torrey Pines used superior speed and passing to methodically build an 11-2 halftime lead.
The Falcons will face No. 4 Poway in the CIF semifinals at 5:30 PM on Tuesday night in Falcons Stadium. The Titans beat the Mavericks 9-8 in overtime this morning to earn their Final Four birth. Poway came from three goals down in the second half to force the game into overtime and dethrone and three-time defending CIF champs.
On the other side of the draw, No. 3 Scripps Ranch slipped past Westview 9-8 to advance to a semifinal showdown against No. 2 Coronado, which easily beat Santa Fe Christian 16-7.
The CIF championship game will take place at Rancho Bernardo on Thursday night at 7 PM.
Falcons Lasso Mustangs in First Round
Torrey Pines opened the CIF San Diego section playoffs this evening with a resounding 19-1 win over the Otay Ranch Mustangs at Falcons Stadium. The No. 1 seeded Falcons raced to a 15-0 halftime lead and cruised the second half against the No. 16 seeded Mustangs.
Katie Trees lead the Falcons with six goals, followed by Julia Colley with three, and Stephanie Cowles, Chelsea Yogerst and Caroline Boucher with two each. The 19 goals is a Falcons record for the most scores in a single game, and the 18-point margin of victory is another school record.
The Mustangs came into the game with impressive credentials: undefeated (10-0) Metro League champs, No. 4 in the county in goals scored per game (12.59) and third in the county in fewest goals allowed per game (6.29). But Torrey Pines was the first top-ten team they have faced all season.
Torrey plays Bishops School in the CIF quarterfinals at 10 AM on Saturday morning. Bishops beat Santana 14-12 in ovetime to advance to the Elite Eight against the Falcons. The Knights finished the regular season ranked No. 8 in San Diego County with a record of 12 wins and 5 losses. They wound up tied for second in the Coastal League behind champ Santa Fe Christian (SFC).
In other first round games today, No. 3 seeded Scripps Ranch beat Canyon Crest 18-6; No. 4 Poway downed La Jolla 14-5 and No.5 La Costa Canyon defeated Cathedral 12-7 -- setting up a quarterfinal game between Poway and LCC on Saturday. No. 2 Coronado beat SDA 18-2, No. 6 Westview topped Mt Carmel 12-4; and No. 7 SFC slipped past Rancho Bernardo 13-10 to round out CIF action on Friday.There was not a single upset in the first round, but some interesting things could happen on Saturday.
Read the WestSideLax game report at -- Torrey Pines, Poway, LCC, Westview Advance
Otay Ranch Stats:
Torrey Takes Down LCC, Wins Palomar
Can we finally call them the Heart Attack Kids? Torrey Pines captured its first-ever league title tonight with yet another come-from-way-behind win, this time over archrival La Costa Canyon in overtime. And on the road too, at LCC. The final score was a razor-thin 12-10, but that doesn't come close to describing how close this game was and how it could have gone either way in the final three minutes of regulation. As is their habit this season, the No. 1 ranked Falcons stumbled out of the starting gate, fell behind 0-5 to the pumped-up Mavericks, and didn't even score until there were only three minutes left until halftime. But once again they slowly but surely turned things around, outscoring No. 3 ranked LCC in the second half -- including three goals in the last three minutes that sent the game into overtime tied at 10 all.
In addition to winning the Palomar League title with a record of nine wins and one defeat, the victory also assured the Falcons finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in San Diego County for the first time ever, and with the number one seed going into the CIF playoffs that start this weekend. The CIF draw is tomorrow (Wednesday night), but Torrey Pines is now assured home field advantage all the way through until the CIF champhionship game, which will be played at Rancho Bernardo High School on Thursday, May 27th.
It's really hard to know what's up with the Falcons in the first half of nearly every game these days: are they really asleep at the wheel or is this some sort of cat and mouse game they enjoy playing with their most dangerous opponents? No matter, the Mavericks ran all over the Torrey in the first 20 minutes. It was 5-0 in favor of LCC by the time the Falcons earned their first goal: a free position shot by Carline Boucher with six minutes to play until intermission. Boucher added a second goal, on a dish from Stephanie Cowles, with under three to play. That gave Torrey a huge emotional lift right before the lift, but there was still a big hill to climb against a very good team.
A Falcons yellow card early in the second half put the Mavericks up a man, but Katie Trees put on a dazzling solo show to take their advantage away. The junior middie scored three straight -- one on a breakaway and the others on free position shots -- to draw the Falcons to within one goal. LCC got a goal back. But then Cowles scored (off a pass from Anna Knowles) and Chelsea Yogerst in a breakaway to knot the game at 7-7 with 11 minutes to play. LCC went on a run of its own, scoring three straight goals to push the lead back to three, and then went into a stall offense. With the clock ticking down, it didn't look good for the Falcons. But as they have so many times during this heart-attack season, they kept on fighting. Boucher scored on a twisting shot with 2:35 to play; Yogerst on a slash, catch and shoot with under two minutes remaining; and then Trees on a rocket with under 20 seconds left in regulation. The game was tied 10-10 and headed for overtime.
LCC won the opening draw control over overtime and went on the attack. Carrie Yang blocked the shot, but the Mavs retrieved the loose ball -- and then promptly turned it over by stepping out of bounds. Torrey responded with a coast-to-coast fast break that ended with an Anna Knowles goal that gave the Falcons their first lead of the game. LCC won the draw again. But Julia Colley caused a turnover, scooped up the loose ball and dished to Boucher for a goal that gave the Falcons a 12-10 lead. Torrey ran down the clock with a combination of Yang saves and great keep-away passing. It was anything but easy -- thanks to both themselves as LCC's excellent play -- but the Falcons had their first-ever league crown.
“I am just so proud of my girls,” Torrey Pines head coach Lauren Dachille told WestSideLax after the game. “It goes to show how resilient we are as a team, and that’s going to carry us throughout the playoffs. Our kids are great at making adjustments, and they have a never-say-die attitude.”
Game Notes: The victory was only the fourth time that Torrey has beaten LCC in girls lacrosse over the past eight seasons and the first time they have ever defeated LCC in Carlsbad . . . this also marks the first time that Torrey has finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in San Diego County . . . the Falcons finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in California, No. 6 in the Wesern US and No. 106 nationally.
Read the full WestSideLax story at -- No. 15 Torrey Pines Edges La Costa Canyon
2010 Palomar League Standings (Final)
Palomar/North County League Champs:
2010: Torrey Pines
The JV Falcons lost 18-4 to their LCC counterparts in the warm-up game. More details to come on both games.
Anna Knowles Athlete of the Week (x2)
Junior middie Anna Knowles snagged "Athlete of the Week" honors in both local papers last week. Read all about it at the following links:
North County Times -- PREPS: Athletes of the week
San Diego Union Tribune -- High school Athletes of the Week
Falcons Outrun Broncos 16-5
No. 1 Torrey Pines took another step towards their first-ever league title with a 16-5 win over No. 10 Rancho Bernardo tonight at Falcons Stadium. In one of the few recent games that did not require a huge comeback or last-minute heroics, the Falcons scored six straight to build an 8-1 halftime lead and then cruised through the second half to one of their widest victory margins of the season. The Broncos scored the first goal after intermission, but then Torrey ran off seven straight to put the game away. Eight different Falcons picked up points on the attack, lead by Caroline Boucher with five goals, Anna Knowles with four and Julia Colley with three.
In other games of interest on Thursday, Coronado beat LCC 12-10 and Scripps Ranch stomped Poway ?? as the county's top teams jockey for seeding in next week's CIF playoffs.
Rancho Bernardo Stats:
The JV Falcons also beat RB by a wide margin.
Varsity Falcons Set New Win Record
The Falcons victory over Westview on Tuesday was their 18th win of the current season -- a new record for the TP girls varsity team. The previous record of 17 wins in a season was originally set in 2005 and then matched in 2008 and 2009. The TP program record is held by the 2007 Junior Varsity team, which chalked up 20 wins on their way to an undefeated season.
Torrey Beats Westview With Miracle Comeback
No. 1 ranked Torrey Pines pulled off the most improbable comeback of a season last night, a 12-9 win over No. 4 Westview on the road in Rancho Penasquitos, a victory that keeps them half a game ahead of LCC in the race for the Palomar League crown.
As they have so many times this season, the Falcons flew off to a slow start and had to claw their way back into the game. Only this time, it seemed an impossible mountain to climb: trailing by seven goals late in the first half. The first 20 minutes against Westview was, without doubt, the worse lacrosse that Torrey has played this season. The Falcons couldn't pass, catch, win the draw, or shoot straight. They looked disorganized and overmatched on defense. And if not for an early unassisted goal by Stephanie Cowles, they would have gone nearly half the game without scoring. The Wolvernies -- pumped up by a rowdy home crowd and Senior Night at Westview -- were the ones playing like the number one team in San Diego, winning nearly every draw, racing down and scoring with ease. At one point they popped in six straight goals to build a commanding 8-1 lead over their Highway 56 rivals.
It's hard to say what sparked the turning point was for the Falcons. But it came right before the half. Carrie Yang stopped a Westview shot and tossed on outlet pass that started a fast break which ended with Caroline Boucher dishing to Cowles for a goal that cut the Westview lead to six. Moments later, Cowles passed to Katie Trees for another Torrey score. The Falcons went into halftime with a small but significant surge of momentum, and the Wolverines with a growing sense of deja vu.
Westview won the opening draw of the second half and went on the attack. But the Torrey defense quickly shut them down, and the Falcons were off and running again. Cowles and Anna Knowles scored back to back goals, cutting the Westview lead to to a meager three. The Wolverine coaches called timeout in a desperate bid to turn the tide. But there was no stopping Torrey now. Polar opposite of how they performed in the first half, the Falcons played nearly perfect lacrosse over the next 20 minutes, winning the draw, forcing turnovers, and making shots both easy and hard.
Shell-shocked by the rapid turnaround, Westview couldn't figure out a way to stop the Torrey attack. Annelysse Eggold scored on a funky blooper to cut the lead to two. Knowles made it a one-point game and then brought the Falcons even off a pass from Trees with around 15 minutes to play. Anna scored her third straight goal to give Torrey their first lead of the game. And then Boucher scored on an amazing curl-around shot to put them two goals ahead. Over little more than 15 minutes of game time, the Falcons had netted an incredible nine goals while holding the Wolverines scoreless. There was still loads of time left on the clock, but the demoralized Wolverines didn't have it in them to mount their own rally. Julia Colley and Knowles scored insurance goals in the closing minutes to close the curtain on what was perhaps the greatest comeback in the history of girls lacrosse at Torrey Pines..
Game Notes: The Falcons wore orange University of Virginia lacrosse warm-up shirts before the game to honor Torrey assistant coach Kaitlin Swagart and her former teammate and roommate Yeardly Love, who was murdered on the UVA campus last week . . . In other local lax action, LCC beat Rancho Bernardo 13-9, Poway downed Carlsbad 16-6, and Coronado slipped past Santa Fe Christian 11-10.
The JV Falcons loast 15-8 to their Wolverine counterparts.
Falcons Spear Lancers on Senior Night
Torrey Pines beat Carlsbad 11-5 on Senior Night at Falcons Stadium. Combined with Poway's shocking upset win over LCC yesterday afternoont, the Falcons are once again in sole possession of first place in the Palomar League.
It was an easy going game with none of the tension, hype -- or external circumstances -- that have colored most of Torrey's games over the past two weeks. Anna Knowles popped in six goals, Caroline Boucher three and Katie Trees a pair to lead a Falcons attack that flew out to a 6-1 haltime lead.
The Falcons will now turn their attention to securing their first-ever Palomar League title and the number-one seed in the upcoming CIF San Diego Section playoffs. But it's not an easy road, especially with road games at Westview and LCC over the next two weeks.
Before the game, the Falcons' six seniors -- Shelby Brown (UC Davis), Julia Colley (UCLA), Stephanie Cowles (Hofstra), Priya Devasirvatham (UC Santa Barbara), Annalysse Eggold (Colorado) and Chelsea Yogerst (Tufts) -- and their parents werel honored during an onfield ceremony.
The JV Falcons beat their Lancer counterparts 14-5 in the warm-up game. More details to come . . .
Torrey Shocks Scripps in Sudden Death
Junior middie Anna Knowles scored off a free position in sudden death double overtime to give No. 1 Torrey Pines a thrilling come-from-behind 11-10 win over No. 5 Scripps Ranch tonight at Falcons Stadium. Playing their second edege-of-your-seat nail biter in as many weeks, the Falcons had to rally numerous times to top a Scripps team determined to pull off the upset.
The SR Falcons flew out to an early lead before the TP Falcons rallied on goals by senior attack Annelysse Eggold and Knowles. Eggold tossed in two more to give Torrey a 4-2 edge with around nine minutes to play in the first half. But Scripps scored twice before intermission to draw even. And then twice in the early moments of the second half to take a two-goal lead. Up until this point the TP Falcons had been fairly lethargic, a subpar performance similar to what they threw up against LCC last week. Scripps, on the other hand, was playing like the higher ranked team -- winning the draws, beating Torrey to ground balls, and playing probably the beste defense Torrey has come up against this season.
But falling behind seemed to give Torrey the shock they needed to get their game in order. Chelsea Yogerst caused a turnover deep in Falcons territory and flicked a pass to Caroline Boucher, who went all the way in from midfield for a score. Carrie Yang blocked a Scripps shot, sparking a counterattack that ended when Knowles scored on a sidearm shot with around 10 minutes left in regulation. Torrey then pushed into the lead for the first time in the game when Katie Trees scored off the rebound of a Julia Colley shot (that hit the post) with six minutes to play.
It looked like the Falcons had the game firmly in hand. They won the ensuing draw, but then turned the ball over on a bad pass, compounding the error by fouling in the circle. Scripps scored off the free position to the tie the game at 7-7 -- and got an extra added bonus when one of the Torrey players was slapped with a yellow card on the same play. So not only did Scripps get the draw automatically, but they went on the attack with a man advantage. And they took full advantage of it, scoring the go-ahead goal with less than a minute to play. Rather than panic, the Falcons won the draw and marched down the field with the clock winding down. Scripps tried to stop the fast break by fouling Knowles at the 30 yard line, but Anna went straight to goal when play resumed, scoring with 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Torrey went into ovetme shorthanded due to the earlier yellow card. And Scripps once again took advantage, taking the lead again on a great curl-around goal. Back at full strength, the Falcons won the opening draw of the second overtime period and then tied the game on a pass from Colley to Stephanie Cowles, who managed to get the shot off despite being tripped in front of the Scripps goal. Moments later, Trees put Torrey ahead (10-9) on an incredible turnaround shot. The Falcons could have easily run out the clock. But yet another yellow card put them a player down again. And deja vu -- Scripps scored to send the game into sudden death.
Scripps won the double overtime draw never got off a shot. Boucher stole the in the midfield and dished to Knowles who streaked in for the winning goal. But no! The whistle had blown before the shot. Her free position fling was blocked by the Scripps keeper. Torrey retained possession and patiently set up another shot on goal, working the ball to Knowles who got got mugged by four Scripps defenders inside the circle. This time her free position shot found the back of the net. Game, set, match -- it was finally over. Another heart-attack win by the Falcons.
Scripps certainly proved they belong among San Diego's elite. Their No. 5 ranking is no fluke and, if anything, they should probably be ranked even higher. Both teams played their hearts out. The difference was Torrey wanting it just a little bit more, desire that morphed into the Falcons outscoring their opponents 7-4 after halftime. No small credit to the gritty Falcons defenders -- Shelby Brown, Lauren Humann, Prya Devasirvatham, Kelly Connor, Molly Bettencourt and Yogerst -- who held Scripps scoreless over a 22-minute span of the second half.
Scripps Ranch Stats:
In the warm-up game, the JV Falcons downed Scripps 12-5. More details to come . . .
Falcons Glide Past Titans
Rebounding from a shock loss to LCC earlier in the week, Torrey Pines thrashed Poway 13-6 under the lights at Falcons Stadium on Friday night to maintain a share of first place in the Palomar League. In a battle between two of the top five teams in San Diego County, the Falcons scored five straight goals through the middle of the first half and another five straight in the middle of the second half to blow open the game.
The Titans drew first blood, but four stops by Carrie Yang and a breakaway sidearm goal by Annylesse Eggold six minutes into the game ignited the Falcons. Caroline Boucher scored three goals during one 10-minute span before halftime, while Katie Trees added a goal and a great assist as Torrey took a 5-2 lead into the lockerroom. Anna Knowles scored early in the second half off a pass from Stephanie Cowles and a solo effort by Boucher to push the lead to five goals. Poway clawed back, scoring two in quick order. But then the Falcons went on another blitz -- three goals from Knowles and a pair from from Eggold -- to build a commanding 12-4 lead with less than four minutes to play. Sophomore attack Erica Cohen earned the final Torrey goal on a pass from Knowles off a free position.
Yang had a season high 21 ssaves in goal. But she got an awful lot of help from a Falcons defense -- Prya Devasirvatham, Shelby Brown, Kelley Connor, Molly Bettencourt, Lauren Humann and Chelsea Yogest -- who played probably their best combined game of the year so far. The Titans came into the game averaging 10 goals per game, but the stingy Falcons held them to just two scores in the first 37 minutes.
Game Notes: In other Palomar League action on Friday, LCC beat Westview 14-12 in overtime and RB topped Carlsbad 11-5 . . . LCC and Torrey Pines remained tied at the top of the league standings with identical 5-1 records . . . despite the loss to LCC earlier in the week, the Falcons held onto their No. 1 ranking in San Diego County in the LaxPower.Com computer poll -- although N. 2 ranked made up an awful lot of ground . . . Torrey Pines is now No. 5 in California and No. 8 in the Western US in the daily changing cyber rankings.
The JV Falcons beat their Titan counterparts 9-7 in the warm-up game. More details to come on both games . . .
Cowles, Boucher Athletes of the Week
Senior middie Stephanie Cowles and junior attack Caroline Boucher both snagged Player of the Week honors this week from the county's two largest newspapers, the San Diego Union-Tribune and the North County Times. Read all about their recent accomplishments at . . .
Stephanie Cowles in the UT -- High School Athletes of the Week
Caroline Boucher in the NCT -- Prep Athletes of the Week
LCC Hangs On To Beat Falcons
La Costa Canyon raced to a five goal lead in the first 14 minutes and withstood multiple Falcon comebacks to top Torrey Pines 12-9 at Falcons Stadium last night. Halfway through the league season, Torrey and LCC are now tied at the top of the Palomar standings with four wins and one loss each. The loss is likely to topple the Falcons from their No. 1 ranking in San Diego County. But it could also be the knd of wake-up call they need at this point in the season.
It's difficult to say what hurt the Falcons more in their latest showdown with the Mavericks -- their own substandard play or the external circumstances that have come to haunt this program in recent years and that have dogged some members of the team since they were in middle school. Combined, these factors made it almost impossible for Torrey to rebound from the deep hole they dug themselves in the first half, especially against a team as good as LCC. And it certainly didn't help that Torrey got off to yet another painfully slow start. A yellow card in the opening moments set the tone for the game, as did several critical defensive errors that lead to three straight Maverick scores. Torrey didn't find the back of the net until the 9:30 mark of the first half, when Caroline Boucher scored on a sidearm shot off a free position. They were still down by four, but it was enough to start the Falcons on the road to recovery. Boucher scored twice again and Stephanie Cowles off a long pass from Chelsea Yogerst to make it 6-4 at the half.
Anna Knowles cut the deficit to one early in the second half on a beautiful sidearm shot into the upper left corner of the LCC goal. All of a sudden it was a one-goal game. But those external factors came into play again, shifting momentum back to the Mavericks and blunting the Falcons comeback. A flurry of fouls against Torrey resulted in three straight LCC goals. But it wasn't over yet. The Falcons rallied again behind goals by Knowles and Julia Colley to make it 9-7 with 6:35 left to play. Once again, Torrey looked all set to spring into the lead. And once again, the game got a little hinky. LCC was awarded the ensuing draw, and took quick advantage of their good fortune with a goal that pushed the lead back to three. The Falcons pressed hard in the last two minutes, Katie Trees scoring on two brilliant solo efforts. But this time Torrey couldn't pull off the miracle. The Falcons can take solace in the fact they outscored (and often outplayed) their archrivals over the final 35 minutes. But it also left them wondering if those same external circumanstances will plague them next time they face the Mavericks.
Game Notes: Torrey Pines played its fourth straight game with key players sidelined for various reasons . . . the Falcons won just nine draw controls, most of them in the second half . . . they also missed 18 shots, a season high . . . Carrie Yang had another great game in goal, stopping 11 Maverick shots.
In the JV game, Torrey Pines came back from a six goal deficit to earn a 10-10 tie with their archrivals. More details to come . . .
Torrey Downs Westview in Overtime Thriller
Torrey Pines is still alone at the top of the Palomar League thanks to a thrilling 11-9 overtime win over Westview at Falcons Stadium on Friday night. Senior middie Stephanie Cowles scored with just three seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, the culimination of an incredible come back that saw the Falcons rally from five goals down in the second half. Torrey scored the only two goals of OT to clinch the win. Cowles, Caroline Boucher and Katie Trees scored three times each for the No. 1 ranked Falcons. At the other end of the field, Carrie Yang made 10 saves in goal for Torrey.
Westview senior Rachel Minarovich (who will play her college lax at Fresno State next year) won the opening draw and the Wolverines scored twice in quick succession to grab an early lead. Minarovich scored again (at 19:04 and 17:56) and the Falcons found themselves down 4-0 on their home field barely seven minutes into the game. It wasn’t hard to figure out why: Torrey's defense couldn’t keep up with the determined Westview attackers while the Falcon offense was struggled at the other end of the field, not moving the ball or shooting stick side. Torrey finally got on the board when Anna Knowles scored on a pass from behind the net by Katie Trees at 16:34. Westview countered with a patient slow-down game that forced the Falcons into aggressive defense in order to get the ball back. Torrey eventually scored again -- Caroline Boucher off a pass from Trees -- to make it 5-2. But Minarovich answered with another goal of her own to push the Wolverines four goals up again. One of the major turning points in the game came with just 40 seconds left until half with Stephanie Cowles scored on a great one-on-one effort against the Westview goalie after beating the last defender. The Falcons went into the half with a huge surge of momentum and trailing by just three (6-3).
Trees scored the first goal of the second half on a great
solo effort but Minarovich answered right back in less than 30 seconds.
The Wolverines scored again at 20:23 to make it 8-4. The game swayed back
and forth, with Westview killing the clock or spreading it out. Holey Hayes
scored for Westview at 15:56 to give the visitors a five goal lead, their
biggest of the game. But that’s when things finally turned Torrey’s way.
The Falcons went into overtime (double three-minute periods) with a ton of confidence. Trees, who had started dominating draws in the second half, won the draw again and Torrey went on the attack. Cowles scored at 1:07 of the first OT period to give the Falcons their first lead of the game (10-9). Trees won the following draw and passed to Boucher, who raced downfield and scored on the run with 58 seconds left in the first overtime. Torrey also played great in the second overtime and successfully killed the clock when they had the ball on offense.
The key to Torrey’s incredible comeback was not panicking
when they found themselves down by four and five goals deep into the game.
The Falcons settled down and started winning draws in the middle of the
second half. The defense also shifted into a higher gear, marking up on
Westview’s two best players and sliding early to double team. They also
passed much better and cleared the ball well in the second half.
Falcons Swim Past Broncos
Playing in a downpour from start to finish, No. 1 Torrey Pines beat No. 8 Rancho Bernardo 15-6 on Tuesday evening on the road in RB. The Broncos kept it close until early in the second half, when the Falcons blew the game wide open by scoring eight the last nine goals. Anna Knowles had a personal best six goals for the Falcons, while Caroline Boucher had four scores and Katie Trees three to lead Torrey. The victory was sweet revenge for the visitors, who came out on the short end of a 14-9 score last time they played at RB.
The Falcons sprinted out to a four-goal lead in light drizzle at the start of the game, but then the Broncos came charging back to pull within one goal with about seven minutes left in the first half. It was 5-3 at intermission and 6-4 early in the second half. But then Torrey went on its big blitz. A pair of goals from Knowles gave the Falcons a four-goal cusion; Annelysse Eggold found Stephanie Cowles wide open in front of the RB net for another score; Boucher converted off two free positions; Knowles found the back of the net on one of her bread-and-butter sidearm shots; and Trees scored three straight in the last three minutes to seal the deal.
In other Palomar League action on Thursday, LCC beat Carlsbad 12-6; and Westview beat Poway 14-6 to set up a huge showdown with the Falcons this Friday.
The JV Falcons lost by four to the Bronco counterparts. More details to come (we hope) . . . .
Rancho Bernardo Stats:
Brits Fall to Blistering Falcons Attack
The Falcons downed St Catherine's School of England 17-1 in an international friendly at Falcons Stadium tonight at Friday night. Anna Knowles netted five goals, Caroline Boucher four, Julia Colley and Hannah Bettencourt two each, while Katie Trees chipped in a goal and three assists for Torrey Pines. Based in the town of Bramley near Guildford in Surrey County (south of London), the British school was playing the last of a four-game swing through Southern California. They shared pizza and salad with the Falcons players and parents after the game.
Game Notes: The St Catherine's clash doesn't figure into the Palomar League title race, but several other games over the last 48 hours defnitely do. A day after its loss to Torrey Pines, N. 4 Poway upset No. 2 LCC by a score of 9-7; and No. 5 Westview beat No. 7 Rancho Bernardo by the same score (9-7). That leaves the Falcons as the only undefeated team left in the league. But huge challenges loom over the 11 days - showdowns with RB, Westview and LCC in that order.
Check below for a short report on the Falcons JV game against Poway.
St Catherine's Stats:
Falcons Win Clash With The Titans
No. 1 Torrey Pines resumed league play on Tuesday night with a 9-6 road win over No. 4 Poway in a clash of two teams that should feature prominently in the CIF playoffs next month. The Falcons clawed their way to a modest lead towards the end of the first half, and then shifted into overdrive after intermission, scoring four straight goals in the second half to open up a commanding lead over the Titans. Senior d-wing Chelsea Yogerst and junior middie Anna Knowles scored three goals each, and Carrie Yang had another terrific game in goal (13 saves) as the Falcons upped their Palomar League record to 2-0.
The game was scoreless for nearly five minutes, the Falcons breaking the deadlock when Yogerst scored off a pass from Julia Colley. The Titans got two back to speed into the lead for the only time in the game. But they would not score again the rest of the first half. Yogerst tied the game on a great solo effort, and then Knowles netted two, the first on a sidearm shot and the second off a free position as the Falcons went into halftime up 4-2.
Annelysse Eggold scored early in the second half to give the Falcons a three-goal margin. But the Titans rallied in front of the home crowd, pulling to within one goal (5-4) with around 12 minutes to play. Torrey head coach Lauren Dachille called a time out to regroup her troops, and that seemed to do the trick. Yang blunted the Poway comeback with a handful of great saves and the Falcons attack cranked things up at the other end of the field, a flurry of four consecutive goals that put the game away. Colley scored off a dish from Eggold, Yogerst on a curl around jump shot, Knowles on another sidearm and Caroline Boucher off a free position to give the Falcons a 9-4 lead with 2:20 left on the clock.
Game Notes: In other Palomar League action yesterday, No. 3 ranked LCC edged No. 5 Westview 10-9 (the Wolverines first loss of the season) and No. 7 Rancho Bernardo slipped past Carlsbad 8-7.
The JV Falcons dropped an 11-6 decision to Poway. Defne Yilmaz and Grace Weselak netted two goals each, while Tayla Neugarten and Yasmin Zein Phillipson scored one apiece for Torrey Pines. Lexi Mort had eight saves in goal and Defne scooped up three round balls in the midfield. Olivia Johnson also had a terrific game in midfield for the Falcons.
Torrey Scales Another Foothill
Torrey Pines rounded off Spring Break by downing Foothill (Pleasanton) 15-10 in another morning game at Falcons Stadium. Both teams went into the game ranked in the California Top 20, the Torrey Falcons No. 2 in both poles and the Foothill Falcons No. 5 at WestSideLax and No. 17 at LaxPower.Com. So it was bound to be a competitive game. And that it was, one of the more "entertaining" games Torrey fans have seen this season and certainly one that everyone will remember for a very long time.
Torrey raced to a three goal lead on goals by Annelysse Eggold, Chelsea Yogerst and Katie Trees. Foothill pulled even over the next five minutes. But then Torrey's high powered attack took over the game, winning the draws, scooping up ground balls in the midfield and scoring on both fast breaks and patent work-around plays. Two goals by Julia Colley and another by Trees pushed the lead back to three. Foothill tried to fight back, but Carrie Yang made two great saves and the Falcons were off to the races again. Stephanie Cowles, Anna Knowles, Caroline Boucher and Trees found the back of the net before intermission, pushing the home team to a 10-4 lead at the break.
Foothill tried to rally early in the second half. But Yang stopped everything they shot her way, and Knowles scored again to give Torrey a comfortable six-goal lead over the Bay Area visitors with around 15 minutes to play. That's when everything went off the rails, a series of unfortunate incidents over the remainder of the game that resulted in cards to players from both teams, warnings to both coaches and several warnings to the Foothill fans. Torrey Pines found itself two players down at one point, but still managed to hold Foothill scoreless. Back at full strength, the Falcons added to their lead on goals by Knowles, Cowles and Boucher. With a 14-6 lead, the Falcons took their foot off the pedal. Foothill rallied to score four of the last five goals, but it was too little, too late for the other Falcons from up north.
Foothill (Pleasanton) Stats:
Falcons Rally Past Holy Cross
Torrey Pines sleeped walked through much of the first half but woke up in time to beat Holy Cross (Maryland) 12-9 in a rare early morning game at Falcons Stadium. The Tartans went into the game ranked 87th in the nation and 7th in the very tough Washington DC Metro area. And in the early going they gave the Falcons plenty of trouble, jumping out to a two and three goal leads before Torrey Pines finally found their form.
The high powered Torrey attack went nine minutes without scoring. It was Julia Colley who finally got the Falcons on the board, scoring on a pass from Anna Knowles. Anna then netted her own goal on a give and go from Caroline Boucher. The Tartans scored three straight to build their lead again. But Torrey dominated the remainder of the first half, getting themselves back into the game on two scores by Katie Trees and then another Colley goal with only 40 seconds left until intermission. The Falcons turned up the heat early in the second half, another three-goal blitz that gave them a lead they would never relinquish. Trees scored off a caused turnover by Chelsea Yogerst, Colley snagged her hat-trick on a dish from Knowles, and then Boucher scored on a nifty shovel pass from Annelysse Eggold to give Torrey an 8-5 lead. Holy Cross rallied late, but two goals by Stephanie Cowles (both on sidearm shots) and another by Trees off a pass from Colley provided the final cushion. Carrie Yang had another terrific game in goals with 12 saves.
WestSideLax game report -- Torrey Pines Downs Holy Cross
Holy Cross Stats:
And in case you missed it . . .
Torrey Cracks National Top Ten
The huge win over Coronado last week propelled Torrey Pines into the national top five for the first time in program history. When the LaxPower.Com rankings appeared online on Monday morning, their were the Falcons perched at No. 5 in the whole USA. Given the ups and downs of the computer bowl -- as complicated if not more than the BSC football formula -- Torrey won't stay there long. And in fact they had dropped to No. 8 by Thursday morning without having played a game. But for one brief shining moment in the history of Torrey Pines lacrosse, the girls found themselves amongst the national elite. The Falcons cracked the national Top 100 for the first time last year, but never rose higher than 80th.
LaxPower.Com USA Top 10
1. Vero Beach (Florida) 15-0-0
Torrey Thumps Coronado in 1-2 Showdown
No. 2 Torrey Pines downed No. 1 Coronado 13-3 tonight in a battle of the top two girls lacrosse teams in San Diego County. Chelsea Yogerst, Stephanie Cowles and Katie Trees lead the offensive assault with three goals each, and keeper Carrie Yang stopped 10 Islander shots. But it was very much a team effort from one end of the field to the other. Maybe there's no such thing as perfect lacrosse, but the Falcons were pretty close for long stretches of this game. They won more than 80 percent of the draws, hotly contested every ground ball, passed with authority, and didn't squander shooting opportunities. They were also cool, confident and patient -- three words that rarely described Torrey Pines lacrosse in the past.
It didn't take the Falcons long to turn what everyone expected to be a close game into a rout, quickly jumped out to a six-goal lead. Cowles kicked off Torrey's offensive blitz when she scooped up her own fumble and scored on a side-arm shot less than two minutes into the game. Annelysse Eggold caught the Nado defense asleep at the wheel and scored uncontested, curling around from behind the net. Yogerst scored off her own caused turnover and a great solo sprint. Yogerst dished to Caroline Boucher for another score, Cowles found the back of the net on another sidearm, and Julia Colley on curl around from behind the Nado goal. Coronado didn't earn its first goal until the 7:15 mark of the first half. But the Falcons came charging right back, Cowles netting her third goal of the half and Trees her first (off a pass from Eggold) as Torrey built an 8-1 advantage going into intermission.
Coronado tried to rally early in the second half, scoring their second goal less than a minute into the frame. The Islanders won the ensuing draw and came charging down again into Torrey territory. But Yang made a huge stop and the Falcons were off and running, a counterattack that ended with Yogerst scoring on a quick cut across the circle. Trees scored twice in a 55-second span, and then Yogerst on a twirl-around jump shot to give Torrey Pines a ten goal lead (12-2) with around 12 minutes to play. Boucher rounded off the Falcons scoring with a solo 60-yard dash up the middle of the Nado defense. It was Carrie Yang who put the final exclamation point on the game -- a series of three saves in quick succession with around four minutes to play.
Read the game story at WestSideLax -- Torrey Pines Deals No. 14 Coronado 1st Loss
The Falcons JV also won big, 15-6 over their Nado counterparts.
Game Notes: The win vaulted the Falcons to No. 1 in the LaxPower.Com rankings of girls high school teams in San Diego County, ahead of LCC, Westview and Coronado. They also rose to No. 4 in the California state computer rankings . . . The 10-goal win was Torrey's biggest over Coronado since 2003, when the Falcons won 13-7. Between that game and the CIF semifinals last year, TP lost five straight to Nado, often by huge margins . . . According to LaxPower.Com it's been almost 10 years since Coronado was held to three goals or less by a San Diego Section team.
Falcons Skewer Lancers in League Opener
Torrey Pines kicked off the Palomar League season with a 17-4 win over Carlsbad tonight on the road on north county. A lot of players put up big offensive numbers including juniors Caroline Boucher (4 goals, 3 assists) and Anna Knowles (5 goals), and seniors Julia Colley and Chelsea Yogerst (3 goals and 1 assist each).
The game was tied 1-1 after six minutes, but then the Falcons scored eight straight to build a formidable first half lead. The Lancers rallied early in the second frame, but then Torrey put together another blistering sequence, seven straight goals that put the game far out of reach. Perhaps the most significant stat is that Torrey scored more than half its goals (9) off assists in what was without doubt their best passing performance of the season thus far.
The JV Falcons downed the Lancers 15-2 in the warm-up game for their biggest win of the young season.
Bruins Outlast Falcons in Twilight Battle
Cherry Creek beat Torrey Pines 11-8 this evening in a twilight slugfest at Falcons Stadium, a game that pitted two of the top 25 teams in the Western US. It was a fast, furious and highly competitive game from start to finish, both teams playing to their relative strengths in a contest that swayed back and forth until the Colorado squad finally got the upper hand in the final eight minutes. Torrey Pines rallied twice, from two and three goals down, to tie the game. And the Falcons actually pushed into the lead (5-4) just before halftime. But it was the Bruins who had just a little more at the end.
LaxPower.Com tabbed Cherry Creek as a seven-point favorite going into the game, and the Bruins certainly looked like they were going to run away with it in the early going, scoring twice in the first four minutes. But Carrie Yang made several spectacular saves, the Falcon defenders got tough, the middies started winning groundballs and Torrey gots its famous fastbreak clicking. Stephanie Cowles scored twice great individual efforts and Caroline Boucher on a solo sprint up the middle to tie the game at 3-3. The Bruins got one back before Chelsea Yogerst turned on a nifty jump shot curling around from behind the net. When Katie Trees scored with 6:22 to play in the first half, Torrey suddenly had the lead. Cherry Creek scored just before halftime and the game was tied 5-5 at intermission.
The Bruins charged out of intermission with renewed energy, scoring three times in the first seven minutes to take a three-goal lead. But Torrey refused to roll over. Boucher hit the cross bar with a terrific shot. Shortly after, Yogerst scooped up a ground ball at midfield, passed to a streaking Trees who then flipped to a wide open Julia Colley for a score. Trees took the ensuing draw straight in for another goal and then minutes later scored again on an awesome solo effort. Suddenly the game was tied again and Cherry Creek was calling a time out to regroup with 14:22 to play. Over the next few minutes the battle waged up and down the field, Boucher and Anna Knowles just missing and Yang turning away two shots of her own. The turning point came with around eight minutes to play, when the Bruins caused a turnover deep in the Falcons zone, a loose ball they quickly converted into a go-ahead goal. The Coloradans scored again off the following draw and then repelled a furious Falcons rally in the final minutes that saw three good shots turned away by the Bruins keeper.
Despite losing, the Falcons had to be pleased. Head coach Lauren Dachille's girls proved for the second time this season that they can hang with the best in the West, if not the entire nation. Last year Torrey got blown out by the Bruins in Denver, a 13-point loss that emphasized the gap between Colorado and California teams. But it was a whole different ball game this year, a Torrey Pines team that outscored (and at times dominated) Cherry Creek through the middle 40 minutes of the game.
Game Notes: With Katie Trees back in the line-up after two weeks on the "injured reserve list" the Falcons were at full strength for the first time this season . . . Torrey Pines outscored Cherry Creek 8-6 during the middle 40 minutes of the game . . . thanks to the Bruins for the delicious "red hot" Gummy Bears they gave out after the game.
Cherry Creek Stats:
No. 1 Cherry Creek Rolls Into Town
The top girls lacrosse program in the entire Western US -- Cherry Creek of Colorado -- comes to Falcons Stadium on Monday afternoon for a 5:30 PM faceoff against Torrey Pines. Currently ranked No. 1 in the West by WestSideLax, the Bruins have won seven out of the last 11 Colorado state championships. They return 12 players from a squad that lost in the state title game last spring, including three seniors who have already signed to play their college lax at Division I schools next year. They include senior attacks Kameryn Downing (Boston U) and Shelby Barrett (Cal), and senior middie Annie Anton (Stanford).
Cherry Creek is on a three-game spring break swing through San Diego County. On Saturday they came from two goals down late in the game to defeat Poway 9-8. Cherry Creek head coach Cayel Dwyer said the Bruins had a tough time with Poway's aggressive style of play: “They were all over us in the midfield. Their scrappy play made our transition from defense to attack pretty slow.” To read more about that game click onto: No. 1 Cherry Creek Escapes Poway, 9-8
Torrey Pines lost 20-7 to Cherry Creek last year on their Colorado road trip, but in many ways it was a defeat that focused the Falcons and sent them streaking through the rest of the San Diego season to their own place in the championship game.
In a recent story in the Denver Post, Dwyer lauded the Bruins high-powered offense: "If they stop Annie Anton then you have to stop Kameryn as well. Stop her and then you have to deal with Shelby. We try to have as many weapons as we possibly can have. We don't run our offense or defense around any person."
More press on Cherry Creek:
Junior Varsity Travel to Sun, Surf & Stix
Update: We haven't received the game results yet, but the Falcons junior varsity did not advance to the semifinals of the SS&S Tournament on Saturday. Hopefully more to come . . .
The JV Falcons travel up Highway 56 on Saturday for the younger girls version of the annual Surf, Sun & Stix Tournament at Westview High School. The junior Falcons are trying to repeat the success of the older girls, who won the varsity Gold Division of the tournament last weekend. Here's the schedule:
Falcons vs Westview -- 9 AM on Field 3
Tournament website: Surf, Sun & Stix Invitational
Westview Campus Map (with fields): Campus Map
Directions to Westview HS -- Westview HS
Falcons Featured in Local Papers
There has been a flurry of media reports on high school lacrosse over the past week including three stories that feature Torrey Pines.
La Costa Canyon is tabbed to win
its fourth straight CIF title in the San Diego Union-Tribune'sannual
high school preview. But the Falcons get some good press: "Three-time defending
champion La Costa Canyon can expect a strong challenge from Torrey Pines,
bidding for its first title after reaching the section final a year ago.
Poway should also contend along with Rancho Bernardo, Westview and Bishop’s."
For some unknown reason, the UT fails to mention Coronado, currently ranked
No. 1 in the San Diego section by WestSideLax.
The North County Times
doesn't make any predictions about who will win CIF, but it does pick Torrey
Pines as the team to beat in the tough Palomar League: "Coach Lauren Dachielle's
squad should be particularly motivated after losing to La Costa Canyon
in the 2009 CIF San Diego Section championship match. With all but five
players back from that team, the Falcons figure to be led on offense by
junior Anna Knowles and senior Annelysse Eggold; at midfield by junior
Katie Trees (who has committed to play both lacrosse and soccer at Duke),
junior Caroline Boucher and senior captain Steph Cowles; and on defense
by senior Chelsea Yogerst (an all-section pick in 2009) and goalie Carrie
Senior D-wing Chelsea Yogerst is the subject of a feature article in the UT, in which a number of the other Falcons are named: Torrey Pines senior has a plan in mind
Also note that Anna Scipione photos taken during the games against Cathedral and the Surf, Sun & Stix Tournament are now posted on the PHOTO tab on this website. Or to whisk you there even faster . . .
Torrey Takes Surf, Sun & Stix
Torrey Pines won the Gold Division of the annual Surf, Sun & Stix Tournament this afternoon with a hard-fought 7-5 win over the Foothill Knights from Orange County. The Falcons ran up wins over La Jolla, St Margaret's (OC) and El Toro (OC) to finish updefeated in pool play, and then knocked off Santa Fe Christian by one goal in the semifinal to advance to the championship game.
The championship game against Foothill
a nail-biter from start to finish, a bruising contest that at times looked
more like a high school football game. Torrey Pines started the game with
three unforced errors, the last of them leading to a 1-0 Foothill lead
in the early going. Stephanie Cowles tied things up off a free position,
but the Knights fought back into the lead again when they scored off another
The Falcons downed local rival Santa Fe Christian 9-8 in a semifinal game that was much closer than it needed to be. Torrey spotted SFC a two-goal lead before the Falcons finally got their act together, Cowles scoring off a pass from Colley and Boucher on a great slash across the circle. Boucher scored twice again on great individual efforts and Eggold off a free position to give Torrey a one goal halftime lead. The Falcons extended their lead early in the second half on an Eggold goal (off the rebound of a Chelsea Yogerst shot), a Boucher fast break (after a Lauren Humann ground ball) and a free position score by Humann. Up by three goals, the Falcons took their foot off the gas pedal. And SFC came charging right back, scoring twice in quick succession in a rally that saw them pull within one goal with only a few minutes to play. Cowles finally iced things with goal off a Colley pass. But the real life saver was Carrie Yang, who racked up 16 saves against the pesky Eagles.
The Falcons kicked off pool play with a 10-6 win over La Jolla on the short, grass field. Torrey raced out to a 7-2 lead in the first half. Caroline Boucher popped in three goals, Stephanie Cowles scored on a nifty looping pass from Bocher and Chelsea Yogerst found the back of the net off a fast break dish. Julia Colley and Anna Knowles scored before intermission, while Annelysee Eggold had three great assists.
Play shifted to the stadium turf (and a full-sized field) for Torrey's second game, an 11-8 win over an unexpectedly tough St Margaret's team that had just been blown out by El Toro. The Tartans certainly gave the Falcons a run for their money, rallying several times. Knowles put Torrey up 2-0 in the early going before the first SM comeback. Boucher put the Falcons out in front again, a lead that Erica Cohen extended off a pass from Yogerst. But the Tartans came charging back to tie the game again. This time it was Colley who pushed Torrey back into the lead, an awesome twist-around goal off a pass from Yogerst. The Tartans charged back to take the lead before goals by Yogerst and Boucher sent the Falcons into halftime with a 7-6 edge. The back-and-forth battle continued after intermission before Torrey pulled away on late goals by Boucher and Yogerst (off a fast break pass from Eggold).
The third and last game of pool play saw Torrey Pines face off against El Toro (ranked No. 20 in California going into the tourney). The Falcons played what was probably their best lacrosse of the day during the first half, building a large lead and then coasting after intermission in the 80-degree heat. Knowles and Boucher gave the Falcons an early lead on two free position shots. Cowles scooped up a loose ball in front of the ET net and slammed it home. Boucher scored on a long solo run, Knowles on a pass from Cowles and then on a free position to give Torrey a 7-3 advantage at the half. El Toro tried to claw their way back into the game during the second half, but scores by Cowles (2), Eggold, Lauren Humann and Hannah Bettencourt (her first varsity goal) gave the Falcons a well deserved 12-8 victory.
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Surf, Sun & Stix on Saturday
Torrey Pines faces off against some of the best teams from Southern California this Saturday at the annual Surf, Sun & Stix Tournament at Westview High School. Orange County is sending down a number of strong teams this year including highly ranked Foothill and El Toro, both of them in the Gold Division with the Falcons. Other Gold Division teams include La Jolla and St Margaret's (OC) on the Falcons side of the draw; and Santa Fe Christian, Newport Harbor and Mt Carmel on the other side of the draw. Torrey Pines will not face one of the best teams in the tourney -- host Westview -- because the Wolverines have chosen to be in the Silver Division..
Tournament website: Surf, Sun & Stix Invitational
Westview Campus Map (with fields): Campus Map
Directions to Westview HS -- Westview HS
Foothill: Most dangerous team in the tourney other than Torrey; ranked No. 2 in LA/Orange County by LaxPower.Com and No. 11 in the state by WestSideLax; season record is 3-0 after wins over Newport Harbor (8-5), Beckman (20-18) and St Margaret's (16-6).
El Toro: Emerging Orange County power; ranked No. 7 in LA/OC and No. 20 in California; current record is 2-2 including wins over Scripps Ranch (10-5) and Santa Margarita (19-12) and losses to LA/OC's No. 1 ranked Los Alamitos (6-15) and LCC (8-10).
La Jolla: Lost to Torrey in the preseason and are winless during the regular season after dropping games to Canyon Crest (9-10) and RB (6-12).
Santa Fe Christian: Started the 2010 season ranked in the SD County top 10, but then dropped out after a 3-13 loss to Westview. They rebounded with wins over LJ Country Day (12-4) and Carlsbad (8-7).
Mt Carmel: Had to replace their head coach just before the season started, but this is a team with talented players who know how to score. No. 9 in San Diego County early in the season after a win over Monte Vista (15-4) and loss to RB (6-7).
Newport Harbor: Big-time waterpolo and volleyball school tries its luck at lacrosse; they've got more games under their belt than any team in the Gold Division; ranked No. 8 in LA/OC with a 3-2 record including wins over Corona Del Mar (7-5), Trabuco Hills (4-3) and El Dorado (11-6) but they also lost a close one to Foothill (5-8).
St Margaret's: Ranked No. 25 in LA/OC; 0-2 this season after losses to Beckman (5-16) and Foothill (6-16).
Falcons Fly Past Dons in Home Opener
No. 2 Torrey Pines raced out to a huge lead in the first half and cruised to a 16-5 victory over No. 8 Cathedral Catholic tonight in the Falcons home opener. It was a spectacular turnaround for the Falcons, who rebounded from an upset loss to Carondelet last weekend. This time it was Torrey that looked the better team from the opening draw, the Falcons stringing together sharp passes, contesting every ground ball, shreading the Lady Dons defense with fast breaks or patiently working the ball around the circle looking for a opportunities to score.
The Falcons went up 1-0 a minute into the game, when Stephanie Cowles took a pass from Caroline Boucher on a fast break that started off a Cathedral turnover. Anna Knowles popped in two quick goals, Chelsea Yogerst scored off a dish from Cowles, and then Julia Colley found the back of the net on a nifty turnaround jump shot off a pass from Yogerst. Suddenly it was 5-0 and the Lady Dons were calling a time out to regroup. But the blistering assault continued, the Falcons building a 9-0 lead before Cathedral finally scored its first goal inside of two minutes to play in the half. The visitors were able to cut the margin down to seven early in the second half, but then Torrey went on another run, scoring five of the game's final six goals to round out one of their all-time great offensive displays. Knowles lead all scorers with five goals and three assists, but Torrey had an amazingly well balanced attack with seven different players finding the back of the net.
The junior varsity Falcons also won, a thrilling 7-6 win over their Cathedral counterparts that went down to the last seconeds. More details to come . . .
Game Notes: Sophomore attack Erica Cohen scored her first varsity goal, late in the second half of the Cathedral game . . . Hannah Bettencourt, another sophomore, had a great game at the other end of the field, with four ground balls . . . Katie Trees missed her second straight game (strained ACL and wisdom teeth) but is expected to return by the end of next week . . . with Cathedral beating Canyon Crest last week (12-8), Torrey Pines can now claim the unofficial Carmel Valley championship.
Battle of Carmel Valley: Torrey vs Cathedral on Tuesday Night
Torrey Pines and Cathedral Catholic face off on Tuesday night for the bragging rights to Best Team in Carmel Valley. The action starts at 7 PM in Falcons Stadium, with a JV warm-up at 5:30. This is the first time the two teams have faced each other since then University HS moved to Carmel Valley and morphed into Cathedral in 2005. The local grapevine tells us that the Cathedral coaches have billed the Torrey showdown as their "game of the year."
The Dons started the season with a 12-8 win over Canyon Crest Academy last week. Mika Van Buskira had three goals, Lauren Nardi and Catie Collins two each in the winning effort. Cathedral was down a goal at intermission, before outscoring the Ravens by five in the second half.
No word yet on whether the Falcons -- who opened their season last weekend with three key players missing -- will be back at full strength.
Cougars Clip Falcons in Season Opener
Torrey Pines kicked off the 2010 season in less than spectacular fashion yesterday, falling 9-6 to northern California powerhouse Carondolet in an afternoon game in Coronado. Although the Falcons went into the game as prohibitive favorites, it was the Cougars who looked the better team from the opening draw, building an early lead on crisp passing, tight defense and a nicely executed set plays.
Junior middie Caroline Boucher put Torrey up 1-0 early when she converted off a free position. But the visitors then scored four straight, prompting Falcons head coach Lauren Dachille to call a time out and shuffle her lineup. The changes paid quick dividends, a Torrey comeback that saw senior d-wing Chelsea Yogerst scoring off a pass from Annelyse Eggold and Yogerst dishing to Boucher for a score that cut the gap down to a single goal. Minutes later, Anna Knowles tallied what appeared to be the tying goal, but refs said the halfway whistle had already blown.
Carondolet regrouped during intermission and built their lead to four goals by midway through the second half before another Torrey comeback. The gap would have been even wider if not for half a dozen great saves by Falcons keeper Carrie Yang. But it was too little, too late for the undermanned Falcons, who went into the game without two of their leading scorers and one of their top defenders. Knowles and Boucher (2) found the back of the net in the second half, but it wasn't enough to catch a very talented Cougar team that already looks to be in mid-season form.
Game Notes: The win boosted Carondolet's oveall record to 5-0 on the season . . . The Falcons faced the Cougars without leading scorer Katie Trees (ACL), senior stalwart Stephanie Cowles (NCL) and defensive whiz Priya Devasirvatham . . . the game was played on a neutral field in Coronado due to a combination of factors including the Chelsea King memorial service in Poway and SAT testing on Saturday morning.
Falcons Club Vikings; Cougars Next
Torrey Pines rounded off the preseason with a pair of victories over the La Jolla Vikings last night, the varsity winning 13-2 and the JV 12-4 on a cold, damp night down the coast. Katie Trees tallied seven goals for the Falcons; Anna Knowles, Caroline Boucher and Stephanie Cowles two each. On the JV side, Rachel Rankin had three goals for TP.
The 2010 regular season starts this Saturday, a 12 o'clock noon game in Falcons Stadium against the Carondelet Cougars, a powerhouse program from northern California. Given the overlap with the SAT testing on Saturday, Torrey will be missing many of its juniors, which means the Falcons will face the Cougars with a largely senior/sophomore team.
A Catholic girls school based in the East Bay suburb of Concord, Carondelet was ranked No. 6 in the WestSideLax preseason poll of CIF North Coast Section teams. The Cougars are lead by middie Emily DeSimone, defender Kat McCormick, attacks Kayla Hammergren and Erin Jeffery. The team returns eight starters from last year and got 2010 off to a great start with an 18-7 win over Menlo HS last week, a game in which senior DeSimone and freshman Jeffery notched five goals each. Frosh goalie Katie Merritt had 10 saves in her varsity debut. Carondelet also cruised in their second game, 14-3 over Davis HS in a game played yesterday (Weds) afternoon.
PHOTOS OF THE POWAY/LCC SCRIMMAGES last weekend (by the amazingly talented Anna Scipione) can be viewed at http://TorreyPinesGirlsLAX.smugmug.com
Falcons No. 1 in WestSideLax Pre-Season Poll
WestSideLax has chosen Torrey Pines as the top team in San Diego County going into the 2010 high school season. WSL also tabbed the Falcons as the pre-season No. 2 in California. Both rankings are the highest Torrey has ever achieved at either the county or state level at any point in the season. But of course the important thing is being at the top at the end of the season, which is without doubt the Falcons goal this year after narrowly losing in the CIF championship game last spring to arch-rival LCC.
WSL CIF San Diego Section Preseason Top 10
1. Torrey Pines
This is what the top lacrosse website in the Western US has to say about the Falcons:
The Team to Beat: Torrey Pines:
Read the full story at: WestSideLax 2010 San Diego Preview
STX-WSL California Girls Pre-Season Top 10
1. St. Ignatius Prep (Nor Cal)
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