Editor's note: The following is a statement by Los Alamitos High School Griffins Lacrosse.
The Los Al Girls Varsity team continues to win on and off the field, with seven girls from this season’s Southern Section Championship team earning All-County honors.
Four girls were named to the First Team, including Julie Crowell, Keaton Otake, Sophia Aragon and Kat Moretta. In addition, Grace Schmidt-Beck, Caitlin Derry and Haley Fessenden earned Second Team honors. Members of the First Team are now eligible for U.S. Lacrosse’s All-American Awards.
The Griffins also placed seven girls on All-Sunset League teams as well. Top honors as the Sunset League MVP went to Keaton Otake. She was joined by Julie Crowell, Sophia Aragon and Gaby Fukumura on the First Team. Second Team All-Sunset honors went to Caitlin Derry, Haley Fessenden and Grace Schmidt-Beck.
Several team awards were also announced at the Girls Banquet held on May 22. Here’s a list of those awardees:
Player of the Year – Keaton Otake
Offensive MVP – Caitlin Derry
Defensive Player of the Year – Sophia Aragon
Unsung Hero – Meghan Cassedy
Rookie of the Year – Dom Loney
Scholar Athlete – Sara Leontis
Most Valuable Player – Neely Oefterling
Coach’s Award – Jess Hansen
Most Valuable Player – Emily Hansen
Coach’s Award – Emily Jackson
Overall, the program accomplished another impressive milestone, with 54 percent of the girls in the program earning Scholar Athlete status with a GPA of 3.5 and above. This included 6 of 18 Frosh-Soph players, 8 out of 19 JV players and a whopping 19 out of 24 varsity players for a total of 33 out of 61 players in the program.