High School Lacrosse Insider for February 23rd

Unexpected Changes in California, Illinois

This week's edition of The Insider reveals an unexpected girls' coaching change at Los Alamitos (Calif.), the defending state champion. Plus, read the latest news on Illinois lacrosse and its quest to get state sanctioned.

Girls' Lacrosse: Liz Connelly Named New Head Coach at Los Alamitos

Despite back-to-back undefeated seasons, the Los Alamitos (Calif.) girls' lacrosse program has a new coach for the 2011 campaign. Former three-time high school All-American Liz Connelly will take over the reigns as head coach for the California lacrosse power.

Connelly replaces Meredith Meyran, considered the driving force behind the program's recent success. Meyran -- who capped her tenure with consecutive state championships in 2009 and 2010 -- is moving back to the East Coast to be closer to family.

"Girls' lacrosse in California has significantly grown in the past four years," Connelly said in a recent press release. "Los Alamitos' success during this time has been a great tribute to the program and the support received from the administration, boosters, parents, and community. This is an extremely dedicated group of girls and I am so excited to be a part of the Los Al family."

Most recently, Connelly was a standout lacrosse player for Rollins College and also worked with lacrosse teams across all levels in the Orlando area.

Los Alamitos is fresh off a 21-0 season that included a CIF Southern Section Division I title and a Sunset League championship. The Griffins have a combined 40-0 record over the past two seasons.

Update: Illinois Lacrosse State Series to Be Delayed

High school lacrosse in Illinois will have to wait at least one more year to be state sanctioned. On January 10, the Illinois High School Association's Board of Directors approved a motion to postpone the start of the Boys' and Girls' Lacrosse State Series until the 2011-2012 academic year at the earliest.

In 2009, the IHSA board gave the go-ahead to commence the state series as early as this spring, but was dependant upon 65 boys' teams and 40 girls' teams entering the state tournament. However, only 47 boys' teams and 33 girls' teams were entered at the time of January's board meeting, so the decision was made to delay the state tournament.

Since 1988, the IHSLA has hosted state lacrosse tournaments. New Trier has won the last six boys' titles, while Loyola Academy took the crown for the girls in 2010.

High School Lacrosse Insider is written by Adam Warner.


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