High School Lacrosse Insider for March 23

This week's edition of The Insider highlights a new title contender emerging in California girls' lacrosse and a traditional Colorado power starting a brand new era. Plus, get the details on a pair of overtime thrillers in California boys' lacrosse on Tuesday.

Lehner Unstoppable as Beckman Takes Inaugural OC Invitational

The Beckman (CA) girls' lacrosse team stole headlines this week after impressively sweeping through the inaugural OC Invitational lacrosse tournament in Irvine, California.

Senior Allie Lehner completely dominated the competition on Saturday, which featured some of the state's top-ranked programs. The UC-Davis recruit finished with 19 goals and four assists en route to tournament MVP honors. Including a win over Newport Harbor on March 15, Lehner has posted 23 goals and seven assists in just over one week of action for Beckman. The midfielder added five goals and four assists against Coronado in the tournament finals to cap her outstanding all-around performance.

"When you need someone to go to goal, you want the ball in her hands," said Beckman girls' coach Tom Messmer of Lehner. "She's naturally left-handed and brings a different dimension to the game."

The OC Invitational featured eight top-ranked teams in California playing in a traditional bracket format. Beckman went 3-0 during the competition and took first place with wins over La Costa Canyon, 14-13, Monte Vista, 14-13, and then Coronado, 15-9, in the title contest. As for the resumes of Beckman's opponents, Monte Vista took the CIF-North Coast Section title in 2010 while La Costa Canyon won the '09 CIF-San Diego Section championship.

"I think the biggest part of our success is that we've been together a long time," said Messmer, whose seniors have been playing together since the sixth grade. "On Saturday, the girls could find each other in a dark room with the ball. They're really connecting as a team right now."

New Coach, Same Goals for Cherry Creek Girls' Lacrosse

The season begins in earnest this week for Cherry Creek (CO) with a California road trip set to commence on Saturday. And while the Bruins once again return a championship-caliber roster in '11, a key figure from past championship teams will no longer be there at the helm.

In January, former head coach Cayel Dwyer officially stepped down from his heading coaching post in order to spend more time with his family. This week, former assistant coach Dee Cryer makes her head-coaching debut with the Bruins and looks to show her mettle from the very start. Cryer and the new-look Bruins will be tested immediately with upcoming match-ups against tough California schools Monte Vista, Danville, Menlo School and St. Ignatius Prep.

Last season, the Bruins claimed their ninth state title in the last 14 years with an 18-8 victory over Denver East.

Two OT Thrillers Cap Tremendous Tuesday in Boys' Lacrosse

In a battle of inter-state powers, Torrey Pines (CA) upended Arapahoe (CO), 10-9 in OT on Tuesday from Southern California. Torrey Pines took a two-goal edge into the fourth quarter before Arapahoe went on a three-goal run to take the lead late. Both teams traded late goals in regulation before midfielder Andrew Perkins scored the game-winner for Torrey Pines just 1:06 into the extra session.

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2011-03-23



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