• Hannah Chuhlantseff

Lacrosse takes the win and the makes history

San Joaquin Memorial girls lacrosse has been around for only 6 years now, and on March 29 the team made history by winning the championship title for the first time.

The game started off as a good battle; both teams came out hot and ready to play. SJM took control of the game right from the beginning though as they scored some quick goals. However Edison High School was able to drive the ball up the midfield and catch up to SJM on the score board.

At halftime SJM was leading. Coming into the second half Edison came on ready to take control of the game. However SJM held their own and right off the draw SJM got control of the ball and scored many more goals, creating a three point lead over the Tigers. The Panthers then continued to out run Edison as they began getting tired and were unable to keep up with SJM's powerhouse offense. SJM scored again in the second half to finish the game clenching the championship title with winning score of 13-8!

One very key player on Memorial's team who helped significantly in cinching this title was senior goalie, Alex Olivares. Olivares was on fire during this game stopping a large percentage of Edison's shots. Olivares too was able to clear the ball all the way past the restraining line which helped SJM's offense make some quick and easy goals.

Olivares was not alone down there on defense. She had some excellent defenders on her side. Junior Emily Cullions and senior Jocelyn Hernandez were huge key factors in stopping the ball and not letting any of the Tiger's offense into shooting range.

Memorial also had many shooters during this game too! A few names to highlight are junior Bella Bradford, junior Claire Fitzgerald, sophomore Mia Sarale, senior Alli Barragan, and senior Hannah Chuhlantseff. Practically every player on the offense was able to score at least one goal, making the win a true team contribution.

The Panthers wrapped up there season with a record of 8-1! Congratulations again to the girls lacrosse team on not only such a successful season, but now going down in history as the first lacrosse team to ever win a championship title at San Joaquin Memorial High School!

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