In a tough matchup of two stong opponents who had not met all season, Torrey Pines women’s lacrosse easily sealed their second CIF victory in a row over Rancho Bernardo on May 21 in the San Diego Division I championship game at the Westview High School. The Falcon’s 18-5 victory over the second-seeded Broncos was a fabulous send-off for Torrey Pines seniors Caroline Boucher, Kelly Connor, Lauren Humann, Anna Knowles, Caroline Paulson, Katie Trees and Carrie Yang. who all have made significant contributions to building the Torrey Pines women’s lacrosse program during the past four years.
Torrey Pines first-year head coach Kaitlin Swagart was also a huge factor as assistant varsity coach in the Falcons’ CIF victory last year.
The daunting Falcon defense, led by goalkeeper Carrie Yang and Paulson. who notched an assist, kept Rancho Bernardo scoreless for the first 17 minutes of the match with Torrey Pines Kacey McKinnon finding the back of the net twice and Trees and freshman Camille Doan each adding one of their own. The Broncos’ lone goal of the first half was promptly answered back by senior attacker Knowles with her first of four goals on an assist by Trees, who in turn scored four more goals in a row in less than four minutes. Senior middie Boucher notched her first of three goals and three assists for the match to widen the gap even more before the first half ended with the score at 10-1 in favor of the Falcons.
Yang notched six saves in her last game as an accomplished three-year starter in goal for the Falcons. Relentless defense by Paulson, Connor, Molly Bettencourt, Chandler Baldwin, and Kiana Drawhorn thwarted any chance of a Bronco comeback in the second half. Freshman McKinnon represented the future of Torrey Pines women’s lacrosse with her third goal of the day, but it was the senior offense that bid farewell with a flurry with Knowles and Boucher adding three and two goals respectively, Humann one, and Trees scoring her sixth goal and second assist of the match.