Sports Briefs: Crusader earns spot with Fighting Irish

Sports Briefs: Crusader earns spot with Fighting Irish
St. Monica Academy alumna Molly Hagan, left, is the first freshman to walk onto the Notre Dame Women's lacrosse team in eight years. (Courtesy of Darren Bradley)

St. Monica's Hagan makes Notre Dame roster

For only the second time in school history, tiny St. Monica Academy boasts a Division I athlete.


One of the 90-student school's alumna, Molly Hagan, made additional history by becoming the first freshman to walk on to the Notre Dame women's lacrosse team in eight years.

Hagan was one of three athletes to attempt to walk on and was the only one accepted by the program.


"Molly's successes and accolades put her alongside SMA's top female athletes," stated Darren Bradley, who coached Hagan on the girls' volleyball team, in a press release. "But in terms of agility, strength and versatility she is unmatched. She is SMA's best female athlete."

Hagan was a standout of St. Monica Academy's new lacrosse team last year. She also earned International League and All-CIF honors in volleyball and basketball. Hagan finished No. 10 on the Glendale News-Press top 10 girls' athletes.

Hagan is now St. Monica Academy's fourth NCAA athlete and second to play for a Division I school.

Glendale's Lopez back in action

Budding prospect and action fighter Adam Lopez of Glendale will return to the ring on Sept. 19.

Lopez (8-0, three knockouts) is set to square off with Stephen Fulton (11-0, five KOs) in a battle of featherweight prospects at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn. and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. It will be the sixth consecutive bout for Lopez against an unbeaten opponent, though one was against a debuting foe.

Lopez' previous bout saw him win a majority decision over Paul Romero in a bout that was also televised on FS1.

Crescenta Valley Soccer Club opens registration

The Crescenta Valley Soccer Club is opening up registrations for its fall programs to youth athletes born between 2006 and 2009.

The first step in the club process is the FC Bayern Pre ID program, which is opened to kids born in 2008 and 2009. The program runs from Oct. 6 to Dec. 1 and runs on Fridays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45. The cost is $145 and training will take place at Crescenta Valley High.

The next step of the process is for the more seasoned player and is known as the Elite Training Center. Similarly, the program will run from Oct. 6 to Dec. 1 on Fridays, but from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15. The cost is $175 and training takes place at Crescenta Valley.

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