A dedicated team of seventh and eighth grade girls from La Cañada High School has been competing at the varsity level of high school lacrosse for the past season.
Led by Head Coach Alison Dodson, the girls have proved their talent, boasting an amazing 9-0 undefeated season.
The Spartans 7/8 girls' lacrosse team joined to play with the San Gabriel Valley Warriors lacrosse team to win the high school division of the Surf City Lacrosse Tournament at the beautiful Huntington Beach Sports Complex over Mother's Day weekend.
The girls faced a grueling day Saturday, playing five 50-minute matches with only an hour rest between each match.
The Warriors' first game was against a strong team from Henderson, Nevada, but the Warriors played well and won, 13-3.
They took the field again against another Nevada team, West Side from Las Vegas. Again the Warriors prevailed, 6-5.
The toughest match of the day was against the Palos Verde High School Sea Kings.
The Kings jumped out to an early lead but the Warriors fought back. Unfortunately, the Kings were able to stay ahead and won 7-6.
Not losing confidence, the Warriors won their next two games against Mission Viejo Diablos and Woodbridge Club, 11-6 and 5-1 respectively.
The Warriors finished the day in second place in group two of the high school varsity division—behind Palos Verdes — and advanced to the semifinals on Sunday.
Starting early under the morning fog, the Warriors faced the Group One first place team, Sacagawea Lacrosse from Newport.
Sacagawea jumped out to an early lead and were ahead 5-0 at half time.
The Warriors made a spectacular comeback in the second half and prevailed in the end, winning 6-5.
After an hour break and with the sun now beating down, the Warriors took the field for the championship game against the Desert Mountain Wolves from Arizona, who had advanced by beating Palos Verdes in the semifinals.
The Wolves were leading at halftime. Reaching deep down for every last bit of energy and quickness, the Warriors forged ahead and finished the championship game one goal ahead of the surging Wolves to win 9-8.
The team is currently waiting on a pending CIF approval in order to continue playing as the girls enter high school.