Golden Knight guides lacrosse club to top spot

St. Francis High student Patrick McGoldrick helped the LA Lazers Pink Club lacrosse team capture the high school division (2014) championship at the LXMATS Coronado Tournament, which took place June 29 to July 1.

The Lazers posted a 7-0 record in the 20-team tournament, which included teams from Orange County, San Diego, Temecula, Arizona and Las Vegas, with McGoldrick, a defensive midfielder, helping anchor their defense that allowed an average of two goals a game in the seven-game contest. McGoldrick, who stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs in at 180 pounds, will be a junior and play football for the Golden Knights next year.

St. Francis will introduce lacrosse as a CIF sport next spring, which will make it the first CIF boys’ team offered in the San Gabriel Valley.

The LA Lazers are a club lacrosse program in Los Angeles County featuring top players from several high schools including Oak Park, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Westlake, Thousand Oaks, Crespi, Laguna Blanca, Torrance and West Ranch. The Lazers will take to the Tinsel Town Throwdown, July 7-8 in El Segundo and will wrap up the summer campaign in the Sonoma Shootout, July 21-22.

Pony tournament rides into town

The La Cañada Baseball & Softball Assn. will host the 2012 Pony Mustang 10 Section 2 baseball tournament, which begins today and concludes with the championship game Monday at 5 p.m.

The tournament matches up seven teams from around the San Gabriel Valley with all games being played at the La Cañada High softball field. The top four qualifying teams advance to the 2012 Pony Mustang 10 Region tournament the following week. La Cañada’s first game is Friday at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the tournament is $3 and all proceeds go to La Cañada Baseball & Softball Assn.

La Cañada is managed by Chris Wilson and coached by Tom James and Todd Vradenburg. The team is made up of Buddy Arnold, Jacob Buntich, Luke Dickie, Liam Hartman, Charlie James, Sean Ko, Nathan Longwell, Kyle Osornia, Matthew Spitz, Brock Vradenburg, Tai Walton, Robby Wilson and Matthew Winnek.

Spartans win junior tournament

Members of the La Cañada High girls’ tennis team won the Pasadena/Glendale league of the United States Tennis Assn. Jr. Team Tennis. The Spartans went through Altadena Town and Country Club and Valley Hunt Club to win the league and earn a spot in the Southern California sectional championships, which was played June 23 and 24 at San Diego State.

La Cañada’s two singles players in the Southern California sectionals were Sharon Kim and Megan Yasuda with Linea Frazier and Alison Chang and Serena Zheng and Emily Swanson making up the two doubles teams. Sawa Keymuelen and Suma Gudipati were key players in league but were unable to join the squad at sectionals because of summer school trips.

The Spartans scraped by San Diego with a 2-2 (31-30) victory before they fell to San Bernardino, 3-1, in the next match. La Cañada was swept by eventual champion San Gabriel Valley, 4-0, June 24 to end its run with a seventh place finish.

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