The girls varsity lacrosse team made history this season, bringing home the CIF Los Angeles Division 2 championship after knocking off #2 seed Dos Pueblos at San Marcos by a 6-3 score. The Rams started their playoff run with an impressive 15-11 win over Birmingham Community High School and followed up with a 15-13 thriller over top seeded Peninsula High School in Palos Verdes. Those two victories led to an all-Santa-Barbara-area showdown between the Rams and the Dos Pueblos Chargers.
The Rams and Chargers were quite familiar with each other, having faced off twice already this season. Dos Pueblos won both of those contests by a combined four goals. In the third contest, the Rams used stalwart defense and timely offense to fend off a talented Chargers squad. On the offensive side, Maddie Erickson ’19 led the Rams with three goals. Lily Riehl ’21 chipped in two goals while Kenzie Davidson ’20 had one of her own. Piper Brooks ’20 was a field general for Cate, dishing out four assists. Daphne McKeefry ’19 had an assist for Cate as well.
The story of the game was the Cate defense. Goalie Liza Borghesani ’20 tallied 10 saves on the day and got some amazing defensive support from Maya Fenelon ’20, Riley Borchardt ’20, Mia Foster ’20, and Josie Erickson ’20. Cate head coach Renee Mack highlighted the play of her three seniors, Maddie Erickson ’19, Andreah Graf ’19, and Daphne McKeefry ’19. “Their off-ball smarts and positive mindset were the game changers on attack. Overall, it was a collective effort of hard work, determination and fun. I could not be more proud of the team. They deserved this one,” Mack exclaimed.