High School Girls

May 24, 2009

Trimble Sparks Philly to Schoolgirls Title

by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Taylor Trimble receives the Heather Leigh Albert Award from Gene Albert. Trimble helped Philly win the top flight of the Schoolgirls Division.


BEL AIR, Md. – Taylor Trimble has played in the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament before, but there was no way she could be prepared for what happened to her this weekend at Cedar Lane Sports Park.

Last year, following her freshman season at Episcopal Academy (Pa.), she played in relative obscurity, helping the Upper Atlantic 4 team finish in third place in its division. This year? Obscure no more.

Trimble, playing for Philly 1 in the top flight (Onondaga Division) of the Schoolgirls Division of the event sponsoredy by Brine and HLA Foundation, saw her team fall behind Baltimore Metro 4-1 early in the championship game. Trimble then poured in back-to-back goals to swing the momentum in the game and Philly 1 rallied for an 8-7 victory.

Good enough for a great weekend, but then as she celebrated on the field with her teammates, she was announced as the winner of the Heather Leigh Albert Award as the top player in the Schoolgirls Division.

“Oh my god,” she mouthed with a stunned look on her face. She needn’t have been stunned.
Her Philly 1 teammate, Lauren Purvis from Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.) HS, another finalist for the award, hugged her and said, “You totally deserved that.”

That’s a big part of what made the weekend and the championship special for Trimble. A switch in the format of the tournament had teams aligned more on a local level. Her Upper Atlantic team in 2008 drew players from across Pennsylvania along with New Jersey and Delaware. This year’s team was made up exclusively from Southeastern Pennsylvania.

“It felt so good to win it,” said Trimble. “A lot of us play together and against each other all the time. Behind the scenes we’re such good friends.”

Early on, it didn’t look like Philly’s title dreams would come to reality. Baltimore, which advanced to the final with an 11-10 overtime win over Long Island on a nifty catch and score from Morgan Rubin, took command early. Covie Stanwick gave Baltimore a 2-1 lead and then fed Rubin for a 3-1 lead. Jennifer Cook stretched the lead to three before Trimble turned the tide.

Trimble’s consecutive goals ignited a four-goal spurt for Philly and Baltimore never led again. Avery Curley scored the final goal of the first half to give Philly a 6-5 lead and Blake McHugh’s second goal increased the lead to 7-5. Baltimore pulled to within one twice more, but Philly played keepaway the final three minutes, despite relentless pressure and attempted double-teams from Baltimore, to run out the clock.

Florida, California Claim Titles
Two of the feel good stories from the tournament were South Florida and Northern California winning championships in their respective flights.

South Florida went unbeaten through the Mohawk Bracket, and after nipping Central Pennsylvania 12-11 in the semifinals, handled Carolinas 1 by an 11-7 score in the title game. Courtney Swan, a sophomore from Vero Beach HS, was named a finalist for the Heather Leigh Albert award, the first player from Florida so honored.

Northern California poured in 73 goals in its first five games in the Cayuga Bracket, but ran into some hot goaltending in the championship game. Hannah Breton, a freshman from Ballard HS in Washington state, made four first half saves as Washington led 5-1 at the half. Rachel Ozer, a junior from Campolindo HS, then took over. Ozer, who finished with a game-high five points on two goals and three assists, scored early in the second half and assisted on two others to key NorCal’s comeback. NorCal pulled away for a 9-6 victory.

The other champions in the Schoolgirls Division were Long Island Metro 2 in the Seneca Division, Philly 3 in the Oneida Division and Hudson Valley in the Tuscarora Division.
The Mid Atlantic Division won the Seniors Only and Regional Club Division championships.

HLA Finalists
Eight finalists were selected for the Heather Leigh Albert Award:

  • Brooke Griffin – D.C. Metro 1 – South River (Md.) HS
  • Kelsey Horton – D.C. Metro 1 – St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) School
  • Alyssa Murray – Long Island Metro 1 – West Babylon (N.Y.) HS
  • Lauren Purvis – Philly 1 – Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.) HS
  • Emily Rhoads – D.C. Metro 1 – St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) School
  • Courtney Swan – South Florida – Vero Beach (Fla.) HS
  • Taylor Trimble – Philly 1 – Episcopal (Pa.) Academy
  • Sloane Warren – Philly 1 – Baldwin (Pa.) School

Trimble celebrated her award with two former winners on hand for the presentation – 2001 winner Katie Chrest, who is preparing for next month’s World Cup, and 2008 winner Kelly Austin, who helped the Mid Atlantic team win the Seniors Only Division.

Also honored on Saturday was Stanford’s Lauren Schmidt as the Aimee Willard Award Winner as the top collegiate player in the tournament.

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