DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lacrosse opens season against Gilbert High

Xavier Prep’s Gators are ready to grab their lacrosse gear and head out to the field for their 2016 club season opener on Friday (March 4) at Gilbert High. The game begins at 7 p.m.
With new coach Rachael D’Angelo at the controls, the Gators are coming off a 15-5 season in which they reached the state semifinals.
D’Angelo will have to figure out how to replace the graduated Areta Buness, who was one of the state’s most prolific scorers. Chances are that the workload will be shared by a group of players.
After the contest at Gilbert, the Gators will move on to Phoenix Pinnacle for a game on Monday (March 7) at 7 p.m. The two teams met in last year’s semifinals, Pinnacle as the No. 2 seed and Xavier at No. 3, and Pinnacle overcame a slow start for a 22-11 victory.
Xavier also will meet Phoenix Horizon on March 10 at the Scottsdale Sports Complex before playing in its home opener on March 11 against Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.
Here is the 2016 roster. “A’ signifies attacker, “M’’ a midfielder, “D’’ a defender and “GK’’ a goalkeeper. Players are listed alphabetically.
Morgan Anderson (A), Julia Blake (M), Caitlin Blomo (A), Megan Dedinsky (M), Casey Dougherty (D), Savannah Fatigoni (GK), Jamie Ganem (D), Katie Hobaica (M), Kate Howard (D), Bella Johnson (M), Therese Knapp (A), Marisa Mulligan (M), Katherine Russell (M), Arden Schraff (D), Kayla Swanson (M), Caylie Wagner (A), Alexa Wear (M), Madeleine Whissell (D).

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