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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gators wear down Horizon in lacrosse win

Alexa Wear walked up to Xavier Prep athletic trainer Laurie White before Monday’s (March 27) club lacrosse match against visiting Phoenix Horizon and asked if White could do anything to ease the muscle tightness in her legs.
White gave her some suggestions in regard to stretching, and Wear jogged back onto the field after indicating she felt better.
Good thing for the Gators. Wear felt well enough to score five goals to help XCP score a season-high goals total in an 18-3 victory.
The triumph brought Xavier even with a 3-3 overall record, while Horizon dipped to 1-3-1.
Xavier’s next match comes on Friday (March 31), a road encounter with Scottsdale Desert Mountain at the Copper Ridge School in north Scottsdale.
Xavier coach Rachael D’Angelo expressed concern after a loss to Scottsdale Chaparral on Thursday (March 23), saying her team needed to work on quite a few things while trying to increase its competitiveness.
After the win over Horizon, D’Angelo said, “We calmed down out there. Our fundamentals were a lot better and our catching and passing were very good. We were ready to play.’’
The Xavier defense also picked up the pace.
“Our defensive style is more of a man on man, and that means you are aggressive if you are doing it right,’’ D’Angelo said.
Xavier had four girls score two goals each – Morgan Anderson, Kayla Swanson, Caitlin Blomo and Bella Johnson. Other scorers were Sarah Minton, Nina Mackey, Marisa Mulligan, Katie Hobaica and Tara Kobeirowicki.
The Gators had solid efforts in goal from Anna Schrader in the first half and Tanya Barakat, brought up from the junior varsity, in the second half.

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