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.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Gators, Desert Vista stage a lacrosse score-a-thon

 For those lacrosse fans who like plenty of offense, Wednesday night’s (March 16) club match between visiting Phoenix Desert Vista and Xavier Prep was anything but boring.

The two teams combined for 42 goals, with Desert Vista taking a 23-19 win, in a contest that lasted about 2 hours and 40 minutes, approximately 40 minutes longer than a normal game, because the clock is stopped after each goal.

After the referee tosses the ball high into the air, a Xavier player and opponent from Desert Vista prepare to gain possession off the draw (Photo by Sr. Lynn Winsor).

Sophomore Marlee McCloskey certainly did her part for the Gators (0-4), scoring eight goals, all on free-position shots. A free position shot is called when the referee calls a foul on the defender, and the offensive player is allowed to move to the hash mark on the 8-meter arc and can fire away.

Also having a productive evening for Xavier was junior Gigi Riviere, who had four goals. And sophomore McKenna Boyer contributed three goals.

Xavier will play its next match on the road on Friday (March 18), facing Tempe Corona del Sol at the Benedict Sports Complex in Tempe, northwest corner of Kyrene and Guadalupe roads. Action begins at 7 p.m. on Field #4.

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