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.

Friday, April 1, 2022

XCP lacrosse scorers are wearing out the net

 After scoring 20 goals in each of its previous two games, Xavier Prep’s club lacrosse team found itself mired in an early 3-0 hole against visiting Scottsdale Chaparral on Thursday night (March 31).

One must have wondered if Xavier head coach Diana Oduho was wondering if her team was capable of reaching the 20-goal level for the third straight time.

“Yes, I did,’’ she said matter of factly.

“Because our team likes to turn it around.’’

Down 4-2 with 16:58 left in the first half, Xavier went on a 7-0 run to build a significant lead and went on to record a 24-11 victory.

The win was important because the Gators were able to pull even at 5-5 overall after a 1-4 start.

Xavier’s primary scoring group was out in full force, swooping in from the perimeter to shake the net after the ball got past the Chaparral goalkeeper.

Gigi Riviere scored six goals, Joan Walton, McKenna Boyer and Keilani Hong scored five each and Marlee McCloskey added three.

“We have come together as an offense and we have been very balanced this season,’’ Oduho said.

The Gators also have received a big lift from sophomore goalkeeper Kiana Beazley, who again showed promise after being called up from the junior varsity earlier in the week.

Xavier next plays on Tuesday (April 5) at Petznick Field against Tempe Corona del Sol.

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