La Jolla High School rematch with Coronado part of stellar season

The La Jolla High School girl’s varsity lacrosse team built some serious momentum mid-March, and has carried that through the early season. With only the sporadic loss so far, the lady Vikings are 7-3 in the league and 11-5 overall.

After losing their non-conference season opener to Cathedral Catholic March 11, the Vikings came back to defeat Del Norte 10-8 in a sudden victory situation March 13. After losing to Foothill 12-6 on March 14, they bounced back to defeat San Dieguito Academy 13-4 on March 16. During their first conference game March 18, the Vikings conquered host San Diego High School, 19-0. In what fans called “a nail biter” game against Coronado March 20, La Jolla came home with the victory after double overtime and a sudden victory situation. Junior Helen Lee scored the winning goal to finish 11-10. It was the first time since 2004 that the Lady Vikings bested the Coronado Islanders, annually one of the better teams in San Diego.

“They fought hard the entire game and we are extremely excited for the future of this team,” said Coach Kitty Cullen of the Coronado victory. “They are an exceptional group of girls that have continued to improve each game.”

The Vikings went on to sweeping victory against Point Loma High School 20-0. They also defeated Mission Bay High School 17-1, Patrick Henry High School 18-4 and Serra High School 19-2.

The Vikings took on the Coronado Islanders again April 17 at home. When it came to the rematch, Coach Cullen said, “It’s going to come down to heart and whichever team wants it more. I think these are two evenly matched teams, and Coronado is awesome, but we’ve gone over some game tapes and tried to improve what we lacked in the last game, and come out with a lot of fight.”

Despite all the heart put into game, the Vikings lost 12-10, but not before senior Ashley Pretorius scored a handful of points to keep the Vikings alive and the score tight.

La Jolla next competes against its cross-town rivals The Bishop’s School, 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 24 at Bishop’s, 7607 La Jolla Blvd.

— Jena Joyce contributed to this report