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All-County girls lacrosse team: Foothill’s Elena Torres becomes a two-time OC player of the year

The Foothill girls lacrosse team had arguably the most dominant season of any Orange County girls athletic program this school year.

Foothill went 21-1 with its only loss to St. Ignatius of San Francisco by one goal. The Knights won their second consecutive CIF-SS Division 1 championship.

Elena Torres was the top scorer for Foothill and is The Register’s Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

“The growth she has made from her timid freshman year to her powerhouse senior year is astounding,” Foothill coach Cristina Rodriguez said. “Elena was an integral part of our team with her intensity and execution all over the field. She pushed her teammates to be better every day.”

Torres led Foothill in points with 103 (76 goals, 27 assists) and scored five goals in the Knights’ championship game win over Santa Margarita.

She was surrounded by one of the most talented girls lacrosse rosters Orange County has ever seen. The Knights had six players make the All-County list this season, the most of any school. Zoey Stephens and Ali Shimibuku were selected to the first team along with Torres.

“I definitely owe a lot of my success to my teammates,” Torres said. “We always are there for each other and have each other’s backs and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. We are a family. Being on the field with them is like being at home.”

She leaves Foothill with over 240 points and 180 goals and will likely be named a US Lacrosse All-American for the second time.

Torres will continue her lacrosse career at Villanova.

“I am so excited to get to Philadelphia and play at the next level,” she said.


Olivia Smart, Edison

The Edison girls lacrosse program has had unprecedented success for a program that is only 5 years old.

Edison won its first Sunset League championship this season and reached the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, where only eight teams qualify.

For leading such a young program to unprecedented success, Edison’s Olivia Smart is The Register’s Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

Edison’s Olivia Smart is The Register’s Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the 2022 season. (Photo courtesy of Olivia Smart)

Smart graduated from Foothill in 2015 and went on to become the captain of Cal State Fullerton’s girls lacrosse team.

Edison, which was led by two All-County players, Sydney Hoggard and Gwen Ontiveros, gave Division 1 champion Foothill a competitive game in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs. The Chargers fell 16-10 and was the only team to have a lead over the Knights in the playoffs.

After the season ended, she was one of the coaches for the Orange County team that went to the USA Lacrosse National Tournament and won.




Brooke Cressy, Santa Margarita, Sr., Attack

Frankie Garcia, Corona del Mar, Jr., Attack

Olivia Gritzmacher, Newport Harbor, Sr., Midfield

Brookelynn Hodgin, San Clemente, Sr., Goalie

Sydney Hoggard, Edison, Sr., Attack

Molly Jacobson, Santa Margarita, Sr., Attack

Grace Karstetter, St. Margaret’s, Jr., Midfield

Sheridan Koenig, Canyon, Sr., Attack

Maddie Luer, Mater Dei, Sr., Midfield

Minka Martinez, St. Margaret’s, Sr., Midfield

Ainsley Maynard, San Juan Hills, Sr., Attack

Bridgette Montague, JSerra, Sr., Attack

Paige Peters, Santa Margarita, Fr., Attack

Caroline Sanders, Santa Margarita, Sr., Midfield

Ali Shimibuku, Foothill, Jr., Defense

Juliana Stepanoff, Mater Dei, Jr., Defense

Zoey Stephens, Foothill, Jr., Midfield

Sophia Yeskulsky, San Clemente, Fr., Attack


Rowdy Farmer, Newport Harbor, Sr., Attack

Abby Grace, Corona del Mar, Jr., Midfield

Clare Johnson, Yorba Linda, Jr., Midfield

Megan Klepacki, El Toro, Jr., Midfield

Lauren Lam, St. Margaret’s, Jr., Attack

Mia Marchetti, Foothill, Jr., Midfield

Kaitlyn Meneses, Rosary, So., Midfield

Abbie Mishler, Beckman, Sr., Midfield

Gwen Ontiveros, Edison, Sr., Midfield

Jill Phillips, Trabuco Hills, Sr., Midfield

Makayla Sims, El Toro, Jr., Goalie

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