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Nine from field hockey earn all-league

Nine members of Fallbrook High School’s field hockey team earned all-league honors by selection of the Avocado League coaches.

Lydia Brambila and Lizzy Eskue earned first-team recognition, and the Avocado League’s second team included Lauren Hughey, Jahna Jordan, Kyle Little, and Christine Russell.

Warrior players Patti Gonzalez, Sarah Lopez, and Melissa Maultsby earned honorable mention designation.

The 2007 Avocado League first team contained three Warriors.

Last year Fallbrook finished behind only San Pasqual in the league standings while this year Torrey Pines and San Pasqual both had better league records than the Warriors and Fallbrook found itself with one fewer first-team selection.

“To be able to get two on there was great – a thrill to get four on second team,” said Fallbrook coach Kathy Waite.

In 2007 ten Warriors earned all-league berths, including three second-team members.

Eight of those ten all-league players were seniors. The two exceptions were Brambila, who earned second-team recognition, and Eskue, who was an honorable mention selection.

Brambila and Eskue are both seniors this year.

Brambila, who was a defender last year, played primarily midfield in 2008. “She’s really stepped up and improved her stick skills and scoring,” Waite said. “I’ve been very, very pleased with her.”

Eskue was one of Fallbrook’s defenders. “She’s the core of the defense,” Waite said.

Eskue has verbally committed to play field hockey at the University of the Pacific. Brambila is considering options from various colleges.

Little is a junior left midfielder, Russell is a junior left defender, Hughey is a sophomore center-forward, and Jordan is a sophomore goalkeeper.

Gonzalez is a senior defender, Lopez is a sophomore forward, and Maultsby is a junior defender.

The composition of the all-league squads mean that Fallbrook will return six of nine all-league players. “I’m excited,” Waite said.

Fallbrook finished the 2008 season with a 14-10-1 record after a loss to Torrey Pines in the CIF semifinals. Fallbrook’s league record was 6-4.

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