ield hockey team which played in the National Field Hockey Festival in La Quinta during Thanksgiving weekend, finished the tournament with a record of one win, three losses, and two ties.
“We did well. We really worked hard and played hard, and to hang in there with those all-star teams, we’re so pleased,” said coach Kathy Waite.
Because the tournament took place after the end of the CIF field hockey season, the team did not officially represent Fallbrook High School.
Without the ability to call themselves the Warriors, the team has adopted the name Guac Girls for out-of-season tournaments and the indoor league.
Waite coaches both the Guac Girls and the Fallbrook High School varsity field hockey team.
Unlike CIF play, where a “strokes” series of penalty shots determines a winner if the score is tied, the National Field Hockey Festival has no tiebreakers after regulation.
The tournament included 225 teams, some of whom represented multiple schools and even state all-star squads.
The Guac Girls were the only team in their seven-team pool to consist of players from a single high school.
They played two teams from Pennsylvania, two teams from New Jersey, a team from upstate New York, and a team from Maryland. “Great competition,” Waite said.
Two games apiece were played on November 27, November 28, and November 28.
The Guac Girls began the tournament with a 1-1 tie against the team from Rochester, New York. “The girls played great,” Waite said.
The team’s other November 27 game was a 2-0 loss to a Pennsylvania state team.
The Guac Girls began November 28 with a 5-0 loss against a New Jersey squad. “We got eaten up,” Waite said.
The Guac Girls split their two November 28 games, finishing the day with a 2-1 win over the Maryland team.
The Guac Girls began November 29 with a 4-2 loss to a Pennsylvania group of players. “That was pretty good because we were down 4-0,” Waite said.
The Guac Girls closed the tournament with a tie against New Jersey opposition.
“They all played well,” Waite said. “We played with heart.”
While Waite didn’t single out any individual players, the new field hockey team at the University of California, Davis successfully recruited Fallbrook High School senior Lydia Brambila.
“Pretty neat,” Waite said. “Lydia was awesome. She had a great tournament.”
Davis currently has club field hockey but will play the sport at the NCAA Division I level in 2009. Brambila had been considering options from various colleges.
Fallbrook senior Lizzy Eskue has verbally committed to play field hockey at the University of the Pacific.
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