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Eight field hockey Warriors earn all-league

Eight members of Fallbrook High School’s field hockey team earned all-league honors.

The Avocado League coaches selected seniors Kyle Little and Christine Russell to the league’s first team, gave second-team honors to juniors Lauren Hughey and Jahna Jordan, and bestowed honorable mention recognition upon senior Melissa Maultsby, juniors Sarah Lopez and Shelby Sellers, and sophomore Jamie Garcia.

“It was awesome to get that,” Fallbrook coach Kathy Waite said of placing eight players on the all-league squad.

Waite noted that she would have liked to have had more players on the first team. “I guess everyone does,” she said.

Fallbrook finished the regular season with an 18-6 record, including a 6-4 Avocado League record which tied La Costa Canyon for third place in the standings. The Warriors reached the CIF Division I finals before a 1-0 loss in the championship game to San Pasqual, which also won the Avocado League championship; in the CIF semifinals Fallbrook defeated Torrey Pines, which placed second in the league standings. The top four Avocado League teams were also the top four Division I playoff seeds.

“It was a very difficult league,” Waite said. “To be able to get that number of girls was commendable for the team.”

Russell was a defender for the Warriors.

“[Russell is an] awesome defender who just plays every game with her heart,” Waite said. “Sets up many of the plays. She’s a strong player.”

Little is a midfielder.

“She has great stick control and variety of plays. Just a real great player,” Waite said.

Hughey is a forward and Jordan is Fallbrook’s starting goalkeeper. Lopez is also a forward, Garcia plays midfield, Maultsby was a defender, and Sellers is the team’s sweeper.

In 2008 Hughey, Jordan, Little and Russell were named to the Avocado League’s second team while Lopez and Maultsby received honorable mention distinction.

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