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Morgan named Valley League girls lacrosse player of the year

Alvarez-Lindenmeyer, Sanchez, Uresti also first-team, eight Warriors honored

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

The Valley League girls lacrosse coaches selected Shea Morgan as the league’s 2023 Player of the Year.

Morgan was one of four Fallbrook players on the all-league first team. Gianna Alvarez-Lindenmeyer, Taylor Sanchez and Jasmine Uresti were also first-team Valley League selections. Eight Fallbrook players received all-league recognition; Erica Garcia and Maya Pack were given second-team honors while Neveah Brugman and Aylin Ramirez were honorable mention selections.

“This was a successful year,” Berg said.

The Warriors were 5-0 in Valley League play to give the program its first-ever league championship. Fallbrook’s 17-3 overall record includes a 1-1 record in the CIF Division II playoffs.

Morgan was a junior for the 2023 season. As a sophomore in 2022, she played low defense for the Warriors and was an honorable mention all-league player. She transitioned to midfield for 2023.

During her junior year, Morgan scored 115 goals. “That was the piece that stands out the most,” Berg said.

Morgan also had four assists, 10 interceptions, 43 draw controls and 55 ground balls.

The 2022 season was the first for Morgan, as she did not play in her freshman year. “The amount of growth that we have seen in the two years is just a testament to her athletic ability,” Berg said. “She just picked up the game.”

Morgan earned Valley League first team recognition in two different spring sports for 2023. Track and field event league champions automatically receive all-league first team recognition, and Morgan won the Valley League championship in both the girls 100-meter dash and the girls 200-meter dash.

Track and field league champions automatically qualify for the CIF preliminaries, so Morgan also had a post-season in that sport. The Division II track and field preliminaries were held May 13 at University City High School, and Morgan had the seventh-place time of 12.55 seconds in the 100-meter dash while placing ninth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.10 seconds.

Uresti also competed in track and field as well as lacrosse during her junior year, and her 400-meter run time of 1:02.68 placed 13th in the preliminaries. The girls 4x100 relay team of senior Kilala Stone, Uresti, Morgan and senior Hailey Reed completed their lap in 51.19 seconds for10th in the Division II preliminaries.

The athletes in each division preliminaries with the top nine times or distances in each event advance to the CIF finals, which this year were held May 20 at Mount Carmel High School. Morgan placed eighth among Division II girls in both of her races with times of 12.78 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 26.03 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

Sanchez, who was a junior in 2023, also played midfield. She had 61 goals, 10 assists, 33 draw controls, 26 ground balls and three interceptions. “Other coaches could see the leadership on the field, and she manages the game very well as a middie,” Berg said.

Last year, Sanchez was on the Valley League second team.

Alvarez-Lindenmeyer, who was a sophomore during the 2023 season, and Uresti are defenders. “They are a super strong defensive line. They all stop the ball. They are also very vocal about the communication that’s necessary,” Berg said. “They just stood out in the league as formidable defensive players. They’re aggressive and they stop the oncoming drives.”

Uresti had 42 ground balls, 15 draw controls and three interceptions. She also scored 20 goals. “She’s recognized by other coaches for her aggressiveness in her defense,” Berg said.

Alvarez-Lindenmeyer had 39 ground balls, nine draw controls and five interceptions along with 15 goals and one assist. “She was also recognized for her defense,” Berg said.

Last year, Alvarez-Lindemneyer was an honorable mention all-league selection as a freshman.

Fallbrook’s four Valley League first-team berths for 2023 double the two the Warriors had in 2022, and Fallbrook had one first-team player in 2021. “This says we are growing year after year, and we are beginning to dominate our league,” Berg said.

Both of Fallbrook’s first-team players last year were seniors. The 2022 Warriors were second in the final Valley League standings with a 4-2 record and were 17-4 overall including a first-round playoff win and a quarterfinals loss.

Five of Fallbrook’s 2022 all-league players returned for 2023, and all five received all-league recognition. Garcia was also on the Valley League second team last year, and Pack was given honorable mention accolades.

Garcia was a senior in 2023 and Pack was a junior. Garcia played midfield, giving all three Fallbrook starting midfielders all-league designation. She scored 23 goals, added two assists and had 34 ground balls and 16 draw controls.

Pack was Fallbrook’s goalkeeper. She made 161 saves along with five interceptions, and she also had three ground balls and one draw control.

Brugman and Ramirez both played attacker. Brugman was a junior and Ramirez was a freshman.

 

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