The Mira Costa Girls Lacrosse team completed its most successful season in school history, finishing with a 19-7 overall record and a #2 ranking in CIF after suffering a close loss to rival Marlborough High School in the CIF finals on Saturday. To get to the championship game, the Lady Mustangs battled through a 28 team D3 playoff bracket which included elite Southern California lacrosse programs such as Valenica High School, ML King High School, Woodbridge High School and Culver City High School.
Led on offense by freshman Kate Donnelly (56 goals), sophomore Sophia Delino (43) and a trio of super seniors in Sydney Thatch (31), Liv Lorenzen (28) and Chloe Shingles (23), Mira Costa scored 58 goals on their playoff opponents, while junior keeper Katie Witherell (211 saves) and defender Jillian Rodrigues (24 forced turnovers) limited them to only 28 goals on defense.
Saturday’s exciting CIF Final game featured a total of three lead changes between the teams before ending in a 10-8 heartbreaking loss. The 2022 season – Costa’s best on record – was the third straight in which the Lady Mustangs finished with double digit wins and a winning percentage over .500. It also marks their second straight trip to the CIF playoffs. While the future is bright for Mira Costa Girls Lacrosse – with a number of starters and contributors returning – the team says goodbye and good luck to its senior class of Sydney, Liv, Chloe, Hayden, Jessie, Lauren, Jules and Roen.