By PHIL WONG
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The Cardinal Newman girls lacrosse team didn’t get the win but now has a scrapbook memory from playing on Kezar Stadium’s Bob St. Clair Field Friday.
St. Clair, the former San Francisco 49er, University of San Francisco and Polytechnic High tight end and Santa Rosa resident who died this spring, was perhaps in spirit overlooking the girls matching sticks with San Francisco’s University High School.
“It all came down to nerves,” said Cardinal Newman goalie Taylor Hextrum as University High won 14-4 in the North Coast Section girls lacrosse quarterfinals.”They got the best of us in the first half; we came out better in our attacks in the second.”
University’s Olivia Bennett and Sarah Cami each scored five goals, followed by Rachel Wu with four and Eliza Dean with one.
“We came out ready for them and they got off to a good start,” said Newman attacker Celine Gallo. “In the second half, we pushed back and played our hearts out.”
Newman midfielder Jordan Foster scored two goals with two assists in the first half, while teammates Hatti Young and Maddie Wilson scored one goal each.
Casey Braum and Young had assists. All the Cardinal scores were in the first half.
Hextrum made five blocks of the 17 shots the Red Devils took, while her counterpart Audrey Evers had four blocks on six attempts.
Cardinals coach Wendy Holland changed the offensive attack midway through, seeing her team pass the ball better on the Red Devils’ side than it did in the first half. The defense didn’t need any major adjustment.
PETALUMA FALLS IN KENTFIELD
The Trojans’ first foray into the North Coast Section tournament came to an end in Kentfield with a 13-5 loss to Marin Catholic.
Charlie Walker accounted for all Petaluma’s goals in the quarterfinal match.
Petaluma, the No. 7 seed, advanced to the quarters by eliminating Justin-Siena, 17-9, in the opening round. The Trojans, champions of the NBL, wind up 19-3.
“We’re proud of our first year of CIF competition,” coach Kevin Louchis said. “We’re young and we went up against a deep, experienced team in Marin Catholic.”
Howard Senzell contributed to this report.