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Glendale High girls' lacrosse claims Pacific League title

Lacrosse: Nitros earn share of first girls' league title at Glendale since 2003 in only fourth year of program.

May 02, 2014|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

GLENDALE — In but its fourth year of existence, the Glendale High girls’ lacrosse team was able to accomplish something that no other Nitros girls’ squad has been able to in more than a decade.

Perhaps coming without the pomp and circumstance of some other more established sports, the Nitros simply took care of business and made school history on Friday afternoon with complete dominance and relative ease.

Scoring the first six goals of the match, the Nitros rolled to a 14-3 victory over Westridge, as Glendale won its first-ever Pacific League title.

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“It’s honestly the most unreal moment of my life,” said Glendale senior Elibeth Torres, who has been with the program since its inception four years ago. “I’m very proud.

“All I want for [my teammates] is just for the school to appreciate them and for the school to realize how much hard work we put in.”

Glendale Coach Joe Campbell, who called Torres the “heart and soul of Glendale lacrosse,” has been the architect of the program, which previously competed in the Prep League before the program moved into the Pacific League this season for the league’s first-ever lacrosse campaign, which included Chaminade, Westridge, Louisville and La Cañada.

“It’s a great feeling, but I haven’t scored a goal in all these years,” Campbell said. “They did all the real work. … I’m proud of them, this is all their accomplishment.”

With the win, Glendale improved to 13-5, 7-1 in league to win a share of the title with Chaminade, which was defeated by the Nitros, 8-7, on Tuesday. Chaminade (7-1) clinched a share of the title via a 13-7 win over La Cañada.

“Mainly proud that we were able to do this and come this far in four years,” said Glendale senior defender Denise Guerrero of her emotions after the match.

The league title, just the second this year for Glendale following boys’ water polo, was the first for a girls’ team since 2003’s girls’ water polo squad.

“We couldn’t be more proud with how far the girls have come,” said Pat Lancaster, the Glendale athletic director who also coached the 2003 girls’ water polo team.

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