Wildcats make it nine in a row with a perfect 4-0 run through the Nor Cal Invitational held at Drake High School. Nayelli Munoz switched from the middle to the right side as MA opened the day with a narrow 28-26, 24-26, 15-13 win over Drake. The Wildcats earned a birth in the Gold Bracket with a 25-17, 25-19 win over El Dorado, led by the strong net play of Livy Lee and the setting of Samantha Bailey.
In the first round of playoffs, Samantha Tisch (switching from outside to right side) and Georgia Carey (switching from libero to outside) demonstrated the versatility of the team, switching positions en route to a 25-23, 25-16 win over Monte Vista Christian to reach the finals. Waiting for the Wildcats were the Drake Pirates, and outside hitter Phyllis Wattis led the comeback effort in the rematch, as MA claimed the championship in a 14-25, 25-21, 15-7 victory.
Marshall Cummings was the recipient of the 2017 US Lacrosse All American award for this past season. The award recognizes the top players from each region around the country. A senior captain of the Wildcats team, Marshall helped lead the team to the 2017 NCS Division 2 Finals and leaves as the all-time leading scorer in MA history. Marshall will continue his playing career at Middlebury College, a perennial top-10 Division 3 program. The announcement on the Nor Cal Chapter of US Lacrosse can be seen here.
The second-seeded Wildcats (14-3-2) found themselves in a battle against No. 7 St. Mary’s (Berkeley) as the home game remained scoreless well into the second half. Buehler helped create the first goal with a long ball to Leo Biral in the 56th minute then scored a screamer from about 25 yards out to give MA a two-goal lead. The Panthers scored late to set up a nervous finish but Marin Academy saw the game out, securing a 2-1 win and a spot in the semifinals.
Despite playing without a league or a home field this season, the Marin Academy boys soccer team finds itself in familiar territory making its appearance in their sixth consecutive North Coast Section championship game.
Individual excellence was easy to spot when Marin Academy faced Novato High in the second round of the North Coast Section Division II playoffs on Friday in San Anselmo. But, according to Wildcats coach Josh Frechette, it took the group playing as a team before it could earn its most-important victory of the season.
The Marin Academy High girls soccer team hadn’t been to the North Coast Section playoffs in three years and for the first 20 minutes or so, it showed. Nicki Strack’s first goal settled the host Wildcats’ nerves and her second one gave them the cushion they needed to defeat Redwood 2-0 and secure their first NCS playoff win since 2011.
Charlotte was one of 10 Dartmouth College student-athletes to receive academic all-Ivy recognition for the winter season! She received the honors for the second consecutive year for her efforts on the women’s swim team. Charlotte placed fourth in the 100 free relay, ninth in the 100 free and 20th in the 50 free at the Ivy League championships.