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Falcons Fall in Finals
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons gave it everything they had on Saturday against Scripps Ranch, but it was not to be their night at the CIF finals in the wet and chilly Rancho Bernardo HS stadium. They went down bloodied and bruised after fighting through 60 minutes of game time to a 1-1 tie, a scoreless standard 10 minute overtime and 10 minute sudden victory overtime. They finally fell 3-0 in strokes. There were doubts about whether the game was going to played as the teams arrived in a rain storm to find massive puddles on the field. The skies cleared enough for the surface to clear and the contest to go on.  Scripps Ranch had the momentum early in the game thanks to spirited play and consistent assists from the refs. Scripps got on the board first at about half way through the 1st half on a cross into the crease and a couple of stops by Heather Schlesier.  The Lady Falcons couldn't clear it and Scripps finally scored on the third bite at the apple.  The play was physical and up and down the field with frequent whistles impacting play.  Torrey played tough defense and kept Scripps out of their goal the rest of the game.  There were several scary moments as three Torrey players – Hannah Bettencourt, Sophie Edelman and Kristen Buchanan – had to leave the game after going to the turf with head injuries.  The trainer had to don gloves to deal with bloody Hannah and Sophie.  All were able to return to the field after being examined and bandaged. Hannah required 10 stitches later that night to repair her split forehead.  Heather had several spectacular saves including a Billy Blank Tae Bo right leg above the shoulder stop on a close range shot and a William Wallace charge on an unmarked advancing Scripps forward, smothering the ball and killing what appeared to be a clear scoring opportunity.  The girls worked hard and had the momentum most of the 2nd half.  Torrey was all over the Scripps circle. A number of prime scoring opportunities ended prematurely on fast whistles. They generated 16 short corners during the game (including 4 in overtime). Torrey Pines finally scored the equalizer on a short corner with about 11 minutes left to play on a blast by Dana Manheim from the top of the circle. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.  The teams reduced to 7 players and overtime commenced. Torrey Pines dominated both overtimes and had scoring opportunities, but couldn't quite finish. The second overtime ended dramatically on a Torrey short corner with the clock off. The Lady Falcons got off a clean shot and a second chance, but Scripps cleared it and ended play.  The exhausted Falcons took their positions on the 30 yard line for the drama of penalty corners. Torrey Pines failed to convert on 3 attempts and Scripps hit on 3 of 4 giving Scripps the 2-1 victory.  The Lady Falcons played their hearts out and left everything on the field. It was an impressive showing and they appeared to be the better team most of the game.  They just couldn't convert on their numerous short corners nor finish the opportunities they created in the circle. (photos) News coverage: NCT   UT

The players, coaches and numerous fans were in shock (or it could have been mild hypothermia) at the disappointment and abrupt end to a stellar season.  In the post-game ceremony the tearful girls collected their CIF Division 1 runner-up medals and hugs from beloved and feared coach Kari Diguilio. Several Falcons received recognition for their play or deportment.  Dana Manheim and Sophie Edelman were named to the County All Star team while Heather Schlesier and Lucy Busby earned Sportsmanship awards. (photos)  The girls regrouped and celebrated their accomplishments with a final team bonding trip on a limo bus, which included the obligatory run to In 'n Out. You can get a taste for the bonding angle from this video.

The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons finished the spectacular season with 22 victories and 3 defeats (2 of them in strokes).  They are the undefeated Palomar League champions at 10-0. The season included 3 wins over traditional rival LCC and a 2-0 record against defending CIF champ San Pasqual. They outscored their opponents 65 to 16. The goalies and defense generated 15 shutouts. On the season they earned loads of short corners and held a huge advantage against opponents. Overall, it was a season with tremendous accomplishments, great heart and effort; something of which to be very proud. It truly was the greatest show on Earth. Thank you Chicas con Sticas!

A special thank you goes to Ricki Bettencourt and Anna Scipione for the wonderful photos of the season. A picture is worth a thousand words so I'm not sure what the thousands of pictures they took are worth. We all know how much teenage girls like to look at pictures of themselves.

Falcons Swoop Eagles
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons came fired up to play on Thursday night in the CIF semi-finals against the San Pasqual Eagles. It was a contest of two evenly matched, talented teams and the team that dug the deepest was going to win. Last night, it was the Lady Falcons and they were rewarded with a hard fought 2-1 victory. The win puts Torrey Pines into the CIF finals against Scripps Ranch on Saturday afternoon.  Torrey Pines opened the scoring about 10 minutes into the game. The Falcons kept the ball in the Eagles end following a broken corner. Caroline Boucher took the ball into the right side of the circle and fired a shot. Hannie Bettencourt got a stick on the rebound in the crease and Sophie Edelman finished from the left post. The Falcon faithful went wild.  San Pasqual responded with the equalizer a few minutes later on one of it's 14 short corners.  The Falcons stopped the initial attack, but San Pasqual finished from a scrum in front of the goal. Special props go to our short corner defenders  –  Sophie Edelman, Caitlin Mackey, and Hannie and Munchie Bettencourt – for confounding the Eagles potent short corner offense all night. They were aggressive and determined and caused consistent miscues in their plays. They are all awarded fiefdoms in the realm of Twindor. Heather Schlesier was incredible in goal the whole night. She tallied 10 saves; all of them challenging. Heather was like a fast twitch Gumby on crack and pulled all the tricks out of her bag – everything from full splits to toe pokes to baby crawl to Dutch levee to a beautiful overhead stick save on a ball deflected on a short corner blast that was heading into the top right corner of the goal.  She used every pad she had at some point in the game. The game was a back and forth battle with scoring chances and stellar defense on both sides.  The Falcons broke the deadlock with 6 minutes left to play on beautiful string of passing which lead to the game winner.  Kristen Buchanan brought the ball up the right side crossed into Selin Esener who pushed it into the circle to Lucy Busby. She crossed it to the far post where Sophie “Flying Karamazov” Edelman performed a full layout superman dive and backhanded it into the open left side of the goal.  It was pandemonium in the stands and on the Falcon bench. The play typified the Falcons level of output and commitment the entire night. The Lady Falcons were charging and left it all on the field. The last 6 minutes were tense as the Falcons repelled the desperate Eagle attacks and counter attacked eating up the final minutes. The defense of Selin Esener, Caitlin Mackey and the Lords of Twindor were effective at collecting the many long balls and starting counter attacks. They were stout and focused in circle defense as well. The midfield of Dana Manheim, Kristen Buchanan and Lucy Busby were effective at connecting passes and advancing the ball up field. Lucy had a good night generating short corners as well. The Falcons tallied 8 short corners, but didn't generate a goal on the tough Eagle short corner defense. The forward trio of Sophie, Caroline Boucher, and Stephie Sabraw were fast and aggressive in their attacks. Overall, it was the Lady Falcons best game of the season and a great time to have it. The win was an early birthday present to Sedef Esener and Toby Boucher who both celebrate their birthdays on Friday. Nice present! (photos) Here's the conventional press angle: UT  NCT- (note: thankfully you have access to accurate and unbiased reporting here)

Torrey Pines faces Scripps Ranch on Saturday at 4pm at Rancho Bernardo HS to decide the CIF championship. Pray for the rain to stay away enough to allow play. One more chance to see the greatest show on earth! Get 'em while they're hot! Come out and see some great hockey and cheer on the Chicas con Sticas to a CIF title.

Falcons Complete Hat Trick of Victories over LCC in CIF quarterfinal
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons defeated archrival LCC for the third time this season racking up a 1-0 win over the Mavericks. The Lady Falcons took the field on Tuesday night looking for an unprecedented hat trick of wins this season over arch rival La Costa Canyon. It's a very difficult accomplishment to get 3 wins over a talented rival as they've had a chance to adjust their play to your game.  This was clearly the case as LCC started the game with a string of 5 unanswered short corners and camped in the Torrey Pines end of the field.  The Falcon defense rose to the challenge and repelled every attack.  Selin Esener, Caitlin Mackey, Hannie and Munchie Bettencourt and Kimmy Sabraw were very busy all night. Heather Schlesier had her busiest game in goal of the season to date. She had 14 saves, none of them yawners, and kept the Falcons in the game.  Ol' Reliable tallied her 14th shutout of the season. Overall, she has given up very few goals that didn't come off of the big advantage of short corners. The Falcons broke the zero tie about 10 minutes into the half.  On their first short corner of the game, Torrey Pines kept the ball in the LCC zone after they'd cleared the ball.  Sophie “Headlong” Edelman attacked from the right point and crossed to a slicing Caroline Boucher who slammed a shot past the sprawling goalkeeper. It didn't feel like that goal would stand as the game winner, but it did and the Falcon move on to the CIF semi-final against San Pasqual. The Falcons ended with 12 penalty corners versus 10 for LCC. The Lady Falcons looked flat in the first half, but clearly responded to Coach Kari DiGuilio's half time talk. They played with more energy and had some good scoring chances in the 2nd half. They also kept the ball from in front of the Falcon goal more consistently. The mid-field and forward crew of Dana Manheim, Kristen Buchanan, Lucy Busby, Sophie Edelman, Stephie Sabraw, Caroline Boucher and Caroline Paulson were able to generate more attacks and controlled the ball more effectively with crisp passing and good runs. It wasn't the prettiest game of the season, but a W nonetheless. (photos).

The Chicas con Sticas face San Pasqual at home at TPHS at 6pm on Thursday under the lights.  Come out and cheer them on to victory and a place in the CIF championships on Saturday!!

Falcons to Face LCC in CIF - Hello Baby Deeg!

The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons will face LCC in the CIF quarterfinals at TPHS on Tuesday at 6pm. The Falcons have won both of their prior contests this season against the Mavericks. The Falcons next challenge would be against the winner of the San Pasqual - RBV matchup on Thursday at home at TPHS. The results from Saturday's opening round of CIF are here. Official playoff bracket here.

Baby Deeg arrived healthy at
8 lbs 10 oz on Thursday. Matteo Scott DiGiulio is home with Momma and family. What a cutie!

Falcons Wound Wolverines
Ricki Bettencourt, the Queen Mother of the Realm of Twindor, invited a couple of field hockey teams to her exclusive birthday soiree which was held at Westview Wolverine Stadium on Tuesday. The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons were the feature act handing the Wolverines a whopping 6-2 loss.  The Falcons came ready to play and generated scoring opportunities early.  The first goal came about 5 minutes into the game when Stephie “Hot Feet” Sabraw sped down the right side and turned the corner into the circle and delivered a beautiful cross to Sophie Edelman, who finished decisively from the left post.  Westview responded a couple of minutes later on short corner goal which came on an extended chance after a nice sequence of saves by Torrey Pines goalie, Heather “Ol' Reliable” Schlesier. Torrey responded a short time later on a slick drive into the circle by Sophie “Dancing Queen” Edelman who cut back and fired off a backhand sweep which nutmegged the Wolverine keeper to put the Falcons up 2-1.  Torrey's third goal came with 5 minutes left in the half on a short corner which featured a nicely executed wall pass between old soccer teammates Lucy Busby and Selin Esener. Lucy received the insert from Stephie at the point passed to Selin on the right wing who rebounded the ball back to Lucy who flung a flick just inside the left post. The half finished with another impressive Falcon goal. Caroline Paulson passed to a running Sophie Edelman up the right side. She turned the corner into the circle and fired a precise cross to  Stephie Sabraw slashing across the crease who one-touched it into the goal. The speed and beauty of it brought the Falcon faithful to their feet. Half time score – Torrey Pines 4, Westview 1. The Falcons started the second half scoring at the 5 minute mark with the defense getting on the board. Caitlin Mackey scored from the left post beating the Westview keeper following nice feed from Chandler Baldwin, who cleared the ball from a scrum in the middle. The final Falcon goal came later in the half on a short corner. Lucy “Ballerina” Busby received the insert, passed to Selin “Stonewall” Esener who passed back. Lucy drove at the left post, pirouetted back into the  middle, did a graceful demi-plie' followed by an arabesque and fired a point blank shot into the goal.  Westview scored a second goal late in the game after a series of short corners. Erica Cohen made a succession of good saves, but Torrey couldn't clear and Westview gained the goal.  With the late flurry of penalties for Westview, both squads ended with 6 short corners.  Torrey Pines played a very balanced game with solid play from every position. The defense was tenacious and disruptive, passing was crisp and fluid, and offensive attacks were precise and coordinated. The girls appear to be peaking for the CIF playoffs next week. The Lady Falcons end Palomar League play undefeated with a 10-0 record. Scoring 39 goals while giving up 8 goals, earning shutouts for 5 games, and dominating in short corners. Their first CIF game will be a quarterfinal matchup at Torrey Pines on Tuesday. (photos)

Falcons Power Past Poway
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons took the field on Monday for a short cycle rematch against the Poway Titans.  The Falcons opened the scoring 2 minutes into the game on a short corner where Lucy “The Surgeon” Busby fed Selin “Stonewall” Esener on the right wing. Selin smashed a shot beating the Titan keeper just inside the left post.  It was fitting for the Falcon sweeper to score the first goal on a day that was characterized by defensive dominance.  Sophie Edelman scored the second goal on a nice backhand sweep from the right point following a nice pass from Caroline Paulson who had collected a shot rebound. The Falcons scored their 3rd goal 3 minutes into the second half.  Kimia Rahamati had a nice attack up the left side and drove into the circle, fired off a shot, collected the rebound and fed Sophie Edelman in the middle. Sophie found the goal, firing just inside the left post. The game ended with a 3-0 victory for the Falcons. The Poway goalie had a busy time in goal with 12 saves. Torrey had 10 short corners to Poway's 1. The Falcon defense made it a quiet afternoon for the Falcon goalies who tallied 2 saves, all in the first half. Kimmy Sabraw joined Selin Esener, Caitlin Mackey, and Lords of Twindor in shutting down the Titan offensive attempts; winning free balls and closing aggressively.  The Falcons looked solid across the board and ready to charge into CIF. (photos , add'l photos)

Falcons Topple Titans

Thursday’s league match of Torrey Pines vs. Poway started out back and forth at the
beginning of the game. Coach DiGiulio’s time out about a third of the way into the
first half motivated the Falcons. Shortly after the time out, Sophie Edelman brought
the ball up from the 40 yard line, dribbled into the circle and shot at the far post to a
waiting Caroline Paulson who tipped it in for the Falcons first score. The Falcons
midfield and defensive back line continued their aggressive play, resulting in several
scoring opportunities and a 7 to 4 Torrey Pines short corner advantage in the first half.
Kristen Buchanan's pass to Sophie Edelman followed by her cross from the right baseline to a waiting Caroline Paulson resulted
in Caroline’s second goal and a 2-0 Torrey Pines lead. As the Falcons continued their
aggressive offensive attack, Poway was able to launch a counter attack with less than a
minute to go in the first half, earning a short corner. TP’s defense recovered and Heather
Schlesier was able to save two Poway shots on goal. But in the ensuing scramble at
the net, Poway was awarded a stroke with 30 seconds left in the first half, which was
converted for Poway’s first score. The half ended with Torrey Pines up 2-1.

In the second half, Torrey Pines continued their aggressive offensive attack. The
Falcons went up 3-1 on a short corner goal by Lucy Busby. Poway responded with
counter attacks to try to keep the game within reach. Defensive stops in the circle, like
Hannah Bettencourt’s on a Poway short corner and Caitlin Mackey’s in front of the
goal after Poway recovered a loose ball in the circle maintained the Falcon’s lead. The
Torrey Pines defense caused Poway to lose steam and the Falcons quickly capitalized.
After a great knee high stick stop at the 50 yard line, Kristen Buchanan passed to a
running Caroline Boucher twenty yards up the sideline. Caroline Boucher drove the
ball down the baseline and crossed the ball to Caroline Paulson on the far post for her
third goal of the night and a 4-1 Torrey Pines lead. Can anyone say HAT TRICK?! It was the 2nd hat trick of the season and Paulson's first of her career. Torrey Pines went up 5-1 when
Paulson drove down the left side and passed to Sophie Edelman in the circle who passed
to an open Caroline Boucher on the far post for Boucher’s first goal of the night. The
great offensive pressure of Sophie Edelman, Chandler Baldwin, Stephie Sabraw and the
entire forward line stopped Poway’s sixteen yard hits and resulted in many offensive

As Torrey Pines continued their aggressive offense attack, Poway countered with a drive
down the left side line which resulted in their first field goal and a 5-2 score. Excellent
defensive stops by Jennie Isber, Selin Esener, Molly Bettencourt, and Rachel Rankin
stopped Poway’s late second half counter attacks before they could cross the 40 yard line.
Torrey Pines 5-2 victory maintained their undefeated league record (8-0). The Falcons
continue to dominate the league, winning their 8 league games by a goal differential of
29-6. (Mike Mackey) (photos)

The Lady Falcons play their last league home game on Monday in a rematch against the Titans starting at 3:15. Get 'em while they're hot!

Falcons Brand Longhorns with a Loss
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons took the field on Tuesday night following a very nice ceremony celebrating our eleven seniors.  Hearty thanks go out to Andrea Rankin and Teri Summerhays for producing a meaningful and lovely tribute.  The girls swapped the rose bouquets for composite sticks and started the bang fest with the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns. They emerged after 60 minutes of play with a hard fought 2-1 victory.  The Falcons started fast scoring 3 minutes into the game on a trademark Torrey rush up the middle with Caroline Boucher feeding Sophie Edelmen at the top of the box who found Stephie Sabraw on a nice cross. Stephie shot from the left post and found the net.  The half was characterized by rapid up and down play with Torrey Pines connecting passes and attacking the circle and RBV firing long hits back the other way.  A physical game was thrust into a slug fest by Hannah Bettencourt (who we now know is the Dark Lord) and Kristen “Special Forces” Buchanan who collected green cards for engaging in some successful steer wrestling.  RBV scored an equalizer with 1 minute left in the half on a short corner in which they had multiple shots due to the Torrey defenders being slow to reenter the fray from midfield.  RBV was persistent in turning back the Torrey attacks and collected a lot of the 50-50 balls. The Falcons had their first yellow card of the season given to Dana "Doewn Mess" Manheim and an RBV player following a scuffle during an advance on the left wing which sent both players off the field for several minutes.  A key moment was when Sophie went down taking a high ball to her knee during a rush on a Longhorn short corner.  She was able to continue, but the Falcons seemed to play with a heightened energy following the event.  The Lady Falcons scored the game winner with 4 minutes left in the second half.  Lucy "Gimpy" Busby hobbled the ball into the RBV circle and shot on goal. The rebound was put back by Caroline Boucher, but stopped again by the Longhorn goalie.  Sophie “The Limp” Edelman finished the rebound from the left post to go ahead 2-1.  The Falcon defense was solid all night with Selin “Stonewall” Esener, Caitlin Mackey, and Lords of Twindor (Hannah and Molly Bettencourt) all playing spectacularly; each making several key stops and starting offensive attacks.  Heather Schlesier had 4  saves and another great game in goal. The Falcons had a 9 to 4 edge on penalty corners. We all finished off the evening with a delicious buffet meal in the stands to round out celebrating our wonderful senior chicas. (photos)

The JV lost another hard fought game giving up a late goal to fall 0-1 to RBV JV.

The Falcons play Poway the next 2 games. The first on Thursday away at 4:30 and then on Monday at home at 3:15.  The final game of Palomar League play will be at Westview on Tuesday at 3:15.  Come out to see the chicas con stickas go for an undefeated league run.

Falcons Finish Season Sweep of Mavericks

The Lady Falcons are always pumped up to play LCC especially when it’s an opportunity to finish a sweep on their rival’s turf. The Falcons came out focused on Thursday under the lights and dominated the first 10 minutes of the game. They scored an apparent goal that was whistled off by a foul before the advantage played out. The rest of the game was hard fought and fast with the ball moving up and down the field rapidly. LCC seemed to have a strategy of knocking the Falcons off their passing game by physical play. The Falcons took the abuse, but stayed true to their style of play. The Falcons had a dominating 17-0 advantage in short corners, but had some challenges executing them. They finally scored on the 15th attempt coming with 5 minutes left to play in the game. Stephie Sabraw hit the insert pass to stopper Kristen Buchanan. Dana Manheim stepped into it and slammed the orange orb past the LCC keeper just inside the left post. The Falcon supporters responded loudly after the long wait for the thrilling thud. The Falcons kept the pressure on the Maverick defense and controlled the ball much of the game; frequently attacking the LCC circle. Stonewall Esener had another outstanding effort at sweeper and even earned a short corner on a run up the right sideline all the way into the circle. Dana Manheim, Lucy Busby and Kristen Buchanan controlled the middle of the field and generated the majority of the short corners for the Falcons. The Lords of Twindor (Hannah and Molly) and Caitlin Mackey picked the ball from the LCC forwards all night. It was a well-earned victory for the Falcons and another shutout for Ol’ Reliable Schlesier who made several good saves and some good foot passes to the wings. (Photos-Ricki)

The JV team controlled most of the game but lost 3 to 1  The action was in the LCC end much of the game and the Falcons had most of the short cortners...just were not able to convert the numerous chances they created.  The one goal was scored by Jenny to briefly tie the score at 1, immediately after LCCs 1st goal. The Torrey Girls were playing without their goalie Paulina, as she was out sick for the game and this proved costly.  A valient effort by her replacement, Laura Black, in the losing effort as LCC scored 2 late goals for the victory. (Joe)

The Falcons are in first place in the Palomar League at 6-0 and  have 4 more games left in their effort to win the league title. Come out on Tuesday for Senior Night and a challenging match up against a tough Rancho Buena Vista squad. Festivities start at 5:15.

Falcons Bust the Broncos – Part 2
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons took the field on Tuesday afternoon at Bronco Stadium following a fun and successful surprise shower and birthday party on Sunday for coach Kari DiGiulio. Thanks to the Mackey's who hosted a magical evening at their festively decorated home. (photos-Alan B.). The Falcons lassoed the Rancho Bernardo Broncos with a solid 5-1 win.  The Falcons looked sharp and passed well from the opening whistle and it lead to 2 early goals. Caroline Boucher scored the first goal on a pass from Stephie Sabraw.  The second was a nice shot from the left wing by Stephie, which was initially waved off as a high shot, but was accurately ruled as deflecting off a Bronco stick after a suspenseful referee conference. The 3rd goal came near the end of the first half on one of the many Falcon short corners. Dana Manheim received a nice insert from Stephie and nailed one just inside the left post. The 4th goal was scored on another short corner 5 minutes into the second half. Dana hit a bouncing shot from the top of the circle which rebounded high off the goalie’s pads. Caroline Paulson pounced on the ball and checked the ball into the goal, scoring her first goal of the season. Caroline found the goal again a few minutes later finishing a trademark Torrey fast attack. Lucy Busby found Sophie Edelman up the middle who attacked the goal. The loose ball dribbled through the keepers legs and Caroline finished into the goal.  RB scored a late goal on a long rebound of short corner shot; just beating a sprawling Erica Cohen inside the right post. The defense played very well and kept the Broncos out of the Falcons zone for most of the game. The game was characterized by accurate, extended passing by the Falcons and many counter attacks by defenders and mid-fielders including Selin Esener, Caitlin Mackey,  Kimmy Sabraw, Hannah and Molly Bettencourt, Kristin Buchanan, Dana Manheim and Lucy Busby. (photos - Ricki)

Falcons Take the W from the Wolverines
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons took the field on Thursday looking to finish the first cycle of Palomar League play undefeated.  They came away with an impressive 4-0 win over the Westview Wolverines.  The team showed up ready to play and put pressure on the Westview defense from the first touch. The Falcons took the lead at the 5 minute mark with a goal by Stephie Sabraw, who finished from the left post, after an extended attack in the circle during which all the Torrey forwards and several midfielders kept the ball alive in front of the goal.  The second goal came with 5 minutes left to play in the half.  Lucy Busby self started outside the circle, dribbled into it, and passed to Caroline Boucher who beat a defender and the Wolverine keeper to put it into the goal.  The half ended with a 2-0 Torrey Pines lead.  Caroline Boucher scored her 2nd goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half on a nice one touch finish of a crisp pass from the right wing by Kimmy Sabraw. The final goal of the game came on a short corner which was beautifully executed and led to the loudest thud on sheet metal that we've heard all season.  Lucy Busby received the accurate insert pass from Stephie Sabraw, dribbled right drawing the Westview defense, and made a no-look behind the back pass to Dana Manheim on the left wing.  Dana fired a missle which rocketed into the goal completely undefended.  The fans surged to their feet as the play evoked both cheers and tears for its sheer beauty. The stingy Falcons defense was solid throughout and made it a quiet game for the Torrey Pines goalkeeper duo of Heather Schlesier and Erica Cohen. Collectively, they recorded the 12th shutout of the season. The Westview offense could never get much of an attack going as Hannah and Molly Bettencourt (LofT), Caitlin Mackey, Kimmy Sabraw, Jennie Isber, and Stonewall Esener continually won the ball and started the Falcon offensive attacks.  The Falcons had a big advantage in short corners and shots on goal. It was an impressive win for a Torrey Pines team which came to play and took care of business. (Photos - Ricki , Anna )

The Torrey Pines JV team had their best offesnive outburst in many years with a dominating 7 to 1 victory over Westview.  Torrey was up 4 to 1 at the half and added 3 additional goals in the 2nd half.  Play was almost completetly in the Westview end for the entire game except for the 1 score when the Falcons could not clear in front of the goal.  Outstanding win for the JV! -Joe Cohen

Next week the Falcons play away twice a 3:15 start at Rancho Bernardo on Tuesday and a big night game on Thursday at LCC starting at 6pm.  Come out and cheer the chicas con stickas!

Falcons Get the V at RBV
On a misting, cool night away at Rancho Buena Vista the Torrey Pines Lady Falcons came away with a well played 3-0 victory.  The offensive attack and stout defense of the Falcons were too much for the Longhorns, who have some talented players.  The soggy Torrey Pines faithful did not have to wait long for the first Falcon goal which came on the 2nd short corner of the game.  Lucy Busby received it on the point, dribbled right and fired a shot which was tipped in from the left post by Stephie Sabraw. The second Falcon goal came a couple of minutes later when Lucy Busby self-started outside the Longhorn circle beat several defenders on the dribble and slammed a shot past the goalie just inside the right post. The rest of the half and most of the 2nd half were played at stalemate with Torrey moving the ball well connecting passes from defense through midfield to offensive attacks and RBV slamming long hits whenever they could. Dana Manheim and Kristen Buchanan were effective advancing the ball up both sidelines.  Selin Esener was unwavering at sweeper and Caitlin Mackey, Kimmy Sabraw and the Lords of Twindor were solid collecting the RBV bombs.  Heather Schlesier recorded her 11th shut out of the season; making several good saves and decisions to attack out of the goal.  Despite the 2-0 lead, the game did not feel decided until the final Falcon goal which came with 3 minutes left to play on a short corner.  Lucy Busby received the ball at the point, fed Selin Esener on the right wing who fired a shot on goal, save, Torrey recovered the rebound, shot again, another save, but Molly Bettencourt (LofT) jammed the rebound into the goal from the left side. It was a solid win against a talented Longhorn team that could not solve the Falcon riddle. (Photos-Ricki)

Torrey Pines JV played much like the weather in a disapointing 2 to 1 loss to RBV.   The Torrey girls were pretty listless on a cold, rainy afternoon at RBV.  There were a few late chances to tie, but the Falcons could not muster enough good shots to get the equalizer before time expired. -Joe

The Falcons play Poway on Tuesday and Westview on Thursday at 3:15 next week at home. Come out and cheer on the chicas.

Falcons Round Up Mavericks

The Lady Falcons took the field on Tuesday night against archrival La Costa Canyon, who came in on a hot streak as champs of the Serra tourney.  Torrey Pines finished the game with a hard fought 5-2 victory.  The Falcons opened the scoring in the first half by converting the first short corner of the game. Dana Manheim fired a rocket from the point and Molly Bettencourt jumped on the rebound and beat the LCC keeper to the left side of the goal.  LCC responded a few minutes later with a goal coming after Torrey failed to clear an extended scuffle in Torrey’s circle.  The half ended with a 1-1 tie and a lot of action on both ends of the field. The Falcon defense did a great job of repelling LCC’s attacks all night.  Selin Esener, Caitlin Mackey, Molly and Hannah Bettencourt and Kimmy Sabraw all had standout efforts, contributing to the offensive firepower as well. Torrey Pines broke the tie in the second half on a beautiful backhand goal by Sophie Edelman. LCC answered on one of their 2 short corners of the game a few minutes later. The Falcons broke the tie for good with 8 minutes left in the game after earning a string of short corners and with Sophie finally converting a rebound of a point shot from the left post.  A couple of minutes later the Falcons added another goal with Hannah Bettencourt finishing a rebound and completing the circuit for the realm of Twindor.  Sophie added another goal as time was running down and completed the first hat trick of the season.  Torrey Pines controlled most of the 2nd half with solid passing and defense. Heather Schlesier had 8 good saves in goal. The mid field trio of Lucy Busby, Dana Manheim and Kristin Buchanan advanced the ball and found the forwards with great passes. The forwards kept LCC on their heels with the speed of their attacks. Caroline Boucher, Stephie Sabraw and Caroline Paulson, along with Sophie, were relentless all night.  The Falcons ended with 15 short corners.  An exciting game all around and a great win for the Falcons. (Photos-Anna , Ricki)

The JV had a hard fought game and controlled most of the 2nd half, but could not get a goal and finished with a 0-0 tie. (Photos-Holly)

Torrey Pines takes on RBV away under the lights at 6pm.  Come out and cheer on the Lady Falcons to another victory!!

Falcons Bust the Broncos
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons responded decisively to their loss to Scripps Ranch with a 3-0 win over Rancho Bernardo on Thursday. The Falcons dominated all game and had many scoring opportunities. The scoring opened midway through the first half with a trademark Falcons fast attack up the right side. Lucy Busby beat a couple Bronco defenders in midfield and passed to a streaking Caroline Boucher on the right wing. Caroline outpaced the defenders into the circle and beat the advancing RB goalie and fired the ball into the goal.  The second goal came on a short corner early in the 2nd half.  Molly Bettencourt finished a rebound of a Dana Manheim shot from the point pushing it just inside the left post. The third and final goal of the game came on a broken short corner with Molly Bettencourt keeping in the circle and passing to Lucy Busby who flicked a powerful shot past the diving RB keeper for the goal.  The Torrey defense made it a quiet game for goalies Heather Schlesier and Erica Cohen who split the halves in goal and jointly recorded another shut out.  Selin Esener and Caitlin Mackey had solid games in central defense.  Overall it was a solid win and gives some momentum for the game with LCC next week. (Photos-V/Ricki , JV/Holly)

Falcons Win - Wrong Falcons
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons dropped their second game of the season losing to the Scripps Ranch Falcons by a score of 1-2. Torrey came out sluggish and the ball was in the Falcon end of the field most of the first half. Heather Schlesier saw a lot of action in goal and made some great saves. Scripps Ranch scored first on a long, high shot which whizzed past Heather's right shoulder after passing high close by Selin Esener - a questionable goal. Scripps had a big advantage in short corners, but Torrey Pines scored on its second corner of the game which came in the second half.  Sophie Edelman played the ball out to the point where Lucy Busby fed Dana Manheim on the left wing. Birthday Girl Dana fired a shot beating the Scripps keeper just inside the right post.  Scripps finally converted one of their many corners mid-way through the second half on an extended play out of a short corner narrowly beating an impressively splitting Heather from the weak side.  The active Scripps defense confounded Torreys attempts to get offensive momentum going. The Lady Falcons had some chances late in the game to even the score on short corners, but couldn't finish the deal. (photos-Ricki)

Falcons First Falter
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons suffered their first loss of the season in the quarterfinals of against Vista losing a hotly contested match on strokes.  The Falcons had plenty of scoring opportunities throughout the game but couldn't convert on short corners or offensive attacks. The closest opportunity occured during the first half when a Vista defender controverisally laid across the goal to prevent a Falcon conversion. Vista had their own opportunities and Heather Schlesier had some great saves. In strokes, Vista hit their first stroke and Kristen Buchanan responded for Torrey Pines. That was the last conversion that the Falcons would make while Vista hit their next 3 to gain a 4-1 advantage and the win. The Falcons lined up once again against  SDA in a consolation match on the sketchy stadium turf.  They dispatched the Mustangs 1-0 with Stephie Sabraw scroing on a trademark Torrey fast break. ( photos - Ricki )

La Costa Canyon beat Fallbrook in the finals in sudden death overtime to take the tournament (story). The Lady Falcons take the field away on Wednesday against Scripps Ranch, who they tied for 5th place in the tourney, to settle things on that front. They play their first league match against Rancho Bernardo on Thursday at TPHS. Come out and cheer on the chicas.

TP downs the Golden Eagles 1-0 to stay undefeated

The battle between the last two CIF D1 field hockey champions was an evenly fought battle but the TP Lady Falcons defense prevailed.

The first half was a seesaw affair with San Pasqual dominating the first five to ten minutes earning the first short corner and 2 shots on goal. Heather Schlesier made a great save on the Golden Falcons third short corner. Torrey was struggling to get the ball out of their defensive end. Finally the Falcon defense and midfielders were able to get the ball into the Golden Eagles half of the field. The TP forwards were able to apply pressure and keep the ball in the San Pasqual defensive half earning 4 short corners. TP got on the board when Dana Manheim made a defensive play, burned a Golden Eagle defender, and hit Caroline Boucher with a great cross field pass that was controlled and shot to the far post and resulted in the Falcons first and only goal of the game. Heather Schlesier made a great heads up play at the end of the first half when the Torrey defense was caught up field and the Golden Eagles had a 2 on 1 Heather came out of the goal beyond the circle and smothered the ball preventing a clear 1 on 0. It resulted in a Golden Eagle short corner but no goal. The first half ended with TP getting 4 short corners to San Pasqual’s 5.

The 2nd half was a back and forth defensive battle. San Pasqual dominated most of the half earning 9 short corners to Torrey’s 2. The Torrey defense was able to keep the Golden Eagles off the score board. Selin Esner, Kimmy Sabraw, Molly Bettencourt, and Hannah Bettencourt did a fine job all game.

On a high note, Heather Schleiser made several remarkable saves including a split save on a short corner that saved the Falcons day. Sophie Edelman, Torrey’s fearless rusher, made several great defensive plays breaking up 4-5 Golden Eagle short corner shots. -Toby (photos-Ricki)
In JV action, Torrey Pines prevailed over San Pasqual by a score of 2-0. San Pasqual had much of the pressure in the Falcons zone for the first half but Torrey made the most of their chances and scored both of their goals off of short corners.  Mariel Cathcart scored both goals with powerful and accurate hits from the top of the circle.
The defense had to be very active and was rock solid in front of the Falcons goal to prevent any San Pasqual scores.  The second half was pretty evenly played by both teams with none having the upper hand.
Overall, a good win against a powerful team that was undefeated coming into this game. -Joe

The Lady Falcons play Helix at home on Thursday with JV starting at 4:30 and Varsity at 6pm.  On Saturday, Torrey Pines continues it's bid for a Serra Tourney crown with a quarterfinal matchup against Vista at 9:15am.

Torrey Pines Prevails in Serra Pool Play

The Lady Falcons traveled to Serra HS on Saturday for a hot day of hockey. They left with 3 victories and mild cases of heat stroke and dehydration (not enough to effect the seniors' boat dance plans, however). Their first contest was a rematch of last week's sudden death stroke conquest of SDA. The Falcons didn't appear ready to play looking rather sluggish as they ended the first half down 0-1. They perked up in the 2nd half scoring on a short corner with Lucy Busby feeding Dana Manheim from the point who slammed it past the keeper from the left wing. The 2nd goal came on a nice feed pass from Dana Manheim to Sophie Edelman who beat the keeper one on one. The lumpy football field served once again as SDA's 12th player, but Torrey Pines prevailed 2-1 (photos). The Falcons next contest was against Poway on the hockey grass field. The  Falcons opened the scoring on a short corner. Dana Manheim pounded a shot from the point and Selin Esener pounced on the airborne rebound like a teenager on a grande carmel macchiato and checked it into the left side of goal.  Torrey's 2nd goal came on another short corner with Lucy Busby firing a rocket from the point just inside the left post. Selin Esener picked up her 2nd goal of the game finishing from a scrum in front of the goal during a short corner. The game ended with Torrey Pines on top by a score of 3-0 (photos). The final match of the day was against Otay. The Falcons opened the scoring early with a short corner conversion from the point on a bullet by Dana Manheim. Dana liked it so much that she repeated the feat a few minutes later for the 2nd goal. The theme continued with Lucy Busby shooting from the point just inside left post for Torrey's 3rd goal. The scoring ended with a goal created by beautiful passing and teamwork. Dana Manheim gave a diagonal pass to Jennie Isber who drove into the right side of the circle and crossed to Caroline Boucher who finished from the left post. Final score: Torrey 4, Otay 0 (photos). The day was marked by solid defense from the Falcons lead by Selin Esener, Hannah and Molly Bettencourt (the Lords of the realm of Twindor) and Kimmy Sabraw. Kristen Buchanan had some nice defense and offensive attacks up the right side.  Caroline Paulson and Chandler Baldwin each came close to scoring on several occasions. Kimia Rahamati and Rachel Rankin both contributed to strong offensive attacks over the course of the day. Heather Schlesier had a solid day in goal giving up only one goal on a difficult one touch finish of a cross by SDA.

The Lady Falcons take the field in the heat at home against San Pasqual in what will be an early season showdown of 2 CIF contenders. Come cheer on the girls!

Lady Falcons capture Warriors
In a showdown Thursday against Fallbrook, the NCT 2nd ranked squad in the county, the Torrey Pines Lady Falcons came out on top in a hard fought 3-2 victory. The Falcons opened the scoring mid-way through the first half with an attack up the right side by Kristen Buchanan who crossed the ball into the circle to Stephie Sabraw who fired a shot, collected the rebound and slammed it home. The game was quite physical all the way through. Fallbrook star, Lauren Hughey, was continually frustrated by the tenacious TP defense and picked up the first green card of the season for repeated aggressive fouls (ask Selin to show her bruises). The Falcons opened the 2nd half  by converting their first, and only corner, of the the game. Lucy Busby fired a shot from the point. The rebound was kept in the circle by Kristen Buchanan, who found Caroline Boucher for a shot. The rebound was pounded in goal by Sophie Edelman for a 2-0 Torrey Pines lead.  Fallbrook responded by converting on a short corner rebound. The Falcons 3rd goal came on a nice long pass by Lucy Busby to a wide open Sophie Edelman on the right wing who dribbled into the circle and fired a difficult shot from angle which nutmegged the Fallbrook goal keeper.  Fallbrook answered on another of the six penalty corners they were awarded; again on a rebound following a diving save by Torrey Pines goalie, Heather Schlesier, who had eight saves on the day. Dana Manheim had many good attacks up the left side feeding to the forwards who kept pressure on the Fallbrook defense for all the game. Molly Bettencourt filled in for concussed Caitlin Mackey at center defense and had a solid game along with the other half of the twinners, Hannah Bettencourt. Selin Esenser and Kimmy Sabraw took the abuse and thwarted every Fallbrook attack. The Falcons showed up as a balanced and talented team and came away with a solid victory. (photos-Ricki)

Torrey Pines squares off against SDA, Poway and Otay in pool play at the Serra Tourney this Saturday. Go Lady Falcons!!

The JV Falcons dominated Fallbrook winning by a score of 3-0. All 3 goals were scored by Maritsa in an outstanding offensive effort.  An extremely strong offensive and defensive effort against a perenial powerhouse in Fallbrook. (photos-Holly)

Torrey Pines say Neigh to Mustangs in the Jungle
The Lady Falcons were taken to the limit by a tenacious SDA squad, but ended up victorious following a 0-0 tie in regulation, a 2-2 tie in strokes and a clutch game winner in sudden death strokes by Dana Manheim. This marks the first victory over San Dieguito on their home turf in a number of years. It's clear the district is looking to save money by cutting back on landscape maintenance.  Machetes may be the superior tool for the team the next time they play there (photos).

The JV won in regular time by a score of 2-0. Great win for the TP JV.  1st goal was scored by XXX in the first half and the 2nd goal was scored by XXX just before the final whistle blew.  Torrey played a great game and had several other good scoring chances. Torrey girls did not seem to mind the grass field and played a very strong game throughout.  There was particularly good passing with the offensive players and the defense was very strong in keeping the ball out of the torrey zone.(photos) -Joe

Lady Falcons Conquer Conquistadors

The Torrey Pines field hockey team took the field Friday afternoon against Serra, a perennial powerhouse, looking to find out just what they were capable of. The answer is that they can play with anybody and succeed.  They beat the Serra squad 3-1 in a convincing way. The teams battled back and forth for much of the first half. The Falcons started the scoring with seven minutes left in the half on a nice finish by Stephie Sabraw of a Dana Manheim cross. Serra responded with a quick equalizer scoring after protracted short corner scrum in front of the Torrey goal. The half ended all square at 1-1. Torrey opened the 2nd half with a quick goal coming on a fast attack by the Falcon offense. Sophie Edelman crossed from left wing to Caroline Boucher at the top of the circle who put a couple of nifty moves on the defense and the attacking keeper and fired it into the empty goal. The final goal of the game came on a broken corner which Torrey put back into the circle. Caroline Boucher shot, recovered the rebound and found Sophie Edelman on the left post who finished for the goal. The solid Falcon defense gave up its first goal of the season on one of Serra's seven short corners. Torrey Pines earned five short corners; scoring on one. Selin Esener had another great game at sweeper, stopping Serra attacks and starting many Falcon counters. Caitlin Mackey also was solid in the middle. Kimmy Sabraw and Molly Bettencourt were tenacious at outside defense.  Ol' Reliable, Heather Schlesier, was solid in goal with several good saves. Torrey controlled the ball much of the game and kept pressure on Serra's defense.  ( Photos-Ricki ) (JV photos - Holly)

The impressive win sets up the Lady Falcons for a big week of field hockey this week when they face SDA away on Tuesday, Fallbrook at home on Thursday, and a full day of hockey with the Serra Tourney on Saturday. Come out and cheer for our Lady Falcons!

In JV action, Serra came out strong in the first half and scored 2 goals.  Torrey responded with a goal off a short corner rebound by Madison Cohen mid way through the 2nd half   The entire 2nd half Torrey was in the Serra side of the field and put great pressure on the Serra goal keeper.  Torrey had many chances to tie but could not push across the 2nd goal. Julia had many great chances with her great dribbling past defenders and the girls passed great in the 2nd half along with a very strong defensive effort in the 2nd half. The game ended with the Falcons losing by a score of 1-2 -Joe

Torrey Pines clips Ravens wings

The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons Field Hockey team put on a great show Monday evening with a stellar 3-0 victory over the visiting CCA Ravens
earning their second straight shutout victory. The game was billed as a cross town throw down and the Lady Falcons showed up ready for action from the opening whistle through the final second.

The opening minutes were dominated by the Torrey offense putting loads of pressure on the Ravens defense. The forward crew of Sophie Edelman, Stefy Sabraw and Caroline Boucher created several shots and short corners. The ball was distributed into the offensive circle from the fine midfield play of Lucy Busby, Dana Manheim, Kristin Buchanan, Hannah Bettencourt and Kimia Rahamati throughout the first half. Torrey had several shots but could not find the back of the net. The Torrey defense kept the ball in the Torrey offensive zone for much of the first half. Caitlin Mackey, Selin Esner, Kimmy Sabraw and Molly Bettencourt kept the Ravens back peddling most of the first half. CCA had an opportunity to score first when they got the ball in onto Torrey’s goal line but Heather Schlesier closed the door in a scrum in front of the net.

Torrey ended the first half with a short corner with zero seconds left on the clock and the entire Torrey team kept the ball in the circle earning a second short corner that resulted in a great goal by Sophie Edelman on a pass from Lucy Busby. The first half ended with Torrey leading 1-0. Torrey Pines earned 7 short corners in the first half.

The Falcon’s started quickly in the second half with a fast attack and earned a short corner in the first minute. Torrey Pines pressured CCA again earning a second short corner that resulted in a Caroline Boucher goal on a redirection of a Dana Manheim laser shot from the top of the circle. Torrey continued their solid ball movement from defense through the midfield to the Torrey speed attack. The Falcons earned their third goal on yet another short corner when Sophie Edelman scored in front of the goal on a great Lucy Busby pass.  Torrey Pines kept the pressure on the Raven’s and earned 9 short corners in the second half as well.

The Lady Falcons won 3-0. Heather Schleiser earned her second straight shutout in goal with the help of Erica Cohen who played the last 10 minutes of the game. Torrey Pines conversion of short corners tonight were a great sign. CCA played a solid game but faced a very experienced Falcons squad on Monday night.
-Toby  ( photos-Ricki )

The JV also won their showdown with CCA's JV squad by a score of 2-1.  Julia Petrey-Juarez scored both goals for TP. (photos-Holly)

JV Falcons Flourish at Serra Tourney

The JV team had a successful Saturday at the annual Serra JV Tournament earning 4th place. They went 3-0 in pool play defeating Cathedral 1-0, Helix 1-0 and Hilltop 3-0. Jaclyn Bailey scored the winner against Cathedral. Madison Cohen found the goal against Helix while Allie Zimmer tallied 2 and Sandy Taylor scored 1 against Hilltop. The stout Falcons defense gave up their first goal of the tourney in the 0-1 losing semi-final effort against Rancho Buena Vista. The Lady Falcons closed the tourney dropping a close 0-1 game to La Costa Canyon in the 3rd place playoff.

Congratulations to Jaclyn Bailey and Madison Cohen for being named to the all-tournament team selected by all of the coaches. ( photos-Holly )

Falcons Pounce on Panthers

The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons opened their season today with a solid 2-0 win over a talented Vista team. The Falcons opened the 2010 season scoring 10 minutes  into the 1st half with a well executed short corner. The corner was earned following a long run from mid field into the box by Lucy Busby where she was fouled. Sophie Edelman hit a good insertion to the top of the circle which was stopped by Kristen Buchanan and slammed past the Vista goalie by Dana Manheim. The enthusiastic crowd responded to the unmistakable thud of hard plastic on wood.  The first of many to come this season. The Falcons controlled the ball much of the half and turned away every Panther attack with solid team defense. Selin Esener swooped many balls out of the middle and started counter attacks. The other goal was scored later in the 1st half following a quick self start near mid field and pass to Caitlin Mackey who dribbled through several defenders and fired a shot which was tipped in from the left side of the goal by Sophie Edelman. Goalie Heather Schlesier did not face a lot of shots but was up to the challenge of several dangerous loose balls in front of the net. She tallied 7 saves in goal. The Falcons generated 8 penalties vs. 3 for Vista and 7 shots on goal. The offense generated several trademark fast breaks with Caroline Boucher, Stefy Sabraw, and Hannah Bettencourt leading and supporting lightning attacks. The Falcons played the 2nd half to a draw with the entire team seeing action. The Panthers had recently beaten perennial CIF challenger Scripps Ranch 1-0 and come off a summer of team workouts. The win is a solid start to the Lady Falcons season and signals that they will be a contender for a championship. ( photos - Ricki )

The JV battled to a 1-1 tie with Julia Petrey-Juarez scoring the goal. ( photos-Holly)

The Falcons next face Canyon Crest in a cross town throw down next Tuesday at 6pm at TP Falcons Stadium under the lights. JV starts at 4:30 and plays this weekend in the Serra tournament.

Serra Scrimmage Starts Season Slow

The Lady Falcons started their season with a scrimmage against traditional powerhouse Serra. The varsity played to a 0-0 tie in a back and forth game on Serra's grass field. Heather Schlesier and Erica Cohen had some good saves in goal. The Falcons were able to turn back several good scoring opportunities for Serra. The offense had difficulty generating their own opportunities on the unfamiliar surface. Overall, the game was a bit sloppy. ( Photos - Ricki Bettencourt )

The JV dropped it's contest 2-0 in a similarly messy game. ( Photos - Holly Coughlin )

The Falcons play their opening game of the season on Tuesday with an away game at Vista. Come out and cheer the girls to victory!

Mandatory Parent Meeting for all teams
We will be having a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 6:00pm in the Lecture Hall at TPHS.
Athletes are invited to come as well.  The team will have  "chalk talk"  in the team room prior to this meeting and then will be joining us in the lecture hall. Pizza, salad, and drinks will be provided for the athletes on tables outside of the lecture hall as they come to join us.   

We  will have the opportunity to sign up for Falcon cards, discuss spirit wear and hear from head coach Kari DiGiulio about the upcoming season.

Thanks for your support of TPFH!

Torrey Pines Field Hockey Tryouts 
Monday, August 16th, will mark the opening day of field hockey try-outs. Please read the following pertaining to our schedule. The week of the 23rd will be determined according to team level. We are working hard to make sure that all athletic teams are able to use the turf, thus the change in times throughout the week. Thanks, Coach DiGiulio

16   11am-2pm
17   8am-11:30am
18   7:30am-10am
19   8am-11:30am
20   7:30am-10am

21 Varsity level ONLY: 7am-9am

The location is Falcon Stadium on the Torrey Pines campus. In order to try out, players must be cleared by the Torrey Pines Athletic Dept and their name must appear on the Cleared List on the Torrey Pines Athletics website -- http://www2.sduhsd.net/tp/athletics.php.

Players need to bring hockey sticks, mouth guard, shin guards, sun screen and plenty of drink -- it will be very hot.


So, "My daughter has been playing field hockey for years, and this game still seems so confusing.  What's a parent to do?"

Simple, take a look at the US Field Hockey basic rules. It's a short read and, coupled with the links on the page will provide everything (and more than) you'll need to know and will answer all of the questions you may have about the game. One of the most confusing aspects of watching the game is deciphering the frequent referee whistles. Here is a link which describes referee signals ( or chart). Also, the wikipedia field hockey page provides a bit more concise synopsis of the game.

We would appreciate your help with the team website!  We need someone to take over the page maintenance following the 2010 season. No previous experience or web design knowledge is required! We also need photos at the games and anything related to team activities would be fun to share with everyone.  Also, for the JV and freshmen games we need reports of game scores or even a short write-up about the game (or whatever you're motivated to write).  We can accept information in any form: electronic images or write-ups by email to .

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