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Dodson nets top league honor

Girls' lacrosse: Spartans clean up with seven all-league awards, including the MVP.

June 22, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

It was never easy corralling Lucy Dodson, the standout center for the La Cañada High girls' lacrosse team.

Allison Dodson, Lucy's mom, who also happens to coach the Spartans, points to a photo that was taken during the playoffs as an example.

"They just can't stop her," Dodson chuckles. "They're hitting her across the head, but they just can't seem to stop her."

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All of the coaches in the Prep League knew what kind of mismatches Lucy created on the field, and they paid her the ultimate respect, naming her the Prep League's Most Valuable Player.

"It was the consensus of the league that she was the dominant player in the league — it was pretty evident," said Dodson, who led the Spartans to a 10-8 record.

La Cañada also went 5-1 in league, captured first place in the Prep League's inaugural year. It was also the first year the Spartans sported a CIF-sanctioned lacrosse squad.

Lucy scored 33 goals (second most for the Spartans), recorded five assists, collected a team-high 80 ground balls (an average of 4.4 per game) and won .655% (175 out of 267) of her draws. She's continuing her lacrosse career next year with UC San Luis Obispo after being recruited by some colleges based on the East Coast.

"She controlled the whole field," Dodson said. "She played both offense and defense as a center and was one of our best defenders. She played the whole field every game. We don't take her off the field unless we absolutely have to, or are really blowing another team out."

The Spartans not only boasted the league MVP, but the most talent up and down the roster. Seven La Cañada players received All-Prep League nods (four on the first team and three on the second team). Chadwick was second in selections with six.

La Cañada's fraternal twin teammates, Hannah and Molly Peitzman, also hauled in first-team all-league honors, along with Caroline Gordon, the Spartans' goalkeeper.

Hannah, a senior attacker, led her team in goals with 45 and tied a team-high seven assists with 45 ground balls.

"Hannah is a left-handed player, which is a very nice thing to have on your team," Dodson said. "She is very tall and is really dominant up there on offense."

Molly, a captain and senior midfielder, was the core of La Cañada's defense this season, Dodson said.

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